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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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