Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens
Best Halloween Decorations for a Drive-By Experience in the Twin Cities
Fall Colors in Minnesota: 10 Tours for Families



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Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens

Parents of tweens and teens, we know that Halloween can be a tricky holiday to navigate. Our kids are on the verge of – or even well past – the trick-or-treat years. They crave something thrilling, but may not be mature enough or have the taste for horror. They seek more independence while we grapple with keeping them safe. What does a traditional Halloween look like to a tween or teen bridging from pumpkin parties to more adult entertainment?
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Best Halloween Decorations for a Drive-By Experience in the Twin Cities

Can’t wait for Holiday Light Season? Get a sneak peak with these Halloween Decorations. Many of our favorite homes with holiday light displays actually kick off the season in October with a Halloween display. Beat the crowds and drive by for some spookier displays. On top of that, Anoka is celebrating its 100th year as the Halloween Capital of the World. So many local homes and businesses will be decorating for the occasion.

While pic fall color season usually hits in September around here, you might be able to combine some of these drives with some fall color viewing. Gianna has the details here.

1. ANOKA/RAMSEY/ANDOVER: In Celebration of Anoka’s 100th year as the Halloween Capital of the World, they are having a House Decorating Contest. Winners will be picked and a contestant address list will be released October 28th for viewing on October 29th & 30th. (Also the Anoka Drive-By Parade on October 31st from 11am-3pm)

White door decorated with a scary pumpkin face

Image courtesy of AnokaHalloween.com

2. BLAINE: Durrant Family Lights | 1750 130th Avenue NE, Blaine
Tune in to 87.9. This family traditionally decorates for Halloween. They also have a Vikings display.

3. CHASKA: Scarecrows in the Gardens | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ($15/adult; Kids Free; Reservations Required)
On display beginning September 19th and running through Halloween, a collection of scarecrows have taken up residency at the arboretum on Scarecrow Hill. Vote for your favorite scarecrow online.

Scarecrow made from broom with red nose, a big smile and a bowtie.

Image courtesy Landscape Arboretum. Photo by Liz Potasek

4. INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Stranslof’s Christmas Lights, 7050 Blaine Ave
Tune to 87.9. 5:00pm-10:00pm. They also have a Ferris Wheel. The family has not yet updated their Facebook page for 2020, but they traditionally start the season with Halloween Decorations.

5. KASSON: Nevala Family Halloween Light Show – 405 6th Street Ct NE, Kasson
Does a Monster Light Show in October featuring Halloween Decorations.

6. MINNETRISTA: Trista Lights, 4386 Trista Bend, Minnetrista
Verified for Halloween 2019. The family has not yet updated for 2020.

7. MINNEAPOLIS: House on Howard, 2418 Howard Street NE, Minneapolis
The homeowners have verified that they plan to get up a Halloween Display in 2020.

8. WACONIA: Scarecrow Tour
Self-guided tour. Drive through the City of Waconia, pick up a ballot from area businesses, and vote for your favorite scarecrow for a chance to win a night at AmericInn Waconia!

9. WOODBURY: Holiday Lights of Woodbury, 8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury   
Offers a synced light show during the month of October

Fall Colors in Minnesota: 10 Tours for Families

My absolute without a doubt favorite time of the year is the fall. When the air turns crisp in the evenings and I can smell the earthy scent of the maturing plants, I shiver in delight. When I can pull out my favorite sweater or jeans and lace up my cute leather boots while packing my children’s school supplies, I grin. While making a cup of coffee and wrapping myself in my favorite afghan to sit on my front step, I sigh. 

Fall is so perfect. It’s also the most fleeting season in Minnesota. With a snap of the fingers, the leaves are changing. With only a narrow window of time to enjoy the fall color around the Twin Cities, it’s time to plan ahead. We’ve rounded up ten ideas of places you can bring your family to enjoy the beauty of the season. Read More

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