Halloween events in Minneapolis and St. Paul: Ghosts, Great Pumpkin, gluten-free trick or treating and much more!


Where can you find gluten-free trick or treating in the Twin Cities? What about a real ghost tour? Read on for some of the highlights of Twin Cities Halloween in 2012, and links to much more.

For a fun, old-fashioned Halloween (costumes encouraged!), check out Gibbs Museum in St. Paul. Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Members free, regular admission rates ($5-8) for non-members, at 2097 West Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113.

Real Ghost Tours is a commercial operation in Minneapolis, which promises: “Explore the supernatural among the ghosts and legends of Minneapolis’ original and only real ghost tour. Not only a great look at the history of St. Anthony Main and its ghosts, but we even provide you with ghost hunting equipment so you can investigate for yourself while you’re on the tour!” The Halloween tour on October 31 runs from 7-11 p.m. and costs $40. Their Facebook page promises:

“We will have psychics, mediums, and tarot readers from 7-10 (this will be an extra $20 for a 15 minute reading)! Katy will be holding a seance in one of our most haunted locations! And, do you believe in faeries?! YOU WILL! Curt will take you down to Father Hennepin park and give you an orb and faery class! You are guaranteed to catch some crazy stuff, so make sure to bring your cameras! We’ll also have small snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, music, and costume contests!”

A gluten-free trick or treat? The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota advertises a Food-Free Zone: World’s Largest Halloween Party with a free food trick or treat event at Mall of America on October 31 from 5-8 p.m.

BareBones Productions is staging its 19th annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza: “Chicka-BOOM!” at Hidden Falls Regional Park on the Mississippi. This outdoor show has three nights left:

  • Saturday, October 27 · 7 pm followed by Brass Messengers
  • Sunday, October 28 · 7 pm followed by Ukrainian Village Band
  • Wednesday, October 31 · 7 pm followed by Brass Messengers

No tickets — it’s pay-what-you-can, and there’s more information about everything on their website.

Staying home to welcome trick-or-treaters? You can catch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Halloween night from 8:00 – 8:30 PM on ABC.

ZooBoo is a family friendly Halloween celebration at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, celebrating its 25th year with “a world of fairytales and fun with over 200 live costumed characters entertaining guests and interacting with children.” Three nights ahead: October 26, 27 & 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Como Park, with tickets at $7 at the gate or $6 in advance.

The Fright Farm Haunted Halloween Show, staged by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, “focuses on ‘the Poor Farm’ for this year’s high quality theatrical production – where haunted history, all new thrills and chills await explorers brave enough to venture within one of Minnesota’s most popular and longest running haunted attractions.” Visit from 7-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 and 31. The Fright Farm is at the Ramsey County Fairgrounds at White Bear Avenue and Frost in Maplewood, with tickets at $10. (There’s a special “low-scare” matinee on Sunday, October 28, with reduced prices for the younger crowd.)

The kids will also enjoy the Boo Bash on Grand Avenue, with a costume contest, Monster Mash dance, petting zoo, pony rides and more on Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Headquarters for events: Ramsey Junior High School at 1733 Grand Avenue, but trick-or-treaters can roam the avenue for more.

Minneapolis Parks have about two dozen Halloween parties, parades and events. Click here for the full list and find a park near you.

Victorian ghost stories, Finding Frankenstein, and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow are featured at the Minnesota Historical Society. Victorian Ghost Stories, with a tour of the James J. Hill House, lots of stories, and hot cider are “not recommended for children under the age of 8.” October 28 and 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. The Bakken Museum presents a performance of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Finding Frankenstein

at 7 p.m. on October 27 at the Alexander Ramsey House (reserve online.) The Oliver H. Kelley Farm invites you to “Step inside the rustic barn at the Kelley Farm for a Reader’s Theatre performance of Washington Irving’s classic ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'” on October 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Finally, there’s a Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol tour, complete with “historical ‘spirits’ who tell stories of the Capitol’s early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber.” Hour-long tours October 25, 26, and 27 at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.

St. Paul Spot’s Tumblr lists lots of Halloween activities, such as the Science Museum’s annual Halloween family camp-in.

The ever-popular Soap Factory Haunted Basement is sold out, according to their website.

Out of town, but not too far

Caponi Art Park in Eagan invites visitors to take “a short trick-or-treat tour of some of the Art Park’s spooky sculptures with a costumed guide, play in a giant pile of leaves, and make a Halloween craft” on Saturday, October 27 from 1-4 p.m

Applewood Orchard in Lakeville is one of the places offering a corn maze — theirs is a big 10 acres. (And apple-picking, too!)

About.com has a list of area pumpkin patches, as well as haunted houses and other Halloween activities.

Click here to read about Dîa de los Muertos celebrations in the Twin Cities.