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BareBones puppet extravaganza at Hidden Falls in St. Paul
The BareBones Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza is being held this year at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul. The extravaganze is a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song and music that honors the circle of life by celebraing the season arc of death in the fall. All performances are at 7 p.m. and are scheduled for Oct. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Hiddens Falls Regional Park is located at 1313 Hidden Falls Drive off Mississippi River Boulevard.
Halloween Eve Spooktacular at Minnesota Music Cafe
The Halloween Eve Spooktacular at the Minnesota Music Cafe is Sunday, Oct. 30 -- doors open at 3 p.m. and tickets are $14 at the door or $9 in advance. Come see Stevie Vonderharr & The Knock Outs and Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. The cafe is at 499 Payne Ave. in St. Paul.
“Trunk or Treat” at Our Redeemer Lutheran
On Saturday, Oct. 29, head to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for the “Trunk or Treat” event from 2 to 4 p.m. -- kids can grab Halloween treats in the parking lot with decorations and costumes. The church is located at 1390 Larpenteur Ave. E., in St. Paul.
Halloween crafts at Ramsey County Parks
Visit Ramsey County Parks for some Halloween crafts and games -- come out to the park to learn about some creepy, crawly critters and make a Halloween craft to bring home. All ages are welcome. On Thursday, Oct. 20 head to Battle Creek Regional Park from 4 to 6 p.m.. 2300 Upper Aftron Road, Maplewood ; on Saturday, Oct. 22 the action is at Long Lake Regional Park from 12 to 2:30 p.m., 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton; on Thursday, Oct. 27 go to Tony Schmidt Regional Park from 4 to 6 p.m., 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd., Arden Hills; and on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Tony Schmidt, 12 to 2:30 p.m.
There will be a Halloween party at Hazel Park Recreation Center on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Activities will include face painting, a haunted room, crafts, carnival games, jump castle and a photo display (bring your own camera).
Hazel Park Recreation Center is located at 945 Hazel St. N.
Como Friends ZooBoo
Now in its 29th year, Como Friends ZooBoo is a non-scary, family-friendly Halloween event that benefits Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This magical four night event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises such as animal visitors, live entertainment and craft projects. It’s perfect for kids 3-8 years old. All proceeds from this fundraiser help the plants and animals at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory thrive.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door and can be used any of the four nights of ZooBoo. ZooBoo will be held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. ZooBoo is Oct. 22, 23. 29 and 30 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 or $6 if purchased before 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. Go to www.comozooconservatory.org to buy tickets or for more information. The zoo is located at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul.
On Friday, October 21 the Maplewood Area Historical Society is hosting the 17th annual Halloween Hoedown, which will include a costume contest, games, prizes, crafts, DJ entertainment and a spooky room. Hot dogs and festive treats will also be provided. This family friendly event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center banquet room, 2100 White Bear Ave. Admission is $4. Children three-years-old and younger are free.
Outstanding Owls will be offered by the Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. Seventh St., on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants of all ages will meet a live owl up close and learn fun and interesting facts about owls. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. there will be a Halloween Hijinks Puppet Show and a tasty treat. The Raptor Center presentation will be at 5 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. older kids can dissect owl pellets, while younger ones make an owl craft. Participants will learn owl calls and go on a night hike around the pond in search of these nocturnal birds of prey.Participants are asked to dress for the weather and to register and prepay $5 by Wednesday, October 26. To register visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click in the Register Online Go button. For help registering, call 651-249-2170.
Oakdale Area Business Showcase
The Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Oakdale are hosting the second annual Oakdale Area Business Showcase, a free family-friendly event that offers trick-or-treating at every business booth. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Other activities include face painting, a balloon artist and food. There is no fee to attend, and the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Envision Catering & Hospitality event center, formally known as the Prom Center, located at 484 Inwood Ave., Oakdale.
Hotdogs at the fire department
The Oakdale Fire Department will be handing out hotdogs to trick-or-treaters from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at Station Number 2, 6633 15th St. N. Come grab a snack and show off your Halloween costume.
Flashlight pumpkin hunt
Search for pumpkins in the Oakdale Nature Preserve. On Thursday, October 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., children age 12 and younger will enjoy ghoulish games, eerie entertainment, chilling refreshments, a bonfire and a family DJ at the Oakdale Discovery Center. Costumes are optional, but remember to bring your flashlight. Cost is $12 per child and parents attend free. Register by October 20 at www.oakdalefun.com or in person at the Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave.
Halloween fun fest
The Lake Elmo Jaycees are hosting their second annual Halloween fun fest on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dress up in your favorite costume and trick-or-treat up and down Lake Elmo Avenue. There will be Halloween-themed games and prizes at the Fire Hall Station 1 and Lions Field Pavilion. New this year: We will also have a trunk-or-treat located just behind the Lions Field Pavilion. Non-food items will be provided at each trick-or-treat, trunk-or-treat and game area in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project (for more information, please check out www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project).
Dia De Los Muertos
Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos — Day of the Dead — at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center (HANC) in Roseville on Saturday, Oct. 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will be lots of family-friendly fun for all including a themed hay ride, carnival hall with prizes, face painting, live owls, refreshments, fire circle with live music, a take-home skeleton craft and hands-on skulls and bones. It’s $6 per person and registration is required. Call 651-792-7006 or visit Roseville Parks and Recreation in person by Friday, Oct. 28. The nature center is located at 2520 Dale Street N., in Roseville, and the Parks and Recreation office is at City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville. More information can be found at www.cityofroseville.com/hanc or by calling 651-765-4262.
Pumpkin Nights is a new, colorful and fun children’s Halloween event set at the Fairgrounds. Visitors follow a curvy, half mile long walking path lined with 3,000 carved pumpkins of all sizes positioned up high, down low and all glowing with light. In one spot along the way, children meet up with a towering pumpkin, and at another point, they can immerse themselves in spooky steam and then pass by sea creatures bathed in purple light. Music matches the themes of 12 larger-than-life worlds of Halloween art.
Pumpkin Nights is open now through Monday, Oct. 31 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights. Free parking is available across the street. Hours are Sundays to Thursdays from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets are $16-$23. Visit www.pumpkinnights.com.
Gibbs Farm Halloween
Kids of all ages can make pig cookies, find pennies in the hay stack, enter the costume contest, trick-or-treat at the Gibbs’ farmhouse, hear not-so-scary Halloween stories in the one-room schoolhouse, enjoy free refreshments and much more at the Gibbs Halloween at Gibbs Farm. The Halloween event is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids 3 and older; it’s free for Ramsey County Historical Society members. The farm is located at 2097 Larpenteur Ave. W. in Falcon Heights.
Lauderdale Halloween Party details and call for volunteers
The Lauderdale Halloween Party will run from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at City Hall. Set up for the event will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30, 12-8 p.m. and volunteers are needed. Set up includes decorating City Hall, building and decorating a spooky maze, filling candy bags, setting up tables and chairs and more. On the night of the event, volunteers are needed to hand out candy bags, grill hotdogs, serve food and beverages, and of course post event clean up. Many helpers are needed for the event. Sign up to volunteer at www.signup.com/go/3KAM8p. City Hall is located at 1891 Walnut St.
Pre-Halloween family organ concert set for Oct. 30
On Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. organist Bill Chouinard will present the 12th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi on Minnesota’s largest pipe organ. The performance, with added special lighting and video effects, is designed with young listeners in mind, and children are invited to come in a non-violent costume and join in a parade inside the room. The concert will also include the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach.
Papa Murphy’s pizza will be sold by the slice from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the youth and sports center. Refreshments and treats for kids of all ages will be served after the brief program, and an offering will be received. For more information, go to www.saintandrews.org or call 651-426-3261.
South St. Paul
South St. Paul’s Great Halloween Get Together
It will be a ghouly good time. Marie Avenue is the place to be on Halloween night from 5 to 7 p.m. Join the City of South St. Paul, SSP Businesses, organizations and volunteers for the 15th Annual Great Halloween Get Together. Travel the transformed Marie Avenue, starting at Seventh Avenue to Fourth Avenue and back, trick and treating the entire way. The event offers a safe and fun community-wide Halloween celebration in South St. Paul. There will be music, games and treats. Neighbors, Inc., will also be joining the fun and collecting non-perishable food items.
Inver Grove Heights
Inver Grove Heights Boo Bash
Register today for Inver Grove Heights’ Boo Bash and Trick-or-Treating. On Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., make your way around the gym at Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation, 8055 Barbara Ave., for lots of spooks, goodies and treats. The bash includes games, crafts and dancing. Come in costume for a hauntingly good time. Cost is $5 if you register in advance or $7 at the door. Pre-register by Oct. 26. Tickets can be found at invergroveheights.org.
West St. Paul
Dodge Nature Center Halloween Extravaganza
Dodge’s Halloween Extravaganza has a smorgasbord of activities to fulfill your Halloween craving. On Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., hike on the friendly trick or treat trail or through the frightening forest on their scary trail. Gratify your creative edge by getting your face painted or dancing to the DJ. Grab a snack at the concessions and enjoy shows that have a nature twist. Costume contest and live animals? You bet.
Family activities run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the scary trail is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Parents, please know that the scary trail WILL frighten young children. This scary trail is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Everything else at the event is family friendly, including the Trick or Treat Trail.
The Halloween Extravaganza takes place at Dodge Nature Center, Farm Education Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. You can park in the Garlough Elementary School parking lot or on Charlton Street. The West St. Paul police will be on site to help with street crossing. You can also park on neighboring streets if needed.
Admission is $10 per person and free for children ages 2 and under. Admission includes one scary trail pass. If you would like to hike the scary trail more than once, additional passes are available for $5 each. Concessions are available at addition cost. Pre-register at dodgenaturecenter.org before noon on Oct. 27 for the early bird deal of $8.
Call 651-455-4531 for more information.
Halloween night bonfires
West St. Paul will be holding its annual fall bonfire on Halloween night at the West St. Paul Sports Complex, 1650 Oakdale Ave. Running from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the event is free. Come hang out with friends, family and neighbors.
Mendota Heights will also have a bonfire on Halloween night from 7 to 9 p.m., at Mendota Plaza, 750 Highway 110.