Where do you go for free Halloween fun around the Twin Cities when you want just a bit of a tingle up your spine? There is really no shortage of events — even this year. In fact, the Twin Cities’ own city of Anoka has held the title of Halloween Capital of the World since 1937 although they claim 1920.
Countdown to Halloween
Notes: Free Halloween events are often run by volunteers and, while they are free to attend, someone is paying for them. In order to keep these events free and pleasant for everyone involved, we encourage you to thank the workers at these events and to call or check the website to confirm before heading out.
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MULTIPLE TWIN CITIES LOCATIONS
October 30, 2021: 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. Use the store locator to find a participating store in your area. Look for a store with Halloween ComicFest logo.
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Halloween Family Movie Event | Marcus Theatres (click here for Twin Cities locations)
Celebrate the opening of the new film. (This will be followed by the movie, which is regular price). 10am-noon both Saturday and Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Oct 1, 2021: Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus
St. Paul has several Halloween-themed movies leading up to the holiday, but this PG film is the least scary of the batch. Located at Como Midway East Pavillion. Find the rest on Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens.
Oct 21, 2021: Pumpkin Carving Contest
Oct 24, 2021: Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration
Live entertainment, crafts, treats and a costume parade. Landmark Center, St. Paul. 1pm-3pm.
Oct 26, 2021: Hazel Park Trunk or Treat Drive Thru
Vehicle line starts at Case Avenue. Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. Hazel Park, St Paul. No Registration required. 6pm-7:30pm.
Oct 28, 2021: North Commons Halloween Trick or Treat
Stop in grab some treats and warm up with some hot chocolate! North Commons, Minneapolis. 4-6pm. No registration.
Oct 28, 2021: McDonough Halloween Party
Includes Halloween games, crafts and fun! Costumes encouraged. McDonough Rec Center, St. Paul. 6pm-7:30pm. No registration.
Oct 28, 2021: Merriam/Jimmy Lee/MLK Halloween Bash
Oct 29, 2021: Creekview Park Preschool Halloween Party
For ages 6 and under and parent. Wear a costume for a morning of treats, games, and music! Creekview Park, Minneapolis 11am-12:30pm. FREE.
Oct 29, 2021: Battle Creek Drive Thru Halloween Party
Drive thru for treats and other gifts from community partners. Battle Creek Rec Center, St Paul. No registration required. 6pm-8pm.
Oct 29, 2021: Northwest Como Halloween Party and Bonfire
Bonfire, outdoor activities, crafts and music. Costumes encouraged. Northwest Como Rec Center, St Pau. No registration required. 6pm-8pm.
Oct 29, 2021: Powderhorn Halloween Trick-or-Treat Drop-In
Drop into Powderhorn in your costume for a treat and a photo op. Masks required. Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis.
Oct 30, 2021: “Thriller” Halloween Fun Day
A fun day with music, bounce house, pizza, games, and goodie bags for everyone. Central Gym, Minneapolis. 1-3pm. No registration, but an Active Pass is required.
Oct 31, 2021: Folwell Trunk or Treat Halloween Party
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. Folwell Park, Minneapolis. 6pm-8pm. FREE.
Oct 31, 2021: Animal Masquerade Party
Play nature games, make a nature mask. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal. Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis. 1pm-3pm. FREE. Registration Required.
Oct 31, 2021: Webber Park Trunk or Treat Halloween Party
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. Webber Park, Minneapolis. 6pm-8pm. FREE.
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We continue to watch the MPRB website for additional Halloween activities.
Dia de los Muertos and Halloween Treat Bag Give-Away | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Education, Mariachi music and $1.00 tacos until 2pm to celebrate Day of the Dead and Halloween treat bags with candy and a toothbrush will handed out beginning at noon. 11am-2pm and 12pm-6pm. No registration.
Creepy-Crawly Creature Awareness Weekend | Como Zoo Celebrate creepy crawly bugs and spiders, make a spider craft, learn carnivorous plants, discover interesting bio-facts. Some of the creatures featured include: Giant Cave Cockroaches, Giant African Millipede, Tarantulas, special gardener & zookeeper talks all weekend. 10am-4pm.
Mischief’s Annual Costume Contest | Mischief Toy Store, St Paul
Dress in your best – there will be prizes! Get your photo taken. Plus, free candy. 10am-6pm.
Skate-O-Ween | Augsburg Ice Arena, Minneapolis
Activities include ice skating to Halloween themed music, skating exhibition performances, coaches on hand to answer questions about skating lessons, costumes encouraged but optional. Bring your own skates, on site skate rental is not available. 9:45am-11am. Free if you preregister. ($3/door)
Halloween Babies & Brews | Lake Monster Brewery
Join Do Good Diapers and Lake Monster for another Halloween Babies and Brews. There will be a DJ, a costume parade, and more! Costume prizes for the best baby and best family! Please RSVP. 2-4pm.
2nd Annual HERO-ween | The Firefighters Hall & Museum, Minneapolis
The Firefighters Hall & Museum invites the public to come out for indoor trick-or-treating in the museum and meet some local HEROs from Fire, Police and Paramedics! Dress in costume or just come to visit. Meet HEROs, ask questions and take some photos with local First Responders. Everyone welcome to this FREE event. 1-4pm.
Trick or Treat at the Governor’s Residence | Governor’s Mansion, 1006 Summit Ave, St. Paul | 5-7pm | Full size candy bars, apples, hot apple cider, glow sticks and candy.
NORTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Fridley, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Ramsey & Robbinsdale
Oct 1-23, 2021: Rumriver Art Center Halloween Coloring Contest
Pick up a coloring page created by Rumriver Art Center in Anoka. FREE.
Oct 8, 2021: Trunk or Treat & Movies in the Park – Hocus Pocus
Come to the Movie in Sandborn Park early for some fun trunk or treating around the park. Bring a snack and chairs and/or blankets to kick off the season with a Halloween classic. 5pm Family Fun & 7pm Movie. Sanborn Park, Robbinsdale.
Oct 8, 2021: Movie Night in the Park – Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/9 rain date). George Green Park, Anoka. 7pm.
Listen to a story, make a craft and grab some take-home options. Manor Park, Robbinsdale, 10am.
Oct 16, 2021: Flashlight Story Trail
Oct 17, 2021: Anoka Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues around Anoka to win prizes. 7pm movie. FREE.
Oct 19, 2021: Movie Night in the Park – Night at the Museum (PG)
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/20 rain date). 7pm movie. FREE.
Oct 23, 2021: Osseo Lions Halloween Event
Trick or treat up and down Central Avenue from 11am-noon and end at the park for more fun and games. 11am. FREE.
Oct 23, 2021: Anoka Children’s Pumpkin Carving Contest
Children ages 3 to 12. Pumpkins will be cleaned prior to use. Akin Park, Anoka. 1pm-2:30pm. FREE.
Oct 23, 2021: Anoka Light up the Night Parade & Bonfire
Lighted floats parade down the darkened streets of Anoka followed by a bonfire at City Hall with food vendors. 7pm-10pm.
Oct 24, 2021: Animal Costume Party
Help the Eastman animals make costumes that help them camouflage. Eastman Nature Center, Dayton. Drop-in 1pm-3pm.
Oct 28, 2021: Robbinsdale Give & Get Trick-or-Treat
Kids up to 12 can dress up and trick-or-treat at local businesses on Broadway with the donation of a non-perishable food item. 4-6pm.
Oct 29, 2021: Anoka Preschool Costume Contest
Special treat bags for each participant. Open to pre-kindergarten children. One adult allowed per registration. 10am-12pm. FREE, Pre-registration required, call 763-421-0387.
Oct 29, 2021: Anoka Big Parade of Little People
Local school kids don their costumes and march through historic Downtown Anoka. 1:15pm-2:30pm.
Oct 29, 2021: Plymouth Halloween at the Lake
Kids can get close up looks at first-responder vehicles, get treats and participate in family fun. Costumes encouraged. Parkers Lake Playfield, Plymouth. 5-8pm.
Oct 30, 2021: Anoka Grande Day Parade
Parade begins at State Street and Main Street and proceeds a mile and half to South Street/Military Road. 1-3pm.
Oct 31, 2021: Stellaluna StoryWalk
Drop in between 1:00pm and 3:00pm for a Family StoryWalk to read the book Stellaluna. Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park. 1pm-3pm.
Nov 1, 2021: Pumpkin Smash
Smash your leftover Halloween pumpkins into the composting bin. While there, grab some upcycled books to take home. Sorenson Park, Anoka, 4-7pm.
NORTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake
Oct 9, 2021: Mahtomedi PunkinMania
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) 9am-3pm.
Oct 29, 2021: Little Goblins Costume Party
For ages 8 and under. Carnival games and crafts, refreshments, photo opps, and a flashlight hike. Costumes encouraged for all! Pre-registration is required. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes. 6:30pm-8pm, FREE.
Oct 30, 2021: Stillwater Main Street Trick or Treat
Main Street businesses offer trick or treating. 1-4:00pm.
SOUTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Afton, Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Woodbury
Oct 9, 2021: Let’s Pawty
Halloween event with the family dog, including pet vendors, kissing booth, activities, costume contests, food truck and more. Heritage Village Park, Inver Grove Heights. 3-5pm, FREE, but pre-registration encouraged.
Oct 30, 2021: Trunk or Treat | Newport Lutheran Church, Newport
Decorate your car and hand out some candy or just come for the fun. Games, pumpkin decorating, art projects, and prize for the best trunk! October 30th at 4-5:30pm. Free!
SOUTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Bloomington, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Edina, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Richfield, Savage, St Louis Park & Waconia
Oct 1, 2021: Movie in the Park: Shrek
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite not-so-scary Ogre, Shrek. Movie begins at 7:30pm. Lowry Nature Center, Victoria. Dress for the weather.
Oct 14-21, 2021: Waconia Scarecrow Tour
Self-guided tour. Ballots available at area businesses. Vote for your favorite scarecrow for a chance to win a night at AmericInn Waconia!
Oct. 16, 2021: Community Trunk or Treat
Bring a bag/bucket/pillowcase to collect candy from local businesses, Wear a costume, bring food donations to fill a hearse. Bring your costumed dog, too. Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, Richfield. 4pm-7pm.
Oct. 16, 2021: Harvest to Halloween at the Barn
Decorate pumpkins, horse-drawn wagon rides, glow dance, story stroll, scavenger hunt and other family activities. Additional activities include art stations, a scavenger hunt and awards. Riley Lake Park, Eden Prairie, 4-8pm, FREE.
Oct. 23, 2021: Savage Halloween Bash
Costumes, food, music, games, inflatables, and of course candy. This event happens rain, snow, or shine. Savage Sports Center, 5pm-8pm.
Oct. 29, 2021: Goblins on Ice
Free indoor or outdoor Halloween skating event! Free rental skates are available and costumes welcome. The event is for all ages. The Rec Center, St. Louis Park. 12pm-1:30pm.
Oct. 29, 2021: Burwell House Spooktacular Festival
Take a spooky scavenger hunt, do crafts, listen to the storyteller, take a tour of the Burwell House, and build and race a pirate ship. Historic Burwell House, Minnetonka, 5-8pm.
Oct. 30, 2021: Not-So-Scary Nature Trail
Learn about all the not-so-scary things associated with Halloween. Walk the lantern-lit trail and learn about bats, owls, snakes, eagles and so much more while collecting a Halloween treat at each station. Staring Lake Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie. 6-8pm (Register for a time slot) $11/pp.
Oct. 30, 2021: Halloween in Excelsior
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Oct. 30, 2021: Shakopee Spooky Family Fun Night
Outdoor event will include spooky games, prizes and activities. Shakopee Lions Park. Two Sessions: 3:00-4:30 p.m. & 4:45-6:00pm; $5/kid. Pre-registration required.
Oct. 31, 2021: Bloomington Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
Free outdoor event designed for kids pre-k to 5th grade. Normandale Lake Bandshell, 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Oct. 31, 2021: Burnsville Halloween Skating Party
FREE admission for public skating and mini private lessons for new skaters (booked on a first come first served in person basis). Costumes are encouraged. Noon-1:30pm, Discounted skate rental.
Nov. 4, 2021: Pumpkin Smash & Bash
A pumpkin-rolling contest followed by an opportunity smash and bash pumpkins before tossing into piles of compost. Countryside Park, Edina. Free (Catapult has a fee).
Pop-Up Naturalist: Animal Costumes and Camouflage | Pond-Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington
Search for camouflaged animals in the park and look at real animal artifacts to see some examples of how different animals can use their coverings to help them survive. Costumes invited. 1pm-4pm.
Annual Minnesota Bat Festival | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington
Celebrate the unique role that bats play in our world at the 3rd annual Minnesota Bat Festival during International Bat Week! Discover why bats are important to us all. Explore techniques you can use in your own backyard to help the environment, bats and other wildlife. 9am-3:30pm.
Oct. 30, 2021: 50th & France Pumpkin Festival
Games and trick-or-treating at local businesses. 10am-1pm. Free.
FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT HOME
For some free Halloween fun at home, Get FREE iTunes episodes of the Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest podcast. These kid-friendly retellings of classic Grimm fairy tales each feature a surprising twist and commentary from a classroom of kids.
Scary (or not so Scary) Games To Play Outside: If you are looking for some ways to encourage the spooky spirit of Halloween at home, our Outdoor Games article has a couple seasonally appropriate ideas: We explain how to play Ghost in the Graveyard, Hide-And-Go-Seek in the Dark (this could be an indoor game as well) and Weeping Angels in this article. All of these games are appropriate for groups of grade school kids and can be as spooky (or not) as the kids want to make it.
Want to make Halloween fun at home? You can find simple DIY, festive activities here.