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Where families should go for October Halloween fun

There are dozens of events throughout the Twin Cities, here's the pick of them.

The weather has turned, the leaves are falling and preparations are well underway for Halloween.

Yes, we're entering October in Minnesota and the state is celebrating all things scary, autumnal and pumpkin-related.

So if you're looking to enjoy the season with your family, here are some of the best places to find Halloween-related fun over the next month.

Minnesota Zoo

What's happening? The Jack O'Lantern Spectacular.

When? Running from Oct. 4-31. Opening hours 7 p.m.– 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Oct. 4-31.

How much? $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children aged 3-12 on Friday and Saturday. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children Sunday to Thursday.

Tell me more: Its typical, animal-filled self during the daylight hours, the Minnesota Zoo transforms in the evening, with an enchanted forest trail illuminated by 5,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. The walk is accompanied by music and fog to make for a spooky atmosphere.

Sever's Fall Festival, Shakopee

What's happening? Corn maze and harvest festival in Shakopee.

When? Friday-Sundays through Oct. 27.

How much? $15 for those aged 4+

Tell me more: The Sever's festival has been running for weeks already and while it's more harvest themed than Halloween themed, it's a fun day out for the family.

As well as a pumpkin patch and live entertainment, the festival is notable for its petting zoo, two corn pits and massive corn maze.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America

What's happening? Nickelodeon BOO-niverse.

When? Sept. 28-Oct. 31.

How much? Some events are free, others vary depending on what rides you go on.

Tell me more: There are several events taking place throughout October at the theme park, including a Halloween Spectacular nightly light show every Friday until Halloween.

Other events including a spooky log chute ride and a Halloween dance party. You can find the full schedule here.

Valleyfair, Shakopee

What's happening? Pumpkin Fest

When? Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 22-Oct. 28.

How much? Starting at $32.

Tell me more: While at night the park is transformed into ValleySCARE (which we don't recommend bringing your kids to), during the day it's far more family-friendly.

There are parties, trick or treating, rides, mazes, and live entertainment for kids running throughout the weekends until late October.


What's happening? Loads of events, it's the Halloween Capital of America, dontcha know?

When? Throughout October

How much? Varies depending on the event, a lot of them are free though.

Tell me more: Here's the schedule for Anoka's always entertaining Halloween events, which culminate on Saturday, Oct. 27 with the Grande Day Parade.

Events during October also include pumpkin carving and scarecrow contests, scavenger hunts and a bonfire.

Veterans Memorial Park, Richfield

What's happening? Pumpkin Patch.

When? Sept. 29–Oct. 28.

How much? $8-$10 for kids, $5-$7 for adults. Children under 2 free with paying adult.

Tell me more: As well as a pumpkin patch, there is mini golf, hay rides and a number of inflatables to enjoy. More information can be found here.

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