Halloween can be a little spooky, especially for younger kids — sometimes even for adults! There are numerous fun Halloween themed events to take your kids in the Twin Cities metro area that won’t have them grabbing at your pant leg.
Enjoy a night of ghostly games, devilish demonstrations and a fun-filled hayride in Roseville on October 29th, 4:30PM-7:30PM. Registration is required (call: 651.792.7110) and the $6 fee per person includes a special treat bag for kids, hayride, popcorn and entertainment.
Celebrate Halloween the old-fashioned way at Gibbs Farm on October 29th, 10AM-4PM. Kids can make popcorn balls, find pennies in the haystack, participate in the costume contest, trick-or-treat at the farmhouse, and MORE. Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 3 and up, free for RCHS members.
For four nights, Como Zoo becomes a furry and fairy-tailed wonderland—a perfect fright-free destination for your tiniest trick-or-treaters. 200+ live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. This event is best suited for children up to age 8. Open: October 22, 23, 29, and 30 — 4:30PM-7:30PM. Buy tickets.
Now through October 31st, Nickelodeon Universe transformed into Halloween Havoc with park-wide pumpkin displays, a scavenger hunt, nightly fright lights show, dance party, pumpkin carving, and a costume contest. Some events take place during different October dates but every day is full of fun! All day wristband + souvenir cup with a free soda/ICEE refills is only $44.99.
Join Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang for some not-so-scary family fun at Valleyfair. Enjoy storytelling from the zany, friendly witch, venture through scarecrow hollow, explore the halls of the Chateau without the vampires, run through Peppermint Patty’s haybale maze, plus MUCH more throughout Planet Snoopy.
Jump on the Minnesota Streetcar with Count Karl, the vampire motorman for a fun, not so scary, mostly silly Halloween ride. Saturday, October 29th, 12:30PM-4:30PM at the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line. $2 fare, 3 & under are free. Don’t forget your costume for a treat!
Pumpkin Nights | Minnesota State Fairgrounds
More than 3,000 pumpkins and fun-kins in 12 pumpkin worlds showcase larger than life displays lining the half-mile long path where you you will ooh-ing and ahh-ing. You can even bring in your own carved pumpkin to be added to the Community Carving world. It’s definitely a sight to be seen in person! Open October 14th – October 31st. Buy tickets.
BooFest | Grand Avenue
Free and family-friendly, BooFest on Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue is perfect for the younger Halloween fans with trick-or-treating and fun events and activities. There will also be pony rides and a petting zoo for great photo-ops of your kids in costume. Parents will love the fall sales going on at businesses along the avenue, too.
On October 23rd, 1PM-4PM, put on your best costume and join the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as they celebrate Halloween with live music from the Bazillions. Also, there will be a trick-or-treat parade at 3PM, kid’s activities like face painting, corn pit, and hay maze, concessions and Paint-A-Pumpkin ($5 per pumpkin). Cost: $10 per child up to age 12, children 3 and under are free, adults free with gate admission.
Now through October 31st head down the hill to Sensory Garden and Ordway Picnic Shelter to see the Pumpkin House decorated for the season, surrounded by scarecrows created by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum staff and visitors. Also, garden displays on Dahlberg Terrace outside the Visitor Center and on the walkway towards the Snyder Building. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite scarecrow!
Boo-ology | Science Museum of Minnesota
Science isn’t scary! October 29th, 12PM-4PM the Science Museum of Minnesota will have spooky hands-on science activities and events. Kids under 12 who are dressed in costume will get free admission to the museum.
Kids can enjoy an afternoon of costumes, music, crafts, face-painting and more at the Landmark Center’s Halloween event. Dress up in your favorite costumes to participate in the costume parade where free candy is collected while you explore the building and see the staff dressed up in costumed characters. FREE event, October 30th, 1PM.
Celebrating fall color and things that go bump in the night at the Minnesota Zoo this October. Enjoy up-close encounters with both cute and creepy critters. From bats and tarantulas to tigers and tapirs, HallZooWeen offers something for kids of ALL ages. Participate in hands-on education programs and watch the animals enjoy Halloween-themed treats throughout the Zoo. Weekend activities include face painting, live musicians, and more. October 22, 23, 29, and 30.
Have a happy Halloween season!