Halloween In Minneapolis: A MapQuest Guide
From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in the Minneapolis area that are sure to be a scream.
— Sandy Mitchell
For two weekends in late October each year, the normally tranquil Como Zoo transforms into a riot of non-scary, family-friendly Halloween fun when more than 200 costumed characters entertain trick-or-treaters and their parents. Although most of the animals at the zoo are sleeping, there will be plenty of candy and other treats. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Tickets are $7 at the gate ($6 online).
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | Get Directions
Ghouls And Goblins At The Maze
Each year on the Saturday before Halloween, the University of Minnesota Arboretum opens its gates for an afternoon of seasonal family fun. Activities include walking the half-mile Trick or Treat Trail for the little ones, leading to the Magical Maze Garden (which is "chock-full of surprises"), as well as live music and entertainment for the rest of the crew. Admission is free, but registration is recommended.
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 | Get Directions
Halloween Extravaganza At Dodge Nature Center
Family members from pre-school to grandparents will enjoy the Halloween Extravaganza, held every year at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul one weekend evening near Halloween. Those of trick-or-treating age can collect treats while walking the Scary Trail -- a path that features a "ghostly pond" and a "haunted prairie." Older family members, meanwhile, may prefer the storytelling, "scary hair," skits and live music. Advance registration is recommended.
Dodge Nature Center, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN 55118 | Get Directions
Enjoy all the family-friendly fun at Saint Paul's Zoo Boo event.
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