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. In fact, the Twin Cities’ own city of Anoka has held the title of Halloween Capital of the World since 1937. We LOVE our Halloween around here! Be sure to check out our separate article listing 2019 Halloween events at Twin Cities Parks and Nature Centers. Many of those events are also free. And keep checking back, because we will keep adding to our list as we receive more events.
For our monster list of fee-based Halloween activities, jump over to our Plan Ahead Halloween Events. Many of these fun Halloween activities require pre-registration or tickets purchased in advance, so we get it out there so you can plan ahead.
These podcasts were released last year, but are still available to download: Free Kid-Friendly Halloween Podcast Download | iTunes | For some free Halloween fun at home, Download 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.
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
10/26/19: Paw Patrol Trick-or-Treat Event | most Target locations
Trick-or-Treating, giveaways and an episode of Paw Patrol. 10am-1pm.
10/26/19: 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 2019 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).
10/26/19-10/27/19: Addams Family Spooktacular Family Fun Days | 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
10/4/19: Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus | Como Park, St. Paul
Watch an October movie favorite at a park screening. 6pm.
10/18/19-10/20/19: 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.
10/19/19: 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.
10/26/19: 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.
10/26/19: 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 by 10/25. ($3/door)
10/26/19: Pumpkins & PowerDrills | The Lab Taproom, St. Paul
Join the Minnesota Tool Library to carve pumpkins with their power tools then leave the mess Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one to support the tool library. Leave the mess behind. 12-5pm.
10/27/19: 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.
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.
10/31/19: 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 Anoka, Blaine, Fridley, & New Hope
10/13/19: 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. Reader Alice tells us this was moved to 10/20/19. We do not have confirmation at this point. As always, we recommend calling ahead (763) 574-1850.
10/19/19: 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.
10/26/19: Anoka’s Grand Day Parade | Main Street & Fifth Ave, Anoka
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 2019’s celebration. 1-3:30pm.
10/26/19: Evergreen Church Trunk or Treat | New Hope
Free family event with candy, games, popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, and lots of fun. 5pm-7pm.
NORTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake
10/12/19: PunkinMania | Triangle Park, Mahtomedi
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) 9am-3pm.
10/25/19: Harvest Carnival & Costume Party | Growing Explorers, Lake Elmo
Check out this new preschool at their carnival and costume party. 5-7pm.
10/26/19: 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.
10/26/19-10/27/19: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater
Main Street businesses offer trick or treating. Noon-4pm.
10/31/19: 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.
SOUTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Afton, Burnsville & Woodbury
10/26/19: Afton’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail | St Croix Trail through Afton
Stop at local businesses for treats, activities and fun freebies. 10am-2pm.
10/27/19: 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.
10/31/19: 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.
10/31/19: 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.
SOUTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Includes events in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Robbinsdale, Shakopee, St Louis Park & Waconia
Weekends 10/12/19-10/27/19: 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! Saturdays 1, 2 & 3pm; Sundays: Oct. 13, 20 & 27 at 2pm. RSVP for a time slot.
10/10/19-10/20/19: 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!
10/24/19 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.
10/25/19: Goblins on Ice | The Rec Center, St. Louis Park
Drop in for a free indoor Halloween skating event! Free rental skates are available and costumes welcome. The event is for all ages. 12pm-1:30pm & 7:30pm-9pm.
10/25/19: Spooky Family Fun Night | Shakopee Community Center
A night of Halloween fun with costume contests, bounce houses, Cosmic Zumba, ice skating, crafts, games and performance by the Big Epic Show. Free limited skate rental available. 6-8pm.
10/25/19: Burwell House Spooktacular Festival | Historic Burwell House
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.
10/26/19: FBC Fall Fest | FBC, 5600 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park
Bounce house, pumpkin decorating station, face painting, autumn-themed crafts, snacks and beverages. The event is for all ages. 10am-2pm.
10/26/19: Pumpkin Fest 2019 | 50th & France, Edina
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. 10am-1pm.
10/26/19: 3rd 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.
10/26/19: Halloween Trick or Treat The Glenn of Hopkins | Hopkins
Inviting kids of all ages! Show off your costume as you Trick or Treat throughout our campus. 3-4pm.
10/26/19: 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).
10/26/19-10/27/19: Professional Pumpkin Carvers & Amateur Pumpkin Carving Contest | Blue Spot in Nickelodeon Universe
Watch + ask questions as local sculptors carve your favorite Nickelodeon characters out of real pumpkins. On Saturday afternoon some of the carvers will compete. 11am–6pm.
10/28/19: 4th Annual Costume Parade at The Glenn of Hopkins | Hopkins
Meet at the Glenn of Hopkins for an all ages Halloween themed event. Trick or Treat through 3 buildings, story time and craft. Bring your own bucket. 10-11am.
10/31/19: Halloween Party | Bloomington Ice Garden
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. 6-8pm.
10/31/19: 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.
10/31/19: Trick or Treat Spooktacular | Zanewood Rec, Brooklyn Park
Fun, games, inflatables, music and treats for kids up to age 14 with guardian. 6pm-8pm.
10/31/19: Halloween Parade at Elim Shores | Eden Prairie
Grandmas and Grandpas are looking forward to seeing the costumes, handing out treats, and reading to the littles. Please RSVP. 10:30-11:30am.
Find more free Halloween fun in these grocery stores and shopping malls:
- Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Grocery Stores & Markets
- Trick-or-Treat at Twin Cities Shopping Malls & Centers
Some of these are definitely coming back around in 2019, but just haven’t been announced. Others, I’m not so sure we’ll see again this year. 10/16/18: Intergenerational Halloween Storytime | Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis | 10:30am | Halloween stories read by veterans and playtime led by a recreation therapist. Call to RSVP Casey Bakewell 612-548-5754. 10/27/18: Spooktacular Carnival by Women of Today | Anoka Armory, 408 E Main | 10am-1pm | Enjoy a kids carnival before the Grand Day Parade. Event is free, but games are 25 cents (or 5/$1) and food is available for purchase. 10/27/18: Halloween Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee 10/27/18: Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl | Eden Prairie location | 11am-1pm | Lots of in-store trick or treating, crafts, goodies, face painting and more. 10/27/18: Boo ‘n Brew Festival | Maplewood Mall | 2 pm-5 pm | Alll ages event with trick or treating and activities throughout the center for the kids, a fall themed photo booth set up to get in some pictures with the family, food and beer tastings (21+) from local breweries, and live music! 10/30/18: Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl | Woodbury location | 6pm-8pm. 10/31/18: Ar-BOO-retum | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska | 8am-6pm | Free admission to anyone in costume ($15/adult if not costumed)! Kids can trick-or-treat for apples and grab a free cookie. Check out the World of Pumpkins exhibit while you’re at it. 10/31/18: FREE Scary Face Pancake | IHOP Restaurants | 7am-1pm | On Halloween, kids 12 and under can make a FREE Scary Face Pancake with cookies, strawberries, and more.
Some of these are definitely coming back around in 2019, but just haven’t been announced. Others, I’m not so sure we’ll see again this year.
10/16/18: Intergenerational Halloween Storytime | Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis | 10:30am | Halloween stories read by veterans and playtime led by a recreation therapist. Call to RSVP Casey Bakewell 612-548-5754.
10/27/18: Spooktacular Carnival by Women of Today | Anoka Armory, 408 E Main | 10am-1pm | Enjoy a kids carnival before the Grand Day Parade. Event is free, but games are 25 cents (or 5/$1) and food is available for purchase.
10/27/18: Halloween Kids Kraft | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee
10/27/18: Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl | Eden Prairie location | 11am-1pm | Lots of in-store trick or treating, crafts, goodies, face painting and more.
10/27/18: Boo ‘n Brew Festival | Maplewood Mall | 2 pm-5 pm | Alll ages event with trick or treating and activities throughout the center for the kids, a fall themed photo booth set up to get in some pictures with the family, food and beer tastings (21+) from local breweries, and live music!
10/30/18: Jerry’s Foods Halloween Creepy Crawl | Woodbury location | 6pm-8pm.
10/31/18: Ar-BOO-retum | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska | 8am-6pm | Free admission to anyone in costume ($15/adult if not costumed)! Kids can trick-or-treat for apples and grab a free cookie. Check out the World of Pumpkins exhibit while you’re at it.
10/31/18: FREE Scary Face Pancake | IHOP Restaurants | 7am-1pm | On Halloween, kids 12 and under can make a FREE Scary Face Pancake with cookies, strawberries, and more.
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