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
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.
MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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, 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. 30, 2021: Pumpkin Festival | 50th & France, Edina
Games and trick-or-treating at local businesses. More 2021 details TBA. 10am-1pm. Free.
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.
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. Recommen
Halloween in Excelsior | Downtown Excelsior
Hold the date for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.