*** Updated for 2017 ***
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the décor, the haunts and being creeped out. I am always trying to find the balance of Halloween fun, without scaring my children too much. It’s a constant battle that I’ve been having with my husband anyway on what is appropriate for our yard. I’m sure many of you can relate.
Seeing as though Minnesota is known for its haunted houses, I like to try and get to an event that the whole family can attend. This is where the real challenge lies. Here is a list of some of the top events I’ve found around the Twin Cities to check out with the kids.
Halloween Activities for Kids in the Twin Cities
Haunted Woods Trail, Rosemount
Saturday, Oct. 28
For preschool through middle school aged youths. This Halloween trail is a great way to do some pre-trick or treating with your kids. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
The Trail starts at the park and Ride Lot on highway 3 and winds its way through Central Park.
Halloween Family Fun Day Weaver Lake Park, Maple Grove
Saturday, Oct. 21st
They include over 20 different events. Inflatables, Trick or Treating, pumpkin rolling. Located at Weaver Lake Park, 8401 Dunkirk Lane, Maple Grove
Cost is $5 and you must register ahead of time.
Halloween Fest in Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Friday, Oct. | 27th 6-8pm
Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages flock to Nicollet Commons Park each October for an illuminated treat trail, music and entertainment.
Burnsville Ice Center Halloween Skating Party, Burnsville
Sunday, Oct. 29 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Skate alongside Pokémon, rock stars, skeletons and pirates. This event features trick-or-treating, prize drawings, refreshments for purchase and private lessons for new skaters. Bring your own skates or rent some!
Halloween Spooktacular, Roseville
Saturday, Oct. 28
Carnival hall, Hayrides and crafts.
Toddler Tuesdays Halloween Bash, Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
October 25th 10am – Noon.
Spooky games, costume contests and trick or treating.
Universe of Lights, Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Every day in October Mon- Thur 7:30 & 9:30pm, Fir – Sat 7:00, 8:00 & 9:30pm & Sundays 7pm.
Taking visitors on a spooky or not so spooky light show accompanies with music.
Halloween Havoc, Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Everyday in October
Park Wide pumpkin displays with rotating events like armature pumpkin carving contest, dance parties and costume contents.
For all Nickelodeon Universe costs, prices vary on the package. Check for times.
Valley Scare, Valley Fair, Shakopee
September 16- October 29th
Scare-free during the day… Pumpkins on display and storytelling. Some rides and locations have been taken down for haunted rooms. The actors will not scare the young children in these houses.
Boo-Ology, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Saturday, Oct. 28
Spooky science experiments will be happening all day long with hands on activities.
$20 for Adults, Kids 12 and under in costume FREE
Trick ‘r Trolly, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Excelsior & Minneapolis
Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 27-29th
Kids will get a story, treats will be passed out 29th. The more spooky version including zombies is held Oct 27-28.
Tickets can be purchased at Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water Street.
Ghouls & Giggles – Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Sunday, October 22 from 1-3 p.m.
Must register ahead of time
$5 for kids + Admission to the Arboretum. Kids are free, but adults are $12.
Costumes for kids, trick or treats outdoors, crafts, family games and music.
If you are planning a trip to the zoo, I would recommend going one of these weekends. Not only will you not be dying in the heat outside, but you will have a lot of extra entertainment. Seeing a bunch of kids in costumes exploring the zoo is one of the cuties things you will see.
Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, St. Paul
Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22th and Oct. 28th & 29th 4:30 – 7:30pmg
$6-7 per person.
HallZooWeen, Located at the Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Saturday/Sunday Oct. 22 & 23 and Oct. 29 & 30
Those under 2 or members are free. Otherwise, admission is $12-$18.
Close up encounters with things that go bump in the night, including creepy critters. The kids will get to explore the zoo, do some trick or treating and have a great time showing off their costumes.
Any other recommendation for family friendly haunts? Feel free to post them in the comments. I’m always looking for something new.