Twin Cities Halloween Events for Teens & Tweens

Parents of tweens and teens, we know that Halloween can be a tricky holiday to navigate. Our kids are on the verge of – or even well past – the trick-or-treat years. They crave something thrilling, but may not be mature enough or have the taste for horror. They seek more independence while we grapple with keeping them safe. What does a traditional Halloween look like to a tween or teen bridging from pumpkin parties to more adult entertainment?

We’ve rounded up several ways to celebrate Halloween that run the spectrum from slightly spooky to flat out frightening. You know your child best. Some of these outings are ideal for the kid who still likes to stick with the family. Others are designed for teens (and adults) who are comfortable with independent outings. Please, please drop us a comment if you have more ideas. This year is rough for our teens and tweens.

If you landed on this page hoping to find Twin Cities Halloween events for kids, we have a monster master list to browse. This includes free events, ticketed events, parties in the park, trick-or-treat trails, and fall festivals of all kinds.

THINGS TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN WITH TEENS & TWEENS

MILD CHILLS

Oct. 1, 2021: Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Como Midway, 1151 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Meet at the East Pavilion. Movies typically start at dusk, but can start earlier or later and are weather dependent. Call 651-266-6400 for updates. FREE.

Oct. 2, 2021: Johnsdale Paranormal Group – Presentation
Historic Courthouse, 101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082
This team of paranormal investigators will tell stories of ghostly experiences and reveal the findings of their April investigation of the Historic Courthouse. Pre-Registration Required – Call 651-275-7075. $5/pp.

Oct. 7 & 14, 2021: Courthouse by Candlelight
Historic Courthouse, 101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082
Listen to mildly spooky stories while walking the halls of the Historic Courthouse at night by candlelight. Explore the areas typically closed to the public, 7-8:150pm. $10/pp.

Oct. 8, 2021: Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Sanborn Park, 4242 Drew Avenue, Robbinsdale MN 55422
Watch an October movie favorite at a park screening. 7pm-8:30pm. FREE.

Oct 8, 2021: Movie Night in the Park – Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)
George Green Park, 1498 6th Ave S, Anoka MN 55303
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/9 rain date) 7pm Movie. FREE.

Oct 21-31, 2021: Night Shade
Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Creepy Halloween shadow puppetry under the light of the moon. Recommended for ages 13+. Thursday-Sunday 7pm. $24/pp.

Oct 22, 2021: Graveyard Ghost Stories
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Scary stories told by the graveyard! 8:30pm. $15/pp.

Oct. 22, 2021: Movies in the Park: Get Out (R)
Como Midway, 1151 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Meet at the East Pavilion. Movies typically start at dusk, but can start earlier or later and are weather dependent. Call 651-266-6400 for updates. FREE.

Oct. 23, 2021: Nosferatu with Live Musical Score by Dreamland Faces
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074
This 1922 Horror film is considered “moderately” frightening by reviewers on IMBD. If you want to preview the movie to decide if it is appropriate for your children, Google it and you’ll find it streaming in a few places. Movie begins at 7pm, $5/vehicle to park.

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. 12pm-5pm. Register Here.

Oct 27-28, 2021: Dracula | Twin Cities Ballet
Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
A contemporary ballet based on the classic novel (Equivalent to PG movie). Ticket $30-$40.

Oct 29, 2021: Teen Night: Mystery Abend Friday
Germanic American Institute, 301 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
An intermediate German language level is recommended for this event. Solve a crime as you explore the Haus. Then enjoy mocktails, pizza and snacks. ! 5pm-9pm. $45/pp.

Oct 30, 2021: A Streetcar Named Expire
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Mildly frightening streetcar ride! 7pm-10pm. $4/pp.

Oct 30, 2021: Teen Night: Ghost in the Graveyard
The Landing, 2187 Highway 101, Shakopee, MN 55379

A game of ghost in the graveyard in the historic village for teens 13-18. Adults can either hang out by the fire or drop off/pick up. 5:30pm-7:00. FREE.

Oct 31, 2021: Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407,
Arrive at Powderhorn Park by noon for the procession line up; followed by a ceremony and procession from 1-3pm, Festival de Las Calaveras at Chicago and Lake from 3-7pm and Ancestor Concert and Cabaret at 7pm. Free with suggested donation.

Barebones Halloween - Good for Families with Teens
Image Courtesy of BareBones Productions
APPROPRIATE FOR TEENS ONLY

Sept/Oct: Scary Movie Series | St. Paul
Most of these movies will be a bit on the scary side for younger siblings. We’ve linked to the Common Sense Media reviews for each. Movies typically start at dusk, but can start earlier or later and are weather dependent. Call 651-266-6400 for updates. FREE.

  • Sept. 25, 2021: The Blair Witch Project – Rated R
    Hidden Falls, 1313 Hidden Falls Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55116
  • Oct. 1, 2021Hocus Pocus Rated PG
    Como Midway, 1151 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
  • Oct. 8, 2021: IT – Rated R
    Lake Phalen Beach House, 1400 Phalen Dr. E, St Paul, MN 55106-1827
  • Oct. 15, 2021The Shining – Rated R
    Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Oct. 2, 2021: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074
Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Film will be held in Franconia Commons. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is rated R. Movie begins at 7pm, $5/vehicle to park.

October 2-30: ValleySCARE
Valleyfair Amusement Park, 1 Valley Fair Dr., Shakopee, MN 55379
On select nights, the park transforms into ValleySCARE with haunted mazes, scare zones and prowling monsters upping the fright factor for the younger crowd. Parents, note that Halloween Haunt attractions are “rated PG-13” and not intended for kids under 13 years of age. Trust us on this one; even if your kid isn’t fazed by the bone-rattling roller coasters, the scare zones might terrify. Friday & Saturday nights . $38+/pp online or $65 at the gate.

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Teen Halloween Events - Valleyscare!

Oct. 9, 2021: Midsommar
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074
Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Film will be held in Franconia Commons. This movie is rated R. Movie begins at 7pm, $5/vehicle to park.

Oct. 16, 2021: The Lair of the White Worm
Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074
Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Film will be held in Franconia Commons. This movie is rated R. Movie begins at 7pm, $5/vehicle to park.

Oct. 28, 2021: Landmark Gangster Ghost Tour
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Could Landmark Center be haunted by St Paul’s most infamous residents? Cross paths with a few shady characters on this interactive tour. This would be a fitting Halloween event for tweens or teens who are fascinated by living history. 6-9pm. Recommended for ages 13+. Tickets/$10, reservations/advanced ticket purchase is required. Tours on the half hour.

SCARIEST OF THEM ALL

These fear-fests are best left to the teens who want maximum thrills. It’s likely Mom and Dad won’t be along for the ride. Take comfort knowing we’ve chosen attractions based on a minimum recommended age and a no-contact policy.

Weekends starting October 1st: Scream Town
7410 US-212, Chaska, MN 55318
I warily recall Scream Town (known as Spooky World if you grew up in the ’90s) being the scariest haunt around when I was a teen. And while personally, I don’t think my own teen is anywhere near ready to tackle the terrors, it may be a good fit for yours. Scream Town officially claims to be recommended for ages 10 and up. One ticket price gets you inside 6-7 incredibly frightening themed attractions plagued by unspeakable creatures and dead ends; tour as many times as you dare. Parents are admitted FREE to the park, but will have to stay on the sidelines while their teens brave the horrors.. $69 online; $74/door.

Weekends starting October 1st: The Haunting Experience
10900 E. Pt. Douglas Rd., Cottage Grove, MN 55016
One ticket is all you need for a screamfest: venture through the haunted house and scare yourself silly on the hayride. You know your teen best. The attraction suggests visitors be at least 12. Opens at 7pm. $19-$44/pp (lower price indicates weekday pricing).

ESCAPE ROOMS – an alternative to Halloween

My teen isn’t one for guts and gore, but he does go crazy for the thrill and challenge of an escape room. These are interactive, themed puzzles that get the adrenaline flowing. The games usually last about an hour. Each escape room holds a small group of people (8 to 10 – book with friends or take a chance with strangers). Participants work together to find clues to solve a mission and escape the room. We’ve rounded up what we think could be the best Twin Cities escape rooms for an alternative Halloween outing.

Teen Halloween Events - Escape Rooms like The Heist

**If you are looking for the more spooky side of Halloween, Minnesota Haunted Houses keeps a list of haunted houses and other attractions geared to adults and families with older children.

We hope this list has given you a few ideas of where your tween or teen could get into the Halloween “spirit”. Remember, we’re also dying to share our ultimate Twin Cities Halloween Guide if you dare…


Halloween at Home

Want to make Halloween fun at home?  You can find simple DIY, festive activities here.

 

 

 

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