By Katie Fraser

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

Then head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for Pumpkin Nights!

On Friday, the family friendly Halloween event kicks off in Falcon Heights.

Created by same team that runs The Color Run, Pumpkin Nights is a half-mile long path that is lined with 3,000 hand-carved Jack-O-Lanterns and curves through 12 different displays. Along the path, “Merchants of Fun” will be selling lighted items and glow sticks, and halfway through there will be cider, hot chocolate and other fall treats available for purchase.

Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween.

Each of the twelve displays has a distinct theme.

In the International Bazaar, guests can see over 20 wonders of the world – all built from pumpkins. Or, they can go down under in The Great Pumpkin Reef.

Instead of gold, Minnesota staples like the Viking’s masthead and Fairchild will be decked out in orange in the Picture Minnesota display.

And, for more classic Halloween themes, guests can explore the Witch’s Brew, Scarecrow Row or Dracula’s Graveyard.

In addition to the ornate carvings, each display will feature colorful lights and Halloween music.

In this town that we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song.

One of the themes, Community Carvings highlights Pumpkin Nights’ partnership with local charity Scares that Care.

Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and add it to the community display. For each carved pumpkin, $5 will be donated to Scares that Care.

Life’s no fun without a good scare, but we’re not mean in our town of Halloween.

Pumpkin Nights opens Friday and runs through Halloween.

Guests are invited to dress up, but props and weapons will not be permitted.

It is open 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets cost $16 for kids (4 – 12) and seniors (65+) and $20 for adults. Family packs, which include two adult and two kid tickets, cost $64. Children under 3 are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit Pumpkin Nights online.


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