Last updated on August 20th, 2019
Halloween can be a tricky time for parents. There is so much geared toward older kids and adults that is way too scary for the little ones. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some great Halloween activities for Kids in the Twin Cities. All of the activities provide a safe way for the kids to have fun. They also double as way to get some more mileage off that Halloween costume you just bought them. More events are being added as the dates get confirmed.
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 Halloween activities for kids.
Kid Friendly Halloween Activities in the Twin Cities
9/16/19 – 10/29/19: The Great Pumpkin Fest | Valley Fair, Shakopee
Scare-free during the day… Pumpkins on display and storytelling. Some rides and locations are repurposed for haunted rooms. The actors will not scare the young children in these houses, and the lights remain on. The best part about Valley Fair is that you also get the bonus of rides, plus Halloween fun. If you want to save some money, ditch the kids before it gets dark, and head back for the much scarier version of the park! Just get back before 7 or you’ll have to pay again.
October 2019: Universe of Lights | Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Taking visitors on a spooky or not so spooky light show accompanies with music. Every day in October Mon- Thurs 7:30 & 9:30pm, Fir – Sat 7:00, 8:00 & 9:30pm & Sundays 7pm. Free, rides cost extra.
October 2019: Halloween Havoc | Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Park wide pumpkin displays with rotating events like armature pumpkin carving contest, dance parties, and costume contents. Free, rides cost extra.
10/01/19 – 11/3/19: MN Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Over 5,000 different jack-o-lanterns will line the pathways at the MN Zoo. Even though the event is at night, they promise that there will be no scaring. Should be a great time for everyone in the family. Zoo members get $2 off admission.
10/19/19: Halloween Family Fun Day | Weaver Lake Park, Maple Grove
They include over 20 different events. Inflatables, Trick or Treating, pumpkin rolling. Cost is $5 for kids ages 2-8, under 2 is free. Register ahead of time.
10/19/19: Trick ‘r Trolly | Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Excelsior & Minneapolis
Saturday, kids will ride the streetcar with ghosts, zombies and witches. They’ll play games and listen to ghost stories. Come Sunday, kids will get an added bonus of a Halloween Treat! Tickets are sold at Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water Street.
10/20/19: Ghouls & Giggles | Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Costumes for kids, trick or treats outdoors, crafts, family games and music. Must register ahead of time. $5 for kids + Admission to the Arboretum. Kids are free, but adults are $12.
10/20/19, 10/27/19, 11/3/19: Fright at the Farm (Lights On) | Rochester
If you kids are a little older and are looking for something a little more than trick or treating, consider taking them to a kid friendly haunted house in MN. This is the grown up version, but with the lights on. No scares other than the displays. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cost is $15.
10/25/19: Halloween Fest in Nicollet Commons Park | Burnsville
Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages flock to Nicollet Commons Park each October for an illuminated treat trail, music, and entertainment. 6-8pm
10/26/19: Halloween Spooktacular | Roseville
Carnival hall, Hayrides and crafts.
10/26/19: Haunted Woods Trail | Rosemount
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.
10/26/19: Boo-Ology, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Spooky science experiments will be happening all day long with hands on activities. $20 for Adults, Kids 12 and under in costume FREE
10/26/19: 50th & France in Minneapolis: Pumpkin Fest | Edina
10/26/19 – 10/27/2019: Trick-or-Treating on Main Street | Stillwater
Trick or Treat in downtown Stillwater. Participating locations will have a Trick or Treat sign in their window. 12-4pm.
10/27/19: Toddler Tuesdays Halloween Bash | Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Spooky games, costume contests and trick or treating. 10am – Noon. Free, rides cost extra.
*I do my best to keep the informaiton as accurate as possible. Before going anywhere, double check the events webpage to confirm the details. Check back often. New locations are being added as cities finalize thier plans.