Several events are being scheduled this year for those who are looking to scare up a happy and healthy Halloween. Here are a few of the local ones:
Haunted walking tours of Summit Avenue will be offered at 5 p.m. every Friday through Sunday in October (except Halloween) by CynCity Tours. The guided strolls will feature ghost stories and history, seasoned with tingles, laughs and maybe a shiver or two. Tours start at Overlook Park on Summit and Ramsey Street. The cost is $25. Register at cycitytours.com.
Sister Celeste’s All Hallows’ Eve Tour will be offered from 7-9 p.m. on most Thursdays through Sundays, October 14-30, at the Celeste of Saint Paul Hotel & Bar, 26 E. Exchange St. Sister Celeste will share stories about the hereafter, the history of Halloween and spiritual activity on the site of the hotel and in the neighborhood. The tour includes a select spirit in the Celeste Bar. The cost is $25-$27. Visit tinyurl.com/3bu5pbs5 or call 651-253-0937.
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth will offer Halloween-themed creativity for kids in grades K-5 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 21-22, at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. Youngsters can create a spine-chilling play on Thursday and transform the 100-year-old theater into a haunted house on Friday. At the end of both days, family and friends are invited to check out the results. Participants pay as they are able. Visit tinyurl.com/kfwrykrt.
A free Halloween party for kids of all ages will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 22, at the Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave. There will be games, crafts and other fun. Call 651-298-5677.
Sibley Hauntings will take place at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at the Sibley Historic Site on Highway 13 in Mendota. Groups will walk through the dimly-lit Faribault and Sibley houses and meet “ghosts” from the 1890s when the site was used as an art school. There will also be s’mores by a campfire. The cost is $8-$10 a person. To guarantee a spot, register at dakotahistory.org.
A Trick or Teeing event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at the Mendota Par 3 Golf Course in Mendota Heights. Visit four golf holes for a treat and enjoy games, arts and crafts, and a costume contest. Cider and snacks will be available. The event is geared for children 13 and younger with adult supervision. Visit tinyurl.com/3edjycx9.
Pumpkins and Power Drills, the Minnesota Tool Library’s fifth annual jack-o’-lantern carving fundraiser, will take place from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, October 23 at the Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis, and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, October 24, at the Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St., Saint Paul. Admission is free, kids are welcome and costumes are encouraged. People can buy a pumpkin there or bring their own. Reserve a spot by visiting mntoollibrary.org or emailing email@example.com.
The Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, October 24, at Landmark Center. There will be live entertainment, crafts, treats and a costume parade. Visit landmarkcenter.org or call 651-292-3063.
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society will get into the Halloween spirit with an in-person and streaming performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 25, at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. The society presents classic plays in the style of a vintage radio broadcast. The cost is $28. Visit parksquaretheatre.org.
Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 S. Griggs St., will play host to hour-long Halloween programs beginning at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27. A variety of game stations and a Beat the Creep Room will be among the activities, along with lots of treats. Attendance is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 651-695-3711 or visit stpaul.gov/parks.
An MJM Halloween Bash for the Merriam Park, Jimmy Lee and Martin Luther King recreation centers will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 28, at Merriam Park, 2000 Saint Anthony Ave. There will be a petting zoo, jump castle, haunted house, food, costume contest and more. Visit stpaul.gov/halloween.
Gangster Ghost Tours featuring characters playing Saint Paul criminals, G-men and judges will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, October 28, at Landmark Center. Groups will be guided through the center’s shadowy halls, stopping to hear from ghosts such as Police Chief “Big Tom” Brown, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and Ma Barker. Tickets are $10. Register at landmarkcenter.org or 651-292-3063.
Theatre of the Macabre, a night of storytelling and readers theater, will be hosted by director Craig Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. The evening will include ghost stories, songs, classic literary scenes and storytelling. Tickets are $16-$30. For information, visit parksquaretheatre.org.
Trick or Treat in Highland will be celebrated from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, October 30, in Highland Village. The Highland Business Association will once again feature a one-way, staggered scavenger hunt for kids. Trick-or-treating will take place along a route that begins at Langford & Karls Chiropractic, 730 S. Cleveland Ave., and ends at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. There will be photo stops and other activities along the way. Visit highlandba.com.
(Note: Some indoor venues require facemasks, proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests for admittance.)
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