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 fall colors 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.

Halloween Celebrations

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.

MN Zoo Jack o Lantern Spectacular Halloween
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will also make its highly anticipated return to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Open nightly starting Oct. 1, the event will feature 5,000 expertly carved pumpkins on a quarter-mile trail through the woods, plus music, magic and other surprises on weekends. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate.

More family-friendly fun awaits at Boo at the Zoo at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo, The Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Spooktacular Halloween Weekend in Owatonna, and the annual Kids Halloween Party at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Haunted Houses & Other Paranormal Parties

If you're looking for a good scare, visit Hidden Hollows Haunted Corn Maze and Haunted House in Brainerd, or the Trail of Terror or Valleyscare in Shakopee. For the extremely brave, check out the Haunted Basement in Roseville, if you dare. For visitors who don't wish to participate in the traditional hands-on torment, Haunted Basement even offers a new "no touch" experience.

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. Other fun twists on the holiday include a zombie 5K at Ruttger's in Deerwood and a Halloween-themed zip line in Lanesboro.

For more seasonal fun, 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.