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

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.

Bonus Fun: Wear your favorite hero costume —–>

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 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

Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Limited openings. Located at Highwood Hills Rec Center, St. Paul. Register here. 6:30pm-7:30pm.

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Hocus Pocus Toddler Costume. Buy on Fun.com $29.99

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  

Celebrate with a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, treats and more. Costumes encouraged. Merriam Park Rec Center, St Paul Register here. 6pm-8pm.

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.

More Minneapolis Parks
We continue to watch the MPRB website for additional Halloween activities. 

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 | 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 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.

Oct 16, 2021: Free Story Saturday – Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson

Listen to a story, make a craft and grab some take-home options. Manor Park, Robbinsdale, 10am.

Oct 16, 2021: Flashlight Story Trail 

Take a self-guided flashlight reading hike to read, She Wanted to be Haunted by Marcus Ewert. Bassett Creek Park, Crystal. 6-8pm.

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.

halloween pumpkins

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.

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Amazon Price: $32.59 – $39.96

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. 

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.

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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.

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Oct 30, 2021: Eagan Halloween Trail Walk

Dress up and explore “Legends Crossing” while visiting trick or treat stations and playing games. A local DJ will share music. 11am-3pm, $5/child; Adults free with food donation. Pre-registration required.

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!

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.

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

Hold the date for more details.

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.

Halloween at Home

FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT HOME

Free Kid-Friendly Halloween Podcast  

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.

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. 

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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