Enjoy Halloween in a family-friendly environment with these great free and low cost October events in the Twin Cities and beyond.
An excellent list of DIY kids costumes: https://www.bhg.com/halloween/kids-costumes/easy-to-make-kids-costumes/
Minneapolis Family Friendly Fall and Halloween Events:
Halloween Bonfire at Loring Park
October 26, 6 – 7:30 pm – free
Head to Loring Park for an outdoor fire with hot cocoa and s’mores.
Halloween Treasure Hunt at Loring Park
October 26, 6 – 7:30 pm – free
Bring your little goblins down to Loring Park to seek clues to finding a glorious treasure! Everyone wins a prize.
Halloween Trick or Treat at Powderhorn Park – Minneapolis
October 28, 4:30 – 6:30 pm – free
Trek through the park to pick up some tasty treats and snap a pic with your family at the photo stop.
Not So Scary Trick or Treat at Midtown Global Market – Minneapolis
October 28, 5 – 7 pm – free
Not So Scary Trick or Treat at Midtown Global Market, with costumes, music and treats!
Voll-o-Ween Halloween Party at Creekview Park – Minneapolis
October 29, 10 am – 2 pm – free
A day of fun activities for players, families and the community including a inflatable slide, age appropriate games, face painter and trick or treats.
Halloween at the Hills at Linden Hills Park – Minneapolis
October 29, 3 – 5 pm – free
Head to Linden Hills for the annual Halloween party in a fun and safe environment perfect for the whole family. Games, hayrides, and treats will be provided.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo
October 1 – November 5, 2022. $18-24
Explore a glowing trail with thousands of artistically carved pumpkins at the Minnesota Zoo.
Light up the Night Parade
October 22, 7 – 8 pm – free
The annual parade starts at 7 PM at the corner of 1st Ave and Main Street and features beautifully lit floats and entertainment.
Waconia Scarecrow Tour
October 13-23, 2022 – free
Take a self-guided tour of 40 scarecrows located all over Waconia, MN. Tour them all and pick your favorite!
Burwell Spooktacular – Minnetonka
October 29, 5–8 pm, free.
A free, family-friendly gathering featuring a scavenger hunt, storytelling, treats, kids activities and costumes. https://lakeminnetonkamag.com/events/burwell-spooktacula
Halloween Capital of the World Grande Day Parade
October 29, 2022. 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM – free
The annual Anoka Halloween parade starts at 1 pm at State Street and Main Street. Route follows Main Street to 5th Avenue and finishes at South Street/ Military Road. The parade length is 1.5 miles long.
Truck or Treat at Huset Park
October 29, 1 – 4 pm – free
Explore a variety of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, tow, dump, garbage and mail trucks, and a school bus while trick or treating.
Halloween Skating Party at the Burnsville Ice Center
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Celebrate Halloween on Sunday, October 30, from Noon – 1:30 p.m. with free skating, trick or treating around the rink. Free admission ($5 skate rental)
Anoka Pumpkin Smash – Smash It! Don’t Trash It!
On Sunday, November 1st, from 1-4 p.m. at Rick Sorenson Park (2015 State Ave.), Anoka’s Waste Reduction & Recycling Board is hosting a Pumpkin Smash. Free.