14 Halloween Activities for Kids in the Twin Cities

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


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.


Halloween Family Fun Day – Maple Grove

Saturday, Oct. 21 10-3pm

Monster Inflatables, crawling through the Web of Confusion Maze, pumpkin rolling, fishing in the Bottomless Well and more.


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 the 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.



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.

Halloween Activities for Kids in the Twin Cities

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  • Reply Samantha rosenberg October 8, 2015 at 1:47 am

    The Westwood Hills Nature Center has an awesome Halloween Party for the entire family on 10/16 & 10/17.

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