6 Awesome Trick-or-Treat Events in the Minneapolis Area

Nicole Fallon

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October is a great month to spend participating in festive autumn activities, from apple-picking and pumpkin-carving to baking delicious fall treats. However, we can’t forget the most exciting event of all: celebrating Halloween! 

If you have trick-or-treaters at home, the Minneapolis area offers tons of opportunities to get their sugar fix (and have some Halloween fun!) well before the 31st. If you’re looking to expand this year’s candy route beyond your own block, put on a costume, gather up the kids, and head on out to one of these trick-or-treating events in our area:

1. Half-Haunted Halloween

If your kids are a bit younger (or you’re easily startled!), take your family to this non-scary, family-friendly annual event at Wood Lake Nature Center. From game stations and storytelling to trick-or-treating and barn dancing, you and your loved ones will have a blast celebrating the season. Be sure to enjoy some fresh hot cocoa and delicious cookies throughout the night.

Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Wood Lake Nature Center
Price: $5 per person (free for members)

2. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Straw mazes, costume characters, carousel rides -- oh my! Gather your family for a Halloween celebration at the Minnesota Zoo. For children of any age, this seasonal event aims to delight rather than frighten. 

Be sure to stroll down the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Trail to witness over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins creatively carved and displayed from ground to tree-top. Think: Christmas light display, Halloween edition.

Dates: Tuesday, October 1 through Sunday, November 3
Times: Sunday - Thursday, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m - 11 p.m. (October 16 and 17, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.)
Location: Minnesota Zoo
Price: Varies; see website for details.

3. Fourpost Trick-or-Treat

Stop by the Fourpost Mall of America on Halloween night for family fun and yummy treats. Shops will be set up as trick-or-treat destinations offering candy, Halloween-themed temporary tattoos, Penguin Random House bookmarks and more!

Date: Thursday, October 31
Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Fourpost Mall of America
Price: Free

4. Trunk-or-Treat by Dream Homes in Minnesota

A spin on the original trick-or-treating tradition, this trunk-or-treating event offers a Halloween experience of a lifetime. Gathered in the parking lot of Keller Williams Classic Realty will be countless decorated automobiles offering goodies and sweets. Stop trunk-to-trunk (rather than door-to-door) in your best costume to fill your bag of treats

Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Parking lot of Keller Williams Classic Realty - Blaine Office
Price: Free

5. Halloween Spooktacular

Your kids will love this ultimate Halloween celebration. From trick-or-treating to a costume parade, the Halloween Spooktacular offers various activities for children. All you have to do is wear your favorite costume and get ready for some festive fun!

Dates: Saturday, October 26 through Monday, October 28
Times: Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Minnesota Children’s Museum
Price: $17 for non-members; $12 for members

6. Trick or Sweet

Join The Cookie Cups for our Trick or Sweet event! Come in costume to participate in our contest for the chance to win cookie cup party packs for 25 people. 

While you’re here, enjoy our special Halloween-featured cookie cups:

  • Butterfinger Cookie Cups
  • M&M Cookie Cups
  • Milky Way Chocolate Chunk
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: The Cookie Cups Chanhassen (600 Market Street, #105)
Price: Free

Get more details and RSVP to our Trick or Sweet event on our Facebook page!

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