What happened to Haunted Basement in Twin Cities?
For more than a decade, Haunted Basement was the top spot for a horrifying Halloween experience in the Twin Cities.
- Actors could touch visitors, cover them in "blood," subject them to disgusting smells and more. The 18+ event required a waiver.
Yes, but: After its 2019 event in Rosedale Center, Haunted Basement hasn't hosted anything like its infamous haunt since. Some thought it shut down permanently.
State of play: Contrary to its Google page, Haunted Basement is not permanently closed.
- But Haunted Basement has no immediate plans for a return, interim executive director Walker Friend told me this week. The pandemic financially drained the business, and it's been hard to plan new haunts with COVID.
- "Our shows were intimate and close. It's the wrong kind of scary right now," he said.
What's next: Friend hopes it can come back in the future. Until then, it's partnered with Travail Kitchen for a Haunted Basement Bar, an immersive cocktail and multi-course tasting menu.
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