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Things to do this week: Scarecrow Tour, Twin Cities Horror Festival, and more.
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Scarecrow City

What: Scarecrow Tour
Where: Waconia
When: Oct. 14-24

Take a free, self-guided tour of scarecrow displays outside local Waconia businesses. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow by turning in their ballot at a participating location. 

Musical Mystery 

What: “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Where: Commonweal Theatre Company, 208 Parkway Ave. N., Lanesboro
When: Oct. 21-29 (final week)

Who killed Edwin Drood? The comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel takes the stage for the last time this week, calling on audience members to decide the story’s ending. 

Twin Cities Horror Festival


Scares on Stage 

What: Twin Cities Horror Festival 
Where: The Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St. N.E. Unit 120, Minneapolis
When: Oct. 20-30

The Twin Cities Horror Festival is the longest-running horror theatre festival in the country, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to performers and creators. Choose from nine different spooky performances that feature everything from standup to puppetry.

For the Kiddos 

What: Symphonic Chills and Thrills 
Where: Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 
When: Oct. 26-27, various times

Sit back and listen to the Minnesota Orchestra’s spooky, thrilling sounds made especially for kids of all ages. 

BareBones 2022 Extravaganza


Puppet Performance 

What: BareBones 2022 Extravaganza 
Where: Midtown Greenway, 2828 11th Ave S., Minneapolis 
When: Oct 28-31, 7 p.m. 

Jam-packed with dancing, stilting, and giant puppets, this live outdoor variety show is equally bone-chilling as it is breathtaking. 

Halloween Walk 

What: Halloween Trail Walk 
Where: Viking Lakes, 2685 Vikings Circle, Eagan 
When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Suit up in a creative costume and peruse and participate in trick or treat stations and Halloween-themed games.  

Minnesota Ballet’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Shakespearean Ballet 

What: Minnesota Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Where: Symphony Hall, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth 
When: Oct. 28-29, 7 p.m. 

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a whirlwind of magic, mischief, and love. The Minnesota Ballet will perform this whimsical and comedic play through graceful dance.  

Art for All 

What: Dassel Art Tour 
Where: Dassel History Center 
When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Featuring more than 28 local artists, the Dassel Art Tour emphasizes supporting public arts and connections between patrons and the artists.  

Old Town Mankato Day of the Dead Celebration


Day of the Dead Celebration

What: Old Town Mankato Day of the Dead 
Where: Old Town Mankato 
When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of those who have passed. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of this tradition with dancers and performers, a mariachi band, and food trucks. 

Fall Bar Crawl 

What: Pine City .320k Run-Walk-Crawl 
Where: The Village Bar & Grill, 242 3rd Ave. Southeast, Pine City 
When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m. 

For athletes that prefer running to the nearest bar instead of a marathon, Pine City has the hook-up. Plus, get into the Halloween spirit by participating in the costume contest. 

Kate Linggi is an editorial intern who will be a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield but is from San Diego, California. She is planning on majoring in English. In her free time, you can find her at a concert, auditioning for a play, or spending all her money at a local coffee shop.