The cackling of witches and the crinkling of candy bars mark the beginning of Halloween, and both Saint Paul and Minneapolis are two of the best places to celebrate the creepiest holiday.
Stay central to all the Halloween fun in Bloomington, MN, home of Mall of America® and over 40 unique hotels. Mall of America celebrates Halloween with Nickelodeon "Boo"niverse at Nickelodeon Universe®. Check rates and availability for your Halloween getaway!
The number of events and activities the Twin Cities have to offer make visiting for the holiday well worth the trip. And since Bloomington is central to both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, you’ll get the best of what both cities offer.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Halloween for the whole family, look no further.
Jack O' Lantern Spectacular at Minnesota Zoo
At this brand new experience, you'll walk through an enchanted forest decorated with over 5000 illuminated pumpkins. Special effects and music, along with creative displays of all different sizes of pumpkins, make the zoo a perfect location for a date night or family-friendly outing. Jack O' Lantern Spectacular] is open October 1-November 3.
Pick out your own pumpkin from numerous patches near the metro area. Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings, Luceline Orchard in Watertown, and Sever's Fall Festival in Shakopee are just a few of the local favorite spots to pick a pumpkin. Some patches and farms offer pumpkin-carving opportunities, too.
Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm hosts a Scarecrow Festival from mid-September through the end of October, with an endless number of locally made scarecrows on display. Along with viewing the scarecrows, Emma Krumbee’s is open throughout much of fall for family apple picking. Visit other apple orchards such as Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard in Jordan, Minnetonka Orchards in Minnetrista and others for more apple picking opportunities. For a full list of local pumpkin patches and apple orchards, view our fall family fun guide.
Mall of America
While Mall of America is fun year-round, during Halloween a bit of spook is added in. During the month of October, Nickelodeon Universe is transformed into Nickelodeon "Boo"niverse, a creepier version of the amusement park. Rides and Nickelodeon characters will be given a scary twist, and professional sculptors will be on hand to carve you a special pumpkin. On the actual day of Halloween, you can also visit Mall of America for the World’s Largest Indoor Trick-or-Treat with costumed fun and plenty of candy.
The 21+ Undead Party
The Zombie Pub Crawl is a 21+ bar hopping celebration around 20 bars in downtown Minneapolis, with drinks, dancing, live entertainment and all sorts of other spooky fun. “The World’s Greatest Undead Party” has been celebrated in Minneapolis the past 13 years.
In 2015, the Crawl made the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies.” Costumes are encouraged, and the more gore you have, the better.
This year there will be two outdoor stages, dozens of participating bars, food trucks, live music, the World Brain Eating Championships—we’re fairly certain they aren’t eating actual brains, but you can never tell with zombies—a limited-edition “Brain Belt” beer from Schell’s Brewing and more.
The Zombie Pub Crawl takes place Oct. 12 and early bird tickets are $23.
Haunted Houses For All
For scary fun throughout fall and during the Halloween season, there are a number of haunted houses and frightening attractions across the Twin Cities and in surrounding suburbs that are waiting to scare your socks off—or come darn near close to it.
The Haunted Basement is a horror tradition running on its twelfth year that lasts October 5-31. Located in a brand new location in Roseville this year, the Haunted Basement's twists, turns and even custom smells to scare all six of your senses makes this a truly terror-filled maze.
There are two paths to choose from: one considered “easier,” or a much braver path filled with more horror and torment than ever before. But goblins beware: They might switch the signs at any given time.
While the Haunted Basement is one of the spookiest in the Twin Cities, there are many other options to choose from. Scream Town in Chaska and Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE in Shakopee are two more local haunted houses equally as scary and waiting for you to test your wits in.
As the home of Mall of America®, Bloomington offers over 520 stores and attractions like Nickelodeon Universe® and SEA LIFE® at Mall of America. With over 40 hotels, family-friendly options and a light rail, you're always near the Halloween action.