Free Halloween Events In the Twin Cities – 2020

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 and are celebrating a centennial this year.

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.

If you are peaking ahead in early September, note that we expect some of these events might cancel, while others will be added later. You know the 2020 drill by now. Follow the links to get the most up-to-date information.

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.

FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT HOME

Now – Oct 12, 2020: 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.

Now – Oct 25, 2020: Savage Parks Virtual Costume Contest | Upload a photo of you in your Halloween costume. Prizes for multiple categories. All entries will be displayed on the city’s Facebook page. Categories: All ages, babies, kids, groups & pets.

Now – Oct 23, 2020: Savage Police Halloween Coloring Contest | Download 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.

Oct 17, 2020: Villains Virtual Halloween Tea with Occasions with Character | Character-led, whimsical program featuring everyone’s favorite villains. Reserve free tickets ahead and, if you would like, book a private Zoom conversation with the characters ($25) after the main program.

Oct 28-30, 2020: Not So Scary Halloween Tales @ Dakota County Library Facebook | Posted at 6pm, each evening, join the librarians for some not-so-scary Halloween stores geared toward families with kids ages 3 and older.

Oct 31, 2020: Not So Scary Halloween Virtual Storytime @ Dakota County Library Facebook | Posted at 8am on Halloween, enjoy a 30-minute storytime with books, rhymes and songs geared toward families with kids ages 3 and older.

Oct 31, 2020: Get outside to see a the “Halloween Hunter’s Blue Moon”
Our second full moon of the month falls on Halloween night.

These podcasts were released in 2018, 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.

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

Halloween at Home

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

MULTIPLE TWIN CITIES LOCATIONS

Oct 31, 2020: 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. 2020 comics TBA. Use the store locator to find a participating store in your area. Look for a store with Halloween ComicFest logo (to the right).

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Note: Even if the event is not marked cancelled on the park’s website, we recommend registering and calling ahead for drop-in events.

Oct 24, 2020: 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. RegistrationOn Hold.

Oct 24, 2020: Boom Island Goes Hogwarts | Boom Island Brewery Minneapolis
The brewery will be transformed into Hogwarts and visitors are encouraged to dress as wizards. A food truck will be on site and non-alcoholic butter beers will be available for purchase. Noon-10pm.

Oct 25, 2020: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival | Landmark Center, St Paul – Sold Out.
Get out your costumes for a parade, treats, storytelling and a live entertainment. Reservations required. 1-3pm.

Oct 25, 2020: 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.

Oct 27, 2020: 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.

Oct 28, 2020: 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.

Oct 29, 2020: 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.

Oct 30, 2020: 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.

Oct 30, 2020: 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. No registration. On Hold.

Oct 30, 2020: 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.

Oct 31, 2020: 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.

Oct 31, 2020: 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. Pre-Register beginning 9/9/20. On Hold.

Oct 31, 2020: “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. On Hold.

Oct 31, 2020: 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. On Hold.

Oct 31, 2020: Halloween at the Hills | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis
Inflatables, games, a scavenger hunt, and treats will be provided! 3-5pm. No registration. On Hold.

Oct 31, 2020: 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. 

NORTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, New Hope, Plymouth & Ramsey

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Anoka’s self-titled status as Halloween Capital of the Year.

Oct 2, 2020: Halloween Movie Night – Coco | Riverfront Memorial Park, Anoka
Bring your blanket, chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. Movie to start at DUSK (7:20pm).

Oct 14, 2020: Halloween Movie Night – Gremlins | Riverfront Memorial Park, Anoka
Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. (Note: This is scarier than I remembered – not a little kid show despite the adorable Gizmo). Movie to start at DUSK (6:58pm).

Oct 15, 2020:  Pumpkin Parking Lot Bingo  | Zanewood Activity Center, Brooklyn Park
Play bingo to win pumpkins and tickets to Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Pre-registration required. 4-5pm.

Oct 17, 2020: 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.

Oct 24, 2020: 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.

Oct 24, 2020: Osseo Lions Halloween Event | Osseo Fire Department
Trick or treat up and down Central Avenue from 11am-noon and end at the park for more fun and games. 11am. FREE.

Oct 24, 2020: Children’s Pumpkin Carving Contest | Peninsula Point Park, Anoka 
Children ages 3 to 12. Pumpkins will be cleaned prior to use.  Masks required. 1:15pm-3pm. FREE, Pre-registration will be required.

Oct 24, 2020: Halloween Family Movie Night – The Addams Family | New Hope Outdoor Theater
Movie and family costume contest. 6:30-9pm. FREE, Pre-registration will be required.

Oct 29-30, 2020: Anoka House Decorating Contest | Participating households in Anoka, Ramsey & Andover
List of addresses will be provided after 10/28. Enjoy the house decorating creations from your car.

Oct 30, 2020:  Drive-In Movie – Hocus Pocus  | Community Activity Cntr, Brooklyn Park
Stay in the safety of your car and watch a favorite Halloween film. 7:30-9pm.

Oct 30, 2020:  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.

Oct 31, 2020:  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

Oct 31, 2020: Anoka Grande Day Parade – Drive By | Anoka
This year, families will “parade” by several decorated locations to enjoy from the safety of their cars. 11
-3pm.

Nov 1, 2020: 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.

NORTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Mahtomedi, Stillwater & Vadnais Heights

Oct 10, 2020: PunkinMania | 1520 Mahtomedi Ave
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) 9am-3pm.

Oct 26-Nov 2, 2020: 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.

Oct 31, 2020: Main Street Trick or Treat | Downtown Stillwater
Main Street businesses offer trick or treating. Noon-4pm. CANCELLED

Oct 31, 2020: Socially Distanced 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.

Nov 1, 2020: 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.

SOUTHEAST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Woodbury

Oct 16-17, 2020: Drive Through 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.

Oct 31, 2020: 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. CANCELLED

SOUTHWEST METRO FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Includes events in Bloomington, St Louis Park & Waconia

Oct 3, 2020: Drive-In Movie: Vote for Ghostbusters or Beetlejuice | Creekside Community Center
Vote for your favorite ghostly movie. Bloomington will play the popular choice at their October Drive-In. Parking Opens 6pm; Movie Begins 7pm.

Free Halloween Movie Choices
Vote for your favorite.

Oct 8-18, 2020: 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 12-23 2020: 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). P
ick 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.

Oct 17, 2020: Community Trunk or Treat | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel
Bring a bag/bucket/pillowcase to collect candy from local businesses, Wear a costume, bring food donations to fill a hearse. 

Oct 23, 2020: Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest | Chaska Community Park
Carve a pumpkin to line the Halloween Trail of Fun. Register by October 16th

Oct 24, 2020: 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.

Oct 24-31, 2020: Halloween in Excelsior | Downtown Excelsior
Hold the date for more details.

Oct 30, 2020: 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

Oct 31, 2020: 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.

Oct 31, 2020: Bloomington City-Wide Drive-Thru BOO | Northwestern Health Sciences University
During this drive-through event, kids preschool-aged to grade 4 will enjoy costumed characters, Halloween-themed booths, candy and more. 3:30-5:30pm.

Nov 4, 2020: 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 at Home

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

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4 thoughts on “Free Halloween Events In the Twin Cities – 2020”

  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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