Events in red are GLBT-oriented.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Nonna Rosa’s has partnered with Top Hat Theatre once again for an evening of thrills. Admission includes a four course dinner as well as admission to a sow, up close and personal. The Columbo family go head to head in competition for the best pasta dish until…MURDER! Who did it? How? Where? Why? Grab your friends and family to help unravel the mystery.
October 17, 24 at 7:00 p.m., October 18-19, 25-26 at 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Nonna Rosa’s
4168 West Broadway Avenue
Shadows and Spirits of the Capitol
These tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. As tour groups move through, they will meet historical “spirits” who tell stories of the Capitol’s early history.
October 17-19, 24-26; 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Minnesota State Capitol
St. Paul, MN
Frightmares at Buck Hill
For countless generations, Buck Hill has remained a brooding malevolence. Those who have tried to build on its land have died or gone mad. Come and visit, if you dare. Attractions include Under Bellharm Asylum, Orchard Manor Dead and Breakfast, The Fright Factory, and The Haunted Hollow.
October 17-20, 24-27; 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Venue: 15400 Buck Hill Road
Trail of Terror
Offering numerous attractions, including a ¾ mile haunted maze and a lockdown in which participants are blindfolded, bound to a table, and then exposed to smells, sounds and touch that will frighten even the most skeptic.
October 17-20, 24-27; 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Venue: The Trail Grounds
3525 145th Street West
Each weekend night through Halloween, Valleyfair morphs into a horror-filled nightmare. Not appropriate for patrons below 13 years of age, ValleyScare offers mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner and rides that’ll haunt your dreams. Not a ride person? Then check out scare zones and shows meant to make you shreik.
Weekend nights until October 27; 7:00 p.m. to midnight (Saturdays, haunting starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Tickets: start at $30.99
Venue: Valleyfair, Shakopee
Nightmare Hallow Scream Park at Running Aces
Celebrating 22 years of scares, Nightmare Hallow Scream Park is the original haunted house, haunted hayrides and haunted events experience in the north suburbs. The Doom Wagon will take you through haunted trails and you’ll experience a ride that you won’t forget.
October 17-20, 23-November 2; 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 (weekdays) or 11:00 (weekends)
Venue: 15201 Zurich Street NE
Forest Lake / Columbus, MN
Featuring two new attractions, this haunted town is set in a secluded atmosphere surrounded by a forest and corn field. With the largest corn maze in Minnesota, there are no wagons and no tour guides: just you navigating huge haunted attractions. Join the Minneapolis Movie Bears as they take on Scream Town Oct. 17.
October 17-20, 25-27, November 1-2; 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $20.00
Venue: 7410 Highway 212
The Haunting Experience on Highway 61
Haunting awaits, but there is fun for the entire family. In addition to the three haunted events, the family can enjoy carnival games, bonfires, a dance floor and beer tent on the weekends. For those who need a bit more adventure, take part in the Zombie Hunter Paintball Adventure at an additonal cost. Attendees should note that the cost is lower this year.
October 17-19, 23-26, 31-November 2; dusk to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17.00, $15.00 on weeknights
Venue: 10900 E Pt. Douglas Rd
Cottage Grove, MN
The Soap Factory Haunted Basement
Now in its seventh year, the artist-designed Haunted Basement is lurking underneath The Soap Factory, waiting to be explored. If needing to sign a waiver to enter doesn’t turn you away, the Factory challenges the hard-to-scare patrons to venture through alone.
October 17-20, 23-27, 30-November 3; 6:00 p.m. to midnight
Venue: The Soap Factory
514 Second St SE
Come out and celebrate Halloween with the cast of Dragged Out featuring special guests Victoria DeVille and Anita Rivera. Dragged Out will also have a couple kings that will be battling it out on stage! The winner will get a spot at an upcoming Dragged Out show! As RuPaul would say, “It’s time to lip-sync for your lives!” The performer to get the most applause from the audience will be the winner!
October 18; 9:30 p.m.
Venue: The Town House Bar
1415 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN
Real Haunted Tours
For one hour you and up to 15 other people will have two experienced paranormal investigators walk you through the theatre in near darkness. The tour includes several pauses for evidence gathering and invitations for activity, so don’t forget to bring your camera, voice recorder or video camera and attempt to catch your own evidence!
October 18-20, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Venue: Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Road
St. Paul, MN
Blackout at Nickelodeon Universe
Experience Nickelodeon Universe like never before with unlit rides, black lights, fog effects, and a live DJ. Fun for all ages include costume contests, black light t-shirt making, glow-in-the-dark airbrush tattoos and more. The first 1,000 ride ticket purchases made after 5:00 each night will receive a free treat bag.
October 18-19, 25-26; 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: 20.99 + tax for unlimited ride wristbands
Venue: Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
Dreadwood Haunted Forest
“No hayrides. No escape. No mercy.” An isolated forest outside of Hudson, WI, Dreadwood is not a park surrounded by neighborhoods or filled with cabins. When night falls, the darkness is consuming. You MUST stay with your guide. There are no side-doors or escape routes — once you have entered Dreadwood, the only way out is through.
October 18-19, 25-26; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Venue: 835 County Road E
Wabasha Street Caves: Ghost & Graves Tour
Take a ride around St. Paul to hear the tales of spirits, murders, ghost sightings and a graveyard. Reservations are required, so be sure to sign up early. Upgrade to the Caves and Graves tour for a chance to visit the dark and empty caves. Visit online for the most up-to-date information on dates and times.
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Fright Farm
Do you believe in ghosts? Perhaps seeing is believing. When something touches you in the night at the Fright Farm, it could be a performer…or it could be something else. Legend says that when the indigent were sent to live out their last days at the Poor Farm, some committed suicide while others naturally parished. Either way, their spirits are here to stay.
October 18-19, 25-27, 30-31; 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Venue: Ramsey County Fair Grounds
2020 White Bear Avenue
Bingo A-GoGo events are held twice a year to benefit Twin Cities Gay Mens Chorus and Park House, serving the HIV/AIDS community. This night’s theme of Monster Bingo encourages players to dress in costume and play to win! Hosted by Miss Richfield 1981, the games offer cash prizes as well as some raffle prizes – past events have given away theater tickets, botox, and dinners. Don’t forget about the great food to enjoy while you’re making the cards!
October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.00 in advance, $45.00 at the door
Venue: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
VOGUE|TRASH: Costume Fashion Ball
Where else can you experience local avant-garde fashion with a touch of performance art, except for Patrick’s Cabaret 4th annual VOGUE|TRASH: Costume Fashion Ball? Artists will walk the runway, wearing their own wacky, innovative creations while attendees are encouraged to wear something crazy and flaunt for the cameras. In addition, the benefit will feature a silent auction along with a live DJ. Proceeds benefit the Cabaret’s 2014 season.
Saturday, October 19th, 7:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 VIP, $15 General Admission
Venue: Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Expose – A Sweetpea Soiree
“Unveil. Disclose. Uncover. Reveal.” Celebrate by enjoying another magical evening of multi-genre, all-star artistry. Join a cast of spectacular artists brought together to present a broad-spectrum experience. Performances of burlesque, drag, comedy, spoken-word, live music, and more will divulge personal outlooks on what it is to “unmask” or to be made visible.
October 19; 9:00 p.m. doors, 10:00 p.m. show
Tickets: $15.00 at www.tinyurl.com/sweetpeasoiree 810 West Lake Street
ZooBoo at Como Zoo
Celebrate Halloween without the fright factor. ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children, with proceeds supporting the plants and animals of the zoo.
October 19, 20, 25-27; 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr
St. Paul, MN
Halloween Freak Nights
The Gay 90’s are hosting multiple nights of 18+ Halloween splendor. Join them for a special LaFemme’s Halloween drag show and costume contests one weekend and head back the next weekend for the Miss Gay 90’s contest.
October 25-26, 31; Shows start at 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Gay 90’s
408 Hennepin Avenue
We’re All Going to Hell: A Black Hearts’ Halloween
Get in the mood for Halloween with an especially dark show put on by Black Hearts Burlesque. Hosted by Mistress Victoria DeVille, the event features numerous special guests, so throw on your costume a week early and join the ladies of burlesque for a night of fun.
October 25; 9:30 p.m. doors, 10:30 p.m. show
Venue: Hell’s Kitchen
80 South 9th Street
The Big Gay Halloween Party VII: The Future
Epic Minneapolis has partnered with The Boys Present and Pinnacle Vodka to bring the seventh annual Big Gay Halloween Party. This year’s theme? The Future. Featuring DJ Multidimensional Fortitude and new technology, the costume contest will be giving away $1000 in prizes while “transporting your mind and soul into the future.”
Friday, October 25, Doors at 10 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door
Venue: Epic Minneapolis
110 North 5th Street
Halloween at Lush
Friday, come for a costume contest with cash and bar tab prizes and music by DJ Shannon Blowtorch, “spinning the purr-fect party mix.” Come back Saturday for DJ Kris Holiday “slaying down the beat” for another great costume contest.
Venue: Lush Food Bar
990 Central Avenue
Halloween Weekend at eagleBOLTbar
The eagleboltbar is hosting a Halloween Weekend full of contests, starting with a uniform contest at midnight on Friday. Saturday hosts a Halloween costume contest at midnight and the weekend concludes with a showtunes costume contest at 9:00 p.m. Sunday. After resting up, head back on Halloween night for Redneck Halloween with Trashcan Thursday specials.
October 25-27, 31
515 Washington Avenue South
Whether you’re more the half marathon, 10 mile, or 5k type of runner, the Monster Dash has a St. Paul course for you. If you think you can handle it, run in a costume for a chance to win the costume contest.
October 26; 8:30 a.m.
Registration: Starts at $49.99
5th Annual Halloween Fearless 5K
“Chase Away Fears” as you run or walk around Como Lake on a USATF certified course with family and friends. The course is professionally chip-timed and includes motivational theme music, announcer, free photographic record and healthy post-race treats.
October 26, Check-in starts at 8:45 a.m.
Registration starts at $28
1360 Lexington Parkway North
St. Paul, MN
Woof ‘n’ Treat Halloween Party
The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host the sixth annual Woof ‘n Treat Halloween Party for pooches and people of all ages. This free event, founded by the owners of Bubbly Paws and Pampered Pooch Playground, will feature a dog costume contest and will benefit Homeward Bound Dog Rescue through a silent auction and donations from participating merchants who will donate a portion of the day’s sales to the organization. There will also be dog adoptions, refreshments, hay rides, inflatables, trick-or-treating for kids and dogs, and much more.
October 26; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Venue: The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
St. Louis Park, MN
Anoka Grand Day Halloween Parade
Anoka is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration meant to divert its youngsters from partaking in more tricks than treats. This year’s theme is Retro and, although dressing up and Halloween attire is encouraged, gore and blood are not allowed.
October 26; 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Main Street
Family Equality Council Family Halloween Party
Join in the fun for the annual Halloween Family Day Party, a family-friendly way to enjoy the season while connecting with old and new friends from the area! Don’t miss games, arts and crafts, and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Dress in your best costume if you want to participate in the costume contest.
October 26; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Burroughs Community School
1601 West 50th Street
Mystic Lake Big Halloween Bash
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel will host the Big Halloween Bash, its first-ever Halloween party. The event is set to include live entertainment, drink specials and a costume contest. Everyone is invited to participate in a casino-wide costume crawl, visiting all casino bars from 9 to 11 p.m.
October 26; 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Venue: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard Northwest
Prior Lake, MN
All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball Drag Show Fundraiser
The Rochester Girls will once again perform an “Exquisite Drag Review” in full makeup, jewelry and masquerade attire. Follow the Rochester Girls after the show to an audience happy hour at the Old Village Hall Restaurant and Pub. All proceeds from the event benefit the Rochester AIDS Walk.
October 26; Doors at 6:00 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, available at Lanesboro’s Crown Trout Jewelers and The Old Village Hall Restaurant and Pub.
Venue: Lanesboro Community Center
202 Parkway Avenue South
Come to every bar on this crawl for free cover, drink specials, getting spooked at the haunted house and, of course, trick or treating! This pub crawl includes downtown’s top bars (508, Aqua, Brothers, Gay 90’s, Cowboy Jack’s, Light, Pourhouse, The Rouge At Lounge, The Tangiers, and an after party at Whisky Park) as well as Minneapolis’ very first haunted house. Grab your costume and come party with the best of them.
October 26; 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $7.00 in advance, $25.00 day of
BERLIN: Halloween Edition
“Calling all queer grrrls, boyzzz, & everything in between! The Twin Cities QUEER INDIE revolution is here and doing Halloween even bigger than last year!” DJ Shannon Blowtorch will be play the spooky jams all night, with special guest DJ Lori Barbero. The night includes a costume contest, dance party, and drag performances.
October 26; 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Venue: Hell’s Kitchen
80 South 9th Street
The Saloon’s Halloween
WerQ Events partners with the Saloon for Halloween with DJ Barden opening for resident DJ Multidimensional Fortitude. Whether Halloween is an excuse to be sexy or scary, The Saloon invites you to strut your stuff. Two separate nights celebrating the two separate categories; enjoy cash prizes in the costume contests.
Sexy Halloween October 26, Scary Halloween October 31; contests at midnight
Venue: The Saloon
830 Hennepin Avenue
Metro Dogs Customer Appreciation Halloween Specials
The company that offers daycare and boarding for your furry friends is turning two this Halloween! To celebrate, they’re offering specials all week long. From free daycare and nail trims to discounts on retail purchases, Metro Dogs is offering up numerous sweet treats.
October 28-November 1
Venue: Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding
506 11th Avenue North
Halloween at CocoBear
Join us for a fun spooky event! Dress your pet up to automatically be entered into the pet costume contest! Food and drinks will be served! We will be doing free feather extensions (or a free bandana) to each dog in costume!
October 30; 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: CocoBear Pet Care and Boutique
197 7th Street East
St. Paul, MN
Cocktails at the Castle: Loki’s Halloween Bash
The American Swedish Institute’s popular Cocktails at the Castle series returns this Halloween with a legendary theme. Come Halloween night, ASI transforms into the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology with special guests Loki, Thor, Odin and the fallen Vikings, among others. Live music by local bands Crimes and Strange Names. Costumes are encouraged for this 21+ event.
Thursday, October 31, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Venue: American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Flip Phone: Ghosts of Diva Past
A Halloween Event you will never forget! What goes bump in the night?! Michael, Whitney, Left Eye, Aaliyah, Diana, Amy, and many others do! Join Flip Phone for an unforgettable Halloween at Honey. +DJ FANCY RESTAURANT is spinning all of your favorite Dead Divas, plus his usual set of music from 1996-2006 +Costume Contest at Midnight – Multiple Categories +Late Night Shenanigans +Bobbing for apples, Monster Mash and sketchy dancing
Thursday, October 31
$5 Cover, $4 Taps and Rails and a “Spooky Cocktail Special”
Venue: Honey Bar
205 E. Hennepin Ave.
19 Bar Costume Contest
With a first place prize of $500 cash and never a cover charge, 19 Bar wants to see you in costume. Judging starts at 11:00, with winners announced at midnight.
Venue: 19 Bar
19 West 15th Street
Scary Ink 2
Local Twin Cities poster artists will be displaying Halloween-themed posters for Scary Ink 2. In the very first Scary Ink show, artists depicted glow-in-the-dark ghosts, grisly monsters, ghouls, and all sorts of tricks or treats. Though the posters will be displayed for a couple of weeks, an opening reception will be held Halloween night. Posters from the exhibition will be for sale during the opening and during the entire run of the show at Big Table Studio.
October 31-November 16
Venue: Big Table Studio
375 Wabasha Street
St. Paul, Minnesota
Suck It!: Day of the Dead
Town House will be hosting a Halloween bash the night of November 1 with the Suck It show. Billed as “a new drag revue with just the right amount of attitude,” Suck It embraces the Halloween theme with Day of the Dead. Nothing screams “Halloween” quite like half-dead drag queens. With a $200 first place prize in the costume contest, it’s sure to be fun for everyone.
November 1; 10:00 p.m.
Venue: The Town House Bar
1415 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN
Red Carpet To Hell V, sponsored by DEVILS CUT
Come one, come all for the two level party at the W Hotel. The first and second floor will play host a party with music from DJ Paris and a costume contest with local celebrity judges (Dave and Falon from KDWB and Meatsauce from KFAN). Costume categories include celebrity look-alike, sexiest male and female, scariest, most politically incorrect, most creative, group, and best overall.
November 2; 9:00 p.m.
Venue: The Living Room at W Minneapolis-The Foshay
821 Marquette Avenue South