- Eighth Annual Boo Bash and Trick-or-Treating
When/Where: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at (Armory Gym), 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights
Why Go: Kids ages 2 to 12 will have fun trick-or-treating their way around the gym for lots of goodies and treats. The 8th annual Bash includes ghoulish games, frightful friends and chilling crafts—so be sure to come in costume for this hauntingly good time!
Price: $5 per child, and adults are free
- Rosemount's Haunted Woods Trail
When/Where: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Rosemount Central Park, 14375 S. Robert Trl., Rosemount
Why Go: Have a fun-filled evening at this year's Halloween celebration in Rosemount for preschool through middle-school aged youths. Co-sponsored by the Rosemount Halloween Committee and the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department, the trail will begin at the Park and Ride lot on Hwy. 3 (South Robert Trail), wind its way through Central Park and exit onto 145th Street West. Area volunteers will pass out candy. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Price: Free; donations accepted at the trail entrance.
- Dodge Nature Center Halloween Extravaganza
When/Where: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Dodge Nature Center, Farm Entrance at 1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul.
Why Go: All ages are invited to walk the friendly Trick or Treat Trail, or—if you dare—the Scary Trail along the ghostly pond and haunted prairie. Family friendly activities throughout the evening will include educational and entertaining skits, face painting, scary hair, storytelling, music and a costume contest for different age levels.
Price: Public admission is $8 for adults and children and $30 for families. Admission for members is $5 for adults and children and $20 for families. Free admission for children age two and under.
- Halloween at Caponi Art Park
When/Where: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the sculpture garden at Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan.
Why Go: Wear your costumes and celebrate Halloween at Caponi Art Park during its last open weekend of the season. Take a trick-or-treat tour of the spooky sculptures at the park with a costumed guide, decorate miniature pumpkins and gourds with paint and make a Halloween craft. People of all ages are welcome to jump in the giant leaf pile and enjoy hot apple cider, popcorn and s'mores, available near the outdoor fireplace. Visit http://www.caponiartpark.org/programs/halloween/ for more details.
Price: Admission to this program is free, with a $2 per person suggested donation.
- Old-Time Halloween at Gibbs Museum
When/Where: Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life, 2097 W. Larpenteur Ave., St. Paul
Why Go: In the mid-1800s Europeans, especially Irish immigrants, brought their unique Halloween traditions to America. At this event held at the Gibbs Museum of the Ramsey County Historical Society, you’ll enjoy an old-time Halloween that includes trick-or-treating at Jane Gibbs’ house (learn more at http://www.rchs.com/gbbsfm2.htm), making popcorn balls in the Red Barn, hunting for pennies in a haystack and enjoying a cup of cider.
Price: Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children (age 2-16). Free for RCHS members.