Photo from Springbrook Nature Center Facebook page
Another year, another almost hand-crafting the children's Halloween costumes from a Pinterest DIY before breaking down and buying them from Target. JuiceBox understands this vicious cycle. Here, have some Kit-Kats.
The plus side of shunning the needle and thread (and fabric paint and duct tape) is that you’ll have more time to enjoy these spooktacular events and get some mileage out of those costumes.
Here’s what’s brewing:
ZooBoo @ Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18–19, and Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24–26, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Como Park Zoo’s annual Halloween event “without the fright” features fairytale-inspired activities, pumpkin bowling, trick-or-treating, live entertainment, and more than 200 costumed characters roaming the zoo trails. It’s $7 per person.
Pumpkin Night in the Park @ Springbrook Nature Center
Saturday, Oct. 18, 6–10 p.m.
Three different walking trails including a spooky trail, pumpkin trail, and black light trail lead you to a giant outdoor dance party. It’s $7 per person, and free for ages 2 years and younger.
Spooktacular IX Concerts @ Minnetonka Community Center and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Sunday, Oct. 19 (Minnetonka Community Center) and Sunday, Oct. 26 (MN Landscape Arboretum) at 3 p.m.
Face painting, a costume parade, and a ghostly Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra concert with the entire orchestra in costume. It’s free.
Halloween Fest @ Nicollet Commons Park
Friday, Oct. 24, 6–8 p.m.
The children can walk an illuminated treat trail around the park, shake out the sillies with Kidsdance, get their faces painted, and watch fire dancers and stilt walkers do their thing. Good for a range of ages. It’s $5 per family.
Halloween Extravaganza @ Dodge Nature Center Farm Education Building
Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30–10 p.m.
Especially nice if you have older and younger kids because you can walk a friendly trick-or-treat trail or venture through a scary trail. Also on tap: Frightful hairdos, wagon rides, music, and a costume contest for different age groups. It’s $9 per person, and free for kids 2 years and younger.
Pumpkin Fest 2014 @ 50th & France
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Bring your bucket for trick-or-treating from 10-11, then stick around for fun and games ‘til naptime. There will be fire truck tours, horse-drawn trolley rides, a cake walk, a witches’ lair, and costume contests for kids and dogs. Bring Fido! It's free.
Gibbs Halloween @ Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life
Saturday, Oct. 25, 12–3 p.m.
This old-timey, not-so-scary Halloween celebration is great for the younger kids. Find pennies in the haystack, make popcorn balls, trick-or-treat at the farmhouse, and compete in a costume contest. It’s $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for kids 4 years and older.
Uptown Hallow Eve @ Calhoun Square
Saturday, Oct. 25, 1–4 p.m.
A weatherproof trick-or-treating affair at 60-plus shops in Calhoun Square with face painting, craft-making, a photo station and prizes for all. It’s free.
Halloween Skate Party @ Burnsville Ice Center
Sunday, Oct. 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Don your costumes and skate alongside princesses and goblins. Also brewing: trick-or-treating, prize drawings, and carnival games. Admission is free and skate rental is $3.