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

St. Paul Movies in the the Park

Como Midway, 1151 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Saint Paul traditionally offers spooky movies all October. Movies typically start at dusk, but can start earlier or later and are weather dependent. Call 651-266-6400 for updates. FREE.

Courthouse by Candlelight

2022 Dates TBA
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.

Robbinsdale Movies in the Park

2022 Dates TBA
Sanborn Park, 4242 Drew Avenue, Robbinsdale MN 55422
Watch an October movie favorite at a park screening. 7pm-8:30pm. FREE.

Anoka Movie Night in the Park

2022 Dates TBA
George Green Park, 1498 6th Ave S, Anoka MN 55303
Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. (10/9 rain date) 7pm Movie. FREE.

Graveyard Ghost Stories

Oct 21, 2022
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Scary stories told by the graveyard! 8:30pm. $15/pp.

Franconia Halloween Event

2022 Dates TBA
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.

Mischief Costume Contest

2022 Dates TBA
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.

A Streetcar Named Expire

October 29, 2022
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Mildly frightening streetcar ride! 7pm-10pm. $4/pp.

Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza

2022 Dates TBA
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

Scary Movie Series

2022 Dates TBA
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.

Tricks & Treats

September 30-October 30, 2022:
Valleyfair Amusement Park, 1 Valley Fair Dr., Shakopee, MN 55379
While an all ages Tricks And Treats replaces Valleyscare Halloween Haunt in 2022, there is still something for teens and tweens. Visitors can choose between a scarier “Tricks” path or a friendlier “Treats” path. Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturdays Noon-9pm; Sundays, Noon to 8pm. Included with daily admission or season pass. Learn more and find tickets here.

Teen Halloween Events - Valleyscare!

 

Landmark Gangster Ghost Tour

2022 Dates TBA
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.

Scream Town

Weekends & MEA – September 23-October 30, 2022:
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.

The Haunting Experience

2022 Dates TBA
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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