The spookiest holiday of the year lands on a weekend, which means there’s more opportunities for tricks and treats. Faster than Hermione can say, “Accio wand,” we’ve conjured up a few suggestions for all ages, all happening Saturday (unless nothed otherwise) — which, of course, is Halloween. (Click on the links for more information, including pricing, if any.)

Kids and family

The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce hosts, Boo Blast. Family activities are held throughout the city including games, live music and face painting, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m..

Those who don’t want to brave the elements can trick-or-treat indoors at Southdale Center's Mall-O-Ween from 5-7 p.m. or the Mall of America's Howl-Ween from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Also at the state’s largest mall, Nickelodeon Universe has Monster Bash, where guests can boogie down with disco zombies, meet mad scientists and go on rides, from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Satruday.

For some ghoul-less autumn fun, area churches are hosting harvest-themed activities. Rockpoint Church has a corn maze and wagon rides from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Trunk or Treat at Community of Hope Church offers a wide variety of family activities and hayrides from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tweens and teens

On Friday night, from 8 to midnight, the Planet Halloween Dance Party at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus has a costume contest, dance and activities for those 16 and up.

If you thought your parents doing the “whip and nae nae” in front of your friends was scary, take a step into Hotel 666 at Trail of Terror. The Shakopee attraction has more than 25 “nummifying rooms” with spine-chilling thrills. Other frightening features include a Howling Pines Woods Walk, Grubs Pest Control and Crystal Caverns. Open Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

“We All Fall Down” is the title of this year’s BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. This isn’t a Muppet-type show. The audience is treated to stilt walkers, fire performers, aerialists and a live orchestra, all under the cover of night. It happens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul.


The Butcher Shop of House and Gore in St. Paul is so horrifying, it’s only recommended for adults. Detailed with a full-size maze-style attraction, travel through dark paths illuminated only by strobe lights and encounter the monsters that inhabit the house of frights.

In the Mounds Theatre Real Haunted Tours, wander through the historic building where paranormal activity accompanies guests. They happen Friday and Saturday night, on the hour, 6 to midnight.

DJs Chuck Love and King Otto spin tunes for costumed guests wanting to get their “Thriller” on at Black Halloween. The evening promises an evening of classy debauchery at the top of the IDS tower.