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20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating 2014

Housing giant Zillow has done it again, and released it’s 6th annual “Trick or Treating Index”, which ranks the top 20 cities in the US for collecting candy. Ratings are based on where to find the most candy, the safest streets and the least amount of walking between houses. While San Francisco may have stolen the spot for #1, our very own Minneapolis ranked #14, beating out Phoenix, Columbus and Milwaukee! Woohoo! For a deeper look into this madness and breakdown of the hottest neighborhoods, the full article from Zillow can be found here.

20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating

  1.  San Francisco                   11. Denver
  2. Los Angeles                       12. Pittsburg
  3. Chicago                             13. Washington
  4. Philadelphia                      14. Minneapolis
  5. San Jose                            15. Virginia Beach
  6. Honolulu                           16. Phoenix
  7. Boston                              17. Columbus
  8. Seattle                               18. Milwaukee
  9. San Diego                          19. Las Vegas
  10. Portland                            20. Baltimore

In addition, they even took the guess work out of finding exactly where to go and ranked the hottest neighborhoods within each city. How sweet is that?! So before you and your brood hit the pavement on Halloween, check out the list below for the go to neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Ambitious trick or treaters may even embrace this challenge and try to hit up all five neighborhoods. If that is the case, consider using the route developed by City Pages to ensure you make it to them all before bedtime hits!

Top 5 Neighborhoods in Minneapolis

  1. Linden Hills
  2. Lynnhurst
  3. Cedar-Isles
  4. Fulton
  5. Tangletown

So there you have it readers, a list of the top 20 cities for trick or treating. With Minneapolis weighing in at #14, and a list of the best neighborhoods to hit, we can bet that our pillowcases will be overflowing with treats by the end of the night! Again, for more details check out Zillow’s entire ranking at “20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating“. Happy (almost) Halloween!

6 Countries You Didn’t Know Celebrate Halloween

While Halloween as we know it is predominately celebrated in the US and Canada, many other cultures around the world also celebrate Halloween. As a result, it shouldn’t be surprising that all of our Halloween traditions are adapted or borrowed from other countries. In fact, many of these traditions derive from celebrations that honor the dead. Thus, Halloween today has evolved from a mix of these rich customs and traditions. If you are looking for more information, find a full list of all the Halloween traditions around the world from the original article here.



Believe it or not, Ireland is actually the birthplace of Halloween. It all began with the Ancient Celtic Festival, Samhain, that signified the end of the harvest. It was believed that on this day, the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped. Acknowledging this, children and adults alike dressed up as witches, goblins and ghosts to confuse the spirits lurking about. Additionally, children would go out trick or treating.People also carved turnips to prevent unwanted spirits from entering their homes. (However, pumpkins were later adopted in North America because they are softer, larger and easier to carve.) Afterwards, all would gather for a bonfire to ward off spirits and play games such as bobbing for apples. Today, the festivities hold strong in Ireland. Each year over 30,000 gather to attend the world’s largest Halloween Festival in Derry where festivities include a bonfire, parade, fireworks and of course, bobbing for apples.



Transylvania brings to mind spooky images of vampires, wear wolves and dark menacing castles. This makes sense because the infamous Bran Castle, where Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula lived. This menacing castle set among the rocky hills with a dark past provided the perfect setting for Bram Stoker’s famous book Dracula. After Hollywood popularized Transylvania in the movie in the 1940’s, it became notorious for vampires, werwolves and other creatures that go bump in the night. As a result, Halloween enthusiasts from around the world flock to Romania each year during this time. The biggest party takes place in Sighisoara, the citadel where Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula) was born. Thus, it goes without saying that celebrating Halloween in Transylvania was listed by Fodor’s Travel Guide as a “Top Ten Must Do Adventures”.



In Mexico and other Latin American countries, they celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This includes constructing alters with their ancestors favorite foods and drinks, clean up and decorate the graves. Skeletons and skulls are a popular motif and can be found in bread, candy and other foods. At the end of the celebration, candles and incense are lit to guide the deceased back to the afterlife.


4). England & New Zealand

On November 5th, people in England and New Zealand celebrate Guy Fawkes Night to commemorate the execution of the English traitor Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes Night aka Mischief Night is celebrated with fireworks, a bonfire and a ceremonial effigy burning of Guy Fawkes.



In China they celebrate The Hungry Ghost Festival. Similar to Day of the Dead in Mexico, on this day it is believed that gates of hell are opened and spirits come back to earth. Tradition holds that if the ghosts are happy in the afterlife, good fortune will come to the living. As a result, offerings of water and food are placed in front of pictures of dead relative to please them. At the end of the celebration, they light a lanterns to guide the spirits back to the afterlife.



Lastly, in the Philippines Halloween is referred to as Undas, or All Saints Day. On October 31- November 2nd Filipinos honor the dead with candles, flowers, prayers and visits to the cemetery. Oftentimes, it ends up resembling a family reunion as they gather to eat, drink and tell stories about their departed loved ones. Even more, entire families  camp in cemeteries and some even spend the night near their relatives’ tombs. Moving on, the origin of trick or treating stems from the Philippines as well. Derived from the tradition of Pangangaluluwà, children would dress in white sheets and go door to door singing and saying prayers for the dead. In return for their efforts, children are given soul cakes. Filipinos believe that when these cakes are eaten, a soul is set free from purgatory. Sadly, this rich tradition is being pushed out by an Americanized Halloween and trick or treating.


Bam! So thats the roundup of Halloween celebrations and their traditions around the world. While some of these customs may seem strange, the source of our present day Halloween traditions are apparent. If you want more, be sure to check out the full article, Halloween Traditions and Celebrations Around the World, on pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. Happy Halloween!


Twin Cities Halloween Haunted House Guide 2014

Here’s our rundown of the premier Twin Cities haunted attractions: The Soap Factory Haunted Basement, Fright Farm, The Butcher Shop House of Gore and much, much more. Expect the unexpected. Keep watching, and find what terrors await you in the dark.. Boo!

So here are our top picks (alphabetical in order):


). Fright Farm Rochester Horror – 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Overview: “Come visit Southern Minnesota's most horrifying haunted attraction located at the historical George Stopple farmstead at the History Center of Olmsted County. From the street you will already wish you didn't come. It is truly designed to frighten and amuse you. Guided tours will include a look at the original farm house, barn, smokehouse, and caves…”

Cost: $13 at the door

Dates: Oct 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 & Nov

Time: 7 p.m. – 11p.m.


). Haunting Experience On Highway 61, 10900 E. Point Douglas Rd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Overview: “The Haunting Experience on Highway 61 opens up for its 28th consecutive year. There’s a reason we’ve been around this long. People love coming to see what we are up to each year with our Haunted Hayride, Haunted House, and more. This Halloween season is one that you don’t want to miss with haunts such as The Manor House, Scummo’s 3D Nightmare, and The Hayride, if you dare.We also have a bit of a vermin problem on our property that you can help us get under control with the Big Zombie Hunter Paintball Adventure.”

Cost: $13- $38

Dates: Oct , , 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31 & Nov

Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.


). Haunted Ship Zombie Outbreak – 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, Minnesota

Overview: “Are you ready for a real scare? Each year, during October, the William A. Irvin transforms itself into a haunted ship. During the self-guided tour, your worst nightmares will come to life. You’ll see how the historic ore ship’s hauntings are not just a rumor. Mysterious sightings have been recorded through the decades. Walking through the dark, eerie hallways, you’ll get the feeling that you’re never alone, because you won’t be. In this ship, no place is safe. If you think you’re brave enough to visit the Haunted Ship, remember, only the tough ones make it through alive.” –VisitDuluth.com

Cost: $10

Dates: October , , 9. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31

Time: 6:30-10:00 p.m.


). Molitor’s Haunted Acres – 425 35th Street NE, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Review: “A perilous journey of your deepest fears through the Woods of Darkness, The Sewer, Mutant Mineshaft, The Trail of Blood, Quarry Asylum and The Funhouse Maze. On your treacherous quest, be mindful not to go mad and join the tortured souls who dwell here.”

Cost: $16-$18

Dates: Oct , 4, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


5). Scream Town, 7410 Highway 212, Chaska, MN

Review: “Drove 2 hours to come to Screamtown last night…TOTALLY WORTH THE DRIVE!!!”
-Jeniffer Rothstein

Cost: $35 for regular ticket

When: Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 & Nov 1

Time: 6:30 p.m.- 11 p.m.


6). Soap Factory Haunted Basement – 514 Second Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Review: “This is not a Haunted House, boo-scary or hands in the bowl of grapes tricks, this is a sensory screw job that turns your mind around and lets you scare yourself. –Binary Blogger

Cost: $25; $27 Friday and Saturday

Dates: Wednesdays through Sundays, now through November 2

Time: 6- 11 p.m.


7). The Butcher Shop House of Gore – 1444 E. Reaney Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106.

Review: “HOUSE OF GORE is a full-size maze-style haunted house that was constructed in the way haunted houses used to be built… black lights, rats, skulls, cadavers, ghosts, strobe lights, fog machines, rubber masks, and gallons of shocking bloody gore!”

Cost: $5.

Dates: October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-31, November 1-2.

Time: 5 p.m. -11 p.m.


8). Trail of Terror, 3525 145th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379

Review: “Come early and prepare your self for this scary haunted hayride (keep an eye out as things appear when you least expect it). Follow through a scary, unbelievable spooky maze and don’t be fooled by followers. The maze is the best part! This trail of terror was money worth spent and always be on the lookout, even when you approach your vehicle….I left spooked wanting more!” -Spookedme on Trip Advisor

Cost: Basic tickets $20

Dates: October 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1

Time: 7p.m. – 11p.m.

So there you have it- a rundown of the best haunted houses in and around the Twin Cities. So brave ones, step foot inside Minnesota’s scariest haunted houses- if you dare. The original article from Funtober can be found here.

6 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Break out your masks and monsters! Its Halloween, and time to be scared! While being afraid at Halloween is actually a lot of fun for humans, it can be an especially stressful for pets. Between the combination of strangers, costumes, and continual door bell ringing it is no wonder that this is a terrifying time for our furry friends. Read on for tips and tricks on how to avoid a real scare and keep your pet safe this Halloween.


1). No Human Treats for Pets

While candy and other chocolates can be a tasty treat for humans, these sweets can be extremely harmful for pets. Besides chocolate, watch out for gum and sugarless candy sweetened with xylitol which can be lethal for Fido. In the event that your pet does eat something dangerous, immediately call your vet or the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).

The next day, or after trick or treaters leave, be sure to check for stray wrappers or other bits of candy they may have dropped. You don’t want Rover to find these before you do.

Instead, why not spoil your dog and make these homemade peanut butter, bacon & pumpkin dog treats? They are super easy to make and we promise your dog will love you for it.

2). Keep an Eye out For Decorations

In a home with pets, it goes without saying that Jack-o’- lanterns lit with candles are a bad idea. Curious creatures can easily knock them over and cause a fire. Instead, opt for artificial or battery powered lights for your decorating needs.

Similarly, decorations are not chew toys. Prevent pets from chewing on cords by keeping cords off the floor and out of reach. If chewed, Fido could suffer from cuts, burns or life threatening shocks. Better yet, try to keep your decorations outside to prevent problems before they happen.

3). Be Careful with Costumes

According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated half of pet owners dress their pets in costumes for Halloween. Pumpkins and ladybugs are the perennial favorites.

While pet costumes may be hilarious, it is important to keep your pet’s best interest at heart. Do the right thing and double check that your pet can comfortably breath, walk, eat and go to the bathroom. In addition to what your pet is wearing, be aware of how long your pet is dressed up. Oftentimes, these costumes are made from irritating fabric that can become uncomfortable or tight over long periods of time.Not to mention, it is important to be wary of small parts can be torn off and gobbled up. Just the thought of Rover chewing off and ingesting part of his costume is downright terrifying.


4). Keep Pets indoors

Before nightfall, take your pets indoors. While pets are always safest indoors at night, this is especially true on Halloween in order to avoid pranksters who may want to harm pets.

5). Keep pet in secure place

Even the best behaved pets can become anxious or worked up during the Halloween commotion. Reduce stress for pets by putting them in a separate area with their favorite bed and toys well before trick or treaters arrive. This way they will have a safe haven where they can feel secure, comfortable, relaxed while being tucked away from any hazards.

Similarly, even if you are just having friends over for a Halloween party, keep your pets away from the festivities in their safe room. Even familiar people may become scary as masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet.

6) Make sure ID tags are on

Unfortunately, it is possible that your pet may accidentally run out the door or get lost amidst all the Halloween excitement. Should anything happen, you want to make sure Fluffy is safely returned to you. Pet owners, please double check that your furry friends are wearing their tags. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

Lastly, while it may be the spookiest night of the year, remember to have fun! If you don’t have a timid dog or a scaredy cat get them involved too so all the family can participate and have a tail wagging good time. Happy “Howloween” from RNR Realty!

11 Houses Haunted by Dead Celebrities

Even though they may be long gone, these departed celebrities still manage to seek out the lime light and stir up trouble. Check out this list of 11 dead celebrities and the spooky homes they like to haunt. Get a chilling look into the hauntings and unexplained events from the original article published by Business Insider here.


1). Marilyn Monroe’s Home

12305 5th Helena Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

2). Lucille Ball’s House

1000 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3). The Pickfair Estate

1143 Summit Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210


4). Virginia Hill’s house (where gangster Bugsy Siegel died)

810 N Linden Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210


5). Nicolas Cage’s LaLaurie House

1140 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116


6). George Reeves’ home

1579 Benedict Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


7). The Harry Houdini House

2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046


8). The Mansion

2451 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046


9). Errol Flynn’s Mulholland Farm

3100 Torreyson Pl. Los Angeles, California 90046


10). The Ozzie and Harriet House

1822 Camino Palmero St, Los Angeles, CA 90046



11). Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Home

44 Hurricane Mills Rd, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078

There you have it readers- a list of 11 homes of dead celebrities and the spooky places they haunt. Again, you can read all the chilling details in the original article here. But wait! Have YOU ever had a ghostly or paranormal experience in a haunted house? We are dying to hear!