By Amy Rea

Halloween is almost here. Maybe you’ve already checked out the metro’s haunted houses and made a visit to the pumpkin patch.

There are tons of scary things to do for older Halloween fans (although I hear that the Soap Factory’s terrifying Haunted Basement is completely sold out for this year). But where you can take the little, more easily scared ones?

The Minnesota Zoo offers HallZooween on Oct. 29-30. Kids can dress up as their favorite zoo animal, make crafts, visit Scarecrow Alley, and enjoy treats while visiting the animals.

Como Zoo has plans, too. ZooBoo takes place Oct. 22-23, 28-30 and is designed for kids ages 3-10. Trick-or-treating will be offered, but the real treat will be seeing the zoo grounds transformed into a fairy-tale world, complete with 200 costumed characters.

Valleyfair’s Planet Snoopy becomes Planet Spooky from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. There will be live entertainment, a hay bale maze, a visit to Linus’ pumpkin patch, and, on Saturdays only, the Beagle Bandit Brunch (tickets can be purchased online, click the link above).

Are you a member of the Minnesota Children’s Museum? If not, it might be time to join. A members-only Halloween Party on Oct. 26 and 27 will allow kids to trick-or-treat throughout the Museum, jump on a moon bounce, and explore the world of fun mirrors. Advance registration is strongly recommended.

Not to be outdone, the nearby Science Museum of Minnesota has plenty of plans too. On Oct. 29, visit the Boo-ology, enjoy hands-on, Halloween-themed science projects. Kids under 12 in costume receive free admission to the permanent exhibitions gallery.

That evening is an even bigger event: the 11th Annual Family Halloween Camp-in. Stay overnight, explore the museum, watch shows in the OmniTheater and the Science Live Theater, and explore the Haunted Lab. (Not for children under 4.)

Three Rivers Park District has numerous events across its park system, including Halloween Farm Fun at Gale Woods Farm, Old-Fashioned Trick-or-Treat at The Landing, and a Big Woods Halloween at Fish Lake Regional Park.

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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