Rockin’ October
Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post
Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014
Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Centers
Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks
Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Grocery Stores
(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats
TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)
Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS
Twin Cities Family Halloween Wishlist: October 25 – 26
Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids

Rockin’ October

Pumpkins, Halloween, Costumes, Colored Leaves, Parties, Hot Apple Cider, Candy,

And Family Concerts

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Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post

Meet Annie!  If you are interested in what she recommended, you will want to check out this post! Read More

Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014

I’m ready to ditch Halloween and move onto other things.  This is partly because Halloween was my last big hurdle before my baby is due.  I’m sick of being pregnant and want to get to the end.  But, if Halloween is YOUR holiday, check out some of Anne’s suggestion’s HERE.  I posted the Minneapolis Park’s Halloween Schedule earlier this week.  These are mainly Free Family Activities.  Gianna has shared a list of grocery stores with Halloween freebies.

As always, our Calendars have an extensive list of outings — both free and not-so-free.  Just a reminder, you can choose which calendars you see by clicking on the little blue down arrow at the top right corner of of the calendars.  You can also click on the arrow next to the date to choose any date you want to view.  We start populating the calendars as soon as we receive information.  You can look as far ahead as you like.  Obviously, the closer the date, the more we have added and the more accurate our information will be.

This is my Halloween-Free List of weekend outings.

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  • Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun.  Click here for more information.
  • Click here to learn more about the Jack Brass Band.
  • Click here to learn more about this event.
  • Photo courtesy of Three Rivers Park District.  Click here to learn more about Kroening Interpretive Center

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Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Centers

This is it, Twin Cities. We have come to the last of our Halloween posts. Over the past few weeks we’ve traveled through pumpkin patches and corn mazes, detailed not-so-spooky options around the Metro, and talked treats. You’re likely as ready to stop reading about Halloween as we are ready to stop writing about it. But first, just this one final post – a few spots for indoor trick-or-treating (with one exception) should the idea of bundling up to go around the block sound less than appealing.

All events listed are taking place on Friday, October 31 (Halloween!), 2014, and all events are FREE:

  • Howl-O-Ween, Mall of America, Bloomington, 4:30 – 7:30pm
    Details: Trick-or-treat around the Mall at participating retailers, then check out Blackout: Glow Crazy at Nickelodeon Universe for a wristband deal and free activities.
  • Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular Rosedale Center , Roseville, 5 – 7pm
    Details: Participating stores will begin handing out treats at 5pm – stop by Guest Services for a list. Wear your costume, but Rosedale kindly asks that you leave the masks at home. The Teddy Bear Band will be performing from 6 – 6:45pm. Rosedale Center is also hosting a Great Pumpkin Hunt for a chance to win a $250 Rosedale gift card.
  • Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Premium Outlets, 3965 Eagan Outlets Pkwy., Eagan, 3 – 8pm
    Details: No escape from the chill here, but the event is early enough that you could still make it home to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood! Stop at Guest Services for extra treats.
  • Halloween Spooktacular & Mall-wide Trick-or-Treat, Maplewood Mall (3001 White Bear Avenue N., Maplewood) Details: Trick-or-treating at participating stores begins at 5:30.
  • Halloween on the Mall, Eden Prairie Center (8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie), 5:30 – 7:30pm
    Details: Trick-or-treat at participating stores, then enjoy live music by the Teddy Bear Band and meet Eden Prairie firefighters and police officers.

Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks


Halloween Fun and Frights in Minneapolis Parks


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is gearing up for its annual haunted and not-so-haunted Halloween celebrations in Minneapolis parks.

The MPRB will host safe, family-friendly Halloween celebrations beginning October 24 through Halloween on October 31.

Special Halloween events include the 13th annual Camden Haunted House at Folwell Park, open October 27, 29 and 31, and the Minnehaha Falls of Fun Halloween Party at Minnehaha Park on October 25.

Other free community parties featuring games, treat bags, refreshments and other fun activities will take place in parks across Minneapolis.

See below for a full listing of Halloween events in Minneapolis parks and find an event near you!

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Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Grocery Stores

In the event that you’re looking for one more place your child can wear their Halloween costume (and, yes, collect some goodies), several local grocery stores are offering trick-or-treating and other activities this week:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kowalski’s Boo Bash: 4 – 7pm at all Metro locations.

Lunds Boo Blast: 4 – 7pm at the following locations – St. Paul (Ford Pkwy), Wayzata (Navarre), Minneapolis (Penn Avenue), and Bloomington.

Byerly’s Boo Blast: 4 – 7 at the following location – Burnsville, Chanhassen, Eagan, Edina, Maple Grove, Ridgedale, Roseville and Woodbury.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Byerly’s Boo Blast: 4 – 7pm at the St. Paul (Suburban Ave.) location.

Lunds Boo Blast: 4 – 7pm at the Bloomington location.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lunds Boo Blast: 4 – 7pm at the Minnetonka location.

Any one of these could be a great alternative if you’ve got little ones that aren’t quite ready to head out after dark on Halloween night (and I can say, from experience, these stores offer some healthier alternatives to candy!).

(Mostly) Healthy School Halloween Treats

Halloween Treat CollageRecently, the members of a parenting group I belong to were discussing a letter sent home by a school regarding Halloween treats. This particular school was concerned with fat count and all treats had to be within certain fat guidelines. Other schools have allergy restrictions or limits on sugar.  Sometimes schools have to limit us to packaged food for insurance reasons.  No matter our personal opinions on this particular trend, it’s a reality.

Most of the parents in my group, including me, were leaning toward Clementine Jack-o’lanterns.  This made me wonder, “What if everyone brought Clementines as their treat?”  I’ve searched the web and found some ideas for treats to send with the kids this week.  Not every one of these ideas is going to fit every dietary demand and some will be less expensive than others.  Hopefully this round up will give us some ideas.

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TC Family Activities in 1 Minute (October 25-26)

tm eveland family farm | family activitiesLearn more about the FREE Ballet Minnesota Performance and Pumpkin Fest 


Check out the information about Como’s Zoo Boo.

For more information about other events and family activities to enjoy this weekend, you can check out Anne’s pumpkin patch post, Gianna’s corn maze post, Anne’s other post about Halloween events  or Joy’s free list.

Don’t forget about the Monster Dash in St. Paul as well.  I was going to run in that but then realized I still had a lot of training to do. Not only that, but I will be heading to the Minnesota Blogger Conference.  With that in mind is there anything you would like to see on Family Fun Twin Cities?  What family activities do you know about that we are missing? Please contact us by using the contact form at the top of the page.  We love to hear from you.  You can also leave us a message on our facebook page.

video courtesy of Lori (thanks Lori)

Family Fun List for October 24-26, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS

October 31st is right around the corner, and I know that many people choose not to celebrate this holiday. I also know that whether you celebrate or not, it’s kind of hard to ignore.  I list some of the non-scary ideas for your family on KTIS.

Source: Family Fun List for October 24-16, 2014 – 98.5 KTIS

Twin Cities Family Halloween Wishlist: October 25 – 26


Location: Tamarack Nature Center,
Time: 3-5pm, register for start time of 3pm, 3:20, 3:40, or 4pm. Visit the link above to register for this event. Expect activities to take about 75 minutes to complete.
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and younger school-aged children with accompanying adult
Cost: $7.50/child, $3.25/adult, pre-registration required
Details: This non-spooky event includes games, trick-or-treating on the prairie loop trail, and special Halloween activities in the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd., Dayton, MN 55369
Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: $7/child ages 2-17 preregistered or $8 day-of, $5/ages 18+ preregistered or $6 day-of. Follow the link above to register.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a woodland trail, go on pumpkin scavenger hunt, and meet costumed animals – plus a puppet show, craft, and refreshments for all ages.

Location: Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and up
Cost: $6/pp all ages, reservations required – follow the link above.
Details: Turn a mini pumpkin into a boat and float it down the Mississippi with a message for someone downstream.

Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria, MN 55386
Time: 5 – 9pm
Ages: Non-spooky and appropriate for all ages, note this is a nighttime event.
Cost: $9/pp all ages, children under 2 admitted free. Register by following the link above.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a character trail, warm up with stories around the bonfire, and enjoy games, crafts, and cookie-decorating. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Location: Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, MN 55123
Time: 1 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5/pp to support the Art Park
Details: Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of Caponi’s sculpture garden. Make a craft, jump in the giant leaf pile, and enjoy refreshments during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season. Read More

Fairy Finery–Magical Costumes for Kids

Soaked from the State Fair downpour and in search of cute flower headbands for my brand new, balding baby niece, we headed into Merchandise Mart on Dan Patch (I think that’s where it is).  Not far into the building, we came upon the perfect booth: Fairy Finery. Read More

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