Inside Halloween Fun
1. What could be better than a zoo that’s been transformed into a (non-scary!) world of fairytales and 200 live costumed characters for Halloween? ZooBoo at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory this weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Buy discounted tickets for $6 a person online.
2. HowlZOOween at the Minnesota Zoo is Oct. 24 and 25, and Oct. 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find hands-on education programs and Halloween-themed treats throughout the Zoo, plus face painting, live musicians, and more. Free with Zoo admission.
3. Harry Potter Halloween Bash happens appropriately at the Minneapolis Club on Friday, Oct. 23. Wizards and muggles enter platform 9 3Ž4 and be transported to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Includes pumpkin juice, muggle cuisine and potions class. $40 for adults; $22 for kids.
4. Check out Victorian ghost stories at the James J. Hill House. Dramatic readings of 19th Century ghost stories in the dimly lit parlor—not for children under 8! Oct. 24, 25, 30, and 31 at various times after 6 p.m. $2 – $22.
5. The “Not So Scary” Halloween Party at Edinborough Park on Friday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. includes trick or treating, games, mask-making (with friends from the Edina Art Center) and entertainment—for ages 1 through 12. $9 per child, with grownups free.
Outside Halloween Fun
6. Head to Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville on Oct. 23 for the city’s Halloween Fest, which includes an illuminated treat trail, music, activities, and more. Come in costume! Tickets are $5 per family.
7. Dodge Nature Center’s Halloween Extravaganza includes your choice of a friendly trick-or-treat trail or a scary trail for more daring revelers who are willing to brave the ghostly pond and haunted prairie. The event is happening Oct. 23, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 per person, $6 for members, and 2 and under free.
8. Ghost Trolleys on the Como-Harriet and Excelsior Streetcar Lines on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, from 6– 9 p.m.. A little bit scary (on the Como-Harriet) and a lot of fun after dark when actors board for adventure. Free on Como-Harriet line, and a favorite (so plan for a little wait). $7/$5 on Excelsior Line.
Halloween Fun with Shopping
9. Head to Edina’s 50th & France neighborhood on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual Pumpkin Fest celebration. Trick-or-treating, horse-drawn trolley rides, face painting, a magician, a princess station, cake walk, and more for kids 12 and under.
10. For an indoor Halloween experience in Edina, head to the Galleria and its Operation Pumpkin event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24, with a live pumpkin carving contest, Candy Bar, costume parade, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude.
11. Mall of America’s Monster Bash (Oct. 23 and 24 and Oct. 30 and 31, 5-10 p.m. at Nickelodeon Universe. Costume contest, light shows, zombie disco party, and ghost pirates. Plus all the rides you can ride. $33.99 includes a Monster Bash unlimited ride wristband, a SpongeBob souvenir cup with unlimited refills at the event, a glow straw and bracelet.
12. Also at MOA: Fright Lights Halloween Spectacular. The whole place comes under the spell of a dark witch who can command the lights and music. It’s a witchy dance party at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. nightly, plus an 8:30 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday nights. Free.
13. Southdale Malloween on Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Mall-wide trick-or-treating, face-painting, Halloween crafts and activities, and a bouncehouse. Safe if the weather changes! (Note: masks on children ages 12 and younger only; and be mindful of toy weapons.) Free.
14. Rosedale Spooktacular, also on Oct. 31, from 1-3 p.m., Mall trick or treating, plus games and prizes in the East Court. Free.
15. Fall Festival on Main Street at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove is Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Trick or treating, gourd decorating, and a costume contest. Free.