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Galaty performed his first haunted attraction in the foyer and living room of his parents’ house in Southern California while in college. By the time he was in high school, the word had spread.

“We ended up asking people to drive 45 minutes to see our house,” he said. It was an accomplishment considering there was no social media or the internet to get the word out.

Later, Galaty opened her home in southeast Rochester as a haunted house for four years before making the jump to host a professional haunted attraction. For 11 years, he has directed and produced the Rochester Horror’s Fright at the Farm attraction.

While horror may seem like a frightening interest to some, Galaty says he was drawn to it because of his love of acting.

“I’m a theater guy,” he said. “I’ve always liked to dress up and act.”

He strives to scare his thrill-seeking clients disguised as his horrific alter ego, Draco. He shows his bloody fangs under a red top hat as a silver skull-shaped earring dangles from his pale flesh.

Fright at the Farm debuted at the History Center, but in 2015 the spooky attraction moved to Willow’s Keep Farm, a farm built in 1920 that now sits on the west side of US 52, south of Zumbrota. .

“The new farm gave us more space,” said Galaty. He and his wife Tricia are co-owners of the farm and Hemp Maze Minnesota, which they operate there.

Galaty says the Hemp Maze is the only one of its kind in the country, and during the Season of Horrors, it turns into a Haunted Hemp Maze.

This year, Galaty’s Horror Operation reboots its successful abandoned circus theme. Show monsters and crazy clowns roam the hemp maze and farm buildings. Galaty describes the environment as “a landscape that you walk through and experience”. Each evening, 50 to 60 actors, disguised as characters like “Tiny the clown”, supported by a support team of 10 to 15 people, do their best to give people the fear of their lives.

The ganja and the ghouls make a pretty perfect team, and the haunted cannabis maze really takes horror to the next level.

Cannabis plants are sometimes up to 14 feet tall, and Galaty said the canopy they create allows for the “ultimate spooky environment” with “darkness and jumps around every corner.”

On Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., those looking for a little extra adrenaline rush can participate in a blackout event. Groups enter the haunted cannabis labyrinth with a single LED candle and must go through all the terror in almost complete darkness.

Galaty has estimated that Fright at the Farm will attract between 8,000 and 10,000 people who want to be scared of their socks this year. So far this year, a Saturday night has drawn a record crowd of nearly 1,500 thrill seekers. This record crowd arrived despite construction on Highway 52 northbound. Guests arriving from Rochester should take the Zumbrota exit, then head south and access the property from the cone-marked turn lane on the freeway.

For Galaty, the thrill of exploiting her haunted attraction “is all about the smiles and screams and compliments,” he said. “We all do it for the joy of putting on the best show possible. “

If you are going to

What: Fear on the farm and the haunted cannabis maze

Or: 47385 US Highway 52, Zumbrota

When: 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until October 30

Cost: $ 15, http://rochesterhorror.com/7.html.

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