Twin Cities Family Halloween Wishlist: October 25 – 26

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Location: Tamarack Nature Center,
Time: 3-5pm, register for start time of 3pm, 3:20, 3:40, or 4pm. Visit the link above to register for this event. Expect activities to take about 75 minutes to complete.
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and younger school-aged children with accompanying adult
Cost: $7.50/child, $3.25/adult, pre-registration required
Details: This non-spooky event includes games, trick-or-treating on the prairie loop trail, and special Halloween activities in the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd., Dayton, MN 55369
Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: $7/child ages 2-17 preregistered or $8 day-of, $5/ages 18+ preregistered or $6 day-of. Follow the link above to register.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a woodland trail, go on pumpkin scavenger hunt, and meet costumed animals – plus a puppet show, craft, and refreshments for all ages.

Location: Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages: Appropriate for preschoolers and up
Cost: $6/pp all ages, reservations required – follow the link above.
Details: Turn a mini pumpkin into a boat and float it down the Mississippi with a message for someone downstream.

Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria, MN 55386
Time: 5 – 9pm
Ages: Non-spooky and appropriate for all ages, note this is a nighttime event.
Cost: $9/pp all ages, children under 2 admitted free. Register by following the link above.
Details: Trick-or-treat along a character trail, warm up with stories around the bonfire, and enjoy games, crafts, and cookie-decorating. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Location: Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, MN 55123
Time: 1 – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5/pp to support the Art Park
Details: Trick-or-treat along a guided tour of Caponi’s sculpture garden. Make a craft, jump in the giant leaf pile, and enjoy refreshments during Caponi Art Park’s last open weekend of the season.

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, MN 55318
Time: Halloween activities are from 4 – 8pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages, note this is a nighttime event
Cost: $17/ages 13+ (includes Arboretum admission), $5/ages 3-12, under 3 are free.
Details: Enjoy the Trail of Tricks & Treats on Saturday along with face painting, a bonfire with s’mores, and a performance by the Teddy Bear Band.

Location: Minnesota Zoo
Time: Ongoing through October 31, 2014
Ages: Fun for all ages
Cost: Regular Zoo admission applies – $18/adults, $12/children 3-12, under 3 free
Details: Special weekend events include face painting, live music, treats, a hay maze, special animal encounters, and much, much more. Get the entire schedule, plus daily events, here.

Location: Wild Rumpus Books, 2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Time: 1pm
Ages: Event is appropriate for all ages, book is geared for school-aged children
Cost: Free
Details: Celebrate Halloween with Mary Losure’s new book Backwards Moon, a story about young witches. Dress up and enjoy some goodies.

Location: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm
Ages: Non-spooky and perfect for all ages
Cost: $6/pp in advance at Garden Safari Gifts (Visitor Center), $7 at the door
Details: A long-running tradition that supports the animals of Como Zoo, ZooBoo includes a trick-or-treat trail, live entertainment and crafts. Also runs Sunday, October 26.

Location: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102
Time: Noon – 4pm
Ages: Appropriate for all ages
Cost: $13/adults, $10/ages 4-12 or FREE in costume
Details: Join in hands-on science activities with a Halloween twist.

Location: Downtown Stillwater
Time: Noon – 4pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: Free
Details: Trick-or-treat along Main Street at participating businesses. Event also runs noon – 4pm on Sunday, October 26.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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