Category - Halloween

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10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls
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Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets
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30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Straight from Your Closet
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Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches
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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson
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Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015
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10 More Twin Cities Halloween Happenings
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Twin Cities Early Halloween Events – October 10-18, 2015
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Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post
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Free Family Activities Around the Twin Cities – November 1-2, 2014

10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls

pumpkinfestival[1]50th & France in Minneapolis: Pumpkin Fest, Edina
When:
10/22, 10am-1pm • Details: Enjoy trick-or-treating at local businesses starting at 10am (look for the sign in the window, kids 12 & under only, please), kids activities, horse-drawn trolley rides, a cake walk, and costume contest. FREE.

Arbor Lakes: Fall Festival on Main Street, Maple Grove
When:
10/29, 9:30-1:30pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at participating Main Street businesses, free mini pumpkins and a costume contest. FREE.

Galleria Edina: Tricky Treat-a-Palooza
When: 10/29, 10am-12pm • Details: Grab a free treat bag at Pottery Barn and head off to collect candy at participating shops around the Galleria.

Trick-or-Treating on Main Street, Stillwater
When: 10/29-30, 12-4pm • Details: Troll for treats along Stillwater’s business district.

Maplewood Mall: Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night at the Mall
When: 10/31, 5:30-7:30pm • Details: Visit participating retailers for treats, make a craft and take a turn in the bouncy house. FREE.

Halloween-spooktacular[1]Rosedale Mall: Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treating, Roseville
When:
10/31, 5-7pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at participating stores, plus a performance by the Teddy Bear Band in East Court. FREE.

1265-1442591411[1]Mall of America: Howl-o-Ween
When:
10/31, 5-8pm • Details: Come in costume and prowl the mall for treats at participating retailers. FREE.

Eden Prairie Center: Halloween on the Mall
When:
10/31, 5-7pm • Details: Trick-or-treat at mall merchants, meet Eden Prairie policemen and firefighters, and free entertainment in Center Court. FREE.

Southdale Center: Mall-o-Ween, Edina
When:
10/31, 3-7pm • Details: Participating merchants will hand out treats; stick around for crafts, face painting and a bounce house. FREE.

Northtown Mall: Halloween Trick-or-Treating, Blaine
When: 10/31, 6-8pm • Details: Trick-or-treat around the mall, play games and snap a selfie at the photo station. FREE.


Trick-or-Treat and More at Twin Cities Groceries & Markets

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

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Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl: Edina, Woodbury & Eden Prairie locations. Trick-or-treat around the store with a re-usable bag to tote your loot! Plus Halloween crafts, scavenger hunts and face painting. When: Sat, Oct 29 • 11am-1pm (Edina & Woodbury) and Sun, Oct 30 • 11am-1pm.

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30 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Straight from Your Closet

dirndl-183675_640Halloween is right around the corner, and if your kids are like mine, they have been talking about their halloween costumes since April. If your kids haven’t been talking about their costumes, count your blessings.  It’s extremely tricky to encourage creativity and ingenuity all the while keeping it real in your own head.

For those of you who aren’t ready for Halloween, I have a  guide to easy and fantastic costumes with things from your closet/dress-up bin.  It may take a quick trip to Goodwill, but honestly, if you can’t make it out, your kiddo will have an incredible costume.


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Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches

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Forecast: Gorgeous fall weekends ahead to hit one of these Twin Cities-area pumpkin patches before Halloween! And even if you’re not in the market for a jack-o-lantern, these patches are crammed full of fall fun from corn mazes and farm animals to hayrides and train rides. Check out the list below. Did we miss any? Thank you to our sponsor Wheel Fun Rentals for their support of this article!

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Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches – 2 Twin Cities locations

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park 6335 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN
Hours: Open weekends starting 9/24/16.
Admission: Pumpkin patch wristbands come in 2 options – $5-$10/pp
What’s picking: Pumpkins, plain and simple.
Other activities: You have the option of choosing two different wristbands to partake in pumpkin patch activities such as mini golf, inflatables, hayride and more.

Location: Como Lake – 1360 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul
Hours: Open weekends starting 9/24/16.
Admission: Pumpkin patch wristbands are $5/ages 3 & under, $9/ages 4-17, and $5/adults
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins!
Other activities: Admission to the patch includes a hayride, games, use of inflatables and photo booth.


NORTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES

Pinehaven Farm

Location: 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6:30pm, weekends 10am – 6:30pm, 9/24-10/31/16.
Admission/Discounts: General admission is $8.99 plus tax/pp over 2 yrs. of age. Admission is discounted to $6.99/pp Monday – Wednesday and on the following days. Find a $1 off/pp coupon here for use during the day. The fee covers the majority of attractions offered at the farm; there are a few nominal exceptions.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick-your-own. The setting is especially beautiful when the fall colors are at peak!
Other activities: Included in admission to Pinehaven Farm are a bundle of fun fall activities: playground equipment, mazes, all-terrain trikes, a petting farm, wagon rides and special events on select weekends. Treats are available for purchase daily, full concessions for sale on weekends only. Read about our visit to Pinehaven Farm here.

Anoka County Farms

Location: 128 Bunker Blvd., Ham Lake, MN
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday 3pm – sunset, Friday 12pm – sunset, and weekends 10am – sunset, 9/24-10/31/16.
Admission: $5 per car on weekends & MEA includes pumpkin games and the petting farm, additional activities extra. Cash only, no checks or credit cards accepted at the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and other produce available for purchase.
Other activities: Paid activities include inflatables, hayrides, pony rides (weekends only) and a dump truck hill to play on. Concessions are also available weekends.

Eveland Family Farm

Location: 2575 Andover Blvd., Andover, MN
Hours: Weekdays 3 – 7pm, weekends 10am – 6pm. 2016 opening date will be late September.
Admission: $3/pp includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and squash
Other activities: Hayrides run at 4, 5 & 6pm on weekdays and run continuously from 10:30am until close on weekends. Exploring the farm and its many inhabitants is a highlight — llamas, alpacas, goats, pot-bellied pigs and more. A lovely picnic shelter is available whether you bring your own food or purchase concessions at the farm.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: 6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN
Hours: Open daily, 9am-dusk starting 9/24 thru Halloween, 2016
Admission: Free
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins from the field, $4 apiece. Pre-picked pumpkins start at $6.
Other activities: Hour-long, educational hayrides are available by reservation, $8/pp includes a pumpkin and Indian corn. Kids can spend time in the giant corn box or in the play area; concessions and face painting are offered on fall weekends.

Waldoch Farm Garden Center

Location: 8174 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm starting 9/17/16-10/31/16.
Admission: Free weekend & MEA break hayrides to the pumpkin patch. The animal barnyard is also free daily. There is a separate admission charge for Waldoch’s giant corn maze: $10/ages 3+, under 3 free. Fee includes maze, pedal carts for all ages, sand and corn boxes, a hay jumping bin, an obstacle course, and more.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins and other fall produce.

Pleasant Valley Orchard

Location: 17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am-6pm
Admission: Free; extra fee for weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($3/pp).
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins weekends only starting 9/25-October. PYO apples available on select weekends.
Other activities: New in 2016, the orchard hosts 12 Days of Halloween,10/20-31 with special activities.

Tom’s Pumpkin Farm

Location: 15281 Panola Dr, Lindstrom MN
Hours: Open daily, 10am-dusk starting 9/24 thru Halloween, 2016
Admission: Free
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkin and carry it out, $3.99 any size.
Other activities: Families can explore the corn maze, and there’s a hay bale maze for the youngest.

EAST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES

Afton Apple Orchard

Location: 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm, pumpkins available starting 9/26/16.
Admission: $4/pp ages 5+, $3/pp under age 4. Includes hay rides when available, use of play equipment and petting farm.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own, call (651) 436-8385 to check the status of apple picking.
Other activities: Afton’s 15-acre corn maze ($9/ages 11+, $7/ages 2-10) is open Fri-Sun starting 9/17/16. The maze is divided into three progressively challenging phases. 3 additional mazes are included in admission. We haven’t tried the corn maze, but my kids love the tire hill and the play structure.

Country Sun Farm

Location: 11211 N. 60th St., Lake Elmo, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 9am – 7pm, weekends 9am – 6pm. Activities are up and running Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm starting mid-September.
Admission: Free, with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, though you don’t choose them from the field.
Other activities: Play in a giant corn pit outfitted with buckets, slides and toys ($3), make your way through the corn maze ($4), enjoy the fall scenery on a hay ride ($4.50), pan for gems and lots more. Thanks to one of our readers for bringing Country Sun Farm to our attention!

WEST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES

Marshall’s Farm Market

Location: 9100 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN
Hours: Daily, 11am-6:30pm
Admission: Free
What’s picking: The perfect pumpkin, along with fresh fall produce.
Other activities: A giant pumpkin bouncer and a not-so-scary haunted house for the kids.

SOUTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES

Barten Pumpkins

Location: 5716 W. 280th St., New Prague, MN
Hours: Open during daylight hours 9/21 through 10/31.
Admission: Free
What’s picking: Pumpkins of every shape and size (pre-picked) most priced at $2-$6.
Other activities: Play free pumpkin bowling and other games, call 612-227-0033 to schedule a family hayride, and take note of Barten’s two Family Fun Saturdays (10/1 & 10/8, 2016) where pony rides, caricature drawings and hayrides are free.

Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn

Location: 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free
What’s picking: Free hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field.
Other activities: Enjoy the working farm and free face painting on October weekends.

Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee, MN
Hours: Fridays 1- 8pm, Saturdays 10am – 8pm (last ticket sold at 6:30), Sundays 10am – 6pm (last ticket sold at 4:30).
Admission/Discount: $15/pp ages 4+ or $14 online or with this coupon. Includes admission to Sever’s giant themed corn maze, the corn pit, play equipment, jumping pillows, an exotic petting zoo, live shows and quite a bit more.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins at Sever’s Fall Festival.
Other activities: Sever’s Corn Maze is well-known for its extensive menu of activities. In addition to what’s included in admission, these diversions require an extra fee – giant slide ($2), pony and camel rides ($5), pumpkin cannons ($5), face painting, sand art, hay rides ($1), an arcade, and concessions.


BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is a native Minnesotan who grew up immersing herself in stories:  reading, watching TV, acting in Children’s Theatre Company shows and spending lots of time at the library.  She is a local author who teaches writing classes and does picture book critique work as well.

Most importantly, she is happy to be a soul parent.  (Trust me, it’s most definitely soul and not sole–her heart and humor is two sizes too big)

She and her 5 year old daughter (who shares my birthday!) live in Minneapolis.

We are pumped to have Stephanie on BookHounds this month as she is a dynamic mama with a really cool job.  She talks about what it’s like to be an author and how they foster reading in their home.

For more information, see the Show Notes below.

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Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015

Saturday is packed full of of FREE Halloween events, most designed for the ones who want only the mildest of spooks and thrills. Read on for more details, and be sure to check our Family Fun Calendar for additional Halloween fun and beyond.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Free Ink Day: Dia de los Muertos
@ Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 W Lake St., Minneapolis 55408

Time: 12-4pm
Details: All ages are welcome
to take part in this free Highpoint tradition. Learn how to carve relief blocks by hand and make prints to take home, this month’s theme celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Young children will enjoy the activity, but will need close participation from adults.

HOBT-22x28-Halloween-BLEED-1a[1]Monster Mash Sing Along with Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
@ Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis 55408

Time: 10 & 11:30am
Details: Heart of the Beast will take center stage in the first floor atrium with their first show at 10:00am. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to “create and take” a puppet. The second show will begin at 11:30 am. Come in costume and go trick-or-treating at Calhoun Square after the show!

BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza
@ Hidden Falls Regional Park
1313 Hidden Falls Drive, Saint Paul, 55116

Time: 7-8pm
Details: Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall.

Halloween Events at Minneapolis Parks: Joy has rounded up a great list of 9 Halloween events (all of which are free save one) going on around Minneapolis Parks. Click the above link for the list.

Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Malls: Tons of not-so-spooky FREE events going on at Twin Cities-area shopping centers on Halloween! A handful include Rosedale Mall’s Spooktacular, Mall of America’s Howl-o-Ween, and Halloween on the Mall at Eden Prairie Center. For a complete list, click the above link.

Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Grocery Stores & Markets: Activities going on the day of Halloween include Boo Blast at Lunds/Byerly’s Wayzata and the Fall Festival at the Plymouth location (both 11am-3pm), and Halloween activities at the St. Paul Farmers Market.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

It’s You & Me, Kid
@ Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park
7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, 55386

Time: 2:30-4pm
Details: Unplug with your child in nature. Enjoy crafts, games, puzzles, coloring, nature artifacts, bird watching, and live animals. Go on a hike before or after the program.

Free Family Fun Days at Three Rivers Parks
Turkey Talk @ Richardson Nature Center, 3-4pm
Skulls @ Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 1-3pm


10 More Twin Cities Halloween Happenings

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10+ Halloween Happenings that will take you through the last two weeks of October!

Halloween Extravaganza
@ Dodge Nature Center, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul

When: Friday, Oct. 23 • 5:30-10pm   
Cost: $9/pp all ages, or $6/pp for members. Pre-registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 12 noon
Details: Choose the friendly trick or treat trail (5:30-9:30pm), or, if you dare, the scary trail (6:45-9:45pm) along the ghostly pond and haunted prairie. Family activities throughout the evening include nature programs, face painting, scary hair, storytelling, music, wagon rides and a costume contest for different age levels.

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Twin Cities Early Halloween Events – October 10-18, 2015

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When: Saturday, Oct. 10 • events 11am-8pm
Cost: Free
Details: Trick-or-treat at participating businesses (map) from 2-4pm, free root beer garden at Red Balloon Bookshop from 2-5pm, free pony rides, a petting zoo and a costume contest.

Farmer Ken’s Pumpkin Patch
@ Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 4200 Queen Ave. S, Minneapolis

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11 • 12:30 to 4:30 PM
Cost: Regular fares apply; pumpkins are $4
Details: Take a trolley ride and bring home a Halloween pumpkin. Riders get off the car at the “pumpkin patch” where they can search for just the right pumpkin to bring home.

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Hyland’s Not-So-Scary Trick-or-Treat Event
@ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington

When: Oct. 10 • 2:30-4:30
Cost: $5/pre-registered, $6/door, under 2 free
Details: Hike through the woods to meet animal puppets, play games, and follow a scavenger hunt. Stop at the mad scientist’s lab and brave the “crazy maze.” Arrive in costume and bring a treat bag.

Food Allergy Resource Fair & Trick-or-Treating
@ Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins

When: Saturday, Oct. 10 • 9am-noon
Cost: Free, however a donation of $5/pp is suggested
Details: Vendors will feature allergy-friendly food and products and kids are encouraged to come in costume and trick-or-treat, stopping at approximately 40 vendor tables that will hand out allergen-free treats. Tips for safe trick-or-treating with food allergies will also be shared with families.

Annual Halloween Party
@ Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W Franklin Ave, St Louis Park

When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 16-17 • 6:30-9pm
Cost: Early bird $8/resident, $9/non-resident or $10/resident, $11/non-res after Oct. 7
Details: Take part in indoor and outdoor games, activities and theme trails. Visit with friendly animal characters as you walk through the lighted Mother Nature’s Trail and dare to play Mystery Mini Golf in the dark woods. Music, refreshments and more.

Half-Haunted Halloween
@ Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lakeshore Dr, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Oct. 17 • 3-6pm
Cost: $4/pp advance, $5/pp at the door
Details: Try out the interactive trick-or-treat trail, take in a magic show, all-ages dance, storytelling, games, face painting, hot cocoa, and cookies.  Space is limited.  Purchase tickets in advance at Wood Lake Nature Center. If tickets remain, they’ll be sold at the door as space becomes available.

Halloween Family Fun Day
@ Weaver Lake Park, 8401 Dunkirk Ln N, Maple Grove

When: Saturday, Oct. 17 • 1-4pm
Cost: $5/per child ages 2-8 (event appropriate for this age range), under 2 are free
Details: 20+ activities including Monster Inflatables, crawling through the Web of Confusion Maze, pumpkin rolling, fishing in the Bottomless Well and more. Treat bags, crafts, contests and a fashion show.

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@ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 E, Shakopee

When: Saturday, Oct. 17 • 4-7pm
Cost: $5/pre-registered w/out treats, $6 at the door or $8/pre-registered w/ treats, $10/at the door
Details: Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths. Collect a variety of traditional treats and toys. Begin on a horse-drawn trolley and end with cider, a cookie and entertainment.

 Como Zoo Boo
@ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25 • gates open 4:30-7:30pm
Cost: $6/in advance, $7/at door
Details: Admission helps support Como’s programs and aids in keeping the zoo free for all. Come in costume, take the trick-or-treat trail and enjoy cider and coffee. Read our tips on taking kids under 10 to Zoo Boo here.


 

Annie’s 45-second October Weekend Post

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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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