Archive - October 2015

Governor Dayton Invites Trick-or-Treaters to Governor’s Residence this Saturday
Twin Cities Weekend Free Family Events for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2015
Read Aloud Wednesday– ‘A Dog is a Dog’ by Stephen Shaskan October 2015

Governor Dayton Invites Trick-or-Treaters to Governor’s Residence this Saturday

This is a share of a Press Release from Governor Mark Dayton:

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Governor Dayton Invites Trick-or-Treaters to Governor’s Residence this Saturday

Halloween 2014 Governor's Residence

Governor Mark Dayton is calling all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to celebrate Halloween at the Governor’s Residence this Saturday, October 31st – if they dare (1006 Summit Avenue, St. Paul). The gates of the Governor’s Residence will be open from 5:00–7:00pm.

Pearson’s Candy Company will donate over 1,000 candy bars, Mars, Inc. will donate 1,000 bags of Peanut M&Ms, Annie B’s Popcorn & Caramels will be donating caramels, and B.T. McElrath Chocolatier will donate chocolates to be handed out to trick-or-treaters. The Crow River Sustainable Farming Association will be donating mini-pumpkins painted by local schoolchildren. There will also hot apple cider donated by the Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake, and locally grown apples from Whistling Well Orchard, Apples Junction, and Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, as well as Apple Tree-O in Delano. Reflective treat bags will be provided by SafeKids Minnesota through the Minnesota Safety Council to help promote safe trick-or-treating. 1006 Summit Avenue Society will also be donating glow sticks, necklaces, and candy.

The festive outdoor décor for the front entry way of the Governor’s Residence will be supplied by Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens and the 1006 Summit Avenue Society.

Please also consider bringing a non-perishable food item or donation for Second Harvest Heartland, as the Governor’s Residence is a drop-off location.

Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith
116 Veterans Service Building
20 West 12th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55155


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.


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.


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

Read Aloud Wednesday– ‘A Dog is a Dog’ by Stephen Shaskan October 2015

Sometimes you want a quick and fun read with your kids. And this month’s suggestion is one of my favorites.  This month’s Read Aloud Wednesday Book Recommendation is  A Dog Is A Dog by Stephen Shaskan.

Read Aloud Wednesday - A Dog is a Dog

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