Halloween Events Where You Live | News
If you are looking for a way to celebrate this spooky season you are in luck! Halloween celebrations are happening all around the Twin Cities this month. Check out these events for ideas.
- The Minnesota Pioneer Park is inviting kids of all ages to an evening of Halloween festivities on Saturday, October 29 from 5-8 p.m. Spooks will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters in most of the park’s buildings. There will be games for the young children and haunts for the older ones. The cost is $10 per vehicle. Kids should bring their own flashlights and be accompanied by an adult. Check out the park’s website for more information.
- The Gray Ghost 5K Run and One Mile Fitness Walk takes place on Saturday, October 29 at Franklin Elementary School in Anoka. It begins at 12:50 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and awards will be given to the five best individual and group costumes. Registration costs $20 in advance or $25 on race day. For more information visit raceberryjam.com or call 763-421-7130.
Anoka’s ‘Halloween Capital of the World’ Event
- Wednesday, October 19: Pumpkin Bowl
- Thursday, October 20: Family Movie and Dinner Night, 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 21: Orange Tie Ball and Silent Auction, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 22: Pumpkin Carving Contest, 3 p.m.
- Saturday, October 22: Light up the Night Parade and Bonfire, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, October 23: Medallion Hunt, noon
- Tuesday, October 25: Bingo Night, 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 26: House Decorating Contest, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 27: Wine Tasting and Rib Contest, 6:30 pm
- Friday, October 28: Preschool Costume Contest, 10 a.m.
- Friday, October 28: Big Parade of Little People, 1:15 p.m.
- Saturday, October 29: Gray Ghost Run, Grand Day Parade, 1 p.m.
- Saturday, October 29: Royal Ambassador Coronation, 6 p.m.
- For more information, visit anokahalloween.com or call 763-421-7130
- Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is hosting a family-friendly Halloween party to raise money for its new pipe organ. On Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m. there will be pizza, a costume parade, and an organ performance of spooky songs. The cost is $3 per person for a pizza and salad dinner. For more information click here.
- The HallZOOween event is happening at the Minnesota Zoo on October 28 and 29. Costumed kids are invited to the zoo for a fun day of crafts, critters, and treats. The event goes from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. both days. For more information click here.
- The Halloween Hoopla takes place on Friday, October 28 at the Arden Hills City Hall. From 6-8 p.m. there will be bingo, carnival games, trick-or-treating and more. The event costs $8 per child and $5 for each additional child. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 26.
- The Mall of America is hosting the world’s largest indoor trick-or-treat on Monday, October 31 at the mall. The event begins with a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. and more than 150 stores will hand out candy until 8 p.m.
- The Lucky Dog Pet Lodge is hosting its Howl-O-Ween Party and Dog Adoption Fair on Sunday, October 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the pet lodge. There will be a canine couture costume contest, face painting, pup portraits and more. There will also be dogs ready for adoption. For more information call 952-767-2040.
- The Works, a new engineering, science and technology museum, is hosting a Sneak Pre-Boo on October 29 from 5-8 p.m. Be one of the first to see this new facility before its grand opening on November 12 and check out featured exhibits, Halloween activities, a buffet and more. Cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Click here for more information.
- The Ghostly Gathering is on Saturday, October 29 at the Southtown Shopping Center. From 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. costumed kids will be trick-or-treating, playing games, winning prizes and more. This event is free. For more information click here.
- The Citywide Halloween party for kids is happening at the Northwestern Health Sciences University on Monday, October 31. From 6-8 p.m. preschoolers to fourth graders accompanied by adults are invited to experience trick-or-treat alley, play some games, and win prizes. Admission is free but donations to the Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People food shelf will be collected. Click here for more information.
- The Halloween Fest at Nicollet Commons Park will include a treat train, haunted stories, and much more. It takes place on October 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Nicollet Commons Park, 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The cost is $5 per family. Costumes are encouraged. Parking is available at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center parking deck or the Heart of the City.
- The Frightmares at Buck Hill are open and scary as ever. Guests can check out the fright factory, the haunted hollow, and many more haunted houses at the event. The Frightmares are open on October 15, 19-22, 23, 27-30 at 7p.m. They are located on Buck Hill Road right off of I-35. Tickets cost $20 Wednesday through Saturday and $18 on Sunday. For more information click here.
- The Buck Hill Ski Area is conducting a Halloween-themed snowboarding contest on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Snowboarders will compete for cash and prizes. Plus, all participants will receive free admission to the Frightmares at Buck Hill. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume for the event, as a costume contest is part of the festivities. Click here for more information.
- The Lions’ Haunted House is back for its 19th year. The haunted house is open on October 21,22,28, and 29 from 7-10 p.m. at the Lamotte Memorial Park. There will be a bonfire and hayride if weather is permitting. The cost is $7 for Adults and $5 for children under 12. You can get $2 if you bring a non-perishable food item.
- Ghouls and Goblins at the Maze is happening at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Saturday, October 29 from 12-5 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and fun with a Trick or Treat Trail, a maze garden, and more!
- Visit the Haunted Acres located at the Corcoran Lions Park at the junction of highway 101 and highway 10. The event will be open October 14-15, 21-22 and 28-31 from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with proceeds going to local food shelves and other community needs. This event is not recommended for children under 12 due to the high scare level. For more information click here.
- The Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival is hosting a Halloween “Monster Bash” from on October 28 from 5:00-11:00 p.m. The event takes place at the VFW (Red Barn) and includes a taco dinner, costume contest, dance, and a silent auction. There will also be a Monster Bash Parade on Saturday October 29. For more information click here.
- Stop by the Eagan Community Center On Sunday, October 30 for the Halloween Hodgepodge. From 3:00-7:00 p. m. there will be free trick-or-treat bags, face painting, a ghostly carnival and many other fun activities for the entire family. The cost is $3 plus a food donation item for each child. Children under 18 months and adults can get in with only a food donation item. For more information click here.
- Celebrate this spooky holiday at the Great Pumpkin Event on Friday, October 28. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. in the Outdoor Center at the Staring Lake Observatory. Bring a sharp knife and old newspapers because there will be pumpkin carving. An adult must accompany each child. For more information or to register for the event click here.
- The Eden Prairie Community Center is hosting a night of Halloween fun during Spooky Saturday on October 29 from 3-5 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating, crafts, music and many more festivities. The cost is $4 per child if you register in advance or $5 at the door. Everyone who wears a costume will get a treat and all participants will be registered to win a special birthday party. Click here for more information.
- Halloween on the Mall is happening Monday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the Eden Prairie Center. The mall provides a safe trick-or-treating environment for kids of all ages. Plus, it’s free. Stores will be handing out candy and there will be entertainment in Center Court. Kids can even meet Eden Prairie Police officers and firefighters. Click here for more details.
- The Halloween Walk is happening on Friday, October 28 at the Levi Dodge Middle School. From 5:30-7:00 p.m. costumed kids are welcome to come and collect some treats. Admission is free but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Farmington Food Shelf. For more information call 651-460-3200.
- Pumpkin Night in the Park is a family event on Saturday, October 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Springbrook Nature Center. There will be characters, a blacklight trail, food, music, and hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins. The event costs $5 per person for advance tickets or $6 at the door. Children ages two and under are free.
- You can trick-or-treat with owls, wolves and bears at the Howl-O-Ween event on October 29 at the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus. From 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. you can explore the haunted barn, enjoy some apple cider and of course trick-or-treat.
- The Forest Lake American Legion is throwing a Spooktacular Bash on Saturday, October 29. The event starts at 8 p.m. and there will be a costume contest, a “Ghoul Game Show” DJ music, an eats and treats buffet and more. For more information click here.
- The Monster Mash Teen Dance is happening on October 28 at the Crystal Community Center. From 7:00 -9:30 p. m. there will music, prizes and dancing. There will also be a costume contest and if you wear a costume you will receive a treat. The cost is $8 at the door or $5 if you pay by October 27. For more information click here.
- Big Woods Halloween is happening at Fish Lake Regional Park. The event takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Activities include a magician, an eat-a-bug challenge, and more. The cost is $7 for preregistered guests and $8 at the door. For more information click here.
- The Fright Farm Haunted House begins on October 7th. It is located at the Ramsey County Fairgrounds “Poor Farm” barn in Maplewood. It will be open 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. It will also be open 7-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, October 30-31. The admission cost is $10. For a less intense Halloween experience there will be a “Low Scare Matinee” from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 30. For more information click here.
- Local businesses in Uptown are joining the Halloween festivities with the Uptown HallowEve Festival on Saturday, October 29. From 1-5 p.m. there will be trick or treating, a costume contest, craft station, and live entertainment in and around Calhoun Square. There will be fun activities for the kids and discounts for the parents! Click here for more details.
- Add some horror to your Halloween weekend. The Golden Valley Orchestra will accompany the silent horror movie Phantom of the Opera and provide other musical entertainment on October 28. The concert starts at 7:30 p. m. at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. The event is free but donations are welcome. For more information click here.
- On Friday, October 28 the Southwest High School is hosting its annual Family Halloween Party. From 7-9 p.m. there will be carnival games, door prizes, a moonwalk, treats and more fun festivities for the entire family. The cost is $2 per person and an adult must accompany all youngsters.
- The Bakken Museum is hosting a Halloween event for all ages. Wizards, Witches, and Monsters is happening on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum. There will be science magic, Frankenstein’s Monster, haunted mansions and more. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for members and children under four. Visit the museum's website for more details.
- On Monday, October 31 the Pershing Park is throwing a pre-school Halloween Party. This event is free. There will be games, activities and a parade of costumed kids. The event goes from 10-11:30 a.m. Please register on-line or by phone before Monday, October 31.
- Halloween at the Hills is happening on Monday, October 31st from 6-8 p.m. at the Linden Hills Park. The event is free and there will be a magician, refreshments and more.
- The Art Institutes International Minnesota is bringing Halloween to the Block E AMC theatre. The Blockhead Animation, Film, and Visual Effects Festival is on Thursday, October 27 at 5 p. m. Students have created about 60 Halloween-inspired, 3-minute creations for the big screen. There will also be a post-event meet and greet. The festival is free and guests are encouraged to wear costumes.
The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line is conducting some spooky, Halloween rides. All rides start at the Linden Hills Station.
- Ride the Halloween Ghost Trolley on October 21,22,28, & 29. From 6-9 p. m. you can take a trolley ride that’s a lot of fun, but not too scary for the little ones. The cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under.
- Trick-or-Treat in style this year on the Trick ‘R Trolley. On Sunday, October 30 younger children and their parents can come in costume, hear a Halloween story, and enjoy a trolley ride. Rides will start at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p. m. Each child will get a treat bag of goodies. The cost is $5 per person.
For more information about the trolley rides click here.
Many of the parks around Minneapolis are hosting Halloween events for the entire family:
- The Camden Haunted House is happening at Creekview Park on October 28 and 29. From 7-9:30 p.m. the haunted house will be filled with spooky fun and scary adventures. The cost is $5 for ages 6+ and $3 for ages 5 and under.
- On October 29 Logan Park is hosting a family Halloween party. All ages are invited to put on their “non-threatening” Halloween gear and enjoy the fun. The cost is free but you must pre-register.
- Minnehaha Park is hosting the Minne-Ha-Ha Falls of Fun Halloween Party on October 29 from 2-4 p.m. There will be music, hayrides, and trick-or-treating. The cost is $2 per person.
- On October 30 the Van Cleve Park is hosting the Van Cleve Park Halloween Party. The party is free and runs from 2-5 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged.
- The Pershing Park Preschool Halloween Party is happening on October 31 at Pershing Park. The event is free and there will be a parade, games, treats, and crafts.
- Matthews Park is throwing a Halloween party on October 31 from 4-6 p.m. There will be games, trick-or-treating, and a parade. The event is free for all ages.
- On October 31 from 5-8 p.m. Central Park will be giving away spooky movies and treats to costumed kids.
- Folwell Park is hosting a Halloween Party on October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and there will be trick-or-treating and games.
- On October 31 Armatage Park is hosting a Halloween party from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and there will be a haunted house, hayrides, games, and food.
- Bottineau Park is throwing a family Halloween party on October 31. From 6-8 p.m. there will be trick-or-treating and games. This event is free for all ages.
- Bryant Square is throwing a Halloween party on October 31 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free for all and includes treats and entertainment.
- Fairview Park is throwing a Halloween party on October 31 from 5-7 p.m.
- On October 31 Fuller Park is throwing a Halloween party. From 6-8 p.m. there will be entertainment, games, treat bags, and light refreshments. The party is free for all.
- The Harrison Park is hosting a Halloween party on October 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.
- You can enjoy trick-or-treating at Keewaydin Park on October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
- There will be a campfire and treats at Kenwood Park on October 31. The event is free for all.
- Halloween at the Hills is happening October 31 at Linden Hills. From 6-8 p.m. there will be a theme party and treats. The event is free.
- On October 31 Luxton Park is hosting a Halloween party. From 6-8 p.m. there will be children’s activities and treat bags. The event is free.
- There will be trick-or-treating at McRae Park from 6-8 p.m. on October 31.
- There will be a campfire and treats at Morris Park on October 31 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free.
- On October 31 Pearl Park is hosting a Halloween campfire. From 6-8 p.m. there will be a campfire and Halloween treats. The event is free.
- Powderhorn Park is hosting its Halloween party on October 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be entertainment, games, and family fun at this free event.
- Whittier Park’s Halloween party is happening on October 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, treat bags, and crafts at this free event.
- On October 31 Windom Park is hosting a Halloween party. From 6-8 p.m. there will be food, games, and entertainment. The event is free.
- Elliot Park is having it’s Halloween party on October 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. There will be entertainment, games, and treats at this free event.
For more information on the parks' Halloween festivities click here.
- The Adogo Pet Hotel is hosting a Halloween party and costume contest for you and your pets. The event is at the Adogo Pet Hotel on Sunday, October 30 from 12-4 p.m. There will be costume contests, a bounce castle, treats, and much more spooky fun. There will even be auditions for owners and dogs for the 2012 runway show of Doggies on the Runway. The cost to enter the costume contest is $25. All proceeds will go to Can Do Canines and Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota. For more information visit the Adogo Pet Hotel’s website.
- Businesses around Montevideo are hosting a Trick-or-Treat Street on Monday, October 31. From 5-7 p. m. costumed kids can trick-or-treat for candy around town. Click here for more information.
- You can trick-or-treat in downtown Monticello on October 27. From 4-7 p.m. downtown businesses will be giving out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
- The Rink Event Center is throwing a huge Halloween Costume Party on October 29. There will be a costume contest, full bar, appetizers, special effects and live music. Tickets are $10 but advance tickets are available at a discount. Costumes are required. For more information click here.
- Kids can start getting their costumes ready for the annual Halloween Kiddie Parade. The parade will take place at noon on Saturday, October 29 at the Boerboom Veterans Memorial Park across from City Hall. Local businesses along the parade route will be handing out candy and there will be additional Halloween activities after the parade at the Community Center. For more information, click here.
- Halloween at the Creek, “a fantastically fun family festival,” is happening on Monday, October 31, 6-8 p.m. It will take place at the Plymouth Creek Center with activities including carnival games, live entertainment and much more. Costumes are encouraged but please do not wear scary or gory costumes. Participants will get a slice of pizza and a beverage. All children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is recommended. The cost is $7 for children ages four and up and free for younger children. Call 763-509-5200 for more information or to register.
- Half Haunted Halloween is taking place on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m.at the Wood Lake Nature Center. This non-scary Halloween event includes a trick-or-treat trail, cookies and hot cocoa, a magician and more. Cost is $5. To purchase tickets, visit the Wood Lake Nature Center. For more information call 612-861-9365.
- The Rosemount Haunted woods trail is on Saturday, October 29th from 6-8 p.m. in Rosemount’s Central Park. Area volunteers will be passing out candy and donations will be accepted at the trail entrance. Costumes are encouraged. For more information click here.
- Check out the Halloween Spook-tacular on Saturday, October 29 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. The event includes activities such as face painting, live animals and many more. Costumes are encouraged but not required. An adult must accompany all children. The cost is $6 per person. The registration deadline is 4:30 p.m. on October 28. For more information or to register call Roseville Parks and Recreation at 651-792-7110.
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- Even your dog can join in on the Halloween festivities during the Woof-n-Treat Dog Halloween Party at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park. On Saturday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m. dogs and their owners can participate in festivities such as a dog costume contest, hay rides, trick-or-treating and more. The cost to enter the costume contest is a $10 donation to the Pet Project.
- Bring your goblins and monsters to the Goblin March and Boo-Gie Concert at The Rec Center. On Friday October 28 from 6:30-9:30 kids are invited to trick-or-treat through the Haunted Halloween Haven and dance to “boo-gie” music. After the event there will be free ice-skating and rental until 9 p.m. The cost for the event is $5.
- The Boo Bash is happening on October 30 from 1-5 p.m. St. Paul’s Grand Avenue will be lined with spooky, family-friendly fun. The event is open to all ages and admission is free. Costumes are encouraged.
- The historic Mounds Theatre is presenting one hour tours of its building. The tours will be led by professional paranormal investigators and participants will get to hear the history of the building and possibly the ghosts who are said to reside inside. No registration is required. Tour dates and times can be viewed at www.realhauntedtours.com or www.moundstheatre.org. You can also call 651-772-8674 for more information.
- ZooBoo, a family friendly Halloween event at the Como Zoo, is open during the weekends of October 16-17 and October 22-24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $6 and are available at comozooconservatory.org, Como's Garden Safari Gifts, and Metro Cub Foods locations. Tickets are good for any night of the event, and will also be available at the door for $7. There will be a 'Park and Ride' free shuttle from 1694 Como Avenue West across from the fair grounds. The free shuttle runs from 4 to 8:15 p.m. each night.
- Learn about the spookiest locations near you at the Haunted Twin Cities event. Chad Lewis, the author of The Minnesota Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures and the co-author of The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations, will be sharing his scariest haunting experiences from the Twin Cities at the St. Paul Library on October 30th. This free event starts at 2 p.m. and is open to all ages. For more information call 651-266-7000.
- South St. Paul’s 10th annual Great Halloween Get Together is on October 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Marie Avenue. There’s going to be trick or treating the along Marie Avenue that offers a safe and fun environment for a community-wide Halloween celebration. For more information or if you would like to volunteer contact Community Affairs Liaison Deb Griffith at 651-554-3230 or deb.Griffith@southstpaul.org.
- The Great Pumpkin Festival is on Sunday, October 30 from 1-3 p.m. Kids off all ages can experience Halloween fun with balloon creations, dancing, clowns, and magicians. The event takes place at the Landmark Center and costumes are encouraged. For more information call 651-292-3276 or click here.
- The Dodge Nature Center is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza on October 28. From 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. you will be able to walk the friendly Trick-or-Treat Trail or the Scary Trail and enjoy some storytelling, face painting and more family-friendly activities. The event takes place at the Farm Entrance at 1701 Charlton Street. It costs $8.00 for adults, $8.00 for children and $30.00 for families. For center members the cost is $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and $20.00 for families. The event is free for children ages 2 and younger. For more information or to register for this event click here.
- The Monster Dash is happening on Saturday, October 29. If you’re looking for an active way to celebrate Halloween this is the event for you. There will be a Monster Dash Half Marathon and 10 Mile at 8:30 a.m. starting at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and finishing at Upper Landing Park. There will also be a Monster Dash 5K and 5K-9 (where you can run with your dog) starting at 9:30 a.m. at Lake Harriet. For the costumed runners there will be a costume contest at 7:45 a.m. at Cathedral Hill Park. Click here for more information or to register.
- This Saturday, Oct. 29, join the Highland Business Association in Highland Village for Trick or Treating fun. Look for the “official stop” orange pumpkin in participating businesses. For more information, click here.
- The Butcher Shop Haunted House, located at 1444 Reaney Ave., is a professional level haunted house filled with scary special effects and gruesome surprises. The haunted house is open October 24-October 31 from 5:00-11:00 p.m. The cost is free but a $5 donation is requested. The house is not for the faint of heart and everyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Governor Dayton is inviting children and families to trick-or-treat at his residence on October 31. From 5-6 p.m. Kids will receive candy and a Kids Club Card. The Governor’s residence is located at 1006 Summit Avenue.
- The Trail of Terror opens Thursday, October 13. Dates for the 2011 season are: October 13-16, 20-23, 27-31. It will be open Thursdays through Sunda