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.
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.
10/27/17: 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.
TBD: Jerry’s Halloween Creepy Crawly | Jerry’s Foods, Edina | 11 am-1 pm | Trick or treat around the store for an indoor, family-friendly Halloween experience. This event is also taking place at Jerry’s Foods Woodbury & Eden Prairie locations.
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. Find a list of this year’s comic’s here. Use the store locator to find a participating store in your area. Look 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.
TBA: Monster Bash | TC Michaels locations | 10am-3pm | Make a free bag for a trick-or-treat parade and more.
10/28/17-10/29/17: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater | Noon-4pm | Main Street businesses offer trick or treating.
TBA: Halloween Spooktacular at America Girl | Mall of America | Visit the store in costume for a treat, a pumpkin craft and photo op.
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).
TBA: 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.
10/31/17: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party | Vadnais Heights Commons | 6-8pm | Entertainment by Circus Manduhai, Halloween treats, balloon animals, activities for the kids and refreshments.
PLAN AHEAD TWIN CITIES HALLOWEEN FUN – PAID
9/29/17-10/29/17: 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.
9/30/17-10/29/17: Richfield Pumpkin Patch | Wheel Fun Rentals, Veterans Memorial Park Richfield | Daily, 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 Rentals, 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 | 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 | 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: 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.
10/20/17-10/21/17: Autumn Harvest in the Village | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington | 1-8pm | $6/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 | $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.
10/27/17: 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.
10/28/17: 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: Boo-ology | Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul | 12-4pm | Admission ($10-$13/pp) includes spooky hands-on science activities. Kids under 12 in costume get in free!
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.
10/31/17: Halloween Event | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St Paul |$10/admission (4 and under free) | First annual Halloween event.
TBA: Halloween Spooktacular | Shoreview Community Center | 6:30-8pm | $6-$7/pp, must pre-register | Dance with a DJ, craft, play bingo and more.
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
10/8: Spooks and Ladders Halloween @ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington • 2:30-4oo pm & 3:00pm-4:30 pm • $5/preregistered, $6/day-of space permitting, under 2 free • Details: Hike along; meet animal puppets; play games; dinosaur egg scavenger hunt; arrive in costume and bring a bag for goodies.
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.
10/21-22: 35th Annual Halloween Party @ Westwood Nature Center, St. Louis Park • 6:30-9:30pm • $8.50-$11.50/pp, pre-registration required • Details: 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.
10/22: Barnyard Boo @ Wood Lake Nature Center • 3-7:30pm • tickets sold by time slots • Advance tickets recommended, $5/pp, purchase at the nature center • Details: Petting zoo with llamas, goats, pot-bellied pigs; activities including an interactive trick or treat trail, dramatic Halloween stories, magician. Price includes hot cocoa and cookies for all ticket holders.
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: 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.
10/28/17: 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.
Family Story Time. Special Halloween Storytime. Stories, songs and fingerplays designed to enhance your child’s early literacy skills. Attendees are invited to come in costume for this special holiday storytime. • Appropriate for ages 2-5.
- 10/25 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/26 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Mounds View Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/26 • Halloween Family Storytime @ North St. Paul Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/27 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/28 • Halloween Family Storytime @ New Brighton Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/28 • Halloween Family Storytime @ White Bear Lake Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Maplewood Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Shoreview Library • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- 10/31 • Halloween Family Storytime @ Roseville Library • 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Baby & Me Story Time. Special Halloween Storytime. Share stories, songs, rhymes and play with your baby at this storytime designed for the youngest learner. Attendees are invited to come in costume for this special holiday storytime. For ages 6-23 months + caregiver. Note: Storytime limited to 15 on a first-come basis. Doors open from 9:30-9:50am only. Unlimited playgroup is from 10:05-11:00am.
- 10/31 • Halloween Baby & Me Storytime @ Roseville Library • 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT MINNEAPOLIS & SAINT PAUL PARKS
10/28: Groveland Night Scare @ Groveland Recration Center, St. Paul • 6:30-8:30pm • $5/pp over age 2• Details: Family friendly event with spooky games, spooky treats, haunted house, crafts, and Halloween fun! Costumes encouraged.
10/26: Preschool Halloween Party @ Lyndale Farmstead Park • 10:30 a.m. • You’re invited to attend and check out the regular Wednesday Parent/Tot program which offers indoor playtime during the winter months. Kids should wear their costumes. FREE.
10/27/17: MJM Halloween Bash @ Merriam Park Recreation Center • 6-8pm • Details: Activities include a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, and more! Wear your best costume for the costume contest! Registration Required. $5/resident; $7.50/non-resident. All Ages
10/27/17: Safe Summer Nights Fall Celebration @ Arlington Hills Community Center • 12-2pm • Details: Halloween fun with Saint Paul Police. Halloween activities and a costume parade for all participants in costume. No registration is not required. All Ages. FREE
10/28: Flick or Treat @ Webber Park • 6:00 p.m. • All ages. Phone: 612-370-4916. FREE.
10/28: Logan Halloween Party @ Logan Park • 10am-noon • Details: Kids ages 6 & under can enjoy entertainment, face painting, an art project, bounce house, healthy snack and treat bags. Pre-Registration required. FREE.
10/29: Halloween: Minnehaha Falls of Fun @ Minnehaha Regional Park • 1-4pm • $3/pp, hayrides $2/pp extra • Details: Outdoor activities include a hayride, moonwalks, marshmallow roasting, and a treat trail. Inside activities include dance with Kids Dance.
10/29: Thrill Kenwood @ Kenwood Park • 3-6pm • Details: 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.
10/29: North Commons Halloween Party @ North Commons Park • 6-8pm • Details: Wear your costumes! Activities include a bounce house, carnival games, candy and fun geared towards 1 – 12 years olds. FREE.
10/31: Preschool Pirate Halloween Party @ Pearl Park • 11:30am-noon • $3-$5/child • Details: Pirate themed fun including a bounce house, games, I-Spy room and sail the seven seas in search of the fabled Halloween booty.
10/31: Halloween Party and Parade @ Matthews Park • 4-6pm • Details: Costumed kids are invited to Matthews Park. Seward neighborhood parade starts outside at 4pm sharp. A party with games and treats will directly follow the parade inside. FREE.
10/31: Halloween Party @ Bryant Square Park • 6-8pm • Details: Annual Halloween Party. FREE. This Event is Full.
10/31: Conway Halloween Fest @ Conway Recreation Center • 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Details: Free and open to all. Costumes encouraged. Soccer clinic, food, games, bouncy house, face painting, prizes and more.
Where did they go?
Closed in 2017 • Pumpkin Patch @ Anoka County Farms, Ham Lake • Mon-Thur 3pm-sunset, Fri 12 pm-sunset, Sat & Sun 10am-sunset • Free on weekdays, $5/car weekends & MEA • Details: Closed due to construction.