Pumpkin Nights at Minnesota State Fairgrounds
It’s the most boo-tiful time of the year! Even if your little ones aren’t quite ready to tackle the scary stuff, they’re probably more than ready to wear their costumes. Here are 10 events to get them in the spirit and put that costume to use.
Through October 30
Stages Theatre’s musical is based on author Joe Troiano’s children’s book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Spookley is a square-shaped pumpkin, teased by his friends due to his different shape. In the end, he teaches an important message on being bullied.
Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-979-1111, stagestheatre.org
Through October 30
It’s the one time you’ll encourage your kids to play with their food. The Bakken Museum’s Science Studio is a culinary collection of hands-on activities and experiments that explore the smells, chemistry, and math behind what we put into our bellies.
The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Mpls., 612-927-7265, thebakken.org
Through October 31
MOA’s Nickelodeon Universe is now a scavenger hunt of seven pumpkin playgrounds, where it’s up to you to discover the mischief these pumpkins are making. Decode their message to get a special Halloween gift, and then hop onto FlyOver America for a Witches Academy-themed pre-show. Stick around with older kiddos for the Fright Lights Halloween Spectacular light show.
Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800, mallofamerica.com
Through October 31
It’s a half-mile walk of themed art displays created out of jack-o-lanterns, from “The Great Pumpkin Reef” to “Picture Minnesota.” Don’t forget your costumes!
Pumpkin Nights at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1719 Como Ave. Falcon Heights, pumpkinnights.com
October 22, 23, 29, and 30
Como Zoo will be transformed into a magical, non-scary trick-or-treating experience for small children. Stick around for pumpkin bowling, crafts, and 200 costumed characters.
Como Zoo, 1225 Estabrook Dr., Saint Paul, 651-487-8200, comofriends.org
The annual free event will deck out Grand Avenue with trick-or-treating, pony rides, petting zoos, story time at Red Balloon Bookshop, and more, along with a cornucopia of fall sales at shops along the way.
Contact: Grand Avenue Business Association, 752 Grand Ave., Ste. 1, Saint Paul, 651-699-0029, grandave.com
Ramsey County Library Halloween Story Time Celebration
October 25 – 31
Bring your youngest pumpkins to a special Halloween story time with songs and finger plays designed to enhance toddler’s literacy skills. Costumes are encouraged. Check the Ramsey County Library website to find the nearest library to you, along with different dates and times.
Ramsey County Library, several metro locations, 651-724-6100, rclreads.org
This Lynnhurst Community Center party will be a non-scary night of moonwalking, age-appropriate games, activities, crafts, and treats. Register with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls., 612-230-6400, minneapolisparks.org
Get those little gremlins out and running by taking them trick-or-treating along the prairie loop trail at Tamarack Nature Center. This non-eerie event includes games, hand-pressed cider, and live animal encounters. Register online.
Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd., White Bear Township, 651-407-5350, ramseycounty.us
October 29 and 30
Scratch grocery shopping off your to-do list, while the costumed kiddos score free tricks and treats. The Edina and Woodbury stores will host the event on October 29 and the Eden Prairie location will host on October 30.
Jerry’s Foods, several metro locations, 952-929-2685, jerrysfoods.com