We all remember Halloween: costumes and candy, later nights full of jack o lanterns, scary movies, black cats and ghosts. As children, Halloween was one of the most exciting holidays, and now as adults, we try and keep that wonder alive. We dress up, sometimes in ridiculous outfits, and head out for a different type of trick or treating. These local parties will keep the kid in you alive while catering to your adult sensibilities (and inhibitions, as candy only goes so far these days).

Halloween Party
Sneaky Pete’s
14 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 333-8820
www.ultimatefunbar.com

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Downtown Minneapolis usually turns to one big party for Halloween, and Sneaky Pete’s is the epicenter of that. Dance the night away in your best, scariest costume and enjoy drink specials and a costume contest. It’s sure to be outrageous, and the costumes are no exception. Sure, you’re not stuffing your face with Bottle Caps or Pixie Sticks or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but a nice mind eraser shot should hopefully do the trick. You’re simply exchanging the stomach ache from childhood to the headache of adulthood.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Zombie Pub Crawl
Warehouse District of Minneapolis
Between 3rd and 6th Sts.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.zombiepubcrawl.com

Date: Oct. 11, 2014

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the ZPC. It’s all about the zombies. The Twin Cities proudly host the world’s largest collection of zombies. Now in its 10th year, ZPC will be held in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District. Zombify yourself and enjoy a music lineup that includes DJ Steve Aoki, Juicy J of 3-6 Mafia, Flavor Flav, Prof and thankfully plenty of local acts as well. It will be a party to remember.

Related: Best Halloween Costumes Of 2013

(credit: The Soap Factory/Facebook)

(credit: The Soap Factory/Facebook)

Unhinged In The Haunted Basement
The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-9176
www.soapfactory.org

Date: Now through Nov. 2, 2014

This is not kid friendly. Adults, get a group of friends together and brave the scariest “haunted house” around. It’s not really a haunted house, more of a living nightmare. Scare easily? You don’t even have to participate in the walking nightmare below. Instead, you can hang at the pop-up bar, The Exile Lounge, and enjoy the holiday with drinks with a mixed crowd you’re unlikely to find at any other bar.

Related: Best 2013 Halloween Parties In Minnesota

Alt-J
Myth Live Event Center
3090 Southlawn Drive
St. Paul, MN 55109
(651) 779-6984
www.mythlive.com

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

For a crazy night, groove to the tunes of Britain’s ambient Alt-J. Dress up, be it in your craziest costume or something a little more subdued, and enjoy Halloween the adult way. Knock back a few drinks and show off your costume on the dance floor. This may not be as wild or crazy as downtown Minneapolis, and for those looking for a quality evening, and a quality way to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, this is the venue for you.

Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.