Halloween Happenings

Get ready to experience creepy, crawly, eerie, ghoulish and frightening Halloween fun in Minneapolis! You can get your fix of all things Halloween at our haunted houses, pumpkin patches and several miles of corn mazes. And don't forget about the Zombies. There are lots and lots of Zombies.

You don't have to choose just one spooky adventure. Book your room at Hotel Ivy and make a weekend out of it!

Corn Maze

Shafer Corn Maze

Where: Miron's Mazes, Shafer, MN 
When: Weekends from September 9-October 29, 2017
Price:  Adults (age 12 & up) $9 | Youth (ages 4-11) $6 | 3 & Under Free
About: 12 acres of corn field have been transformed into a life size puzzle with nearly half a million corn stalks. The large maze has 3.2 miles of paths while the smaller maze contains 1.4 miles of paths. Family friendly and perfect for all ages! Petting Zoo, Corn Bag Toss, Straw Bale Obstacle Course, and more.

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The Great Pumpkin Fest

Where: ValleyFair | 1 Valley Fair Dr, Shakopee, MN 55379
When: Saturdays & Sundays | September 16- October 28, 2017
About: During the day, tiny terrors can join Snoopy and the rest of the PEANUTS gang for some not-so-scary Halloween activities for kids at The Great Pumpkin Fest! Enjoy your favorite rides, live entertainment and great fall activities like Charlie Brown's Pirate Adventure, Trick-or-Treat Street, a story-telling witch,the Great Pumpkin parade and more! 

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Valleyscare Halloween Haunt

Where: ValleyFair | 1 Valley Fair Dr, Shakopee, MN 55379
When: Fridays and Saturdays | September 16-October 28, 2017
Price: $30-$39 online | $53 at the gate
About: Not for the faint of heart – experience the area’s most intense Halloween event with over 400 monsters prwoling the park, more than 75 rides, haunted mazes and scare zones!  Test the boundaries of your bravery with a Fright Lane Pass which includes 6 sense shattering Skeleton Key Rooms.

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Afton Apple Orchard/Pumpkin Patch

Where: 14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033
When: Open daily 10am-6pm
Price: $5 for ages 5 & up | $4 for ages 4 & under 
About: Enjoy and explore the 200+ acres, producing Minnesota grown of apples and huge pumpkins. Venture into the 15-acre corn maze or take a hayride into the orchard for apple picking!

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Scarecrows in the Gardens & Scarecrow Village

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
When: Sept. 22 - Oct. 31
About: Stroll through the Dahlberg and Morgan Terraces and check out the collection of one-of-a-kind scarecrows. View creations made by Arboretum Staff and volunteers. Then head down the hill to the Sensory Garden and Ordway Picnic Shelter areas to see the Pumpkin House decorated for the season, plus many other scarecrows created by staff and visitors!

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Scream Town

Where: 7410 US-212, Chaska, MN 55318
When: Oct 6-7 | Oct. 13-15 | Oct. 19-22 | Oct. 27-29 | Opens at 6:30pm
Price: $30-$59
About: 8 scary attractions including Crop Spawn, Phobia House, Ludicrous Labyrinth, Zombie Apocalypse, Circus Asylum, and more.

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Wabasha Street Caves Tours

Where: 215 Wabasha St. S
When: Through October 
About: Get in the Halloween Spirit with Wabasha Street Cave tours like the Lost Souls Tour, Caves & Graves Tour and Ghosts & Graves Tours. There are walking and bus tours that include stories of haunted sites, murders and cave visits.

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Wheel Fun Rentals' Veteran Memorial Park Pumpkin Patch

Where: Wheel Fun Rentals at 6335 Portland Avenue South, Richfield
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10am-6pm
Price: 3 years & under, $5 | Ages 4-17, $9 | Adults (18 & older), $5 | Add a round of Mini Golf for $5
About: The Richfield Pumpkin Patch by Wheel Fun Rentals is the place to go for fall fun! Enjoy hay rides, inflatable and regular games, a picture station, food and more! The pumpkin patch is the perfect fall activity to enjoy with the entire family!

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300 Clifton Candlelight Tour

Where: 300 Clifton Ave., Minneapolis
When: Every Wednesday in October at 7 & 8pm
Price: $40
About: Don't be afraid of the dark, be afraid of what's in it. Tour the main mansion, servants' quarters, and basements. Learn the history of Clifton Avenue and possibly meet the ghost of one of the Carpenter family's chambermaids, Gertrude.
Your tour guides and owners, Norman and John, will guide you on a tour through the main mansion, grounds, and carriage house, all in the most comfortable way possible: in the dark, of course. Every tour at 300 Clifton includes loads of history on the house and neighborhood, but only in the Candlelight Tour do you get to tour the creepy parts of the house and hear the stories of the ghosts of 300 Clifton, and maybe even experience them yourself! 

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Bauhaus Brew Labs

Zombie Pup Crawl

Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs
When: October 7, 2017
About: Enter your dog for this canine costume contest or come and watch the adorable pups strut their stuff. Costumes need not be zombie-themed. Root for your favorite doggos while sipping a craft beer! 

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Zombie Pub Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl

Where: Downtown Minneapolis bars
When: October 14th, 2017
Price: $20-$100
About: Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies,” the ZPC gathers thousands upon thousands of undead souls into the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis for a night of pub crawling, dancing, world-class live entertainment, and all sorts of other fiendish fun. Costumes encouraged—the gorier, the better! Featuring two outdoor stages, dozens of participating bars, limited-edition “Brain Belt” beer courtesy of Schell’s Brewing, dozens of food trucks, tons of great live music, the World Brain-Eating Championships, and so much more.

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Trail of Terror

Where: M3525 145th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379
When: October 13th-29th 2017 | Fridays & Saturdays 7pm-12:30am & Sundays 7-11pm
Price: General Admission, $23.95 | Phantom's Feast, $65-75
About: Splurge and get Phantom's Feast tickets, which includes admission to Trail of Terror, Four Course Meal, Beverages, Live Entertainment, Commemorative Souvenir!

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Kick-Or-Treat Indoor Soccer Tournament 

Where: NSC Sports Hall
When: October 18-23, 2017
About: Join the NSC's tenth annual Halloween Kick-or-Treat Indoor Soccer Tournament. Kick-or-Treat is a non-sanctioned tournament and accepts all teams, which include: club, intraclub, tournament teams or even just a group of friends who want to play.

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Surly Darkness Day

Where: 4811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN
When: October 21st, 2017
About: The hordes will soon descend upon the gates of Surly… Darkness Day 2017 cometh! This year, we’re keepin’ with tradition and hosting the party at our Brooklyn Center brewery. We’ll have LOUD music, food, beer—the works. More details to come, but get ready for the darkest day of the year…
*Everyone will be ID’d and given either a 21+ OR an underage wristband upon entrance. You don’t need a ticket to enter, but you MUST be 21+ or accompanied by an adult.*

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Where: Como Zoo, St. Paul
When: October 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2017 | Gates open 4:30-7:30pm
Price: $6-$7
About: ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween festival for families and young children. For this unique fall event, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.
*2017 is a special milestone year for ZooBoo.  Not only is it the 30th Anniversary of the event but it is also the final year of ZooBoo in its current design. Due to significant construction of a new Seals and Sea Lion habitat in the heart of the campus – and a need to refresh ZooBoo, it will come to a close this year and we will launch something new in 2019.*

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration

Where: Minnesota History Center
When: October 22, 2017 | 12-4pm
About: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important tradition in Mexican culture that helps families honor and remember loved ones who have died. The History Center’s colorful and joyous annual festivities have included Aztec dance, beautifully decorated altars (ofrendas), puppet shows, hands-on activities and games, crafts, and traditional Mexican music and dancing.

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Victorian Ghost Stories

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
When: October 26-31, 2017 | 2 events per evening
About: Costumed actors present dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some “true” ghost stories. Not recommended for children under age 10. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included in admission) and hot cider will be served. 

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Monster Dash Half Marathon/10 mile/5k

Where: St. Paul
When: October 28th, 2017
Price: $39.99-$99.99
About: The 2017 Monster Dash course in St. Paul is fast, beautiful and entertaining. Challenge yourself to run the distance in costume and you could be the winner of the Monster Dash Costume Contest. Be sure to stay afterwards for the Post-Race Party!

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Grand Day Parade

Where: Main Street and Fifth Avenue in Anoka, MN
When: October 28, 2017 | 1-3:30pm
Price: Free 
About: Join us as we celebrate 97 years as Anoka Halloween Capital of the World™ at the largest parade in the state.  Watch overhead as the T-6 Thunder showcase a special flyover for us to open our parade.

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Mystic Lake

Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Where: Mystic Lake Hotel & Casino
When: October 28, 2017
            Contest Registration, 7-10pm | Contest, 11pm
            Entertainment, 7pm-1am
About: Win up to $1,000 cash at Mystic Lake's annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest! Best costume prizes awarded to top 5 winners. 
1st: $1,000
2nd: $500
3rd: $250
4th: $100
5th: $100

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The Dinner Detective Halloween Show

Where:  Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
When: October 28, 2017
About: America's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner.  Just beware.  The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect. 

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St. James Hotel

Masquerade Wine Dinner Event

Where: St. James Hotel
When: October 28, 2017
About: The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation will probably not be the last thing you hear, but it’s the right night for masking your true identity. Dress to impress, become a more sophisticated version of yourself by attending this Masquerade four-course wine dinner event. Join the fun and dress up as the designated theme for a chance to win a Victorian Getaway! Reservations required.

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Halloween Dip & Treat

Where: The Melting Pot
When: October 29, 2017
About: You'll be dipping for more than apples during this great Halloween event! Join us for fantastic fondue and kids in costume eat free with prizes for best costume! Make reservations now, 11:30-3pm, parking in our building.

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First Avenue Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Where: First Avenue Mainroom, Downtown Minneapolis
When: October 31, 2017 | 8pm
Price: $10 in advance; $15 day of show
About: This 18+ party is sure to get you out of the house on a Tuesday! Dress up and attend the best Halloween Party in town.

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Halloween 2017 ft. Elephante and Chris Webby

Where: Lumber Exchange Building | 10 South 5th Street, #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402
When: October 31, 2017 | 9pm - 2am
Price: $20 General Admission
About: Brought to you by CLM & Liquid Entertainment, Elephante will be performing at The Exchange, while Chris Webby will be performing at The Pourhouse, which will also host the live dance party before and after Webby's performance!

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Foshay Tower

Foshay Tower Observation Deck

Where: The Foshay Tower
When: Open everyday 11am-5pm (Closed on major holidays)
Price: Adults, Teens & Students $10 | Ages 4-14 $8 | 3 & Under Free
About: Take in the beautiful view of Minneapolis from the 30th floor observation deck as the fall colors take over the city.

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