Free Halloween Events In the Twin Cities – 2021

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.

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Free Halloween Activities For Kids

Note: 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.

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.

Target Halloween Events | Target locations

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.

Bottineau Park Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Bottineau Park Halloween Pumpkin Carving

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Oct 28, 2021: Halloween Trick or Treat | North Commons, Minneapolis
Stop in grab some treats and warm up with some hot chocolate!. 4-6pm. No registration. 

Oct 29, 2021: Preschool Halloween Party | Creekview Park, Minneapolis
For ages 6 and under and parent. Wear a costume for a morning of treats, games, and music! 11am-12:30pm. FREE.

Oct 30, 2021: “Thriller” Halloween Fun Day | Central Gym, Minneapolis
A fun day with music, bounce house, pizza, games, and goodie bags for everyone. 1-3pm. No registration, but an Active Pass is required. 

Oct 31, 2021: Trunk or Treat Halloween Party | Folwell Park, Minneapolis
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. 6pm-8pm. FREE.

Oct 31, 2021: Trunk or Treat Halloween Party | Webber Park, Minneapolis
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. 6pm-8pm. FREE.

 

Pumpkin Carving | Bottineau Park, Minneapolis
The park provides the pumpkins while supplies last. Carve your pumpkin at the park and leave the mess behind. 1-3pm. 

Halloween Fall Festival | Armatage Park, Minneapolis
Wear costumes and walk the decorated Trick or Treat trail where kids will stop at each station to receive their treats and prizes. Other activities include a horse drawn hayride, bonfire, toasty s’mores, music and much more. 6-8pm. 

Halloween Party | Van Cleve Park, Minneapolis
Age appropriate games for ages 1-9 years, activities and treats all culminate in a magic show at the end. 11am-12:30pm.

Halloween at the Hills | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis
Inflatables, games, a scavenger hunt, and treats will be provided! 3-5pm. No registration. 

Halloween Spooktactular | Phillips Community Center, Minneapolis
Kids Halloween get together featuring fun and spooky activities filled with snacks, refreshments, and Halloween candy. Costumes encouraged. 1-3pm. No registration. 

Thrill Kenwood | Kenwood Park, Minneapolis
A worldwide family friendly Zombie Party and Dance with zombie caricatures, makeup artisty, and more! Thriller Dance around the globe at 5. 3-6pm. 

Halloween Bonfire | Loring Park, Minneapolis
Stop by Loring Park for an outdoor fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. 6-8pm. No registration. 

Halloween Trick or Treat | Farview Park, Minneapolis
Fun and spooky activities filled with snacks, refreshments, candy, and treat bags for those 15 years old and under!. 6-8pm.

Halloween Party | Windom NE Park, Minneapolis
Intended to be a fun extended stop on your trick or treat rounds. Popcorn, Lemonade, coloring contest, Bounce House & other events. Registration is not required. 6-8pm. Registration available beginning 9/9/20, but not required. 

Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival | Landmark Center, St Paul
Get out your costumes for a parade, treats, storytelling and a live entertainment. Reservations required. 1-3pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | Martin Luther King Rec Center, St Paul
Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No registration required. 2pm-4pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | Hazel Park, St Paul
Vehicle line starts at Case Avenue. Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No Registration Required.  6pm-7:30pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | Palace Community Center, St Paul
Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No Registration Required.  6pm-7:30pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | Frogtown Community Center, St Paul
Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No Registration Required.  6pm-7:30pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, St Paul
Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No Registration Required.  6pm-7:30pm.

East Area Halloween Drive Thru | Battle Creek Rec Center, St Paul
Socially-distanced drive thru for treats, interactive games and car photo booth. Masks required when windows open. No Registration Required.  6:30pm-8pm.

Trunk or Treat Drive Thru | West Minnehaha Recreation Center, St Paul
Families drive up to each table in their vehicle to receive candy. No walkers or cyclists. No Registration Required. 1pm-5pm.

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.

Spooky StorytimeRed Balloon Bookshop
Red Balloon’s usual Thursday storytime will get the Halloween treatment. Costumes encouraged. 10:30am.

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. 

kids in halloween costumes

NORTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Fridley, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Ramsey & Robbinsdale

Oct 8, 2021: Movies in the Park – Hocus Pocus | Sanborn Park, Robbinsdale
Bring a snack and chairs and/or blankets to kick off the season with a Halloween classic. 7pm. FREE.

Oct 23, 2021: Osseo Lions Halloween Event | Osseo Fire Department
2021 Details TBA. 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: Light up the Night Parade | Downtown Anoka
Lighted floats parade down the darkened streets of Anoka. 7pm-8pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Big Parade of Little People | Downtown Anoka
Local school kids don their costumes and march through historic Downtown Anoka. 1:15pm-2:30pm.

Oct 30, 2021: Anoka Grande Day Parade | Downtown Anoka
More details TBA. 1-3pm.

Halloween Movie Nights | Riverfront Memorial Park, Anoka
Bring your blanket, chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. Movie to start at DUSK (7:20pm).

Anoka House Decorating Contest | Participating households in Anoka, Ramsey & Andover
List of addresses will be provided. Enjoy the house decorating creations from your car.

Scavenger Hunt | Peninsula Point Two Rivers Park, Anoka 
Clues Give at the time of the event and will cover a large part of Anoka. Registration required, all ages. 1pm-3pm, FREE.

Preschool Costume Contest | Peninsula Point Two Rivers Park, Anoka 
Special treat bags for each participant. Open to pre-kindergarten children. One adult allowed per registration. 10am. FREE, Pre-registration will be required.

Children’s Pumpkin Carving Contest | Peninsula Point Park, Anoka 
Children ages 3 to 12. Pumpkins will be cleaned prior to use.  1:15pm-3pm. FREE, Pre-registration will be required.

Anoka Pumpkin Smashing | Sorenson Park, Anoka
Bring your Halloween pumpkins and toss them into the composting bin. Sip on hot apple cider and have fun bouncing in the giant pumpkin bounce house (weather permitting). 11-4pm.

Pumpkin Parking Lot Bingo  | Zanewood Activity Center, Brooklyn Park
Play bingo to win pumpkins and tickets to Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze.  4-5pm.

Halloween Family Movie Night | New Hope Outdoor Theater
Movie and family costume contest. 6:30-9pm. FREE, Pre-registration will be required.

Drive-In Movie  | Community Activity Cntr, Brooklyn Park
Stay in the safety of your car and watch a favorite Halloween film. 7:30-9pm.

Halloween at the Lake  | Parkers Lake Playfield, Plymouth
A walk-through outdoor event, visit treat stations and pick up a free pumpkin. Costumes encouraged. 4:30-6:30pm.

Halloween Spooktacular  | Zanewood Rec Center, Brooklyn Park
Walk through a social distance path where kids can gather treats. Pre-register for a 30-minute timeslot (use keyword: spooktacular). 2:00-5:00pm

Boo ‘n Brew | Northtown Mall, Blaine
Kid-Friendly Activities include: bounce house, face painting, kids crafts. Food trucks will be selling refreshments. 2-5pm.

Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
Drop in for an art project. The October event has historically offered a Halloween theme with activities like scavenger hunts and have a “spooky” snacks. 1-3pm.

Halloween Open House | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka
Free Family Activities. Wear costumes and be ready for tricks and treats! Bring your own Halloween creation or color a pre-made coloring sheet to enter the coloring contest. 11–3pm.

Give & Get Trick-or-Treat | Robbinsdale
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.

halloween pumpkins

NORTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake

Nothing has been announced as of June 2021, but check out what we are watching below.

PunkinMania | 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) 9am-3pm.

Vadnais Heights Community Scarecrow Trail | Vadnais Heights Commons
Stroll along the Scarecrow Trail, take pictures with the funniest or most creative, and  vote for your favorite before you leave. During open park hours.

Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater
Main Street businesses offer trick or treating. Noon-4pm. 

 Trick or Treating in Union Alley | The Lumberjack, 123 North 2nd St., Stillwater
Socially distanced trick or treating. The Lumberjack also always has ax throwing, board games and food and drinks to purchase. Noon-2pm.

Halloween Pet Parade in Union Alley | The Lumberjack, 123 North 2nd St., Stillwater
Dress up your pet and bring it down to the Lumberjack for a costume contest. The Lumberjack also always has ax throwing, board games and food and drinks to purchase. Noon-2pm.

Harvest Carnival & Costume Party | Growing Explorers, Lake Elmo
Check out this new preschool at their carnival and costume party. 5-7pm.

Bruentrup Boo Bash | Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood
Live animals from the MN Raptor Center, puppet show, wagon rides, sensory scavenger hunt, concessions available for purchase. Dress for the weather. 1-3pm. 

Movie Night | Maplewood Mall
Watch an October movie favorite and come in your favorite witch costume. 5pm-7:30pm.

Trick or Treat at the Fillebrown House | Fillebrown House, White Bear Lake   Stop by this historic house on Halloween for trick or treat. 5-8pm.

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SOUTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Afton, Farmington, Woodbury

Nothing has been announced as of June 2021, but check out what we are watching below.

Autumn Harvest  | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington
Drive through the village to see Scarecrows waiving signs, witches stirring brew, and scenes from popular stories of 1900 come to life (no walking or biking this year). 3-7pm, FREE.

Halloween Tricks and Treats | Afton Fire Station, Woodbury
A favorite annual tradition of Woodbury Public Safety, goblins and all ghostly creatures are welcome to stop by one of Woodbury’s fire stations to collect treats on Halloween night. 5-8pm, FREE. 

Afton’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail | St Croix Trail through Afton
Stop at local businesses for treats, activities and fun freebies. 10am-2pm.

Alaween Halloween Carnival | Alamo Drafthouse, Woodbury
Kick off your Trick-or-Treating at Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury with the FREE Alaween Halloween Carnival! Family friendly fun includes face painting, bounce house, carnival games, tricks and treats in the theaters, spooky specials. 3-6pm.

SOUTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Bloomington, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Edina, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Richfield, Savage, St Louis Park & Waconia

Oct. 23, 2021: Savage Halloween BashSavage Sports Center
Costumes, food, music, games, inflatables, and of course candy. This event happens rain, snow, or shine. More 2021 Details TBA.

Oct. 30, 2021: Pumpkin Festival | 50th & France, Edina
Games and trick-or-treating at local businesses. More 2021 details TBA. 10am-1pm. Free.

Drive-In Movie | Creekside Community Center, Bloomington
Vote for your favorite ghostly movie. Bloomington will play the popular choice at their October Drive-In. Parking Opens 6pm; Movie Begins 7pm.

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!

Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest | Chanhassen Public Library
Use art supplies and other creative materials to transform pumpkins into a literary character (note: no carving allowed). Pick up an entry and drop off a pumpkin at Chanhassen Library for display from October 12-14. Voting will be at that library from October 15-23. Winners in three age categories. Kids (7 and under), Tweens (8-12) and Teens (13-18) will receive a book prize.

Community Trunk or Treat | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, Richfield
Bring a bag/bucket/pillowcase to collect candy from local businesses, Wear a costume, bring food donations to fill a hearse. 

Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest | Chaska Community Park
Carve a pumpkin to line the Halloween Trail of Fun. Register by October 16th

Puppet Show Series: Skeletons in the Closet | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington
This bilingual Little Coyote Puppet Theater production gently teaches that love continues after death. and explores traditions of Dio De Los Muertos. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 10:30am-11:30am.

Halloween in Excelsior | Downtown Excelsior
Hold the date for more details.

Goblins on Ice | The Rec Center, St. Louis Park
Free indoor Halloween skating event! Free rental skates are available and costumes welcome. The event is for all ages. 12pm-1:30pm & 5:45-7:15pm

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.

Bloomington Halloween Event |
To be announced in September.

Pumpkin Smash & Bash | Countryside Park, Edina
A pumpkin-rolling contest followed by an opportunity smash and bash pumpkins before tossing into piles of compost. Pre-Register for your timeslot: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Four pumpkins and six people is the maximum per registration

Halloween Skating Party | Ice Center, Burnsville
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, $3/Skate Rentals.

Halloween Bash | Burnsville Center
Family Friendly Bash includes kids costume contest, games, cookie decorating and Firetruck tours. 11am-2pm.

Haunted Halloween Party at Disney Store, Ridgedale Center
Come dressed as one of your favorite characters and play fun games featuring 3 dastardly Disney Villains! 

Burwell House Spooktacular Festival | Historic Burwell House, Minnetonka
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. 5:30-8pm.

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.

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra SPOOKTACULAR Concert
Free concert at the community center features seasonal music. Costumes encouraged – the orchestra will be in costume. (The concert will be held again on 10/27 at 3pm at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and will be free with Arboretum admission).

Trick-or-Treat at Shakopee City Hall | Shakopee City Hall
For some free Halloween fun before heading out in the neighborhood, residents are encouraged to bring their children to safely trick-or-treat at city hall and Shakopee Police Department. 3-4:30pm.

Halloween at Home

FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT HOME

Free Kid-Friendly Halloween Podcast | iTunes | For some free Halloween fun at home, Get FREE 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.

Halloween Themed CraftsLakeshore Learning may not have in-store crafts this year, but they have a great archive of crafts you can do at home. 

Want to make Halloween fun at home?  You can find simple DIY, festive activities here. 

Saint Paul Haunted Story Contest | Writers of all ages are invited to submit their haunted stories or poems. Winning stories will be read by guest storytellers and shared virtually and at park events this October.

Savage Police Halloween Coloring Contest | Print a coloring sheet and submit for a chance to win prizes. All participants get a coupon for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Man. Ages 5-13.

 

4 thoughts on “Free Halloween Events In the Twin Cities – 2021”

  1. Do you have a correct link for the Firefighters museum event for 2019, the one posted is for Sunday Oct 28, 2018. 10/27/19: 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. note: I own the group Minnesota Resource Connection & do like to post from your site, however, I’m finding this seems to be an ongoing issue that events dates/years are not being verified before posting so I have to check each & everyone one of them, resulting in my posting directly from the source vs directing my members to your site 🙁

    1. Hi Diane. That link should take you to the home page of the Firefighters Museum, which lists the 2019 date. I see that their event page hasn’t been updated from 2018, but they are a volunteer organization. I would trust that the home page is correct date-wise and that this year’s event will be essentially the same as last year’s event. — Joy.

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