Monday, October 15, 2012

Local Halloween Related Events and Activities

ZOO BOO at Como Zoo
October 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28
from 4:30-7:30pm

ZooBoo, an annual Halloween event, now in its 25th year, is Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s largest fundraiser. Each year, the grounds of Como Zoo are transformed into a world of fairytales and fun with over 200 live costumed characters entertaining guests and interacting with children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.
Tickets are $7 per person at the gate or $6 per person in advance. Advance tickets are available online or at Como’s Garden Safari Gifts, or by phone at 651-487-8229.
Have a question about ZooBoo – check out our frequently asked questions.
Or contact us at 651-487-8229 or
It takes more than 500 volunteers to make ZooBoo happen!
Interested in volunteering? Click here to learn more.


Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20
Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27
5 - 10 p.m. each night Nickelodeon Universe®

Experience Nickelodeon Universe in a whole new way with unlit rides, black lighting, fog effects, a live DJ, costume contests, black light t-shirt making, glow in the dark airbrush tattoos and more!

Blackout Unlimited Ride Wristbands: $19.99 + tax Purchase a Beat Flashing Bracelet for $3 First 1,000 ride ticket purchases made after 5 p.m. will receive a FREE treat bag. Valid on event nights only
Complete Event Schedule & Costume Contest Rules

Halloween Fun at the Arboretum

Sunday, Oct. 28
Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardensnoon-4 p.m., Arboretum grounds
Trick or treat on the wild side! Check out the spooky forest filled with kid-friendly ghouls and the wildflower garden teeming with goblins. Stop at trick or treat stations to fill your treat bag and participate in fun activities. Fee: $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12. (After Oct. 26, it's $10 for ages 13 & older). Gate fee applies. Free for ages 2 and under. Ghouls & Goblins is presented by RBC Wealth Management. Register online.

'Spooktacular' Concert3-5 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Enjoy the haunting sounds of this spooky season! Performed by the talented Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Free with gate admission.

Weekend Family Fun: Squish Squash
noon-4 p.m. Learning Center
Sink your hands inside a pumpkin, squash, or gourd and dissect one. Dig out the insides and take a closer look at plant parts. Sample pumpkin soup. Free with Arb admission.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
all day, free admission for everyone arriving in costume
Put on your favorite costume and get in the spirit of things! Trick or treat for apples at the Gift Store, enjoy a Halloween cookie from the Restaurant. Take in the Pumpkin Palooza display in the Visitor Center and on the Arboretum grounds. Don't miss the scarecrows!

HallZOOween Event - Minnesota Zoo
October 27 & 28, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Zoo for some Halloween fun. Dress up as your favorite Zoo animal or other creature of choice and get ready for a fun day of crafts, critters, and treats! Even the animals will enjoy some pumpkin action. Be sure to check out the Scarecrow Alley display at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.
  • Treats and Goodies! (10:00 – 2:00) while supplies last
  • Halloween Craft (11:00 – 2:00)
  • Creature Features
Black Bear – 10:00 a.m. Black Bear – 10:00 a.m.
Tiger – 11:00 a.m.Leopards – 11:00 a.m.
Minnesota Aviary – 12:00Minnesota Aviary – 12:00
Penguins – 1:00 Penguins – 1:00
Brown Bear – 2:00Brown Bear – 2:00
Tamarin – 3:00 Small-clawed Otter – 3:00
 “Creepy Crawly” Animal Encounters (10, 11, 12, 1, 2) Minnesota Lodge
Members Only HallZOOween event
Watch a video of our animals enjoying a pumpkin treat.

BOO BASH on Grand Avenue

Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with Grand Ave’s Boo Bash, one of the best Halloween events in the Twin Cities! Stop by in the afternoon for a children’s costume contest, the Monster Mash dance, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a word search! If you’re looking for Halloween events in the Twin Cities, don’t forget Boo Bash right here on the Avenue!  
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