Top 10 Halloween Events in the Twin Cities for Kids

Top 10 Twin Cities Halloween Activities For Kids- Six Jack-o-Lanterns

Sometimes when I look at our “monster list” of the Halloween events happening in the Twin Cities, I get a little scared, frankly. We love our Halloween in Minnesota and there is definitely something for everyone. But how to choose between all those thrills and chills? As we update our lists, we have come up with our top 10 Halloween events. These clear winners are either on my big bucket list or every year most-dos.  We would love to hear from you. What is your favorite Halloween event?

Top 10 Halloween Events

Even narrowing down to the Top 10 Halloween Events was difficult, so we have created the Top 10 categories and some offer a few options. As always, we strive to alert you to FREE or low cost events and attempt to spread them across the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area:

1. Top Trick-or-Treat Trails in the Twin Cities

We love the hometown shopping districts that lure little costumed characters in with trick-or-treating. Here are three of the best; for more, jump over to our list of Trick-or-Treating at Twin Cities Shopping Malls & Shopping Districts.

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. Oct 28, 2021, 4-6pm.

Stillwater: Trick-or-Treating on Main Street 

Troll for treats along Stillwater’s business district. Oct 30, 2021.

St Paul: Trick-or-Treat at Highland Village

Starting point is the Langford and Karls Chiropractic parking lot. Businesses will have stations set up along a designated route through the Highland Village that will be staffed by employees/volunteers handing out candy and other items. There will be a Halloween scavenger hunt as well! 10am-2pm.

2. Top Place in the Twin Cities to Carve PUmpkins - Highwood Hills Park

Bottineau Park Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving Contest

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

If you’d rather carve at home, may we suggest picking out a pumpkin from one of our favorite Twin Cities pumpkin patches?

Baby by pumpkin patch at Pleasant Valley Orchard in Shafer, Minnesota
Pumpkins at Pleasant Valley Orchard

3. Top Twin Cities Halloween parties for the family

We’ve included one each from the four corners of the Twin Cities Metro Area. And these are FREE. Get a little more use out of those Halloween costumes before the big night!

Northwest Metro: 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. Oct 29, 2021. 5-8pm.

Northeast Metro: 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.) Oct 9, 2021. 9am-3pm.

Southeast Metro: 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 29, 2021.

Southwest Metro: 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. Oct 16, 2021. Riley Lake Park, Eden Prairie, 4-8pm, FREE.


4. Top Twin Cities Spot to Party in the Park – Springbrook Nature Center

Pumpkin Night in the Park at Springbrook Nature Center is a Halloween event for even the littlest pumpkins in the family. Enchanted trails, fire dancers, games, a dance, glowing pumpkins and more. Oct 23, 2021, 6-10pm. $8/pp by August 31st, $10/beginning in September, under 3 free. Not tickets will be sold at the door.

Image Courtesy of BareBones Productions

Teens option: The Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza should amaze. The format is a little different for 2021. Instead of a spectacle in Hidden Falls Regional Park (St Paul), the event takes place as a ceremony (1-3pm) & procession from Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis and culminates in a festival at East Lake & Chicago (3-7pm). Free art-making activities, too. We recommend attending this event with your teen.  

For dozens more places to party in the park, jump over to our Free Halloween Fun in Twin Cities Parks mega-list.


5. Top Twin Cities Spooky Storytimes

Take your pick of Halloween-themed storytimes. How about a story TRAIL this year? 

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. Oct 16, 2021. 10am.

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. Oct 16, 2021,  6-8pm.


6. Top Twin Cities Pumpkin Patch – Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch and Joyer Adventure Farm

It’s a full-on fall festival at Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch! One inclusive price gets your kids access to the corn boxes, corn maze, train rides, pedal trikes, obstacle courses, playhouses, the works.
 
Admission options: A scenic hayride to the pumpkin patch is always free whether you choose to stay and play or not; pumpkins are sold by size and start at $3. Admission to the Adventure Farm is $15/weekdays and $18/weekends ages 3+. You can also tour Joyer Barnyard without paying an admission fee.

Fall Fun open Sept 21 –  Halloween, 2021. 10am-7pm *last entry to the corn maze is at 6pm.


7. Best Halloween movie screening in the Twin Cities – Robbinsdale, Sanborn Park

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. October 8, 2021. 5pm Family Fun & 7pm Movie.


8. Best Twin Cities Hometown Halloween – Anoka, Minnesota

Our very own Anoka Minnesota is the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World”! Curious as to why? Come visit during one of the dozens of events scheduled for 2021’s hometown celebration: city scavenger hunt, house-decorating contest, pumpkin carving for kids and more spooky spectacles. If you have to pick just one, make it Anoka’s Grand Day Parade (Main Street & Fifth Ave). Oct 30, 2021, 1-4pm.

Door decorated for Anoka Haloween House Decorating Contest, Anoka Minnesota - The Halloween Capitol of the World


9. Twin Cities Halloween with Big Rigs

What a delightful (never frightful) combination! Big trucks and treats make for a memorable Halloween weekend at these outings:

Halloween at the Lake

Check out first responder vehicles while collecting treats and having some Halloween fun. The event is held at PARKERS LAKE PLAYFIELD in Plymouth. Oct 29, 2021, 5-8pm.

Columbia Heights Truck or Treat

Explore a bunch of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, tow, dump, garbage and mail trucks, and a school bus. Kids middle-school aged and younger will receive a free treat bag as they leave. Come in costume if you like. Located at HUSET PARK. Oct 30, 2021, 1 – 5 pm, FREE!

Halloween Tricks or Treats at Afton Rd Fire Station

Kids are welcome to stop by Halloween Tricks or Treats at Afton Road Fire Station in Woodbury  for an open house with apple cider and candy. Oct 31, 2021, 5-8pm, FREE!

Got teens who want a little more thrill in their Halloween? Refer them to our brand new list of things for Tweens & Teens on Halloween in the Twin Cities.


10. Road Trip Halloween

A Halloween event on the rails! Especially enticing if you haven’t picked out your Halloween pumpkins yet.

Pumpkin Express Train Rides 

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway | Osceola, WI
Last train leaves Dresser, to return to Osceola, at 4pm. Free pumpkins for kids, games and rides, music and performances included w/ tickets. 9:30am -1:30pm on the hour. Oct 22-24, 2021. Tickets: $20, Age 2: FREE.

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