12 Kid Friendly Halloween Events in the Twin Cities


Do you smell the difference in the air? That’s right…summer has melted away. It’s time for the leaves to change color and crisper air to surround us. With fall right around the corner, that means Halloween is approaching. Why not check out some of the kid-friendly Halloween events available in the Twin Cities area?

This time of the year is filled with so many festive events. Families want to enjoy that last of the nice weather and do something fun outdoors. These wonderful Halloween events have something for everyone. Apple orchards, corn mazes, scarecrows…what’s not to like?

Remember when it used to be about trick-or-treating? Grab some bags, dress up in homemade costumes, and head out to relieve your neighbors of their candy before some other kids did. These days, it’s a little different. Halloween has made a giant shift in being very event-driven and family-oriented.

There are tons of Halloween events out there for the entire family to enjoy. As a parent, it’s great to know there are kid-friendly places to go and activities for the entire family to attend. Not only do you want to see your child happy on Halloween, but you want to be satisfied, too.

Halloween in the Twin Cities is no different. We want to make sure that you know all of the family events that are going on in the metro area. So, before winter hits and we begin to prepare for snow, let’s see what Halloween events are out there that are family oriented and kid-friendly. The links will take you direct to the websites for more info about each event.

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Scarecrow Tour – Waconia

If you think that scarecrows are only in the Wizard of Oz, then you’re missing out. Waconia has a fabulous Scarecrow Tour through most of October. You’ll see tons of them living up the town. You and your family will get a ballot and a map and be able to vote on the best scarecrow. How fun!

Barebones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza – Hidden Falls, St. Paul

This group is a performance art company that provides an evening of exhibition, stilting, bonfires, and music. For almost thirty years, they have presented performances that highlights history, literature, and cultural celebrations with sights and sounds of the holiday. Be sure to check their calendar for dates and times. The Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza only has 6 shows between Oct 20-31.

Haunted Woods Trail – Rosemount

This event began with volunteers from the city of Rosemount in 1982, and it has grown significantly as now nearly 4,000 people attend each Halloween. Go to the Haunted Woods Trail decked in your favorite Halloween costume and let your elementary and middle school kids enjoy games, inflatables, and lots of candy. Only held on Saturday Oct 27 from 6-8 PM.

Halloween Family Fun Day – Maple Grove

This one is big. With over 20 different Halloween events, you’re sure to not only find something for all of the family but have a hard time keeping up with where they’ve gone. Kids go home with gift bags filled with candy and treats. Halloween Family Fun Day is definitely worth checking out!


  • Monster Inflatables
  • Web of Confusion Maze
  • Dizzy Mummy
  • Candy Corn Bowling
  • Pumpkin Rolling
  • Bottomless Well Fishing
  • Skull Island Treasure Hunting

Halloween Skating Party – Burnsville Ice Center

Ice skating is one of the best things to do in the late fall, and what could be more fun than ice skating along with Pokemon, pirates, ghosts, and other ghoulish creatures. There will be great food, and lots of prizes. If you or anyone in your family aren’t the best skaters, Burnsville Ice Center will provide lessons from accomplished skaters. This Halloween Skating Party is not only fun, but also free!

Universe of Lights – Bloomington

Head on over to the Mall of America where guests will be delightfully treated to a luminous event that combines lights and music. The Universe of Lights has special effects in the air, you and your family will be in awe at this display of colors that will leave you and your kids in a magical trance.

Halloween Spooktacular – Roseville

Adults accompany your kids of haunted hayrides and play ghostly games with fun laughs and jolts the whole night long. There will be lots of candy and popcorn as unique entertainment is brought out around the fire. Halloween Spooktacular is the perfect way to spend time with the family.

Boo-ology – Downtown St. Paul

Wait, What? A Museum? Really? Yes! The Science Museum of Minnesota wants to help you teach your kids about science through different spooky and creepy demonstrations, activities, and more. Boo-ology is a very hands-on way for your kids to experiment. And who said learning couldn’t be fun?

Howl-o-Ween – Stacy

Wouldn’t it be cool to trick-or-treat among owls, wolves, and bears? All the while, you’ll be learning about the fantastic creatures that are staring at you as you walk. At Howl-o-Ween you’ll walk through a haunted cabin, enjoy the warmth of a campfire, and enjoy this time as a family.

Pumpkin Express Train Rides – St. Paul

All aboard the Pumpkin Express!!  There is a ton of fun on and off the train as you and your family will have fun at the games, listen to the live music, eat candy, and of course, have fun with some pumpkins!

Fantastically Spooky Ghost Trolley – Excelsior

Come on and take a ride on the Ghost Trolley that stops and lets you talk with and hang out with the ghosts and the ghouls. You will travel all over and play games with each other and listen to the very best ghost stories.

Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt and Dance – Blaine

You have to admit that it sounds exciting. The pumpkins are just waiting for families to hang out at this outdoor event and get into prowler mode as you go a search for the perfect pumpkin. When you’ve found the right one, join in on the music and dancing, or jump in and get involved in some games. Oh, and don’t forget—S’mores! Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt and Dance is an event you won’t want to miss!

Maybe you didn’t know that the Twin Cities have a wonderful time celebrating Halloween and the days leading up it. One of the biggest draws of many Halloween events now is the fact that all of these are family friendly events. This fall go out and spend some time enjoying your families. Spend time checking out all the fun activities for Halloween. Make this Halloween an excellent time for everyone.

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