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Where to Celebrate Halloween in the Twin Cities

All Hallow's Eve Day of Play + Night of Fright at Brother Justus

Where to Celebrate Halloween in the Twin Cities

Costume contests, bar crawls, pup parades, and more this week.

by Mpls.St.Paul Editors

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

Walk a path lined with thousands of artistically carved, warmly glowing pumpkins, some of which reportedly took over 30 hours to carve. Tickets range from $20-24 for adults and $18-20 for kids and seniors. October 1 through November 7, Sundays-Thursdays at 7, 8, or 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. Monday nights will be limited capacity, reserved for those with mobility challenges and sensory needs.

All Hallow's Eve Day of Play + Night of Fright at Brother Justus

Brother Justus has something for the kids and the adults this year. Come early from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to sip mulled warm whiskey cider with kid and dog-friendly outdoor activities like cornhole and pumpkin painting and a dog costume contest, not to mention BBQ from Flame Mobile Kitchen. At nightfall, the 21+ All Hallow's Eve live-DJ dance party and costume contest is on with some serious prizes (requiring proof of vaccination). Oct. 30,

Halloween Pup Parade at Bauhaus Brew Labs

Bauhaus Brew Labs is throwing the dogs a bone this year. Head on over to the brewery for a Halloween Pup Parade that includes free drinks, a costume contest for the doggos, and more. It costs $10 to enter, and all proceeds go to Grey Face Rescue & Retirement, a foster-based senior dog rescue. Oct. 28,

Vampire Family Reunion at Pryes Brewing Co. 

This free Halloween extravaganza is sinking its teeth into a vampire theme with live music outside the taproom starting at 4 p.m. The best-dressed vamps will win special prizes. Oct. 30,

Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon

What’s a scarier thought than running a half marathon? Head on over to Father Hennepin Park to jog off those calories before your weekend Halloween indulgences. October 30,

Halloween Trivia at Falling Knife Brewing Company

The NE brewery is hosting its first Halloween trivia bash with a costume contest to boot, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Oct. 27,

Studio 54 at the Hewing

The vibe at the Hewing Hotel will be Studio 54. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday the hotel is transforming the ballroom into the notorious nightclub with a “Liza Martini” cocktail, apps from the Tullibee kitchen, and a DJ. Oct. 30,

North Loop Halloween

North Loopers: The neighborhood association is putting on a Halloween party and a screening of Hocus Pocus to get in the neighborly witchy spirit. Prizes will be available for the best costumes (kids, adults, and pets included). Oct. 30,

Minneapolis Costume Crawl

Creepy Crawlers: Head on over to Cowboy Jack’s for the Minneapolis Costume Crawl to show off your finest garb across the city. Karaoke, raffles, and yes, drinks to be expected. Upon arrival you will receive an itinerary with all venues and specials for the day. October 30,​​

Drag Brunches

If Drag Brunch is more your speed, Flip Phone is offering some options. On Oct. 30 the theme is American Horror Story, while Oct. 31’s Halloween costume contest will also offer some Hocus Pocus hijinx at Union Rooftop. Oct. 30-31,

Anoka Halloween Parade

The proclaimed "Halloween Capital of the World" is once again throwing its Grande Day Parade on the town's Main Street in-person from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 30. Come through with a costume to see where it all started—that night, the Anoka County Historical Society is also putting on a ghost walking tour. Oct. 30,

Twin Cities Harvest Festival

Explore a 20-acre corn maze, a 6-acre sunflower field, a pumpkin patch and much more at this massive fest. Peruse the marketplace and don’t forget to take advantage of all the fall photo opps. Open through Oct. 31,

The Great Pumpkin Fest and ValleySCARE

For those looking for not-so-scary Halloween fun, The Great Pumpkin Fest is perfect for kids of all ages. Experience your favorite rides at Valley Fair, live entertainment, and plenty of fall activities with the Peanuts characters. For the adults brave enough, fear awaits at ValleySCARE's Halloween Haunt, promising "immersive mazes, spine-tingling scare zones, thrilling shows, and more." Great Pumpkin Fest: Saturday and Sundays, Oct. 2-31. Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., Sundays from 12-6 p.m. Halloween Haunt: Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 2-31,


What better place to take in Minnesota’s fall foliage? You’re likely to find your favorite apple variety at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s AppleHouse along with a cup of hot cider. Through Halloween, roam the grounds to see the Scarecrows in the Gardens with stunning creations from the arb staff and Bachman’s. Bonus: Swing by the Worlds of Pumpkin display that features hundreds of different pumpkin and squash varieties. Oh my gourd! AppleHouse open daily through Nov. 5, World of Pumpkins on display Oct. 3-31,

Gothess Halloween Dance Party

There's something about goth culture that is broodingly fitting for 2021. If dressing in all black is your thing, head to Mortimers for a 21+ dance party (requiring proof of vax). Oct. 29,

Skalloween at Turf Club

The Turf Club is throwing back to the '90s with its Ska-lloween party (get it?), featuring Space Monkey Mafia, The Von Tramps, The Prizefighters, and Runaway Ricochet. The ska scene is alive, friends, and it's happening in St. Paul. Dress appropriately! (Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test required). Oct. 30,

First Avenue's Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Boogie on down to the Mainroom for music, dance and a competitive costume contest with cash prizes up to $1,000. This year’s lineup features DJ Sophia Eris, Keezy, Rowsheen, Izzie P and more. Events at First Avenue’s venues require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a recent negative test for entry. Oct. 31,


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