Wander Minnesota: Halloween On The Way

Halloween is almost here, and there’s plenty going on. Let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state.

Of course, there’s plenty going on in Anoka, the Halloween Capital of the World, and it kicks off this weekend with the Knights of Columbus Haunted House, the Pumpkin Bowl, and the Orange Tie Ball.

In Duluth, the William A. Irvin offers Haunted Ship Tours Wednesdays-Saturdays, as well as Halloween itself. This self-guided tour through the maze of a ship has supernatural happenings that are part of the act—or are they? Visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Chisholm has Field of Screams Friday and Saturday nights in October at the Minnesota Discovery Center. Do you dare to learn what lurks there?

Need a not-so-scary event? St. Paul’s Como Zoo has the answer: ZooBoo, taking place Oct. 22-23 and 29-30. The Zoo will be transformed into a fairy and furry friend place, where little trick-or-treaters can have fun without being scared.

Farmington hosts a Harvest Moon Festival Oct. 21-22 at Dakota City Heritage Village. Enjoy a 1900 Halloween, with moving pictures at the City Hall, scary stories at the library, and learn about burial customs at the cemetery.

What better place than St. Paul’s James J. Hill House to enjoy Victorian Ghost Stories? Get your tickets in advance for this event, taking place Oct. 21-22 and 28-30. Not recommended for under the age of 8.

Farmamerica in Waseca invites you to its Haunted Corn Maze and Mill, open Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Chainsaws, rabid wolfmen, monsters—what’s not to love? Note: Farmamerica says this may not be suitable for anyone under the age of 10.

Red Wing’s Pumpkins at the Depot will have more than 150 pumpkins decorated for Halloween at the historic depot, and on view daily from Oct. 23-Nov. 1.

Redwood Falls is home to the Francois Haunted Hotel is open Oct. 28-29 and 31. Dare you tour the haunted hotel? Well, if you have little ones that aren’t up for full scares, on Halloween there are no-scare tours from 5-6 p.m. and low-scare tours from 6-7 p.m. Otherwise…

Oct. 28 is Haunted High Ropes at the Eagles Bluff Environmental Center near Lanesboro. Go trick-or-treating on the high ropes course—and watch out for ghosts and skeletons along the way.

Ghosts from the Past is Mankato’s entry into the Halloween spirit. Taking place at the Blue Earth History Center on Oct. 28-29, you’ll learn about ghosts from various historical events and locations in Blue Earth County.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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