Find Halloween Fun for All Ages in Minnesota

By Erica Wacker

Planet Spooky Halloween event at Valleyfair, Shakopee RiverSouth
Planet Snoopy at Valleyfair in Shakopee

As the temperatures get cooler and the beautiful colors of fall start to appear, it can only mean that Halloween is right around the corner. While trick-or-treating and spooky decorations are staples of the holiday, Minnesota is also known for its fantastic Halloween celebrations and festivities around the state.

The largest Halloween celebration by and large is in Anoka, also known as the Halloween Capital of the World. For close to a century, Anoka has been celebrating the holiday with events that now include fireworks, concerts, pillow fights, celebrity appearances, and so much more. Make sure to stop by, as the whole town gets involved in the fun.

Find family-friendly fun, dress up and see some of your child's favorite creatures at Boo at the Zoo at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo or ZooBoo at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. Find trick-or-treating, bounce houses, face painting and more at the Trick or Treat Trail in Owatonna or Trunk-or-Treat in Red Wing.

William A Irvin ship in Duluth
Photo courtesy of Visit Duluth

If you're looking for a good scare, visit Scream Town in Chaska, Hidden Hollows Haunted Corn Maze and Haunted House in Brainerd or the Trail of Terror or Valleyscare in Shakopee. Board the William A. Irvin in Duluth to experience the special haunted ship tour.

Roam the streets of downtown Minneapolis with thousands of costumed characters at the popular Zombie Pub Crawl. Go on a ghost walk or hear stories from the Calumet Inn at the Pipestone Paranormal Weekend. Hear dramatic readings of 19th century ghost stories in the dimly lit parlor of the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul. Also look for haunted exhibits, spooky performances and other topical events at Minnesota Historical Society sites around the state.

For a traditional Halloween experience, pick a pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch or navigate your way through a corn maze.

Learn more about these, and dozens of other Halloween events, in our extensive events calendar.