Calendar of south-metro Halloween events

  • Updated: October 9, 2013 - 1:12 PM
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Costumes, supplies, make-up, wigs are many of the items one can rent or purchase at Twin Cities Magic & Costume. The legendary costume shop that operated in downtown St. Paul for a quarter-century, is entering its first Halloween season after closing its downtown shop and moving all operations to a spot on Robert Street in West St. Paul. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com

SOUTH METRO HALLOWEEN CALENDAR

EAGAN COSTUME EXCHANGE: Drop off a clean, gently used costume Wednesday or Thursday at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy., and get a ticket to come back and pick out a different used costume from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Free.

FRIGHTMARES AT BUCK HILL: Four haunted attractions, plus music and full-service bar and restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 17, 20, 24 and 27. Opens at 7 p.m.; ticket sales end at 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $20 Thurs.-Sat., $18 Sun. Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville. www.frightmares.com.

SCREAM TOWN: New attractions include “Meltdown at Sector 666” and “Farmers Revenge.” Plus more attractions and live entertainment. 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, plus Oct. 17, 20 and 27. $25-$45. 7410 Hwy. 212 W., Chaska. www.screamtown.com.

TRAIL OF TERROR: Haunted woods walk, haunted maze, scary attractions, zombie paintball, zombie pub crawl, food and entertainment. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October, plus Oct. 17 and 24. Gate closes at 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $16.95 in advance, $19.95 at the gate; some attractions and activities cost extra. Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds, 3525 W. 145th St., Shakopee. 952-445-7361. www.trailofterrorfest.com.

VALLEYSCARE: By day enjoy non-scary Halloween activities. By night travel through mazes and scare zones. 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays through October, plus 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 17. $28-$30.99. Valleyfair, Hwy. 101 and Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee. 952-445-7600. www.valleyfair.com/haunt.

GERTENS PUMPKIN FEST: Hayrides, face and pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday in October. Kids’ costume contest 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Fees for activities vary. Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. 651-450-1501.

EMMA KRUMBEE’S SCARECROW FESTIVAL: More than 100 handcrafted scarecrows, haystack jump, wagon ride, tombstone forest and other attractions. Live entertainment and pony and camel rides on weekends. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through October. $5. Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm, 501 E. South St., Belle Plaine. 952-873-3006. http://emma krumbees.com/scarecrow-festival.

HALLOWEEN HAND-ME-DOWNS: Families can drop off an old costume 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through next Friday, then pick up a “new” costume from the collection between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19. Those who can’t find a suitable hand-me-down costume will get a Halloween surprise instead. Free. Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. 952-953-2300.

DAKOTA COUNTY PARANORMAL SOCIETY: A group of local ghost hunters will present at three libraries in October. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, South St. Paul Library, 106 3rd Av. N., South St. Paul; 11 a.m. Oct. 26, Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings; 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville.

HASTINGS COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Food, games, prizes and candy; recommended for ­ages 12 and under. Wear your costume. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Hastings High School commons, 200 ­General Sieben Dr. Free with food donation or cash donation to Youth First Planning Council Scholarship Fund. 651-480-6181.

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS BOO BASH: Come in costume for games, crafts and trick-or-treating around the gym. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Veterans Memorial Community Center gym, 8055 Barbara Av. $5 per child; adults free. http://tinyurl.com/o2sf5xe.

BURNSVILLE HALLOWEEN FEST: Illuminated “treat train,” scary stories, face painting, visits from “Frightmares” characters, and more. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Nicollet Commons Park, 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue. $5 per family. All ages welcome. 952-895-4500 or www.burnsville.org/recreation.

DODGE NATURE HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: Walk the friendly trick-or-treat trail or the scary one along the ghostly pond and haunted prairie. Other activities include nature programs, scary hair, storytelling, wagon rides and costume contest. $9; kids 2 and under free. 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25, Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Av., West St. Paul. http://tinyurl.com/lxzd8ee.

FARMINGTON HALLOWEEN SKATE: Prizes, games and costume contest. Free with food shelf donation. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Schmitz-Maki Arena, 114 W. Spruce St., Farmington. http://tinyurl.com/k43evwg

HASTINGS PARANORMAL TEAM: The self-described paranormal investigators will present some of their findings during a series of library events in October. 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Cannon Falls Library, 306 W. Mill St., Cannon Falls; 2 p.m. Oct. 26, Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville; 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount.

HALLZOOWEEN: Crafts, treats and animal fun at the Minnesota Zoo. Dress up as your favorite zoo animal or other creature of choice. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27; treats and goodies, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. while supplies last; Halloween craft, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members-only version of the event on Oct. 31. Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd. www.startribune.com/a714.

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