South metro Halloween events and attractions
- October 16, 2012 - 11:41 AM
FRIGHTMARES AT BUCK HILL: Attractions include the Orchard Manor Dead and Breakfast, the Inferno, Fright Factory and Haunted Hollow. Bonfire and live music. Opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and Oct. 25-28. $20. Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville. www.frightmares.com.
SCARECROW ALLEY: Themed scarecrow display at the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the Minnesota Zoo. Open during zoo hours. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 3-12 and seniors and $18 for ages 13 to 64. Kids under 3 free. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley. 952-431-9500 or www.mnzoo.org.
SEVER'S CORN MAZE: Go through the "Harvesting Memories"-themed maze, sling a pumpkin, roll around in a corn pit and visit the barn yard. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28. Also open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. this Thursday. $13. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee. 952-974-5000 or www.severscornmaze.com.
BLACKOUT: Nickelodeon universe transforms into a Halloween-themed fortress with unlit rides, black lighting, fog effects and a DJ. 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27. Mall of America, Interstate 494 and Cedar Av. S., Bloomington. 952-883-8800.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: Hayrides, straw maze, scary walk, face painting, petting zoo, scarecrow making and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays in October. Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. 651-450-1501.
SCREAM TOWN: Large haunted attraction with five components including "Circus Asylum" and "Redneck Resort." Also a haunted corn maze. 7-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 26-28. Ticket booth opens at 6:30 and closes at 10. $15-$25 for regular admission; VIP and "fast pass" tickets also available. Cash only at the ticket booth. 7410 Hwy. 212, Chaska. www.screamtown.com.
VALLEYFAIR HALLOWEEN EVENTS: "ValleyScare" Halloween Haunt for ages 13 and up. 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and 6 p.m.-midnight Saturdays through Oct. 28. Also open 7 p.m.-midnight this Thursday and 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. For younger kids, "Planet Spooky" offers scare-free fun Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. $28-$30.99. Valleyfair, Hwy. 101 and Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee. 952-445-7600 or www.valleyfair.com.
TRAIL OF TERROR: 7-11 p.m. Haunted woods walk, haunted maze, zombie pub crawl and other scary attractions, plus bonfires and karaoke. Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 28. $19.95 adults, $13.95 ages 5-12. Some activities cost extra. Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. 952-445-7361 or www.trailofterrorfest.com.
STANS HAUNTED HOUSE: Fortune telling, hands-on experiments and creepy characters. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $2-$4. Stans House, 128 2nd Av. W., Shakopee. 952-445-0378.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT: Spooky fun with Dakota County Parks, including a guided night hike, games and activities for those 5 and older. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25. $8. Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Registration required; see www.startribune.com/a1790.
APPLE VALLEY HALLOWEENIE ROAST: Scary stories, games, crafts and weenie/s'more roast, aimed at kids ages 5 to 9. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25. $4 per person or $12 per family. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Valleywood Golf Course, 4851 Mcandrews Road. Registration required; see www.startribune.com/a1789.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS BONFIRE: Ghost stories, hot dogs and s'mores. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $3 per person. South Valley Park, 2810 70th St. Registration required by this Thursday; see www.startribune.com/a709.
BURNSVILLE HALLOWEEN FEST: Illuminated "treat trail," scary stories, face painting, "Frightmares" characters and more. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. $5 per family. Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Av.
ROSEMOUNT COSTUME PARTY: Costume dance with prizes, games and live DJ, sponsored by the Eagan YMCA, local faith groups and First State Bank of Rosemount. For teens in grades 6-8. 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $2, or free with donation of two canned goods. Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail. 651-683-4715.
HALLOWEEN FOR TOTS: "Haunted Halloween" party with crafts, stories, songs and treats for ages 2-6. 9:30-10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 26. $7. Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. Registration required at least one week in advance; www.startribune.com/a1789.
FARMINGTON HALLOWEEN WALK: Bring a trick-or-treat bag and a nonperishable food donation. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. Dodge Middle School, 4200 W. 208th St.
DODGE NATURE CENTER HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: Trick-or-treat trail, stories, music, wagon rides, costume contest and more. Spooky activities for older kids later. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. $9 for nonmembers or $6 for members; kids 2 and under free. Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Av. W., West St. Paul.
HASTINGS COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Food, games, prizes and candy, recommended for ages 12 and under. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Free with nonperishable food item donation. Hastings High School commons, 200 General Sieben Drive.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS BOO BASH: Kids ages 2-12 invited to trick-or-treat their way around the gym at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, play games and create crafts. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. $5 per child. Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Av. Registration required by Oct. 24; see www.startribune.com/a709.
LAKEVILLE HAUNTED FOREST FESTIVAL: Spooky stations, friendly costumed characters in a trick-or-treat maze, face painting, bonfire, puppet shows, hayrides, limited number of free pumpkins for tots. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. $10 per carload or $3 per person, plus a food donation. North Park, 17100 Ipava Av.
HALLOWEEN AT THE ART PARK: Trick-or-treat tour of Caponi Art Park, pumpkin decorating, cider and s'mores. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27. $5 suggested donation. Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. www.caponiartpark.org.
HARVEST HAUNTING: Spooky walks in the woods, treats, bonfire, storytelling and candlelight cellar tours of the LeDuc Historic Estate. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 27. $7, or free for Dakota County Historical Society members. LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St., Hastings. Call 651-437-7055 to make reservations for the cellar tours.
ROSEMOUNT HAUNTED TRAIL: Volunteers will pass out candy along the trick-or-treat trail in Central Park. Aimed at those in preschool through middle school. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. Trail begins at the park-and-ride lot on Hwy. 3 across from the Steeple Center, winds through the park and exits onto W. 145th Street. www.rosemountevents.com.
HALLZOOWEEN: Dress up as your favorite zoo animal or other creature of choice and come to the zoo for crafts and treats. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27-28. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley. Zoo admission is $12 for ages 3-12 and seniors and $18 for ages 13 to 64. Kids under 3 free. www.mnzoo.org/events/Events_HallZooween.asp.
GHOULS & GOBLINS IN THE GARDENS: Family-friendly Arboretum event with trick-or-treat trail featuring costumed characters, music, face-painting and concessions. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 27-28. $3-$10. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen. www.arboretum.umn.edu.
SHAKOPEE FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Crafts, open gym, family entertainment and "scary skate" at the ice arena. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28. Free; $3 for skate rental. Shakopee Community Center, 1255 S. Fuller St. 952-233-9500.
EAGAN HALLOWEEN HODGEPODGE: Games, entertainment, food and trick-or-treating. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 28. $3 per child with a food donation; adults free with food donation. Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy.
HALLOWEEN BOO-GIE PARTY: A costume party for older adults with food, music and Halloween festivities. 10:15-11:45 a.m. Oct. 31. Free. Enigma Teen Center at Shakopee Community Center, 1255 S. Fuller St.
LIBRARY HALLOWEEN EVENTS: Costumed tots can go trick-or-treating at the library, make crafts, listen to stories at several Dakota County Library locations, including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville and Eagan. Free. Oct. 31. See www.startribune.com/a710 for library calendar containing information on individual events.
TRICK-OR-TREAT AT PRIOR LAKE CITY HALL: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31. Prior Lake City Hall and Police Station, 4646 SE. Dakota St. Call ahead with large groups at 952-447-9820.
TRICK-OR-TREATING AT BURNSVILLE CENTER: Most retailers will be handing out candy to kids in costume, while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Burnsville Center, Interstate 35W and County Road 42, Burnsville.
WEST ST. PAUL HALLOWEEN BONFIRE: Bonfire for West St. Paul residents with hot dogs and drinks served from 7 p.m. till they're gone. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Harmon Park, Bernard and Charlton streets.
SOUTH ST. PAUL HALLOWEEN GET-TOGETHER: Trick-or-treat along a transformed Marie Avenue on Halloween night. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Marie Avenue between 5th and 7th avenues.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS HALLOWEEN BONFIRE: Head down to Mendota Plaza for a bonfire from 7-9 p.m. on Halloween night. 750 Hwy. 110.
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