We are just “dying” to share our roundup of Halloween fun in this frightfully full list of family friendly October events in the Twin Cities! Check back often as we’re always adding in new events.
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FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AROUND THE TWIN CITIES
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10/12/17-10/22/17: Waconia Scarecrow Tour | Self-guided tour. Ballot available at area businesses. Vote for your favorite scarecrow for a chance to win a night at AmericInn Waconia!
10/14/17: PunkinMania | Triangle Park, Mahtomedi | 9am-3pm | Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.)
10/21/17: Pumpkin Fest 2017 | 50th & France, Edina | 10am-1pm | 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.
10/21/17: Coloring Contest & Halloween Fun | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka | 10am-4pm | Family art activities all day include drawing, Pin-the-Heart on the Skeleton, make Halloween decorations and treats for costumed visitors.
10/22/17: Spookley the Square Pumpkin Halloween Event | Jerry’s Foods, Edina | 10 am-Noon | Meet and Greet the cast of Spookley at 10 am, trick or treat in the store, pumpkin activities, face painting
10/21-22; 27-28 & 31, 2017: BareBones Halloween Extravaganza | Hidden Falls Park, St Paul | 7 pm | An outdoor nighttime spectacle of puppetry, stilting, fire and music. (FREE, but donations encouraged.)
10/28/17: Afton’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail | St Croix Trail through Afton | 10am-2pm | Stop at local businesses for treats, activities and fun freebies.
10/28/17: Anoka’s Grand Day Parade | Main Street & Fifth Ave, Anoka | 1-3:30pm | Curious as to why Anoka has been dubbed the Halloween Capital of the World? Find out during one of the dozens of events scheduled for 2017’s celebration, Oct 8-31.
10/28/2017: Halloween ComicFest | Participating comic book stores give away comic books to anyone who comes into their shops. You can also purchase packages to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Find a list of this year’s comic’s here. Use the store locator to find a participating store in your area. Look for a store with Halloween ComicFest logo (to the right).
10/28/17: Halloween Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee | 10:30-11:15am | Not-so-spooky kids stories and a monster mask craft. Ages 2-8, registration required.
10/28/17: Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl | Woodbury & Eden Prairie location | 11 am- 1 pm Trick-or-treat around the store with a re-usable bag to tote your loot! Plus Halloween crafts, scavenger hunts and face painting.
10/28/17: Thrill Kenwood and Spooky CD Release Party | Kenwood Park | 4 pm-8 pm, 5:00 Thriller Dance around the globe | A worldwide family friendly Zombie Party and Dance in its 9th year with zombie caricatures, makeup artisty, red carpet release party for Big Epic, Chicks on Sticks, and more!
10/28/17-10/29/17: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater | Noon-4pm | Main Street businesses offer trick or treating.
10/29/17: BooFest on Grand | Grand Avenue, St Paul | 11am-3pm | Trick-or-treat at participating businesses from 1-3pm, free pony rides, a petting zoo and a costume contest; 12:30 Spooky Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop.
10/29/17: Halloween Skating Party | Burnsville Ice Center | 12-1:30pm | Trick-or-treating, open skating, prize drawings. Refreshments available to purchase. All ages; costumes encouraged. FREE admission and discounted skate rental ($3).
10/29/17: Halloween Babies & Brews | Lake Monster Brewery | 2-4pm | Join Do Good Diapers and Lake Monster for another Halloween Babies and Brews. There will be food trucks, a costume parade, and more! Costume prizes for the best baby and best family! Please RSVP.
10/29-31/17: Spooky Streamer Ghost Craft | Pacifier North Loop | Store Hours | Drop in. Craft table will be set up with balloons, streamers, helium, glue, and instructions. Halloween costumes encouraged and a foodshelf donation is requested. RSVP Appreciated.
10/31/2017: Halloween Party | Bloomington Ice Garden | 6-8pm | Free open skating, games, and trick-or-treating. Aimed at kids preschool-aged through 4th grade with adult. Donations of non-perishable food items requested.
10/30/17: 2nd Annual Trick or Treat at The Glenn of Hopkins | Hopkins | 9:30-10:30am | Meet at the Glenn of Hopkins for an all ages Halloween themed event. Trick or Treat through 3 buildings, story time and craft.
10/31/17: Trick or Treat at the Governor’s Residence | Governor’s Mansion, 1006 Summit Ave, St. Paul | 5–7pm | Full size candy bars, mini pumpkins and apples, hot apple cider, glow sticks and candy.
PLAN AHEAD TWIN CITIES HALLOWEEN FUN – PAID
9/16/17-10/29/17: The Great Pumpkin Festival | Valleyfair, Shakopee | Sat & Sun, hours vary | Prices start at $29.99 plus parking | Valleyfair’s non-scary daytime family companion to Halloween Haunt. (If you plan to do a 2018 Pre-K Pass, this is a good time to get signed up, because your tot can attend free for the remainder of 2017.)
Spookley the Square Pumpkin | Stages Theatre, Hopkins | Tickets: $16/ages 18-59, $14/ages 60+, $12/ages 2-17, $5 lap/ages 3-4, free lap pass/under 2 | All ages stage production based on the film and book of the same title. SOLD OUT.
9/30/17-10/29/17: Richfield Pumpkin Patch | Wheel Fun Rental, Veterans Memorial Park, Richfield | Sat-Sun, 10am-sunset |$5-$9/pp | Admission includes entrance to the pumpkin patch, inflatables and a hayride.
10/7/17-10/29/17: Lake Como Pumpkin Patch | Wheel Fun Rental, St Paul | Sat & Sun, 10am – 6pm | $3-$7/pp | Admission includes entrance to the pumpkin patch (pumpkins an additional fee), inflatables and a hayride.
10/13/17-10/29/17: Kids Dream Not-so-Scary Halloween Series | Marcus Theatres (Click Here for Twin Cities Locations) | select Fri-Sun in October, 10am | $3/pp | FREE Trick-or-Treat Costume Party held 10/21/17, 9am.
10/14/17: Pumpkins in the Park | Veteran’s Memorial Park, Shakopee | 4-6pm | $5/child, adults free | Tickets include trick-or-treating, games, face painting, refreshments, a pumpkin and more.
10/2/17-10/31/17: Halloween at FlyOver America | FlyOver America, Mall of America | Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm, Sun: 11am-7pm | $12.95-$16.95/person, appropriate for ages 4 and older. Children 8 or under must be accompanied by guardian older than 14 and all participants must be 40″ or taller | Come dressed in costume, enjoy Broomelda’s Witches Academy Pre-Show and enjoy a 10 minute ride. The entire show is between 20-25 minutes.
10/13/17-10/29/17: Goosebumps, The Musical | SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul| Tickets: $16/Adults; $12/Youth & Seniors | Suggested for families with young people ages 7 and up. October 15th – Pay as you are Able Performance.
10/13/17-10/29/17: Pumpkin Nights | Minnesota State Fairgrounds | Sun-Thurs 6:30-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight | $20/adults, $16/ages 4-12 & seniors, under 4 free, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids. Tickets can be pre-purchased at www.PumpkinNights.com, or at the door | A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience.
10/14/17-10/29/17: HallZooWeen | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley | 9am-4pm | Included with Zoo admission ($12-$18/person, plus parking) | Up-close encounters with animals; hands-on education programs and Halloween-themed treats for the animals; face painting, live musicians, and more.
10/20/2017: Spooktacular Halloween Carnival & Dance | The Shoppes at Arbor Lake, Maple Grove | 6pm-8pm | $30-$40/adult/child pair | Hosted by Twin Cities Party Princess – a fun event for the whole family.
10/20/2017: Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt & Dance | Aquatore Park, Blaine | 7pm-8:30pm |$10-$11/pp | Flashlight pumpkin hung, outdoor dance, S’mores, Flashlight Bingo, trick or treat scavenger hunt, Costume Contest. Fee includes a treat bag, one pumpkin, one craft, and refreshments. Registration is required by October 13 or when spaces fill.
10/20/17-10/21/17: Autumn Harvest in the Village | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington | Noon – 6pm | $7/ages 13+, $4/ages 4-12 | It’s Halloween turn-of-the-century style.
10/20/17-10/22/17: Pumpkin Express Train Rides | Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, Osceola, WI | 9:30am -1:30pm on the hour. Last train leaves Dresser, to return to Osceola, at 4pm | Tickets: Adults: $25, Children (5-15): $15, Toddlers (4 & under): $5, infants: no charge. | Free pumpkins for kids, haunted, games and rides, music and performances included with tickets.
10/21/17: Halloween Family Fun Day | Weaver Lake Park, Maple Grove | 1-4pm | Pre-Register $5/child ages 2-8, under 2 & adults free | 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.
10/21/17-10/22/17 & 10/28/17-10/29/17: ZooBoo | Como Zoo, St Paul | 4:30-7:30pm | $7/person | Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 2017 is the LAST year of ZooBoo. Como will come back with something new in 2019.
10/22/17: Day of the Dead Family Day | Minnesota History Center, St Paul | 12-4pm | $12/adults, $6/ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under & MHS members | This annual celebration features, music, dancing, traditional Mexican games, art activities, and samples of traditional bread and hot chocolate.
10/22/17: Ghouls and Giggles Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska | 1 -4 pm | Adults $15/pp, children under 15 free | Activities include pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, trick or treating, Halloween tunes performed by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, and more.
10/23/17: Pre-K Monday – Goblin Hunt | The Works Museum, Bloomington | 9am-12pm | $4.25/pp on these special days (half-price). Come in with your Pre K student to hunt for goblin graphics hidden in the Museum exhibits (10/19-10/30). Find all eight and turn in your scorecard for a prize. Costumes welcome!
10/27/2017: Halloween Extravaganza | Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul | 5:30 pm- 10 pm | $12/per person | Two different trick or treat trails, one spooky and one for those of us who don’t like to be scared. Face painting, Dance Party, Shows, Costume contest, Live animals!
10/27/17: Halloween Fest |
Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | 6:00-8:00pm | $5/family | Illuminated trick-or-treat trail, music and entertainment. Refreshments available for purchase. All ages. NOTE: Due to yucky weather, this has moved indoors to Diamondhead Education Center, 200 Burnsville Parkway. Park in the upper lot, and enter through door No. 2.
10/27/17: Costume Carnival | Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley | 5:30-6:30pm | Carnival ticket: $5/16 games. Pizza dinner ticket: $5/person or $15/family | Non-scary costumes encouraged, play games, win prizes and eat treats!
10/27/17: Art in Motion: Ballet Spooktacular | Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville | 7:30pm | $16/tickets | Performance features dances choreographed for the Halloween season. Costumes encouraged. Reception follows performance.
10/27/17: Halloween Spooktacular | Shoreview Community Center | 6:30-8pm | $6-$7/pp, must pre-register for event #460414 | Dance with a DJ, craft, play bingo and more.
10/27/17: Spooky Swim | Goldfish Oakdale | 6:30-8pm | $5/person or $15/family max | Spooky Family Swim and pumpkin painting! Celebrate with MS Jazee Balloon Twister along with snacks, trick-or-treating, and family swimming.
10/28/17: Gibbs Farm Halloween | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights | 10am-4pm | $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5 ages 3+ | Enjoy an old-fashioned Halloween with popcorn balls, a penny scramble, trick-or-treating at the farmhouse, storytelling and more.
10/28/17: Spooky Science Discovery Day | Bakken, Minneapolis | 10:30am-3:30pm | Admission $5-$10/pp (where a costume, get $2 off) | Creepy craft, scary puppet show, learn about magical creatures, have some black light & laser fun.
10/28/17: Howl-O-Ween | Wildlife Science Center, Stacy | 12-4pm | Adults: $10.00; Kids: $8.00 | Trick-or-treat; haunted barn; campfire, decorate your own trick-or-treat bag. Costumes encouraged. Leashed dogs welcome.
10/29/17: Padelford Boo Cruise | Padelford Riverboats, St Paul | Boards at 1:45pm, cruises 2pm to 3:30pm | $25 + port fee/adults, $12/kids ages 3-12 | Spooky riverboat family fun with tricks, treats, and kid-friendly activities.
10/29/17-10/30/17: Halloween at the Museum | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul | Sun 6-9pm; Mon 10am-1pm & 6-9pm | $17/pp | Make trail mix, create a spooky masterpiece in The Studio, and rock along to a musical performance. Light refreshments included or reserve a meal in advance.
10/31/17: Halloween Event | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St Paul |$10/admission (4 and under free) | First annual Halloween event. See some “spooky” trains on the layouts, a coloring station and more! From 5-8 pm the lights will be turned down and treats will be handed out.
10/31/17: Paint with your Lil’ Pumpkin – Grandparent & Me | Lennox Community Center, St. Louis Park| 3-3:45pm | $10/child |Ages 3-6 with an adult. Decorate a pumpkin and enjoy a pumpkin cookie and Halloween punch. Registration required by Oct. 25 Event #202201.
TBA: Life Time’s “Spooktacular” | Lifetime Fitness Centers Twin Cities | 12pm-2pm | $10/child ages 2+, under 2 & adults free | Spooktacular stations designed to engage all ages including monster mash, scavenger hunt games and crafts. Open to the public.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT THREE RIVERS PARKS & TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS
10/20/17-10/21/17: 36th Annual Halloween Party | Westwood Nature Center, St Louis Park | 6:30-9:30pm | $8.50-$11.50/pp, pre-registration required | Join in indoor/outdoor games, activities and theme trails. Visit friendly animal characters on Mother Nature’s Trail and dare to play Mystery Mini Golf in the dark woods. Music, refreshments and more.
10/21/17: Old-fashioned Trick-or-Treat | The Landing, Shakopee | Every half hour, 4-7:30pm | $9/ages 2-17, $5/adults; under 2 free | Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths; greeted by costumed characters; horse-drawn trolley; hot cider.
10/21/17: Half-Haunted Halloween | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield | event entry 2-6pm | $5/pp, purchase tickets at the nature center | Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Tickets include trick-or-treating, a magic show, Halloween dance, a petting zoo, cocoa and cookies.
10/21/17: Pumpkin Night in the Park | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 6-10pm | $8/pp in advance, $10/at door, under age 3 free | Family-friendly Halloween event with enchanted trails, fire dancers, Monster Bingo, Pumpkin Patch Dance, pumpkin carving contest and more.
10/21/17: Baker Boo | Baker Park Reserve Campground, Maple Plain | Reservations required by 10/9, call 763.559.6700, a $54 program fee is charged per campsite | Decorate your campsite, play carnival games, carve a pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, march in the costume parade and trick-or-treat through the Baker Boo Neighborhood and campsite loops.
10/27/17: Little Goblin Bash | St. Louis Park Rec Center | 6:30-8pm | $8/child plus tax, adults free | For ages 2-9. Music, Halloween treats free pumpkin from our Aquatic Park pumpkin patch! After the event, enjoy free ice skating and free skate rental until 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
10/27/17: Halloween Extravaganza | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | 5:30-10pm | $8/pp advance, $12/pp day of | 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. Activities throughout the night include nature programs, face painting, storytelling, wagon rides and a costume contest.
10/27/17: Halloween at the Creek | Plymouth Creek Center | 6pm-8:30pm | $8/pp in advance, $10/door | The one and only stop you need to make to celebrate Halloween! A family festival which includes carnival games, prizes, inflatables, entertainment and treats plus a slice of pizza and a beverage.
10/28/17: Tamarack Trick-or-Treat | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake | 3-5:30 pm, register for start times of 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Activities take approximately 75 minutes to complete | $7.50/child, $3.25/adult | The non-spooky event includes games, old fashioned hand-pressed cider, trick-or-treating, and live animal encounters. Pre-registration encouraged.
10/28/17: Big Woods Halloween | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | $5-$9/pp, under 2 free | Carnival games, pumpkin scavenger hunt, giant web walk challenge, trick-or-treating along a woodland trail, brewing something up by the cauldron and more. Refreshments included.
10/28/17: Enchanted Forest Halloween | Lowry Nature Center | 5-9pm | $5-$9/pp, under 2 free | Dress in costume; trick-or-treat along character trail, storytelling, crafts, cookies, carnival games, music and a mad scientist puppet show.
10/29/17: Free Family Fun Days: Spiders and Other Creepy Crawlers | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 3-4 pm | This weekly event will have a Halloween theme.
HALLOWEEN STORYTIMES & LIBRARY PROGRAMS
10/25/17: Family Storytime | Hennepin County Library, Excelsior – “gentle” Halloween storytime – bring costumes! | 10:30am
10/27/17: Halloween Family Storytime | Ramsey County Library, New Brighton | 10:30am
10/31/17: Halloween Stories & Craft | Dakota County Library, Heritage | 10:30am
10/31/17: Halloween Special | Dakota County Library South St Paul & Inver Glen
10/31/17: Wendy’s Wiggle Jiggle & Jam | Minneapolis Central Library – bring costumes! | 10am
10/31/17: Halloween Make-and-Take | Latimer Central Library, St Paul | 5:30pm
10/31/17: Halloween Party | Washington County Library, Park Grove | 3pm
HALLOWEEN FUN AT MINNEAPOLIS & SAINT PAUL PARKS
10/26/17: Hallow Fest | North Dale Rec Center, St Paul | 5-7pm | Activities for ages 13 & under. FREE
10/26/17: Spooky Cookies | Hazel Park Rec Center, St Paul | 6:15-7pm | $1/pp
10/27/17: Teen Halloween Dance | MLK Rec Center, St Paul | 6-8pm | $5/pp
10/27/17: MJM Halloween Bash | Merriam Park Rec Center | 6-8pm | $5/resident; $7.50/non-resident | Activities include a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, and more! Wear your best costume for the costume contest! Registration required.
10/28/17: Safe Summer Nights Fall Celebration | Arlington Hills Community Center | 12-2pm | Halloween fun with Saint Paul Police. Halloween activities and a costume parade for all participants in costume. No registration is required. All Ages. FREE
10/27/17: Halloween Party | Palace Rec Center, St Paul | 6-8pm | Games and crafts. FREE.
10/28/17: Thrill Kenwood | Kenwood Park, Minneapolis | 4-7pm | Halloween block party co-hosted by ARTrageous Adventures. Activities include zombie make overs and caricatures, The Big Epic Show, Magic Lantern entertainers, costume characters, a balloon artist, a beARTrageous Creation Station and other activities. FREE.
10/28/17: North Commons Halloween Party | North Commons Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | Wear your costumes! Activities include a bounce house, carnival games, candy and fun geared towards 1 – 12 years olds. FREE.
10/30/17: Halloween Bonfire | Rice Rec Center, STP | 6-8p | Smores, hot dogs, face painting, FREE
10/30/17: Halloween Party | Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | FREE
10/31/17: Preschool Halloween Party | Pershing Park, Minneapolis | 10am-12pm | FREE
10/31/17: Halloween Party and Parade | Matthews Park, Minneapolis | 4-6pm | Seward neighborhood parade starts outside at 4pm sharp. A party with games and treats will directly follow the parade inside. FREE.
10/31/17: Fuller Halloween | Fuller Park, Minneapolis | 5:30-7:30pm | FREE
10/31/17: Windom NE Halloween Party | Windom NE Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | 5-7pm | Wear costumes, enjoy some food, games, and entertainment. Treats will be handed out to the first 350 children. FREE.
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