How to Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
How to Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
Here at House Houghton, Halloween is a favorite holiday. The excitement is building with my four boys and even the family dog wants in on the act. One of the best things about it in the Twin Cities is the celebration is ongoing for the entire month of October. There are events in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs to suit every age and scare quotient. For some of us diehard fans of this delightfully spooky event, we never grow too old to embrace it and as we reach mid-October, the plans for a fast approaching Halloween get serious.
Halloween conjures up images of haunted houses, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins, and witches flying around on broomsticks. Costume choices range from satisfying our alter ego and dressing as a favorite character from history, choosing something traditional like a witch or ghost, or going more trendy and masquerading as someone currently in the public spotlight. Decisions! Decisions! Then when the costume is chosen where to go and what to do. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities metro, there are so many options ranging from fun and spooky to those that are looking to be blood-curdling terrified! Wherever your spooky-meter registers, we have suggestions for you. Here are some great activities aimed at delivering the best Twin Cities Halloween ever!
For Those Who Want to be Blood-tingling Terrified Visit SCREAMTOWN!
Located in Chaska on Route 212 is one of the Twin Cities scariest and most exciting Halloween venues, SCREAMTOWN, named in the top ten of haunts for 2016 by Haunted Attraction, One of the best in the nation by the Strib, and the ultimate Minnesota Thing To Do by Minnesota Monthly. This year enjoy eight majorly scary attractions that will be sure to have the bravest among your group screaming! This Halloween must do event ends on October 29th with “lights out” available only on this particular night. For ticket pricing, hours, tour options and all other information please visit the SCREAMTOWN website.
For the Younger Ghosts and Goblins
The ZooBoo at Como Park in St. Paul is celebrating its 30 year anniversary! It’s a family-friendly event which transforms the zoo into a world of make-believe. This years event will include over 200 characters in costume who will entertain and interact with the little witches and haunts visiting the zoo. This attraction is open the next two weekends of the month. For complete details visit their website.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Valley Fair happens every weekend through the 29th of October. The fun features all your favorites from the Peanuts kids. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the gang for non-scary and fun Halloween activities like Charlie Brown’s Pirate Adventure, The Story-telling Witch, and the Great Pumpkin Parade. Check out the website for complete details.
Watch a Classic Horror Film
A great way to get into the spirit of this spooky and haunting season is to watch a horror film. Livestream one or get out a DVD from the library for free. Great adult or older children choices include Sleepy Hollow, Scream, Halloween, The Changeling, The Shining, The Exorcist, Pet Sematary, and Carrie. For families with younger kids or adults that don’t want to be scared silly watch Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare before Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Caspar, The Adams Family, Ghostbusters, or Hotel Transylvania. Then, of course, no list would be complete without the Harry Potter series. You can also check out Seventeen Magazine’s list of favorites.
If you relish something more contemporary and on the big screen. Happy Death Day is drawing crowds. Stephen King’s screen adaptation of It is also on the marquee right now. Check out your local theater listings for times. That all-time cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be playing in selected theaters on the 28th and 29th of this month.
Host a Halloween Party
Have a monster mash at your place. The options are limitless. Require costumes and set a theme. Or have anything goes. Decorate the family room and serve some inspiring Halloween themed food and drink. Need some ideas to get you started. Check out this article on Wikihow to get you started. For great decorating and food ideas take a look at offerings on HGTV. If you are on a tight budget but love the idea of hosting check out this article on US News on how to throw a Halloween bash for under $100.
Halloween Capital of the World – Anoka
No Twin Cities list would be complete without including a trip to our very own Anoka, just 30 minutes north of Minneapolis and considered the official Halloween Capital of the World! The first Halloween celebration was in 1920 with a parade and the idea caught on. Ninety-Seven years later Anoka is still going strong with Halloween activities. Check out the website and make your plans!
Last but not least, don’t forget to check out Minneapolis, and St. Paul and of course, your community’s website for local celebrations. Whatever you do, above all have a safe and fun Halloween.
As always, thanks for reading. You know where to find me.