This Halloween, families are expected to spend nearly $8 billion celebrating the holiday. That’s a 50 percent jump since just 2005. And a lot of the money is going to costumes. Americans spend about a $1 billion on children’s costumes each year, and another $1.2 billion on adult costumes. How it all got started dates back to the Middle Ages. For the folks at the Theatrical Costume Rental in Minneapolis, 20 percent of their yearly business is done during the month of October. Duck Dynasty, What Does the Fox Say and Jack Sparrow are just a few popular costumes this year.
Ghosts and goblins are expected to come out in late October for Halloween, but the beer-craving undead can’t wait that long. The 9th annual Zombie Pub Crawl kicked off at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with 30,000 people expected to participate in this year’s event. New this year, some pretend zombies ate some real brains. Andrew Zimmern’s “A-Z Canteen” prepared pork brain tacos – a dish that’s served in Mexico – for a group of competitive eaters.
Believe it or not, we’re just three weeks away from Halloween, and that means this is primetime for pumpkins. So we asked for your help finding the Best in Minnesota. In the end, your votes sent me to New Prague to visit Barten Pumpkins.
Party down at some of the craziest Halloween bashes.
First vampires, and now I’m tackling zombies. Which is fitting, of course … not just because it’s October (a month during which not only I but many of my friends seem to just watch as many horror movies as we can muster), but also because this weekend brings the annual Zombie Pub Crawl to Minneapolis’ West Bank once again.
This is a warning — Halloween is almost here, and it’s time to get terrified. One of the creepiest haunted houses is open. It’s so scary you have to sign a waiver before going through.
Certain areas of Minnesota are considered haunted due to the numerous reports of paranormal activities from guests and residents of these locations.
The fall season brings us the three-month stretch of holiday celebrations and to kick it all is the spookiest of them all – Halloween. Here are the five must-haves for your haunted house.
You can’t celebrate Halloween without carving a pumpkin! Whether you decide to use stencils or carve your pumpkin free hand– make yours the star of the neighborhood by following these must-do tips.
Halloween is right around the corner! Have you thought of your costume yet? We list the top costumes of 2013 that are sure to be hit.
Halloween is a night of mischief and laughs, tricks and treats, and disguises galore. Our sister company Simon & Schuster recommends reading these not-so-scary picture books with your kids in the coming weeks to give them a little fright and get them excited for the holiday.
You’re never too old for a good fright. From a group of evil paranormals to an uprising of serial killer clones to a chilling love affair, these new releases from our sister company Simon & Schuster have you covered with these creepy reads this Halloween!
Warm up to these Halloween inspired cocktails!
Witch’s and ghouls and spiders – oh my! It’s time for Halloween! Here are five DIY decoration projects for your outdoor space.
Here are six great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Rogers, Minn. leads the list as the best place to raise kids. Five Minneapolis neighborhoods follow because they should provide the most candy with the least walking and greater safety according to Zillow.com. They are Fulton, Lynnhurst, Linden Hills, Tangletown and Cedar-Isles-Dean.
Fall is here and so is the season for spooky, scary things. Halloween has taken over Valleyfair in Shakopee. WCCO went behind the scenes of Valley Scare Halloween Haunt, which will be going on every weekend from now through Oct. 27.
A 20-year-old Bemidji man pleaded guilty Thursday to helping another man – who was dressed in a white containment suit, a “Halloween” movie mask and Air Jordan shoes – rob a bank with a shotgun last December.
A St. Louis Park father has been sentenced for aiming an AK-47 at group of children he thought had stolen Halloween candy from one of his children.
A father has pleaded guilty to aiming an assault rifle at group of children he thought had stolen Halloween candy from one of his children.
Authorities are searching for a suspect who robbed the First State Bank of Big Fork Monday afternoon in Kelliher, Minn.
Halloween is supposed to be about trick-or-treaters dressed up in scary costumes. But according to police, 44-year-old Orrin Hager provided a pretty big scare of his own.
Here’s a look at what popular costumes may be showing up at your door Wednesday night.
Tonight, a lot of little kids will dress up and head out to trick-or-treat, and come home with a big bag of candy. We know all of that sugar isn’t great for anyone, but not all of those treats are created equal.
Families looking to get out and have some fun on Halloween should head to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the southwest metro on Wednesday.
More and more schools are doing away with the candy and costumes. Many have policies in place, out of respect to students who don’t celebrate Halloween. The plan is rather controversial because Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a religious holiday.