We are just “dying” to share our roundup of Halloween Activities For Kids in this frightfully full list of family friendly Halloween events and October fun in the Twin Cities! Check back often as we’re always adding in new events.
Halloween for Everyone! Valleyfair's Tricks and Treats is a gotta-be-there Halloween event packed with fun
and family-friendly eeriness.
From little goblins to grown-up ghouls, everyone will find ghastly great things to do for Halloween. Plus, we’ve got skeleTONS of delicious seasonal treats, drinks and, of course, candy! If that’s not fang-tastic enough, our most popular rides are open during the Halloween event to deliver the amazing thrills and chills found only at Valleyfair. The event runs on Saturdays and Sundays, September 23 - October 29.
Save on tickets at Valleyfair.com.
Halloween excitements includes festival fun, live music, some dance events, costume contests, haunted attractions. Follow the links on the banners below to find events.
Twin Cities Trick-Or-Treat Times
Looking for Twin Cities Trick or Treat Times? We don’t have official times in the Twin Cities area.
- Trick-or-treating happens on Halloween, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Our local communities do NOT select nights on nearby Friday, Saturday or Sundays.
- Participating houses turn on their porch light or decorate.
- There is no trick-or-treat start time and no trick-or-treat cut time.
- Our kids usually start around dusk or when they get home from school and some go until curfew. Find curfew times for your city here.
- Where else can kids trick-or-treat around the Twin Cities? Try checking our big list of Twin Cities Trunk-or-Treat events and places to trick-or-treat at shopping malls and shopping centers.
In 2023, Halloween falls on a Tuesday and MEA (Minnesota’s traditional long weekend for seeking out fall fun) lands on October 19th and 20th.
The Great Big List of Halloween Activities For Kids
Free Halloween Activities
Among our free Halloween fun favorite attractions is the BareBones Puppet Extravaganza, Halloween ComicFest, movie nights in parks, and Anoka’s Grand Day Parade. Get our huge list of free events with general admission:
Paid Halloween Events
Some of the best spend-worthy Halloween fun includes the Pumpkin Express, the Minnesota Zoo, a road trip to Harvest Howl, and Valleyfair’s Tricks and Treats. Find our big list of favorites where we share links to tickets or directions on how to purchase admission:
Halloween Lights & Scarecrows
Each year, some of our favorite homes with Holiday Light Displays start out the season in October with a Halloween Theme. We listed those homes here, along with some of the best community decoration events.
Grab some apple cider, jump in the station wagon and check out these fun haunts.
Events for Teens & Tweens
We know that Halloween for tweens and teens can be a tricky holiday to navigate. What kind of options do they have for traditional Halloween fun in the Twin Cities? Whether your teen wants a haunted house or ghost tour or they prefer a family event, we’ve got options to go out as a family (with special scare zones for the bigger kids) as well as events done independently.
Pumpkin Patch List
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event for every age? Our list of Twin Cities pumpkin patches includes farms around the Twin Cities area with pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or making pie and additional activities for kids and families.
Bring the Whole Family to these Twin Cities corn mazes. Entertainment for the whole family, including festivals, food trucks and of course corn trails.
Most open in September and run through October with activities for the whole family.
Gianna has rounded up year-round craft ideas for families. Her October suggestions include Tin Can Pumpkins and Pumpkins made out of books. Both make cute and easy crafts to make with children.
We collect community Scavenger Hunt and Quest Ideas throughout the year.
Get your tiny pirates, ghouls and goblins exploring outdoors with these ideas for Twin Cities Quests, Scavenger Hunts and Treasure Hunts for Families.