How to Spend Halloween: From Kid-Friendly to Spooky

Trick-or-treat, freak out, or dress up for one of our editors’ picks on Halloween

Breweries, bars, and restaurants are putting out for Halloween—with themes like Harry Potter (Royal Foundry Craft Spirits), voodoo (4Bells), trick-or-treating (featuring candy-inspired beers at Indeed Brewing Company), Goosebumps (Honey), masquerade (Can Can Wonderland), and plenty others.

In fact, there are so, so many. We went for the polar opposites: kid-friendly vs. spooky-scary. Plus: editors’ picks. Dress up, get down, and check out these good times:



Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska

Trick-or-treat stations offer candies and apples, and kids can enjoy story time at 10:30 a.m.


Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Mall of America, Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington

More than 520 retailers pass out sweets and other goodies for costumed kids.

Keg and Case Market Halloween Wing-Ding

Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m.
Keg and Case Market, 928 Seventh St. W., St. Paul

The St. Paul food hall becomes a hub for trick-or-treating, a costume party, prizes, and dance.

Mall Wide Tick-or-Treating

Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.
Rosedale Center, 1595 Hwy. 36 W. 10, Roseville

Shops at Rosedale (also the new host of the adults-oriented Haunted Basement fright fest) put out for trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Extravaganza

Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Harmon Park, 230 Bernard St. W., West St. Paul

Trick-or-treating winds along a trail in Harmon Park, with bonfires throughout and free hot dogs.

Haunted Basement
Haunted Basement

Photo by Dan Norman

Spooky Times

The Haunted Basement

Through Nov. 2
Rosedale Center, 1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville

It’s back for a 13th year, and in a new haunt: The “corpse” of the old Herberger’s department store gets possessed. Nineteen creepy scenes expand and tighten across 20,000 square feet. You sign a waiver, they touch you, it smells like various terrible things—it’s a Twin Cities tradition. (Read more about the transformation, plus the radical mission behind the artsy scare fest.)

The Dead End Hayride

Through Nov. 2
28186 Kettle River Blvd. N., Wyoming

Jump aboard a wagon, venture through the woods of Pinehaven Farm, and prepare for spooky special effects, plus grotesque attractions to traipse through on foot.

Scream Town

Through Nov. 2
7410 US 212, Chaska

Seven themed haunts—with aliens, Santa, clowns, nuns (for VIP)—unfurl across the wooded expanse of a Chaska cornfield. (Read more about the charming-yet-creepy Disney World effect.)

Fright Farm

Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m.
2020 White Bear Ave. N., Maplewood

Spooky attractions at this classic haunt have been voted some of the best in the state. Check it out on Halloween for its last night of the year.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular

Erik Tormoen

Editors’ Picks

Canine Costume Party

Oct. 31, 4-9 p.m.
OMNI Brewing Co., 9462 Deerwood Ln., Maple Grove

File under pet-friendly: Is the Canine Costume Party too cute? This second annual Halloween event puts a free beer in your hand at the OMNI Brewing Co. taproom. Owner of the winning growler gets a free growler.

Arty Costume Party

Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m.
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

Take a haunted garden tour, starting at 5 p.m., and stick around for Jim Jarmusch movie Only Lovers Left Alive, where Tilda Swinton plays the coolest vampire you could ever hope to fall victim to.

First Avenue’s Annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest

Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis

Probably the best known costume contest in the Cities come Halloween: First Avenue doles out $1,000 in cash prizes during a dance party that features crazily elaborate get-ups (remember the person who went as a functioning toilet?).

Hocus Pocus Bar Crawl

Nov. 2, noon-6 p.m.
Uptown, Minneapolis

As your favorite Sanderson sister, partake in a bar crawl that stops at the Pourhouse for a drag show, Piggy Bank Eatery & Music Hall for trivia about camp classic Hocus Pocus, and a dance party.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Until Nov. 3
Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

More than 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns flank a trail through the Minnesota Zoo. Check out some of the most elaborately carved.

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