Best Halloween Decorations for a Drive-By Experience in the Twin Cities

Halloween Decorations in the Twin Cities - Jack-o-lanterns against a night sky.

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 to add a little horror to their neighborhoods. Here are our recommendations for the best Halloween houses, decorations and attractions to light up the night in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Beat the crowds and drive by for some spookier displays.

While You Wait: We’re gathering up 2023 dates. Until then fall color season usually hits in September around here, enjoy some fall color viewing. Gianna has the details here.

Looking for haunted house experiences? We share some of those in our Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens.

Best Halloween Houses and Haunts for a Drive-By Experience in the Twin Cities

Your kids will scream for some of these Halloween attractions and you don’t even have to get out of the car.

1. Annual Waconia Scarecrow Tour

Waconia, MN 55387
This self-guided tour features scarecrows and pumpkins in creative settings at over 30 locations. Past years have featured witches and ghosts along with less-scary displays, Drive through the City of Waconia, pick up a ballot from area businesses, and vote for your favorite scarecrow. October 12-22, 2023.

Scarecrow with straw hat, anime face, purple shirt and red pants.
Inspire your kids to make their own scarecrow

2. Halloween Capital of the World

Anoka, MN 55303
Anoka’s House Decorating Contest is back. Anoka homeowners decorate porches and create front lawn scenes. The city marks homes on the list that are family-friendly and/or have live action, so parents can plan their tour accordingly. Drive through and enjoy the creations from your car. Public viewing is October 27 & 28, 2023; 7-9pm.

Halloween Paintings displayed on the wall of Rum River Art Center in Anoka Minnesota as part of the 2023 Halloween Capital of the World celebration.
Explore Anoka – The Halloween Capitol of the World

3. Halloween Havoc House Tour

Farmington, MN 55024
The City of Farmington’s spookiest Halloween Houses will be ready for viewing mid-October through Halloween. The city will have maps available for self-guided scares. Oct 16-31, 2023.

4. Holiday Lights of Woodbury

8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
15 Halloween songs synched to lights. In 2023, the homeowners are adding a motion-triggered jump scare. Get ready for a fun Halloween fright! Traditionally, October 1st through 31st.

5. Sperry Tower

1401-1407 Towerview Rd, Eagan, MN 55121
This nearly-200 foot tower has over five thousand LED bulbs that the city lights up to celebrate holidays and special events. It will be lit with Orange & Black lights for Halloween. October 31, 2023.

6. Fero Home in Otsego

14234 91st Street NE, Otsego MN 55330
In 2022 The Fero’s had 39 skeletons, 4 pony skeletons, 2 horse skeletons, 8 dog skeletons, 79 tombstones, 2 tractors, 6 blow ups, a crooked shed and numerous other yard decorations. They tell us they are going even bigger in 2023! Lights are on 6 pm until 11 pm each night. The homeowners ask that visitors stay behind the lighted fence when enjoying the display.

Fero Halloween House in Otsego Minnesota - 39 skeletons, 4 pony skeletons, 2 horse skeletons, 8 dog skeletons, 79 tombstones, 2 tractors, 6 blow ups, a crooked shed and numerous other yard decorations.
Fero Home in Otsego

6. Pomish Manor

3256 Ensign Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55427
The Pomish Family offers an annual Halloween Drive By/Food donation event. Decorations are lit from 6:30-9pm.

Reader Recommendations

Want more?  check out these 2022 recommendations from our readers:

  • Randy recommends the house at 7608 Iris Drive North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
  • Jackie Recommends: Peterson’s Purgatory, 6300 Block Richfield, MN 55423 and Terrors on 10th, 71st St. between 10th and 11th Ave South, Richfield, MN 55423. She tells us that both homes have been decorating all out for years.
  • Kenneth suggests we check out two homes on West River Road: 8901 W River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55444 and 7900 W River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55444
  • Lisa in Maple Grove submitted her household’s glorious graveyard decorations: 17301 91st Ave N, Maple Grove 55311. We will email her in 2023 to find out if they plan to do it again!

Best Halloween Decorations & Attractions for a Walking Tour

1. Pumpkin Displays & Scarecrows in the Garden

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Gate Admission: $15/adult; Kids Free; Reservations Required
Hike or bike through the arboretum grounds to view a collection of scarecrows that have taken up residency at the arboretum on Scarecrow Hill. Pumpkin will be on display in many Arboretum gardens and around the Scarecrows. Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2023.

Scarecrow made from broom with red nose, a big smile and a bowtie.
Image courtesy Landscape Arboretum. Photo by Liz Potasek

2.  Halloween in Excelsior Business Decorating Contest

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331.
Stroll past Excelsior store fronts all done up in their best autumn decor while trick-or-treaters haunt downtown from 10am-2pm. The window contest will be judged at noon. October 28, 2023.

3. Vadnais Heights Community Scarecrow Trail

Community Park, 641 E County Rd F, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Families can walk the Scarecrow Trail during park hours. Visitors are encouraged to take pictures with the funniest or most creative scarecrows, and vote for your favorite before you leave. Thursday, October 26 – Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

4. Severs Straw Sculptures & Installations

Sever’s Festival, 3121 150th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379
Included with admission to the Fall Festival are the straw sculptures and installations. Stroll through fun sculptures made of straw. $22-$26/pp for ages 4+.

Save on Tickets: Purchase online before 8/31/23 for $16/pp.

5. BareBones Halloween Extravaganza

Midtown Greenway, 2828 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
This annual pageant includes larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music and even a 12-foot skeleton puppet! While this is more of an outdoor show than a walking tour, after the performance, audience can mingle with the cast. October 27, 28, 29, and 31, 2023. 2023 Tickets go on sale in September (2022 price $20).

6. Thuney’s Haunted Graveyard

15394 Uplander St NW, Andover, MN 55304
Created especially for kids who aren’t quite big enough for Haunted Houses. The Thunbergs offer animatronic zombies, creatures and ghouls, plus dozens of actors in Halloween Costumes for kids to enjoy a slightly less scary nightmare. 2023 TBA. Free, but Space Limited and Reservations Required.

7. Pick a Pumpkin Patch

For the littlest kids, just strolling through a pumpkin patch can be enough of a Halloween adventure. Pick One: The Best Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches.

Add some of these tours to your Halloween fun list. For more ideas including trick-or-treating, parties, pumpkin carving outdoor Halloween movies, haunted hayrides and more see our full Family Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Events.

Once Halloween is over, keep the fun going with our great big list of Twin Cities &\ Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays

12 thoughts on “Best Halloween Decorations for a Drive-By Experience in the Twin Cities”

  1. Our home is decorated and we started a Halloween DriveBy Food Drive on 2019….. tomorrow, the 28th is our 2nd Drive By for the season…..6:30-9
    Pomish Manor….3256 Ensign Ave N, New Hope

  2. This place is ridiculous. 8901 W River Rd
    Minneapolis, MN 55444
    United States And this one is just down the road 7900 W River Rd
    Minneapolis, MN 55444
    United States

    1. Thanks Kenneth. Are you using “ridiculous” in a good way — like “over the top”? Either way, you have me curious and I want to go drive by tonight.

  3. Peterson’s purgatory in Richfield needs to be on here as well as “terrors on 10th” – corner of 10th Avenue and 71st Street in Richfield. Both have been going all out for years and worth a visit.

  4. Hello,
    I would love for you to consider my house as a destination. For a drive by. We put a lot into it every year and it take us a month to set up everything. We won the Mounds View decorations contest last year. My address is 5406 Adams street Mounds View mn 55112. It is best viewed at night with lights and fog machines. Just my way of giving back to a great community.
    Thank you
    Joe Ihrig

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