All-Ages Halloween Fun
Put on your masks, pack up the family, and enjoy these Halloween-themed festivities.
1. Spooky Science: Halloween at the Bell Museum
Details: Oct. 22 - Nov. 1. Advance reservations required. Included with museum admission/Virtual activities are free.
Visit The Bell Museum for spooky science: owl pellet exploration, flesh-eating beetle meet-and-greets, and the Touch & See wall with some especially weird and wonderful specimens from the collection. Virtual programming includes demonstrations of owl pellet dissection, showing off our milk snake, and sketching a bat specimen — plus, a Virtual Trick or Treat with a small offering on Facebook or Instagram each day and spooky Zoom backgrounds to download.
2. Halloween in Highland
Details: Oct. 24th from 10am-2pm. Free.
The Highland Business Association offers a socially-distant Halloween event including safe trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt and fun prizes on the Saturday before Halloween.
3. Trunk or Treat Drive Thru
Details: Oct. 25-31 (dates and locations vary). Pre-registration required — online registration is not available, call the host Rec Center to reserve your ticket. Free.
Saint Paul Parks & Recreation is hosting these drive-thru trick-or-treating events taking place at rec centers throughout the city.
4. Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration
Details: Oct. 25 from 1-3 p.m. Reservations required. Free.
The beloved Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration will take place on-site at Landmark Center, with reserved, timed entry and safe-distanced experiences for kids of all ages. Free admission and photos of your trick-or-treaters.
5. Family Day Out: Halloween Edition
Details: Oct. 25 from noon-4 p.m. Reservations required. $20/family or pay as you're able.
Dress up your whole family for SteppingStone Theatre's Family Day Out — a safe and socially-distanced afternoon of touchless trick-or-treating, costume dance parties, a pumpkin contest, outdoor performances, and more outdoors on West 7th Plaza!
6. Trunk-or-Treat at Mall of America
Details: Oct. 29 from 5-8pm. Advanced tickets required. $10/car.
A night of trunk-or-treating along Mall of America's North Parking Lot presented by The American Cancer Society. All candy will be individually packaged and a safe social distance will be maintained at all times. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society's efforts supporting the fight against childhood cancer.
7. Flicks & Treats at CHS Field
Details: Oct 30 at 6pm. Advanced tickets required. $15/person (purchased in groups of 4).
The St. Paul Saints come through again delivering safe and fun entertainment in the outfield on the night before Halloween. The evening includes a double feature of Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters plus treat giveaways and costume contests.
8. Monster Dash
Details: Oct. 31 at 8:30 a.m. Registration required.
Monster Race Series's signature costume race is the perfect way to celebrate a happy and healthy Halloween 2020. Throw on a costume and take on the half marathon, 10-mile, 10K or 5K — the half and 10-mile start at Upper Landing Park, while the 5K and 10K start at Harriet Island Park.
9. Gibbs Farm Trick or Treat Trail
Details: Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Price varies based on group size: $15-$45 up to 8 people.
Book your visit to Gibbs Farm for the first-ever socially distant trick-or-treat trail! Dress up in costume and adventure down an outdoor path through the Gibbs Farm site. Encounter characters from storybooks and nursery rhymes like Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep and the Big Bad Wolf, all while collecting goodies!
10. A Family Holiday Affair at Saint Paul Brewing
Details: Oct. 31 from noon-5 p.m. Reservations required.
Spend the afternoon on Saint Paul Brewing's patio for this Covid compliant, family-friendly Halloween event. Great food, yummy drinks, safe shop vintage market and the perfect photo op!
Seeking a Scare
Scary stories and haunting events if you're looking for a bit more fright in your Halloween fun.
1. Ghosts & Caves Tours
Details: Saturday & Sundays through Oct. 25 and Friday Oct. 30. Reservations required. $30/person.
Wabasha Street Caves brings you the popular ghost hunt and bus tour — come for a little shiver and scare!
2. Movies in the Park
Details: Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. $10/group (up to 5).
Bring along a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a starlit night of fun with friends and family at parks throughout the city!
- Oct 10: Poltergeist at Battle Creek Park
- Oct 17: The Birds at Mears Park
- Oct 24: Blair Witch Project at Hidden Falls Park
3. Haunted Story Competition
Details: Submit your story by midnight on Oct. 12.
Saint Paul Park and Recreation and the Saint Paul Public Library invite writers of all ages to submit original haunted stories or poems for Halloween 2020. Winning stories will be read by guest storytellers and shared virtually and at park events this October.
4. Deadly Drive-In
Details: Oct. 15-Nov. 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. Advance tickets required. $75/car.
Imagine being trapped inside of your car while ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night torment you and your fellow passengers. The Deadly Drive-In at Roseville Center is a brand new terrifying socially-distanced haunted experience. You and up to six of your brave friends will encounter bloodcurdling ghouls, all from the comfort and safety of your own car with your windows rolled up.
5. Murder at the 19th Hole
Details: Oct. 24 from 1-4:50 p.m. Advance tickets required. $35/group (up to 8).
The Highland Park Disc Golf Course is teeming with foul play! Can you and your team solve the Mystery at the 19th Hole? Take part in a fun and sinister afternoon as you and your team hike the Highland Park Disc Golf Course, talk with actors and decipher the clues to solve the unsavory thriller.
6. Gangster Ghost Tales
Details: Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. $10/person.
The “Gangster Ghost Tour” sells out every year and Landmark Center has made some adjustments to safely present a new Halloween gangster experience. Gangster Ghost Tales will feature Saint Paul’s most infamous gangsters and lawmen, with a humorous musical twist, telling their stories before a seated audience. With your ticket you will safely enter Landmark Center, be seated at your reserved table, enjoy a delicious dessert and purchase a beverage at the Spook-easy Bar.
Theatrical performances with a Halloween twist.
1. Halloween Themed Ballet Tuesday
Details: Oct. 13 at noon. Virtual. Free.
Join Ballet Co Laboratory Company and Trainee dancers for a fun, Halloween-themed virtual ballet streaming event featuring performance pieces from Nutcracker in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and the evil Odile from Swan Lake.
2. Old Time Radio: Frankenstein
Details: Oct. 19 & Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Virtual. Tickets required. $15/ticket.
Monster-madness continues as The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society gets its monthly residency into the Halloween spirit with OLD-TIME RADIO: FRANKENSTEIN. Park Square Theatre presents this new twist on the classic radio show coming to you via Zoom! Every month, the MORL Society cast presents two radio plays via a live stream – with live introductions, recorded episode, and live post-show discussion.
3. An Evening with Kathy Najimy of Hocus Pocus
Details: Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Virtual. Tickets from $21-$131.
The Ordway Center is getting into the Halloween spirit and invites you to spend the evening with one of the Sanderson sisters! Join actress Kathy Najimy live via Zoom for a moderated discussion and Q&A featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the filming of the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus.
4. Theatre of the Macabre
Details: Oct 29-31 at 7:30pm. Virtual. Tickets required. $15/ticket or 3-Night Package for $30.
A three-night online variety series of ghoulish horror and fun-filled terror with live and recorded performances hosted by Twin Cities actor/director Craig Johnson. Presented by Park Square Theatre, each night features local true ghost stories by Twin City storytellers, actors and singers, and an array of monologue readings, scenes and songs that range from Edgar Allan Poe to William Shakespeare to Stephen Sondheim, along with other folkloric tales and poems.