We are just “dying” to share our roundup of Halloween fun in this frightfully full list of family friendly October events in the Twin Cities! Check back often as we’re always adding in new events.
9/24-10/30 • Lake Como Pumpkin Patch @ Wheel Fun Rentals, St. Paul • Sat & Sun, 10am – sunset • Rides, games, pumpkins, food and more. Brought to you by Wheel Fun Rentals • Wristbands Prices option 1 above.
FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AROUND THE TWIN CITIES
10/1-10/2: Bugs, Boas, & Bones! Creepy-Crawly Creature Awareness Weekend @ Como Zoo • 10am-4pm • Details: An up-close look at insects, spiders, snakes, and other creepy-crawly creatures; learn about carnivorous and poisonous plants and animals.
10/6: Celebrate Thelma Bee @ Hamline Midway Library • 6:15 to 7:45 • Details: Debut author Erin Petti will share her her new middle grade novel, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee.
10/8: PunkinMania @ Triangle Park, Mahtomedi • 9am-3pm • Details: Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin Prices $2-$4/each)
10/13-10/23: Waconia Scarecrow Tour, Waconia • Details: Self-guided tour. Ballot available at area businesses. Vote for your favorite scarecrow for a chance to win a night at AmericInn Waconia!
10/20-29: Halloween Crafts & Games @ Ramsey County Parks • Check out times and locations on the parks program page. • Details: Learn about creepy, crawly critters and make a Halloween craft. All ages.
10/22: Pumpkin Fest 2016 @ 50th & France, Edina • 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.
10/22: Coloring Contest & Halloween Fun @ Rumriver Art Center, Anoka • 10am-2pm
10/22-23 & 10/28-31: BareBones Halloween Extravaganza @ Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul • 7 pm • Details: An outdoor nighttime spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire and music.
10/25: Who Haunts Here @ Roseville Library (RCL) • 12:30pm • Details: Master storyteller Duke Addicks talks about historic Ramsey County hauntings, including ghosts of Lake Como, Gibbs Farm and the State Fairgrounds.
10/25: Who Haunts Here in St. Paul @ George Latimer Library (SPPL) • 2-3pm • Details: Master storyteller Duke Addicks shares tales of hauntings he has investigated over the past 60 years in the Upper Mississippi River Region accompanied by his thunder drum Native American flutes between stories.
10/25: Family Halloween Party @ Hazel Park • 6:00 pm-7:30pm • Details: Activities include; face painting, haunted room, craft project, carnivals games, jump castle and photo diplay (bring your own camera).
10/26: McDonough Halloween Party @ McDonough Recreation Center • 6pm-7:30pm • Details: Halloween games, crafts and family fun at this free Halloween event. Costumes encouraged. For more information, call (651) 558-2171.
10/28: Halloween Bonfire @ Rice Recreation Center • 6pm-8pm • Details: Celebrate Halloween at Rice Recreation Center and stay warm by the bonfire. Get your face painted and roast marshmallows and hotdogs on the fire. NOTE: Please do not wear loose fitting or flammable costumes.
10/28: MJM Halloween Bash @ Merriam Park Recreation Center • 6pm-8pm • Details: Activities include a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, and more! Wear your best costume for the costume contest! Free. Ages 3+.
10/29: Jerry’s Halloween Creepy Crawly @ Jerry’s Foods, Edina 5125 Vernon Ave. S • 11 am-1 pm • Details: trick or treat around the store for an indoor, family-friendly Halloween experience.
10/29: Jerry’s Halloween Creepy Crawly @ Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury 7760 Hargis Parkway • 11 am-1 pm • Details: trick or treat around the store for an indoor, family-friendly Halloween experience.
10/29: Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre: Catrina Sings @ Calhoun Square, Minneapolis • 10am & noon • Details: A not-so-spooky bilingual puppet show is followed by a free make-and-take project and Halloween trick-or-treating.
10/29: Afton’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail, St. Croix Trail through Afton • 10am-2pm • Details: Stop at local businesses for treats, activities and fun freebies.
10/29: Free Fall Festival @ Empower Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Excelsior • noon-3 pm • Details: free snacks, games, prizes, contests, and pumpkins (while supplies last). Prizes for best constumes and best pumpkin paintings.
10/29: Anoka’s Grand Day Parade @ Main Street & Fifth Ave, Anoka • 1-3:30pm • Details: Curious as to why Anoka has been dubbed the Halloween Capital of the World? Find out during one of the dozens of events scheduled for 2016’s celebration.
10/29: Halloween Comic Fest • Participating comic book stores give away comic books to anyone who comes into their shops. Use the store locator to find a participating store in your area. Look a store with Halloween Comic Fest logo (to the right).
10/29: Halloween Kids Kraft @ Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • Details: Not-so-spooky kids stories and a monster mask craft. Ages 2-8, registration required.
10/29: Tricky Treat-a-Palooza @ Galleria Edina • 10 a.m. to noon • Details: Complimentary trick-or-treating, treat bags, prizes + tons of fun in-store events.
10/29-30: Monster Bash @ TC Michaels locations • 10am-3pm • Details: Make a free bag for a trick-or-treat parade and more.
10/29-30: Main Street Trick or Treat @ Downtown Stillwater • Noon-4pm • Details: Main Street Businesses offer trick or treating.
10/29 & 31: Halloween Spooktacular at America Girl, Mall of America • 10/29: 12-3pm, 10/31: 4-7pm • Details: Visit the store in costume for a treat, a pumpkin craft and photo op.
10/30: Jerry’s Halloween Creepy Crawly @Jerry’s Foods, Eden Prairie 9625 Anderson Lakes Parkway • 11 am-1 pm • Details: trick or treat around the store for an indoor, family-friendly Halloween experience.
10/30: Halloween Skating Party @ Burnsville Ice Center • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Details: Trick-or-treating, open skating, prize drawings. Refreshments available to purchase. All ages; costumes encouraged. FREE admission and discounted skate rental ($3).
10/30: Babies & Brews: Little Monsters @ Lake Monster Brewery, 550 Vandalia St #160, St Paul • 2-4 pm • Details: Costume Contests, hang out with fellow parents, enjoy a quality pint, and let the little ones play.
10/31: Halloween Party @ Bloomington Ice Garden • 6-8pm • Details: Free open skating, games, and trick-or-treating. Aimed at kids preschool-aged through 4th grade with adult.
10/31: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party @ Vadnais Heights Commons • 6:30-7:15 pm • Details: Entertainment by Circus Manduhai, Halloween treats, balloon animals, activities for the kids and refreshments.
10/31: Frankenstein Read-A-Thon @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts • 6:00 pm • Details: Community members will read chapters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein aloud throughout the evening in coordination with It’s Alive!, an exhibition celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the book.
10/31: Inter-Generational Halloween Event @ The Glenn Hopkins, 1011 Feltl Ct, Hopkins • 10:00 a.m. to noon • Details: An inter-generational Halloween themed event at the Glenn of Hopkins; kids can do a little trick or treating, story book reading, singing, and a parade of costumes.
10/31: Conway Halloween Fest @ Conway Recreation Center • 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Details: Free and open to all. Costumes encouraged. Soccer clinic, food, games, bouncy house, face painting, prizes and more.
10/31: Trick or Treat at the Governor’s Residence @ Governor’s Mansion, 1006 Summit Ave, St Paul • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Details: Full size candy bars, mini pumpkins and apples, hot apple cider, glow sticks and candy.
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9/30-10/30: Spookley the Square Pumpkin @ Stages Theatre • Tickets: $16/ages 18-59, $14/ages 60+, $12/ages 2-17, $5 lap/ages 3-4, free lap pass/under 2 • Details: All ages stage production based on the film and book of the same title.
10/7-10/30: Flick or Treat Kids Series @ Marcus Theatres • Fri-Sun in October, 10am • $3/pp
10/8: Pumpkins in the Park @ Veteran’s Memorial Park, Shakopee • 4-6pm • $5/child, adults free • Details: Tickets include trick-or-treating, games, face painting, refreshments, a pumpkin and more.
10/14: Villain’s Halloween Ball @ Columbia Manor, Minneapolis • 6-8pm • $25/child, one adult admission included w/ each paid child • Details: Dress as a princess, hero or villain. The event will feature a dance and DJ, princess and villain photo ops, and other themed activities, recommended for ages 3-13.
10/13-10:31: Halloween at FlyOver America @ Mall of America • Mondays to Saturdays 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. • $12.95-$16.95/person • Appropriate for ages 4 and older • Children 8 or under must be accompanied by guardian older than 14 and all participants must be 40″ or taller • Details: Come dressed in costume, enjoy Broomelda’s Witches Academy Pre-Show and enjoy a 10 minute ride. The entire show is between 20-25 minutes.
10/14-10/31: Pumpkin Nights @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds • Sun-Thurs 6:30-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight • $20/adults, $16/ages 4-12 & seniors, under 4 free, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids. Tickets can be pre-purchased at www.PumpkinNights.com, or at the door • Details: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience.
10/17: Pre-K Days: Gourds & Ghouls @ Base Camp, Boy Scouts of America, Minneapolis • 9am-12pm • $10/child, adults free • Details: Aimed at ages 2-5, join in group games, crafts and outdoor activities.
10/21: Halloween Spooktacular @ Shoreview Community Center • 6:30-8pm • $6-$7/pp, must pre-register • Details: Dance with a DJ, craft, play bingo and more.
10/21: Halloween Bash @ TranscenDance Xperience Studio • 5-7:30 pm • $8-$10/pp, must pre-register • Details: pizza, games, dancing, face painting, candy. For $10, you can be a part of the costume contest.
10/21-22: All Hallows Eve: 1900 Halloween @ Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington • 1-8pm • $6/ages 13+, $4/ages 4-12 • Details: It’s Halloween turn-of-the-century style with spooky stories, games and customs.
10/23: Day of the Dead Family Day @ Minnesota History Center • noon-4pm • $12/adults, $6/ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under & MHS members • Details: This annual celebration features, music, dancing, traditional Mexican games, art activities, and samples of traditional bread and hot chocolate.
10/23: Ghouls and Giggles @ MN Landscape Arboretum • 1 -4 pm • Gate Admission + $10/child ages 3-12, adults free with gate admission • Details: Located in the Sensory Garden Pavillion and Parking Lot, trick or treat parade at 3:00, live music by the Bazillions, lots of kids’ activities, fee covers cost of all activities except paint a pumpkin ($5) and concessions.
10/25: Padelford Boo Cruise @ Padelford Riverboats, St. Paul • Boards at 1:45pm, cruises 2pm to 3:30pm • $25 for Adults. $12 for Children 3-12. • Details: Spooky riverboat family fun with tricks, treats, and kid-friendly activities.
10/28: Groveland Night Scare @ Groveland Recration Center, St. Paul • 6:30-8:30pm • $5/pp over age 2• Details: Family friendly event with spooky games, spooky treats, haunted house, crafts, and Halloween fun! Costumes encouraged.
10/28: Little Goblins Costume Party @ Wargo Nature Center • 6:30-8:00pm • $8/child • Details: Carnival games, crafts, refreshments, photo ops, flashlight hike. For ages 8 years and younger with parents. Pre-registration is required.
10/28: Costume Carnival @ Calvary Lutheran Church, 7250 Golden Valley Rd • 5:30-6:30pm • Carnival ticket: $5/16 games. Pizza dinner ticket: $5/person or $15/family • Details: Non-scary costumes encouraged, play games, win prizes and eat treats!
10/29: Gibbs Farm Halloween @ Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights • 10am-4pm • $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5 ages 3+ • Details: Enjoy an old-fashioned Halloween with popcorn balls, a penny scramble, trick-or-treating at the farmhouse, storytelling and more.
10/29: Boo-ology @ Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul • 12-4pm • Details: Admission ($10-$13/pp) includes spooky hands-on science activities. Kids under 12 in costume get in free!
10/29: Art in Motion: A Thriller of an Event @ Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville • 7:30pm • $16/tickets • Details: Performance features dances inspired by Frankenstein, ghouls, and Halloween characters that culminates in a thrilling zombie dance! Costumes encouraged. Reception follows performance.
10/29: Howl-O-Ween @ Wildlife Science Center • noon-4:00 p.m. • Adults: $10.00; Kids: $8.00 • Details: Trick-or-treat; haunted barn; campfire, decorate your own trick-or-treat bag. Costumes encouraged. Leashed dogs welcome.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT THREE RIVERS PARKS & TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS
10/8: Spooks and Ladders Halloween @ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington • 2:30-4oo pm & 3:00pm-4:30 pm • $5/preregistered, $6/day-of space permitting, under 2 free • Details: Hike along; meet animal puppets; play games; dinosaur egg scavenger hunt; arrive in costume and bring a bag for goodies.
10/15: Old-fashioned Trick-or-Treat @ The Landing, Shakopee • Every half hour, 4-8pm • $9/ages 2-17, $5/adults; under 2 free • Details: Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths; greeted by costumed characters; horse-drawn trolley; hot cider.
10/21-22: 35th Annual Halloween Party @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 6:30-9:30pm • $8.50-$11.50/pp, pre-registration required • Details: Join in indoor/outdoor games, activities and theme trails. Visit friendly animal characters on Mother Nature’s Trail and dare to play Mystery Mini Golf in the dark woods. Music, refreshments and more.
10/22: Barnyard Boo @ Wood Lake Nature Center • 3-7:30pm • tickets sold by time slots • Advance tickets recommended, $5/pp, purchase at the nature center • Details: Petting zoo with llamas, goats, pot-bellied pigs; activities including an interactive trick or treat trail, dramatic Halloween stories, magician. Price includes hot cocoa and cookies for all ticket holders.
10/22: Pumpkin Night in the Park @ Springbrook Nature Center • 6-10pm • $8/pp, under age 3 free • Details: Family-friendly Halloween event with enchanted trails, fire dancers, Monster Bingo, Pumpkin Patch Dance, pumpkin carving contest and more.
10/22: Baker Boo @ Baker Park Reserve Campground • Reservations required by 10/10, call 763.559.6700, an additional $54 program fee is charged • Details: Decorate your campsite, play carnival games, scale a climbing wall, carve a pumpkin, brave the Gross Station, march in the costume parade and trick-or-treat through the Baker Boo Neighborhood and campsite loops.
10/28: Preschool Story Time: Costumes & Critters @ Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings • 10-11am • $5/child ages 2-5 years, no charge for adult, RSVP by calling 651-437-4359 • Details: THE most popular story time of the year. Costumes are welcomed.
10/28: Halloween Extravaganza @ Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-10pm • $8/pp advance, $10/pp day of • 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. Activities throughout the night include nature programs, face painting, storytelling, wagon rides and a costume contest.
10/29: Tamarack Trick-or-Treat @ Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake • 3-5:30pm, register for start times of 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Activities take approximately 75 minutes to complete • $7.50/child, $3.25/adult • Details: The non-spooky event includes games, old fashioned hand-pressed cider, trick-or-treating, and live animal encounters.
10/29: Big Woods Halloween @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • $5-$9/pp, under 2 free • Details: Carnival games, pumpkin scavenger hunt, giant web walk challenge, trick-or-treating along a woodland trail, brewing something up by the cauldron and more. Refreshments included.
10/29: Enchanted Forest Halloween @ Lowry Nature Center • 5-9pm • $5-$9/pp, under 2 free • Details: Dress in costume; trick-or-treat along character trail, storytelling, crafts, cookies, carnival games, music and a mad scientist puppet show.
Family Story Time. Special Halloween Storytime. Stories, songs and fingerplays designed to enhance your child’s early literacy skills. Attendees are invited to come in costume for this special holiday storytime. • Appropriate for ages 2-5.
- 10/25 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/26 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Mounds View Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/26 • Halloween Family Storytime @ North St. Paul Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/27 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/28 • Halloween Family Storytime @ New Brighton Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/28 • Halloween Family Storytime @ White Bear Lake Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Maplewood Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Shoreview Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Baby & Me Story Time. Special Halloween Storytime. Share stories, songs, rhymes and play with your baby at this storytime designed for the youngest learner. Attendees are invited to come in costume for this special holiday storytime. For ages 6-23 months + caregiver. Note: Storytime limited to 15 on a first-come basis. Doors open from 9:30-9:50am only. Unlimited playgroup is from 10:05-11:00am.
- 10/31 • Halloween Baby & Me Storytime @ Roseville Library • 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT MINNEAPOLIS PARKS
10/26: Preschool Halloween Party @ Lyndale Farmstead Park • 10:30 a.m. • You’re invited to attend and check out the regular Wednesday Parent/Tot program which offers indoor playtime during the winter months. Kids should wear their costumes. FREE.
10/28: Flick or Treat @ Webber Park • 6:00 p.m. • All ages. Phone: 612-370-4916. FREE.
10/28: Logan Halloween Party @ Logan Park • 10am-noon • Details: Kids ages 6 & under can enjoy entertainment, face painting, an art project, bounce house, healthy snack and treat bags. Pre-Registration required. FREE.
10/29: Halloween: Minnehaha Falls of Fun @ Minnehaha Regional Park • 1-4pm • $3/pp, hayrides $2/pp extra • Details: Outdoor activities include a hayride, moonwalks, marshmallow roasting, and a treat trail. Inside activities include dance with Kids Dance.
10/29: Thrill Kenwood @ Kenwood Park • 3-6pm • Details: Halloween block party co-hosted by ARTrageous Adventures. Activities include zombie make overs and caricatures, The Big Epic Show, Magic Lantern entertainers, costume characters, a balloon artist, a beARTrageous Creation Station and other activities. FREE.
10/29: North Commons Halloween Party @ North Commons Park • 6-8pm • Details: Wear your costumes! Activities include a bounce house, carnival games, candy and fun geared towards 1 – 12 years olds. FREE.
10/31: Preschool Pirate Halloween Party @ Pearl Park • 11:30am-noon • $3-$5/child • Details: Pirate themed fun including a bounce house, games, I-Spy room and sail the seven seas in search of the fabled Halloween booty.
10/31: Halloween Party and Parade @ Matthews Park • 4-6pm • Details: Costumed kids are invited to Matthews Park. Seward neighborhood parade starts outside at 4pm sharp. A party with games and treats will directly follow the parade inside. FREE.
10/31: Halloween Party @ Bryant Square Park • 6-8pm • Details: Annual Halloween Party. FREE. This Event is Full.