When Parker Olson thinks of how the Olson Haunted House started, he remembers how much his dad loves Halloween. “I’ve never seen someone get so much joy scaring little trick-or-treaters,” he says.
Now, more than a decade later and several states away, the family’s love of Halloween has kept the Olson Haunted House alive and well. It all started as a birthday party when they lived in San Francisco. “We always raise our own bar,” Parker says. “Every year there are at least one or two new scenes.”
The Olson family—Bruce, Holly, Parker, Macneil and Anders—spends months planning the haunted house and a few weeks setting up the three-car garage with twists, turns, electric chairs and coffins. “It’s surprising how much you can put in one garage,” Holly says. “I think people underestimate how scary our house can be.”
The house attracted 400 people last year, but the family does not collect admission. Instead, it collects items to donate to the local ICA Food Shelf. “I think people really appreciate the donations we make,” Holly says.
Olson Haunted House: Free with donation of food or cash to ICA Food Shelf.
6:30–10:30 p.m. October 31
2432 Lake Lucy Road, Chanhassen
Scream Town: $20-$55 depending on date and time of purchase.
Weekends in October, visit website for more details.
7410 Highway 212, Chaska
Trail of Terror: $19.95 or $16.95 in advance.
Weekends, October 9-31
3525 145th St. W., Shakopee