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.


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.

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. 


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).


Note: As of mid-September, St. Paul Parks have not announced any Halloween events. As expected, Minneapolis has begun cancelling eventa. 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 25, 2020: 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.

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 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. 

TBA 2020: BareBones Halloween Extravaganza
Plans are underway for a mobil performance through the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Stay tuned for more details. FREE, but donations encouraged.

Cancelled Events:

Oct 24, 2020: 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. Registration

Oct 31, 2020: Halloween Bonfire | Loring Park, Minneapolis
Stop by Loring Park for an outdoor fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. 6-8pm. No registration. 

Oct 31, 2020: 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. Registration available beginning 9/9/20

Oct 31, 2020: 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. 

Oct 29, 2020: Halloween Trick or Treat | North Commons, Minneapolis
Stop in grab some treats and warm up with some hot chocolate!. 6-8pm. No registration. 


Includes events in Anoka, Brooklyn Park & New Hope

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 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: 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 31, 2020:  Halloween Spooktacular  | Zanewood Rec Center, Brooklyn Park
Details TBA.

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

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


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 31, 2020: Vadnais Heights Community Halloween Party | Vadnais Heights Commons
Entertainment by Circus Manduhai, Halloween treats, balloon animals, activities for the kids and refreshments. 6-8pm.

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


Includes events in Woodbury

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


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.

10/8/20-10/18/20: 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!

10/24/20: 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 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: 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.

2019 Events to Watch for in 2020

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  • 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 🙁

    • 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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