Halloween Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul

grandfather and grandchild picking a pumpkin

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When it comes to celebrating America's spookiest holiday, Minneapolis and St. Paul and the surrounding areas are a great place to visit for Halloween thrills and treats. You can find a last-minute costume for a themed party or find a great way to spend the day with your family in the Twin Cities.

Select your own pumpkin at a local farm, get lost in a corn maze, celebrate fall at an annual festival or go on a pub crawl featuring hundreds of zombies. October is a great time to visit this area of Minnesota.

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Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival

Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival

Visit Shakopee 

You can pick-your-own pumpkins at Sever’s Fall Festival, and Sever’s Corn Maze is well-known for its extensive selection of seasonal activities, including haunted nights in the field.

Although general admission includes a lot of stuff to do, you can also pay a little extra to use the giant slide, take a pony or camel ride, fire pumpkin cannons, get your face painted, make sand art, go on a hayride, visit the arcade, or purchase concessions.

The fun is located at 3121 150th Street West in Shakopee, right off Hwy 169, 2 miles south of Hwy 169 and County Road 41.

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The Haunted Basement

The Haunted Basement

Courtesy of City Pages 

The Haunted Basement changes locations almost every year so check the website for the address. It was most recently located in the Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville. From start to finish, this is one of the most psychologically disturbing haunted attractions in America and you'll need to sign a waiver.

The nightmare starts before you even enter the basement, as you are forced to wait in line through a maze of visual horror on the ground floor. Once it's your turn, you'll be separated into small groups and given a choice: Follow the signs to take the "easier" path or be brave and take the path filled with more horror and torment. Once a path is chosen, there's no turning back, but beware, they may decide to switch the signs at any time.

A valid photo ID is required for everyone attending The Haunted Basement as you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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Halloween Costumes and Supplies

Magic & Costume

Twin Cities Magic & Costume Co.

There are plenty of costumes at thrift shops, retail chains like Party City, and even some smaller independent stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but none can really compare with downtown St. Paul's Twin Cities Magic and Costume Company. 

If you're looking for the perfect Halloween costume that goes beyond the dollar-store knockoffs and cheap chain store creations, there are thousands of costumes at the Magic and Costume Company store. You can also buy or rent complete children and adult costumes here, and there are wigs, makeup, shoes, fake blood, jewelry, masks, and Halloween decorating supplies for sale as well. It's just plain fun to look!

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The Zombie Pub Crawl

The Zombie Pub Crawl

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On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the nation's longest-running Zombie Pub Crawl (ZPC) returns to the Twin Cities for a day of undead debauchery at some of the best bars in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies,” the ZPC gathers 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 are 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, this is a must-see event for adults who love beer and the walking dead.

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St. Paul Gangster Tour

St. Paul Gangster Tour

The Saint Paul Gangster Tour

Although not exactly a Halloween event as this criminal-inspired tour of St. Pual is actually offered year-round, the St. Paul Gangster Tour takes guests on a journey through town to some of the sites frequented by the Twin Cities' biggest crime bosses in history 

The St. Paul Gangster Tour takes place every Saturday at noon and is approximately two hours long, which makes it a great way to start a mischevious yet educational day of Halloween fun in the city.

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Race Along the Mississippi River

Minneapolis Halloween Half

Courtesy of Minneapolis Halloween Half

Halloween weekend is time for the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon (and 10K and 5K options) starting and finishing at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. Costumes are optional on this scenic run.

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Gibbs Farm Halloween Festival

Historic Gibbs Farm in St. Paul is the place for some child-friendly spooky fun starting at 10:00 a.m. and going until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday before Halloween. Activities, treats, and tours are included in the regular admission. Or if you have a Ramsey County Historical Society Membership card you get in free.

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