October in the Twin Cities bursts with family activities from fall festivals to Halloween happenings. Here are 10 notable fresh picks: Read More
Twin Cities malls and shopping districts are offering kids the chance to trick-or-treat at participating merchants. Some locations will also offer other not-so-spooky entertainment for little ghouls and goblins to enjoy! Read More
It is our hope that you can use our October Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In October we are highlighting our favorite pumpkin patches, corn mazes and apple orchards across the Twin Cities Metro as well as keeping up with the harvest of fall festivals cropping up. We’ve also thrown in some ideas to make the most of the kids’ MEA fall break from school. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.