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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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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We’ll be adding and updating events throughout the summer of 2022.  In the meantime, check out 2021’s events. Many of these events are annual and repeat year after year.


October 21, 2021: Hal-LOWE-en Trick-or-Treat Tryouts 

Lowe’s Stores Around the Twin Cities
Families can wear their costume to get FREE candy and pose in front of a scary-cute spiderweb backdrop. Space is limited and registration is required. 5pm-7pm.

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 —–>

Free trick-or-treating & trunk-or-treat events in the twin cities


Oct 1, 2021: Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus 

Como Midway East Pavilion, 1151 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
St. Paul has several Halloween-themed movies leading up to the holiday, but this PG film is the least scary of the batch.
Find the rest on Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens

Oct 15, 2021: BOOnion Depot

Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Halloween activities, crafts and costume contest, followed by a double feature of Hocus Pocus & The Nightmare Before Christmas. FREE.
Tickets Required. 5:30pm-10pm.

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Oct 21, 2021: Pumpkin Carving Contest

Highwood Hills Rec Center, 2192 Londin Ln E, St Paul, MN 55119
Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Limited openings.
Register here. 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Oct. 22, 2021: Palace Halloween Party

Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave, St Paul, MN 55102. 
Halloween party with games and crafts for kids of all ages. 6pm-8pm. Register Here.

Oct. 23, 2021: Mischief Costume Contest

Mischief Toy Store, 818 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55105
Stop by to add your photo to the costume walls. Winners get gift cards. Free pumpkins while supplies last. 12pm-5pm. Register Here.

Oct. 23, 2021Friends & Neighbor Storytime Stroll Featuring The Itty-Bitty Witch by Trisha Shaskan

Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis MN
Enjoy a self-guided outdoor stroll featuring Trisha Shaskan’s The Itty-Bitty Witch. 8am-12pm.

Oct. 23-24, 2021: Pumpkin Decorating Station

St Paul Farmers Market, 290 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market in Lowertown will host its annual Pumpkin Decorating Station on Saturday and Sunday. Live music and seasonal produce. 9am-12pm.

Girl with pumpkin at the pumpkin decorating station at Lowertown Farmers Market in St. Paul, Minnesota
Decorate pumpkins at the St. Paul Farmers Market then hit the Great Pumpkin Festival at the Landmark Center. Image courtesy St. Paul Farmers Market.

Oct 24, 2021: Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102.
Live entertainment, crafts, treats and a costume parade.  1pm-3pm.

Oct 26, 2021: Hazel Park Trunk or Treat Drive Thru

Hazel Park, 945 Hazel St. N., Saint Paul, MN 55119.
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 26, 2021: Elliot Park Halloween Party

Elliot Park, 1000 E 14th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Wear your costume to a fun night of games and ghouls.  Registration required.  Waiting List. 5pm-7pm.

Oct. 27, 2021: Edgcumbe Halloween Party

Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St S, St Paul, MN 55105. 
Walk through the gym to play games or brave the “spooky room”. Sign up for one of two sessions. 5:30-6:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm.

Oct 26, 2021: Loring Park Halloween Bonfire

Loring Park, 1382 Willow St, Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Outdoor fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Drop-In.  No registration required.  6pm-7:30pm.

Oct 28, 2021: North Commons Halloween Trick or Treat

North Commons, 1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Stop in grab some treats and warm up with some hot chocolate! 4-6pm. Registration required

Oct 28, 2021: Harrison Halloween Trick or Treat

North Commons, 1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Stop in grab some treats and warm up with some hot chocolate! 4-6pm. Registration Required. 

Oct 28, 2021: McDonough Halloween Party

McDonough Rec Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd, St Paul, MN 55117.
Includes Halloween games, crafts and fun! Costumes encouraged. 6pm-7:30pm. No registration. 

Oct 28, 2021: Merriam/Jimmy Lee/MLK Halloween Bash

Merriam Park Rec Center, 2000 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Celebrate with a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, treats and more. Costumes encouraged.
Register here. 6pm-8pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Creekview Park Preschool Halloween Party

Creekview Park, 5001 N Humboldt Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55430
For ages 6 and under and parent. Wear a costume for a morning of treats, games, and music!11am-12:30pm. FREE but pre-registration required.

Oct 29, 2021: Battle Creek Drive Thru Halloween Party

Battle Creek Rec Center, 75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119.
Drive thru for treats and other gifts from community partners.  No registration required.  6pm-8pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Northwest Como Halloween Party and Bonfire

Northwest Como Rec Center, 1550 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108.
Bonfire, outdoor activities, crafts and music. Costumes encouraged. No registration required.  6pm-8pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Powderhorn Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Drop into Powderhorn in your costume for a treat and a photo op. Masks required. Register for Time Slot.

Oct 29, 2021: Trick or Treat Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Pearl Park, 414 Diamond Lake Rd E, Minneapolis, MN, US 55419.
A flashlight scavenger hunt with themed Halloween Stations and special hidden items. Bring your own flashlight. Pre-Registration Requested. 5pm-7:30pm.  

Oct 29, 2021Halloween Parade

Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
Tricks and treats, games and goodies and a parade at 5:30pm sharp.
Registration required.

Oct 30, 2021: Voll-o-Ween Halloween Party

Lynnhurst Park, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55419.
Volleyball, moonwalk, age appropriate games, activities, crafts, and trick or treats.
Learn more about registration here.

Oct. 30, 2021: Friends & Neighbor Storytime Stroll Featuring Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale by Marian Hassan/ Minnesota Humanities Center

Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis MN
Enjoy a self-guided outdoor stroll featuring Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale by Marian Hassan/Minnesota Humanities Center. 8am-12pm.

Oct 30, 2021: “Thriller” Halloween Fun Day

Central Gym, 3400 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
A fun day with music, bounce house, pizza, games, and goodie bags for everyone. 1-3pm. No registration, but an Active Pass is required. 

Oct 30, 2021Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration

Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Day of the Dead at this annual event from Midtown Global Market. Drop In. 12pm-4pm. 

Oct 30, 2021: Halloween Alphabet Walk  

Tennis Court Area across from Kangaroo School, 4624 30th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Families walk their way through the alphabet of Halloween words while collecting a few treats along the way. A few other simple activities happening as well. The walk will only take roughly 5 minutes to complete. 10am-4pm.

Oct 31, 2021: Folwell Trunk or Treat Halloween Party

Folwell Park, 1615 N Dowling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412.
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. 6pm-8pm. FREE.

Oct 31, 2021: Halloween Stroll, Stop & Shop Trick or Treat

Kenwood Shops, 2107 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Stop by ARTrageous Adventures for a creation station and other shops to trick or treat and stop and shop. 11am-2pm. FREE.

Oct. 31, 2021: Trick-or-Treating

St Paul Farmers Market, 290 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Trick-or-treating for kids,  Live music and seasonal produce. 9am-12pm.

Oct 31, 2021: Animal Masquerade Party

Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 N Mississippi Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55430
Play nature games, make a nature mask. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal. 1pm-3pm. FREE. Registration Required.

Oct 31, 2021: Webber Park Trunk or Treat Halloween Party

Webber Park, 4300 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55412.
Costumed kids go from trunk to trunk to collect treats. Each trunk is decorated. Games between stations. 6pm-8pm. FREE.

Oct 31, 2021: 13th Avenue Trick-Or-Treat

  • Curiosity, 1228 NE 2nd St #3, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Dangerous Man, 1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • 612 Yoga, 302 NE 2nd St Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Heartwood Montessori, 229 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Exploration High School, 229 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Mary Ellen’s Bistro, 300 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Eat My Words Bookstore, 214 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Vegan East, 1226 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • SNO, 1316 University Avenue NE, NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Put on your spookiest costumes and join the fun! There will be tables with treats outside the locations listed above. 3pm-4:30pm. FREE.

Oct 31, 2021:  Trick or Treat at Tiny Diner

Tiny Diner, 1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Trick or Treat at the Tiny Diner! Bring the whole family by to show off your costumes and get a special treat from diner staff. 3pm-8pm. FREE.

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. 

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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

Rumriver Art Center, 2665 4th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
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 

Sanborn Park, 4242 Drew Avenue N. Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Come to the Movie 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.

Oct 8, 2021: Movie Night in the Park – Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)

George Green Park, 1498 S 6th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/9 rain date). 7pm.

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

Manor Park, Abbott Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422.
Listen to a story, make a craft and grab some take-home options. 10am.

Oct 16, 2021: Flashlight Story Trail 

Bassett Creek Park, 5609 32nd Ave N, Crystal, MN 55422.
Take a self-guided flashlight reading hike to read,
She Wanted to be Haunted by Marcus Ewert.  6-8pm.

Oct 17, 2021: Anoka Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Anoka, MN 55303
Follow the clues around Anoka to win prizes. 7pm movie. FREE.

Oct 19, 2021: Movie Night in the Park – Night at the Museum (PG)

George Green Park, 1498 S 6th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/20 rain date). 7pm movie. FREE.

Oct 23, 2021: Osseo Lions Halloween Event

Central Ave., Osseo, MN 55369
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 

Akin Riverside Park, 1721 River Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Children ages 3 to 12. Pumpkins will be cleaned prior to use. 1pm-2:30pm. FREE.

Oct 23, 2021: Anoka Light up the Night Parade & Bonfire

Anoka City Hall, 2015 1st Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Lighted floats parade down the darkened streets of Anoka followed by a bonfire at City Hall with food vendors. 7pm-10pm.

Oct 24, 2021Animal Costume Party

Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Help the Eastman animals make costumes that help them camouflage
. Drop-in 1pm-3pm.

Oct 27, 2021: Grove Kids Trunk or Treat

Oak Grove Church, 5920 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Decorated cars will fill the parking lot of the church for kids to trunk-or-treat, plus games, candy, hot drinks, inflatables and FOOD TRUCKS. 5:30pm-8pm.

Oct 28, 2021: Spooktacular at North Suburban Center for the Arts 

6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432
A free family event featuring pumpkin carving, crafts and a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas. 5-7pm.

Oct 28, 2021: Robbinsdale Give & Get Trick-or-Treat

W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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

Anoka City Hall, 2015 1st Ave N., Anoka, MN 55303
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

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303
Local school kids don their costumes and march through historic Downtown Anoka. 1:15pm-2:30pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Drive-In Movie: Casper

Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443
Sit in your car or bring out a chair to watch Casper on the big screen. 5:30-8:30pm.

Oct 29, 2021: Plymouth Halloween at the Lake 

Parkers Lake Playfield, 15500 County Rd 6, Plymouth, MN 55447
Kids can get close up looks at first-responder vehicles, get treats and participate in family fun. Costumes encouraged
. 5-8pm.

Oct 30, 2021: Anoka Grande Day Parade

Anoka Main Street, 1922 1st Ave. S., Anoka, MN 55303
Parade begins at State Street and Main Street and proceeds a mile and half to South Street/Military Road. 1-3pm.

Oct 30, 2021: Fridley Fire Truck or Treat

Commons Park, 555 61st Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Fridley Firefighters will be Commons Park for a Truck or Treat – handing out treats and fire safety information from 11am-1pm.(via Oct 15 Fridley For You newsletter)

Oct 30, 2021: Maple Grove Trunk or Treat

Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Trunk or treat, costume contests, guess the weight of the pumpkin and other fun activities and free treats.

Oct 30, 2021: Buffalo Boo Bash

Discovery Center, 301 2nd Ave NE, Buffalo, MN 55313
Outdoor celebration for children and their families. Family-friendly activities and a treat bag for each child. Costumes encouraged. 1-2pm.

Oct 30, 2021: Buffalo Trick or Treat

Downtown Buffalo, 505 2nd Ave S, Buffalo, MN 55313
Trick or treat at participating businesses on the last Saturday in October. Where your costume to receive a free treat. 2-4pm.

Oct 31, 2021: Stellaluna StoryWalk

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, 10360 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
Drop in between 1:00pm and 3:00pm for a Family StoryWalk to read the book Stellaluna.

Nov 1, 2021: Pumpkin Smash 

Sorenson Park, 2015 State Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Smash your leftover Halloween pumpkins into the composting bin. While there, grab some upcycled books to take home. 4-7pm.

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Includes events in Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake

Oct 9, 2021: Mahtomedi PunkinMania

1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi, MN 55115-1907, United States
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) 9am-3pm.

Princess Paradise The Mandalorian The Child Dress-Up Robe Costume with Headpiece Halloween Costume
Amazon Price: $32.59 – $39.96

Oct 25-31, 2021: Vadnais Heights Community Scarecrow Trail

Community Park, 641 E County Rd F, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
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 29, 2021: Vadnais Heights Halloween Party

Community Park, 641 E County Rd F, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Costume parade along the Scarecrow Trail, followed by games and treats on the softball field. Dress for outdoors. 5pm-7pm.

Oct 30, 2021: Stillwater Main Street Trick or Treat

Downtown Stillwater, MN 55082

Main Street businesses offer trick or treating. 1-4:00pm. 

Oct 30, 2021: Lutheran Church of Peace Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of Peace, 47 Century Ave S, Maplewood, MN 55119

Trick or treat in costume through a parking lot full of decorated car trunks! See a firetruck, police car and ambulance. The first 50 kids get to grab a FREE pumpkin. Baked treats for sale. Please bring a non-perishable food donation. 3pm-5pm.

Oct 31, 2021: Living Waters Trunk or Treat

Living Waters Lutheran, 865 Birch Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Trick or treat through the parking lot of decorated cars. FREE and open to all. 12pm-2pm.

Oct 31, 2021: KidX Halloween Party

Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave. North, Maplewood, MN 55109
Treat bags while supplies last, selfie station and games. 2pm-4pm.

Oct 31, 2021: Fillebrown Trick or Treat

Fillebrown House, 4735 Lake Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Trick or treat on the front porch of the Fillebrown House on Halloween evening from 5pm-8pm. 


If you know of a FREE Halloween event happening this year, leave us a comment, so we can share with the community.


Includes events in Afton, Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Woodbury

Oct 9, 2021: Let’s Pawty  

Heritage Village Park, 4321 65th St E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Halloween event with the family dog, including pet vendors, kissing booth, activities, costume contests, food truck and more.
 3-5pm, FREE, but pre-registration encouraged.

Deadpool Pet Costume $24.99

Oct 29, 2021: Halloween with the Roe Family Singers

Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Two Sessions: 9:30-10am & 11-11:30am 
Dance and clap with the
Roe Family Singers in the library atrium, then trick-or-treat for stickers. Costumes encouraged. Ages: 0–6.

Oct 30, 2021: Newport Trunk or Treat

Newport Lutheran Church, 900 15th St, Newport, MN 55055
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!


Includes events in Bloomington, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Edina, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Richfield, Savage, St Louis Park & Waconia

Sep 17-Oct 31, 2021:  Nickelodeon Booniverse

Mall of America, 5000 Center Ct, Bloomington, MN 55425
Nickelodeon characters will be in their Halloween costumes all season. Plus special activities all month. Find a list of activities here.

Oct 1, 2021: Movie in the Park: Shrek 

Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite not-so-scary Ogre, Shrek. Movie begins at 7:30pm. Dress for the weather.

Oct 9, 2021: Let’s Go Batty 

Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Learn about Minnesota’s bats! and play some bat-themed games and “bat-ivities”. Drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.

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: Richfield 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 

Savage Sports Center, 13450 Dakota Ave S, Savage, MN 55378
Costumes, food, music, games, inflatables, and of course candy. This event happens rain, snow, or shine.

Oct 24, 2021: Build a Monster 

Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386
Make your own monster while learning about animal adaptations. Drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.

Oct. 26, 2021: Toddler Tuesday: Nick Jr. Halloween Bash

Mall of America Rotunda, 7104 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
Trick or Treat around the mall and watch Nick Jr. Halloween episodes on the big screen.

Oct. 28-31, 2021: Halloween in Excelsior Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331
Print a scavenger hunt list, then find each of the characters on the list in a different Excelsior business. 
Love Scavenger Hunts? We have more here.

Oct. 29, 2021: Goblins on Ice 

The Rec Center & ROC, 3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Free indoor or outdoor Halloween skating event! Free rental skates are available and costumes welcome. The event is for all ages. The Rec Center 12pm-1:30pm & The ROC 5:45pm-7:15pm.

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. 29-30, 2021: Halloween in Downtown Chaska

Trick-or-treat at downtown local businesses. 5-7pm Friday and 12-6pm Saturday. Free.

Oct. 30, 2021: Halloween in Excelsior

Excelsior Brewing, 421 3rd St, Excelsior, MN 55331
Trick or Treat at businesses from 10am-2pm; Party at Excelsior Brewing 1-11pm, Kids Dance (1-4pm), Kids Costume Contest (3pm), Dog Costume Contest (4pm); live music (7pm-11pm).

Oct 30, 2021: Trick-or-Treat at 50th & France

France Ave S & W 50th St., Minneapolis, MN 55424
Enjoy trick-or-treating at local businesses in this Edina shopping district (look for the sign in the window, kids 12 & under only, please). Register ahead of time for a downloadable map. 1-4pm.

Oct. 30, 2021: Halloween Puppy Parade

Alimagnet Park, 1200 Alimagnet Park Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
Bring your pup for an afternoon in the park for a dog costume contest and vendor fair. This event is free! No registration needed. Noon-3pm.

Oct. 31, 2021: Bloomington Halloween Trick or Treat Trail

Normandale Lake Bandshell, 5901 W 84th St, Bloomington, MN 55438
Free outdoor event designed for kids pre-k to 5th grade.

Oct. 31, 2021: Burnsville Halloween Skating Party

Burnsville Ice Center, 251 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337
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.

Oct. 31, 2021: Trunk or Treat

All Saints Senior Living, 1800 Independence Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
Games, treats, music and face painting. Costumes are encouraged. Dress for an outdoor event. 1pm-2:30pm.

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).

Halloween 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. 

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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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