Monsters & ogres in October

Spooky fun for the whole family!

Monstrous events provide entertainment for all ages.


Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival and Gangster Ghost Tour at Landmark Center

Halloween will begin a little early at Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul with two ghostly events.
The family-friendly Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, is geared toward princesses, superheroes, and creatures of all ages. This free festival features storytelling, music, crafts, treats and a costume parade.
For a slightly spookier night, cross paths with the ghosts of gangsters, G-men, and jurists long since departed, and experience Landmark Center through the eyes of the most famous and infamous St. Paul inhabitants on the Gangster Ghost Tour from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
Groups will be guided through the shadowy halls of Landmark Center, stopping to talk with ghosts, such as the corrupt "Big Tom" Brown, John Dillinger and Edna "The Kissing Bandit" Murray, just to name a few.
Tickets are $5, and spots are limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 651-292-3063.
"The Gangster Ghost Tour gets more popular and more fun every year. People look forward to encountering a new ghost character or introducing the tour to a friend who has never attended before," said Judy Brooks, Minnesota Landmarks director of community programs.
"The tour, along with the Great Pumpkin Festival, makes for a great week of Halloween activities with something for both children and adults."
Landmark Center is located at 75 W. Fifth St., on Rice Park.  Parking is available on street and in nearby Lawson, Science Museum and RiverCentre Ramps. For more information visit www.landmarkcenter.org.


Maplewood Historical Society's Halloween Hoedown offers fun galore.

There will be fun for the whole family at the 16th annual Halloween Hoedown Friday, Oct. 16, at the Maplewood Community Center.
Activities, prizes and entertainment for everyone. Costumes encouraged- Costume contest!
The Maplewood Area Historical Society is hosting Halloween Hoedown from 6 to 9 p.m. at the community center, 2100 White Bear Ave.
Events will include a spooky room haunted tour, DJ entertainment by PJ the DJ, Hot dogs and Halloween treats, games and contests, pumpkin painting, fun crafts, balloon sculpting, hair and face painting, and more. Costumes are encouraged and there will costume contest.
Halloween Hoedown is a fundraiser for the non-profit Historical Society. Cost is $4 and kids younger than 3 are free.
For more information, call 651-748-8645 or visit www.maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org.


ZooBoo offers plenty of friendly fun

The annual Como ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children at the Como Zoo in St. Paul.
The zoo grounds are transformed into a world of fairytales and fun with over 200 live costumed characters interacting and entertaining the children. The event offers families a trick-or-treating alternative, plus many Halloween surprises.
The ZooBoo will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Tickets are $7 at the gate.
The zoo itself will close at 3 p.m. on ZooBoo days to prepare for the festival.


Insanity creeps into Fright Farm

Fright Farm Haunted House is a legendary horror experience. Consistently named by local media among the best and scariest haunted attractions in Minnesota, the Fright Farm is open from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October.
Visitors explore frightening scenes in a blend of horror, local legend, and folklore. Located among the relics of the Ramsey County Poor Farm and Cemetery in a historic barn, Fright Farm takes place at the intersection of White Bear and Frost avenues in Maplewood.
New for 2015 is The Asylum - a journey through an abandoned insane asylum gone horribly wrong. Survivors of the haunted house can experience other activities on the grounds, including a paintball monster hunt, carnival rides, food and beverages.
Tickets to Fright Farm are $10 for all ages. For young children and the faint of heart, there will be a family-friendly, "low-scare" event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. It will feature a tamer version of the haunt as well as fun family activities and free prizes.
Admission to the low-scare event is $5 for all ages. All proceeds from the 19th annual Fright Farm benefit the nonprofit Ramsey County Sheriff's Foundation, which supports public safety and community programs. Visit www.frightfarm.org for more information.


Victorian séance: fact or fiction?

Experience elements of a Victorian séance in a one-of-a-kind event at the Alexander Ramsey House with artist and performer Michael Callahan, as he portrays a Victorian medium, and discovers some of the tools and tricks that were used at a 19th-century séance.
The programs, suitable for ages 16 and older, will run an hour starting at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The cost is $22 for adults, and $20 for seniors and college students. Reservations can be made by calling 651-296-8760 or visiting ramseyhouse@mnhs.org. The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. in St. Paul.


Spooky Side of Suburbia Happy Hour

What really happens behind those picket fences? At the Minnesota History Center's celebration of all things bizarre in the 'burbs, visitors will watch spine-chilling clips from favorite suburban scary movie, surprise their friends with horror makeup and sample food at a supernaturally scrumptious pop-up food court.
This free event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul.
Visitors can also learn more about Minnesota's suburbs at the center's new Suburbia exhibit, and enjoy a musical atmosphere of vintage vinyl by DJ Jameson. Take it all home (if you dare) with a frightening photo souvenir. For more information, call 651-259-3000.


Get spooky at the Lauderdale city Halloween party

Head to Lauderdale City Hall for ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food on Saturday, Oct. 31 -- Halloween -- from 5-7 p.m. Come in costume and consider helping to fund the event by making a donation. Volunteers are also welcome to help set up the event on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 12-4 p.m., or at the event itself. Contact City Hall for more information at 651-792-7650.


Victorian ghost stories

The dimly lit parlor of the James J. Hill House will be the eerie setting for dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories. Two weekends of suspense will be offered with different readings each weekend. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some "true" ghost stories.
Programs begin at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included in admission) and hot cider will be served. The house is located at 240 Summit Ave. in St. Paul.
The program is not recommended for children under age 8. Cost is $12 and to order tickets call 651-259-3015 or visit hillhouse@mnhs.org.


Halloween Extravaganza returns to Dodge Nature Center

Hit the trick trail or test your mettle on the scary trail with the ghost pond and haunted prairie during Halloween Extravaganza at Dodge Nature Center Friday, Oct. 23 from 5:30-10 p.m. at 1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul.
With fun for preschoolers to seniors there will also be a DJ spinning jumping jams, nature programs, wagon rides and facepainting, along with storytelling from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The scary trail is open 6:45-9:45 p.m., right when it gets dark.
The cost is $9, or $6 for nature center members. Pre-register by Oct. 22 to enter through the fast lane or buy tickets at the door.
For more information head to www.dodgenaturecenter.org or call 651-455-4531.


Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration

For Mexican-Americans, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a powerful way to honor ancestors and heritage.
The Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Minnesota History Center, will feature music, folk dancing, traditional Mexican games, a skull-making workshop, art activities, samples of traditional bread and hot chocolate, and beautiful ofrendas (altars), tributes to those who have departed, created by local students and professional artists.
Cost is $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, and free for ages 4 and younger. The celebration will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul. For more information call 651-259-3000.


 Halloween Hijinks Puppet Show

Children will sing-along and laugh as they watch with wild animal puppets get ready for winter during the Halloween Hijinks Puppet Show at Maplewood Nature Center Wednesday, Oct. 28. They will make a mini bat kite to bring home and take it for a spin in the center’s nature play yard. The one-hour program wraps up with a spooky snack. Show times are at 10 and 11 a.m., and the program is geared toward children ages 2 to 5 with adults and small daycare groups. Cost is $5 per child. Participants can stay for a picnic or hike the self-guiding trails afterward. Registration is due by Tuesday, Oct 27. The nature center is located at 2659 E. Seventh St. in Maplewood. For more information, call 651- 249-2170 or visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com.


The Great Pumpkin Chase runs into Lake Elmo

Run for your life! in The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K, 10K and Kids Dracula Dash Fun Run come Saturday, Oct. 31 -- Halloween -- beginning at 10 a.m. at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Register online up until Oct. 29 for $30 or $40 after for either the 5K or 10K; kids dash for $10 before the cutoff or $15 after. The park reserve is located at 1515 Keats Ave. N. in Lake Elmo. Call 651-653- 7401 or head to www.frontrunnerusa.com for more information or to register.


Mounds Theatre Haunted Tours

Hear ghost stories and the history of the well-known paranormal venue in near-darkness at the Historic Mounds Theatre. Stairs, darkness and paranormal company included. Tours are Fridays and Saturdays on the hour, from 6 p.m. to midnight, through Oct. 30.
Most tours are for ages 16 and older, with a new exception. A new tour this year is the Sunday Sunset tours, which are only for 8- to 15-year-olds, with a parent or guard­ian present. Sunday Sunset tours are Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 and begin before sundown.
Three-hour investigation slots can be arranged by contacting the theatre at historic­moundstheatre@gmail.com. The Historic Mounds Theatre is located at 1029 Hudson Road, St. Paul. Tickets are $20 and a link to purchase them can be found on http:// moundstheatre.org.


Rockpoint Church corn maze

Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo is debuting a free, 2-1/2 acre corn maze on Satur­days, Oct. 17, 24, and 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plans have been in the works for months beginning with plantings last spring and multiple cuttings during the summer.
Attendees of all ages can take aim and shoot corncobs at the distant targets. Also included are wagon rides pulled by tractors down paths that wind through the church grounds. What's missing from the corn maze? There won't be any ghouls, zombies or goblins ... or any other scary characters. The choice to make this fun was at the fore­front of planning.
There will also be a children's maze, featuring a less challenging path than the advanced version. Rockpoint Church is located at 5825 Kelvin Ave. N., just east of Keats and south of Highway 36 in Lake Elmo.


Phantom classic on stage at Northwestern

The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will be performed this fall by the Univer­sity of Northwestern-St. Paul theater department at Maranatha Hall on the college campus at 3003 Snelling Ave. N. in Roseville.
The 7:30 p.m. performances will be Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31, and Nov. 4-7. There will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Halloween.
This is the first time the school has staged the popular Broadway play, which is directed by Jennifer Hunter. The show features the power, suspense and beauty of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, and is based on the novel "Le Fantome de L'Opera' by Gaston Leroux. Tickets are available by calling 651-631-5151 or visiting: unwtickets. com.


Pumpkin carving at Silverwood Park

Get your pumpkins carved just in time for Hal­loween.
Silverwood Park is hosting a pumpkin-carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Find inspiration with carving, sculpting and creative jack-o-lantern samples. Pumpkins, natural decoration materials and simple carving tools will be provided.
Finish off the evening with a mass pumpkin lighting and marshmallow roasting.
Children ages 17 and under must be accompa­nied by a registered adult. Registration is $8. Silver­wood Park is located at 2500 County Road E in St. Anthony Village.
Register at https://www.threeriversparks.org/ events/P/pumpkin-carving.aspx.


Go Trunk or Treating at Emanuel Lutheran Church

Expect tricks, treats, games and fun at Emanuel Lutheran Church’s Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. Costumes are welcome, bring along food to make a donation to the food shelf and the event is free. The church is located at 2075 70th Street E. in Inver Grove Heights. Head to www. emanuellutheranchurch.org or call 651-457-3929 for more information.


 

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