Halloween in the Twin Cities: A mix of chills & thrills

Are you one of the 158 million people that the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates will celebrate Halloween this year?  The number is down from last year's high of 170 million, but Halloween is widely celebrated, second only to Christmas in terms of spending. The NRF also found that traditional costumes -- zombies, witches, princesses, superheroes and the like -- reign supreme this year.

There's no shortage of costume parties and Halloween fun to be had in and around the Twin Cities. Below is a list of of some of the events that are a bit off the beaten path, along with the more popular haunts. Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment section if you know of an event that you feel TC Daily Planet readers should know about! (Go here if you're strictly looking for fall events)


OUR STORIES | Meet Shahar: Iraqi Polish Israeli Jewish American Immigrant Social Activist Singer Songwriter Lover Human Being



Meet Shahar Eberzon: part musician with an album in the making, part social activist, and part backbone of the growing artist community that is Face Forward  With all these projects, and with legendary Minneapolis stages requesting her presence, she is one to keep an eye on.

However, I don't care about any of that today. Today I have a different agenda.   


Environmental activist uses urban farming to build self-worth

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Encouraging and empowering urban youth to entrepreneurship: That’s what Michael Chaney does, and he’s been pretty good at it over the past several years with a refreshing approach to helping youngsters help themselves to productive options for their futures and that of the community.


"Powwow Summer": Marcie Rendon's book for children is back in print thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society Press

When I was growing up as a white middle-class Minnesota kid in the 80s, there was no shortage of books about children from other cultures. The general message was that though superficial details varied—dress, food, whether Santa came on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day—but fundamentally we were all the same. Call it the “Small World” model of cultural variation.


TC Weekend | Fall Harvest Fest, St Paul Art Crawl, Underground Film Fest, Hmong Resource Fair, March for Immigration Reform & more!

(Saint Paul Art Crawl poster features artwork entitled Crow, by Greta Sandquist)

Ready or not, October is here and fall is officially underway! There are lots of fun happenings in or around the Twin Cities to help you enjoy the changing seasons. The events this weekend run the gamut, from fall festivals and caramel apple bike tours, to art shows and film fests. See this weekend’s round-up below: 


Trees of reconciliation: For Kathy McKay, planting trees in Iraq was a gesture of reconciliation and a labor of love

On a median of a busy road in Najaf, Iraq, a group of Iraqis and Americans presses tree seedlings into holes. Cars whiz by, scarves billow and peace feels near at hand.


TC Weekend | Mill City Oktoberfest, Twin Cities Black Film Fest, La Familia Expo, Native American Day Celebration & more!

This week marked the official start of fall, and there are plenty of events, from cultural celebrations to seasonal gatherings, in or around the Twin Cities to celebrate the start of another beauti


Minneapolis Park and Recreation At-Large candidates answer your questions here!

First four candidates to respond to our questions, clockwise from upper left: Scott Vreeland (District 3) and at-large candidates Hashim Yonis, Mary Lynn McPherson, and Tom Nordyke.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will elect three at-large commissioners, and Twin Cities Daily Planet is offering you an opportunity to interact with the candidates in a direct and unique way. We sent out email invitations asking the candidates to supply a brief bio, and answer the following question: "What would be your top three priorities as member of the Minneapolis Park Board?”


Inventing "Minneapolis Police 2.0": Chief Janeé Harteau wants more diverse, more community-friendly cops

It’s been a rough first year for Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who took over as chief in January. With numerous protests spurred by the death of Terrance Franklin, who was shot by police in May, to recent incidents involving racial slurs by Minneapolis Police Officers in Green Bay and Apple Valley — including homophobic remarks about Harteau, a lesbian — the 48-year-old chief has her hands full.


TC Weekend | Lowry Ave Open Streets & Harvest Fest, Seward King's Fair, Hip-Hop Harambee Block Party, Central Neighborhood Fair & more!

From hip-hop block parties, to street fairs and art shows, this weekend is full of fun events to enjoy in the Twin Cities (and surrounding areas). St.

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