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Kid Friendly Halloween Events in the Twin Cities

Halloween has plenty of fans who think that the scarier something is, the better. Haunted houses, horror films, and things that go bump in the night are the best! But not everyone has the same tolerance for ghosts and gore, especially when it comes to young children. If you live in one of the beautiful Key Land homes in Woodbury MN, and are looking for kid-friendly events this Halloween season, here are some of the Twin Cities’ offerings.

Every Saturday and Sunday, through October 29, The Great Pumpkin Fest offers plenty of not-so-scary activities at ValleyFair Park. Kids get to hang out with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and more of the Peanuts characters and hear “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” read by a friendly witch. Other activities include Charlie Brown’s Pirate Adventure, the Great Pumpkin Parade where little kids can show off their costumes, a haybale maze, craft corner, sing alongs, and, of course, some trick or treating.

You don’t want to miss this year’s ZooBoo at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Not only is it the event’s 30th anniversary, but due to some upcoming renovations at the park, this will be its last year in its current form. A new version will start up again in 2019. ZooBoo is a family friendly event in which the zoo is transformed into a fairytale world. More than 200 costumed characters interact with and entertain the children, who are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate costumes, and there’s also a safe trick-or-treating alternative, so kids will want to bring their own reusable treat bag. There are many other surprises throughout this outdoor event. Most of the animals are in bed by the time the event starts, but some might make an appearance. ZooBoo takes place October 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

If you’d like the festivities to include a bit of culture and not just candy, visit the Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration at Minnesota History Center. This special event, held October 22 from 12-4 pm is included with museum admission. The event looks at the importance of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexican culture and how it uses celebration to help people honor and remember family members who have died. The History Center’s festivities typically include Aztec dancing, puppet shows, traditional Mexican music and dancing, crafts, hands-on activities, and decorated altars, known as ofrendas, which are on display through November 2.

Families living in homes in Woodbury MN, who want to find an age-appropriate Halloween event have plenty of great options in the Twin Cities. Book your tickets now for any or all of these not-so-frightful festivities.

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