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October Weekend Family Fun: Happy Halloween!
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10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls
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Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide
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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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Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Centers
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Family Halloween Wishlist: 10 Events Around Town
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Como ZooBoo: Halloween FUN-draiser!

October Weekend Family Fun: Happy Halloween!

October Weekend Family Fun: Though Halloween just had to go and fall on a Monday this year, there is no shortage of not-so-spooky family events filling up the weekend prior. Pick your poison – do you want to trick-or-treat? Still hunting for that perfect pumpkin to carve up? How about a fall hayride? We’ve got bunches of ideas for the weekend and beyond on our Family Fun Calendar or browse the highlights below:October Weekend Family Fun

 

HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT:

10/29: Afton’s Trick-or-Treat Trail @ St. Croix Trail through Afton • 11am-2pm • Details: Stop at local businesses to trick-or-treat, decorate a pumpkin at Afton Museum, take part in games and more.

10/30: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival @ Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1pm • Details: Gear up for a costume party, trick-or-treating, face painting and more free activities.

10/31: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party @ Vadnais Heights Commons • 6-8pm • Details: Entertainment by Circus Manduhai, treats and refreshments, and kids activities. FREE.

I don’t know how she does it, but while I was out of the office the past week, Joy managed to find and add half a dozen more events to her Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun. It’s currently bursting with places to get more wear out of those cute Halloween costumes! Some of them include collecting treats at low-key venues such as these 10 Spots to Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls and Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Grocery Stores and Markets.

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PUMPKIN PATCH SPOTLIGHT: Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer

New in 2016, Pleasant Valley Orchard hosts 12 Days of Halloween with special not-so-spooky activities, free pumpkins with purchase of a hayride to the patch and fall apples available until 11/6.

October Weekend Family Fun


October Weekend Family Fun

FALL FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT:

Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival @ Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1pm • Details: Gear up for a costume party, trick-or-treating, face painting and more free activities.

Fall Festival on Main Street @ The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove • 9:30am-1:30pm • Details: Trick-or-treat along Main Street, grab a free mini pumpkin and enter the costume contest.

NON-HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Free Ink Day @ Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis • 12-4pm • Details: Halloweened out already? Try an all-ages intro into the art of relief printmaking.


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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.


Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities Guide

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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!

– Anne, Gianna & Joy
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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

BooFestLogo_2015[1]Grand Avenue BooFest

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.

tm the landingOld Fashioned Trick-or-Treat
@ 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.


 

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.


Family Halloween Wishlist: 10 Events Around Town

Get a jump-start on Halloween with all kinds of fun family activities this weekend (plus one really cool option for the Big Night itself)! I combed through the interwebs and came up with ten events that I wish I had enough time, energy and cash to bring the whole family to:

October 25

Halloween Extravaganza, Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul. Both a friendly and a spooky trick-or-treat trail are offered at this Friday-night party. Plus nature programs, wagon rides, storytelling and more. 5:30-10pm; $9/person or $6/member; 1701 Charlton St., W. St. Paul.

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October 26

Halloween at the Caponi Art Park. Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of some of the park’s spookier sculptures (ages 5+ with adult). All ages can enjoy a giant pile of leaves to jump in, crafts, cider and an obstacle course. 1-4pm; Free (suggested donation $5/person); 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan.

Dia de los Muertos, Minnesota History Center. Mexican cultures observe this “Day of Dead” to better connect with ancestors. The History Center will offer dancing, music, crafts, food and a traditional Ofrenda (offerings) display. Noon-4pm; $11/adults, $9/students, $6/children 6-17, free ages 5 & under; 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul.

Como Zoo Boo, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Como’s 26th annual Halloween fundraiser runs Oct. 25-27 with costumed characters and a themed trick-or-treat path. Nothing scary about this one! 4:30-7:30pm; $6/online or $7/door; 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul.

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Bare Bones Halloween ExtravaganzaHidden Falls Regional Park. I have long wanted to get to this outdoor spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire and music. Over 250 souls contribute to this local arts event and it grows every year. Oct. 26-27, 31, Nov. 1-2; free with suggested donation; 1305 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul.

Anoka’s Grand Day Parade. Curious as to why Anoka, Minnesota, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World? Maybe you’ll find out at the Grand Day Parade, or one of the dozens of other events scheduled during Anoka’s Halloween celebration. Ongoing events through Oct. 31. Parade starts at 1pm, Main Street, Anoka.

Family Halloween Camp-in at the Science Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota. You might not find time to sleep with all the activities going on at this camp-in: Omnitheater shows, museum galleries, science workshops, trick-or-treating, meals and more. 3pm Sat. Oct. 26-8am Sun. Oct. 27; ages 4-16 w/ adult, $45; 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Minnehaha Falls of Fun, Minnehaha Falls Park. Fun fall outdoor activities offered including hayrides, trick-or-treating, a “haunted” cave and music courtesy of Kids Dance. 1-4pm; $3/resident, $4.50/non-resident at door; Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis.

October 27

Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark Center. Get ready for a costume fashion show, face painting, a craft project, and, of course, the candy. Part of the Sundays at Landmark series. 1-3pm; free; 75 West 5th St., St. Paul.

October 31

Trick-Art-Treat, Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Sounds like a cool (and warm, at the same time) alternative to ringing doorbells up and down the block! Treats, a Halloween art activity and gallery hunt, plus a photobooth sponsored by Children’s Theatre Company to show off your Halloween costume! 5-8pm; free; 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis.


 

 

Como ZooBoo: Halloween FUN-draiser!

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Como Park Zoo
October 19-20, 25-27, 2013
4:30 – 7:30pm
$6 online or $7 at the door

Just had this pop up in my email this morning and it brought me back several years:

“Como Friends’ fantastic team of ZooBoo volunteers are hard at work this week, transforming the grounds of Como Zoo into a treasure hunt of tricks and treats perfect for the under-10 crowd. Many of the families who support Como’s long-running fundraiser never miss a year, but if you’re a ZooBoo newbie, here’s what you need to know…”

What followed was essentially a list of FAQs. I’ve answered those here and thrown in a couple tips from our experience taking young children:

  • Yes, tickets are required. As the purpose of ZooBoo is not solely to be a venue for non-spooky Halloween fun, admission helps support Como’s programs and aids in keeping the zoo free for all.
  • Don’t come with your heart set on seeing the animals. There’s a chance some will make an appearance, but the event’s focus is on trick-or-treating and having fun among the outdoor displays.
  • Lines can be long to enter the zoo if you show up during the first hour of the event. Try coming after 6pm for diminished crowds (and possibly nearby parking).
  • Trick-or-treating is intended for children under 10 years of age. Complimentary coffee and cider is provided at the end of the trick-or-treat trail.
  • Should you not have a treat bag handy (we showed up without), Como will provide one.
  • Particularly if you plan on showing up at the event opening, try taking the free shuttle to the zoo from the State Fair parking lot on the south side of Como Ave. across from the Haunted House. Shuttle runs from 4 – 8:15pm and is very convenient.

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I would absolutely recommend this lighthearted Halloween outing for any family with children under the age of 10. Especially if they are fans of Como who enjoy all the Zoo and Conservatory have to offer throughout the year. An excellent way to show your support!


 

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