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.
Cities events tend to be low cost if not free.
Haunted Woods Trail, Rosemount
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
For preschool through middle school aged youths.
Halloween Family Fun Day – Weaver Lake Park, Maple Grove
Saturday, Oct. 17th
Inflatables, Trick or Treating, pumpkin rolling
$5 must register ahead of time
Halloween Party – WestwoodHillls Nature Center, St. Louis Park
Friday, Oct. 16 & -Saturday, October 17.
Trick or Treating, Indoor/Outdoor Activities.
$10-11 must register ahead of time.
Old Fashion Trick or Treating– The Landing, Shakopee
Saturday, Oct. 17 4-7pm
Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths. Collect a variety of traditional treats and toys. Begin on a horse-drawn trolley and end with cider, a cookie, and entertainment.
Please register ahead of time.
Big Woods Halloween – Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
Saturday, Oct. 24 10-3pm
Earn prizes trying carnival games and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. Play in a corn pool, straw pile, and inflatable obstacle course.
Boo-Ology – Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Saturday, Oct. 31
$20 for Adults, Kids 12 and under in costume FREE
They cost a little more money, but you get thrill rides too. You have to think about if your costume can accommodate rides?
Monster Bash, Nickelodeon Universe, MOA Bloomington
Friday/Saturday, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31 5-10pm
Prices vary on package. Light show during the evening hours. Check for times.
Valley Scare, Valley Fair, Shakopee
Scare-free during the day… or so I’ve been told. Some rides and locations have been taken down for haunted rooms. The actors will not scare the young children in these houses.
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. 17 & 18th and Oct. 24th & 25th
$6 per person.
HallZooWeen, Located at the Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Saturday/Sunday Oct. 24 & 25 and Oct. 30 & 31
Normal zoo prices
Ghost Trolley, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Excelsior & Minneapolis
Saturday/Sunday Oct. 23 & 24th
Actors board the streetcar for a Halloween adventure. Some of the ride takes place in the dark and things do go bump in the night. It’s fun and not too scary, but may not be suitable for the youngest children. The trip is about 20 minutes. There are no advance tickets or reservations.
Ghouls & Giggles – Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Saturday, Oct. 24, 3-6 p.m.
Must register ahead of time
$5 for kids + Admission to the Arboretum. Kids are free, but adults are $12.
Great Pumpkin Fest – The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Trick or Treating, Costume Contest, music, and games.
Free; no registration required.
FOR THE BRAVER ONES:
The Haunting Experience on Highway 61 – Zywiec’s Garden Center in Cottage Grove
Day Time fun for the kids but don’t stay too late because I’ve been told it will get pretty scary. Saturday/Sunday Oct .10th – 31st. $9 per person.
Any other recommendation for family friendly haunts? Feel free to post them in the comments. I’m always looking for something new.