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Family-Friendly Frights



I never got into the guts and gore part of Halloween. What I find intriguing about the holiday is the spooky stories, particularly old-timey ones. So, if you’re like me, forget about the blood and zombies and check out these events from the Minnesota Historical Society. From historical spirits to Frankenstein, they’ll surely be eerie, but also fun for the family.  

Shadows and Spirits of the State Capitol
Oct. 18-20 & 25-27: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Move through the dimly lit State Capitol and past the shadows that the low-watt lights cast on the rotunda, chambers, and through the hallways. As you travel along, you’ll meet historical “spirits” full of stories about the Capitol’s early history. Hear from a Civil War veteran, dome foreman, night watchman, women suffragist, and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber. Reservations required, 651-269-2881.

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Victorian Ghost Stories
Oct. 21, 28 & 31: 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Hear the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, and the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known 19th century authors and other ghost stories. Costumed actors will conduct these dramatic readings in the parlor of the James J. Hill House, before visitors embark on a tour of the entire house. Reservations recommended, 651-267-2555.

Mary Wollstencraft Shelley: Finding Frankenstein
Oct. 26: 7 p.m.
Head to the Alexander Ramsey House and learn about Mary Wollstencraft Shelly, author of “Frankenstein.” Discover what science and culture of the 1800s led her to pen the novel at the age of 16 and speculate what she would be like if she were alive today. Online reservations recommended.

Mystery at the Fur Post: Nancy Drew and the Secret at the Old Post
Oct. 26: 7-9 p.m.
Spooky things have been happening at North West Company Fur Post, prompting Nancy Drew and her friends go undercover at the post, hoping to discover who is behind these happenings. Help nab the culprit by investigating and searching for clues at the post. Reservations recommended, 320-629-6356. 

Reader’s Theatre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 27: 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Make your way to the Oliver H. Kelley Farm for a performance of Washington Irving’s tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This classic short story of the headless horseman has been spooking readers since it was first written in 1820. Reservations required, 763-441-6896.

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