If your kids are anything like mine, they would wear their Halloween costumes the entire month of October.  Luckily Minnesota communities seem to provide plenty of opportunities to do just that!  We visited a few of the events on the calendar last year, with plans to return again this year.  I don’t often include specific business events, as this site would be filled with sales, open houses, and general business advertising, but I did include the Byerly’s Boo Blast because we personally attended it last year and had a great time.  If you are close by a Byerly’s check their schedule for the Boo Blast.  While very crowded, it was a nice, free way to get the kids out in their costumes and get a couple healthier treats as well.

At the 2014 Chanhassen Halloween Party, please excuse the unfinished costumes, messy cookie covered faces, and unprepared blurry phone picture. It was a really cute event though! To see this year’s plans for the event, visit the Chanhassen Halloween Party Event Page.

I also wanted to address alternatives to standard trick or treating.  Most of the Halloween events listed can be done in addition to trick or treating since they are in different dates or during daylight hours, but many of them stand on their own if you are looking for a straight up alternative.

There are a few reasons these days that people make the choice to skip the traditional night door-to-door visits.  If you are concerned about taking the kids out in the dark, it interferes with bedtime, or for any other reason, check your local neighborhood or church for trunk-or-treating.  Trunk or treating is usually put on by a community or church in daylight at a parking lot.  Bring a bag of candy and your kids and they can trick or treat in full costume attire from trunk to trunk.

Another safe option is to check for Chamber Trick or Treating events.  If your city has one, it is generally a group of businesses that get together and put together a map so you can trick or treat from business to business.  These can vary from city to city in terms of quality and number of businesses, but some get really into it, sponsoring things like costumes contests, cookie decorating, of pumpkin painting and carving.

Finally, check out local apple orchards for special Halloween events.  They are already set up with many fall activities and decor, so a few of them add a special Halloween event to round out their season.  They also make a great alternative if you are looking to skip the holiday altogether.

For the full list of Halloween events coming up, visit our Search page with Halloween Event tags.

At Minnesota Harvest visiting the animals pre-Halloween; many local apple orchards are also having Halloween events this year to close out their seasons. Minnesota Harvest, for example, is having a dog-o-ween this year. These are great opportunities to take advantage of the everyday activities with some added Halloween fun!


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