Bar crawls, dog parties, beer releases, horror movies: Here's 60+ freakin' things to do for Halloween

Darin Kamnetz

Darin Kamnetz

When Halloween falls on a Tuesday, that means that holiday happenings will sprawl throughout this week, weekend, and the big day itself next Tuesday. The following is our epic collection of spooky events, including ar crawls, beer releases, puppy parties, movie screenings, and haunted houses sure to scare the shit out of you.

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Mike Madison

Mike Madison

Bar Crawls and Parties

Transmission Presents: Halloween 1984
'80s-themed Halloween party inspired by Stranger Things, with costume contest, prizes, photographer, and music and videos by DJ Jake Rudh. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 28; Free. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-9069.

Penny and Baba's Halloween Wedding Dance Party
Flip Phone hosts a wedding ceremony for horror icons Pennywise and Babadook. Officiated by David S. Pumpkins. Come in costume. Tunes and drag entertainment will be provided by DJ Izzie P, Sunny Kiriyama, and others. 21+. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tue., Oct. 31. honey mpls, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-746-0306.

TWP Halloween Party
Featuring art auction, dancing, DJ tunes, a fun house, and more. 7 p.m. to midnight. Sat., Oct. 28. The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Lake Monster Bash: Halloween Music Fest
Featuring costume contest, prizes, craft beers, food trucks, and live music from Haley, Chastity Brown, Actual Wolf, Farewell Milwaukee, and Them Coulee Boys. Tickets and more info at 1-9 p.m. Oct. 28; $15. Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul; 612-964-6288.

Susan Du

Susan Du

First Avenue's Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Featuring prizes and music by Tiiiiiiip, DJ Espada & Mike 2600, DJ Keezy, DJ Smitty & Roy Freedom, and hosted by Ian Rans. 8 p.m. Oct. 31; $5-$15. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388.

Brit's Birthday and Halloween Bash
Drink specials, costumes featuring British fashion, and live music from ABBAsolutely Fab. 7 p.m. Oct. 28; Free. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-3908.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Featuring cash prizes for best costumes, photo station, DJ, and music from Alex Rossi. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28; Free. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 800-262-7799.

Dogfish Head: Flesh & Blood Halloween (Rare & Seasonal Tapping)
Seasonals Flesh & Blood IPA, Pumpkin Ale, and Indian Brown will be on tap all day, as will Barton Oak Aged Imperial IPA. 4 to 11:55 p.m. Fri., Oct. 27. Muddy Waters, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-872-2232.

Dark Fatha Returns
Costume contest at 8 p.m. Come as your favorite Brewstillery character for extra points. Noon to midnight Sat., Oct. 28. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville.

Darin Kamnetz

Darin Kamnetz

Strange Things: A Halloween Dance Party
Featuring Aja from RuPaul's Drag Race, with Julia Starr, Sasha Cassadine, Vincent the Destroyer, and Martina Marraccino, presented by Flip Phone and Blowtorch. 9 p.m. Oct. 28; $13-$15. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388.

Halloween Bar Crawl
While kids will roam the neighborhoods trick-or-treating this Halloween, adults will make their way through the bars of downtown Minneapolis. This Friday, ghosts, superheroes, and the minimally dressed will take to the streets, hitting up pubs, clubs, and restaurants for booze. They’ll find what they are looking for at First Avenue, the Gay 90’s, and Kieran’s, among others, as this crawl scores people drink specials ranging from $3 Stoli shots to $5 Summit beers to $10 pizzas. Tickets get you free admission and deals at participating bars, and a costume contest will rain $500 down on the winner. 21+. 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fri. Oct. 27. $15. Find tickets at, check in is at the Pourhouse (10 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis). --Jessica Armbruster

2017 Ghostly Gala
Benefit for Reach for Resources, featuring pizza, games, prizes, candy, music, dancing, and a costume contest. Tickets and more info at 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; $10-$15. Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park; 763-493-8333.

Image courtesy event organizers

Image courtesy event organizers

Haunted Houses

Haunted Basement XI
It’s not Halloween season without the Haunted Basement. Now in its 11th year, the most terrifying production in the Twin Cities is ghosting in a new home, bringing along a whole new world of horrors. If you’ve never been inside the Basement, be warned that this is not just another haunted house. With multiple rooms and themes, the experience is unique to every person. Can the performers touch you? They can, and they will. Is it possible to be separated from your group? It is, and you probably will be. Is the sheer anticipation and mind-fuckery just as terrifying as the characters waiting around every twist and turn? You better believe it. Each year the Haunted Basement completely revamps itself, meaning that whether you’re a long-time scare junkie or a first-time visitor, you’re in for something you’ve never seen before. For those who need to take things a step further, they will once again be offering the Blind Invocation, which is an enhanced, extended solo experience with exclusive environments and characters that you won’t see in the standard Basement tour. There are also a handful of Fraidy Cat tours available, with no actors and the lights turned on for those who simply want to see what the fuss is about without potentially pissing themselves. For times and tickets, visit 18+. Every Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Sept. 29-Oct. 31; Every Wed. from Oct. 18-31; Oct. 31; $25-$27; $40 Blind Invocation sessions; $10 Fraidy Cat tours. The Haunted Basement, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. --Patrick Strait

The Dead End Hayride
Variety of haunted attractions. 7-11 p.m. Every Wed., Thu., and Sun. from Oct. 8-31; 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 6-31; 7-9:30 p.m. Daily from Oct. 30-31; $19-$48. Pinehaven Farms, 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming; 651-462-7279.

2017 Haunting Experience
Haunted house, hayride, maze, and more horror-based entertainment. For tickets and more info visit 3 p.m. April 15; 7:30 p.m. April 16; 7-11 p.m. Every Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Oct. 5-31; 7-11 p.m. Every Wed. from Oct. 12-31; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 30; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31; $39. Zywiec's Landscape and Garden Center, 10900 Point Douglas, Cottage Grove; 651-459-3001.

Dreadwood Haunted Forest
Guided tours through woods, and public bonfires, with snacks and drinks available. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 6-28; $16. Dreadwood Haunted Forest, 835 County Road E, Hudson, WI; 612-916-0595.

Fright Farm
A variety of scary attractions. 7-11 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 6-31; 12-4 p.m. Oct. 29; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31; $12. Fright Farm, 2020 White Bear Ave. N., Maplewood; 651-266-7332.

Trail of Terror
Featuring a variety of horrifying attractions as well as scare-free activities. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 13-29; 7-11 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 13-29; $20.95. Trail of Terror, 3525 145th St. W, Shakopee; 952-445-7361.

Featuring the Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt with a variety of scary attractions. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri. from Oct. 6-29; 11-12 a.m. Every Sat. from Oct. 6-29; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 6-29; 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 19; $29.99. Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee.

Scream Town
Featuring eight different attractions. Tickets and more info at 6:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 6-29; 6:30 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 15-30; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19; $30-$59. Scream Town, 7410 US 212, Chaska; 888-317-7308.

The Olson Haunted House
Non-profit haunted house, with donations supporting the Special Olympics. 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 28; 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 31; Free; donations suggested. Olson Haunted House, 2432 Lake Lucy Rd., Chanhassen; 952-470-2248.

Howl-o-Ween at Lakes & Legends.

Howl-o-Ween at Lakes & Legends. Lindsey Kramer


Zombie Puppy Crawl
Featuring Zombie Puppy Parade with costumed pups, costume contest, prizes, and drink specials. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 28; Free. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-2529.

Canine Carnival
Celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day featuring vendors, costume contest, games, food truck, prize drawings, and adoptable dogs. 12-5 p.m. Oct. 28; $5 suggested donation. Northgate Brewing, 783 Harding St NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858.

Howl-O-Ween Canine Costume Party
Featuring costume contest, prizes, doggie treats, and photography. 2-5 p.m. Oct. 29; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.




Long Live the New Flesh: The Body Horrors of David Cronenberg
Canadian director David Cronenberg has built a singular oeuvre on a fear of gruesome physical and mental transformations capable of disabusing any reassuring notions of self-identity and shared humanity. While he has emerged as a critically acclaimed director over the course of his long career, Cronenberg first established his cult bonafides with his unnerving early works. Celebrating those initial excursions into metamorphosis and madness, Trylon will present a six-film retrospective. Flicks screening during Holloween weekend/week include the licentious identical twin gynecologists of Dead Ringers (1988), the remake of minor sci-fi classic The Fly (1986), which arguably tops the original by depicting a scientist both repulsed and enthralled by the hideous process that begins when his DNA is fused with the titular insect, and Rabid (1977) concludes the series in delightfully lurid Cronenberg style with the story of an infected woman whose highly communicable disease is spread through a phallic stinger that emerges from an orifice concealed within one of her armpits. 3 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 1-29; 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Every Mon. and Tue. from Oct. 2-31; $8. Trylon Cinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612-424-5468. --Brad Richason

Movies So Good They Made Eight More
Exemplifying the film industry’s eagerness to replicate commercial success with sequels, horror movies of the late ’70s through the ’80s saw murderous fiends repeatedly resurrected. Ghoulish thrills abound throughout this October series, which features a few flicks that started franchises. That includes the cursed dwelling in the Trylon’s annual screening of Japanese horror-comedy Hausu(1977). Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, two titans of 1980s horror, emerge with the unnervingly surreal Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the sublimely suspenseful Halloween (1979). Visit for showtimes. 7 p.m. Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Oct. 20-29; 9 p.m. Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 20-29; 5 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 20-29; $8. Trylon Cinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612-424-5468. --Brad Richason

George A. Romero's Blue-Collar Monsters
Screenings of the cult filmmaker's horror films. For tickets and showtimes, visit Daily from Oct. 27-Nov. 2; $8.50; $5 members. St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-331-4723.

Labyrinth Theatrical Showing and Shadow Cast
Screening of the cult classic film with a shadow cast performance by the Minnsky Players. 6:30 p.m. Daily from Oct. 27-28; $8-$20. The Minnsky Theater, 1517 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis.

Late Night Shopping and Stranger Things Watch Party
Screening of the season two premiere of 'Stranger Things,' with shop open late. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 27; Free. Wanderlust Vintage Market, 349 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-466-0785.

L-R: 'Skin,' 'Harold,' 'Sadie Mae'

L-R: 'Skin,' 'Harold,' 'Sadie Mae'

Burlesque, Performance, Theater

Twin Cities Horror Festival
A series of horror-themed performances, films, and more. Showtimes and events vary, for complete schedule and tickets go to 7 p.m. Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Oct. 26-Nov. 5; $15-$160. The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-326-1811.

Le Cirque Rouge's Halloween Burlesque
Featuring the Fires of 1918: Fantome Rosu Duo and Garron Haubner in "The Bearing of Jim Morrison's Soul - a.k.a. The Droors." 7 p.m. Oct. 28; $15-$120. Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul; 612-285-3112.

Big Bad and Bloody Burlesque
Presented by Big Bad Burlesque, hosted by Smokey Throbinson. Tickets and more info at 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28; $12-$15. Camp Bar Twin Cities, 490 N. Robert St., St. Paul; 651-292-1844.

Ghost Quartet
Theatre Elision presents a retelling of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." For tickets go to 8 p.m. Every Tue., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 26-31; $20.

Orpheus in the Underworld
Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company presents a satiric retelling of the Orpheus legend. For tickets call 651-255-6947. 7:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 27-Nov. 18; 2 p.m. Every Sun. from Oct. 29-Nov. 19; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26; 2 p.m. Nov. 11; $11-$22. Howard Conn Theatre, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-871-7400.

Victorian Ghost Stories
Dramatic readings of 19th century ghost stories with tour of the Hill House and hot cider. 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26; 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27; 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Daily from Oct. 28-29; 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31; $12; $10 MNHS members. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul; 651-297-2555.

Collide Theatrical Presents: Dracula
Jazz dance musical interpretation of the horror classic, choreographed by Regina Peluso. 7:30 p.m. Daily from Oct. 27-28; 2 p.m. Daily from Oct. 28-29; 8 p.m. Oct. 31; 7:30 p.m. Daily from Nov. 1-4; 2 p.m. Nov. 5; $34; $26 students and seniors. The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-361-6960.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jeffery Hatcher's theatrical adaptation of the novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." 7:30 p.m. Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 27-Nov. 4; 2 p.m. Nov. 5; $10-$12. Century College Theater, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake; 651-779-3200.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Re-staging of horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, performed live on stage. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29; $15-$20. James J. Hill Center, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul; 651-265-5500.

The Phantom of the Opera
Film screening with musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces and the Heights wurlitzer. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; $12. Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights; 763-788-9079.

Alex Dos Diaz

Alex Dos Diaz


Group show featuring creepy specimens. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 27 Daily from Oct. 27-Nov. 24; Free. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047.

Deep Cuts
Jonny Kelson’s oil portraits dive deep into their subjects with a play of light and shadow that transforms them into memento mori with an Old Master’s sense of color, surface, and movement. Matt Franzen delves into Hitchcockian narratives, references, and imagery, which he places in the context of luminous Hudson River School-style landscapes. With their art-historical references, both artists move with a technical fluidity that creates a timelessness imbued with the here and now. 3-8 p.m. Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 13-Nov. 11; Free. Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-3889. --Camille LeFevre

Gods & Monsters 2017
As the weather grows colder and the darkness lasts longer, we celebrate the spooky things in life. For this group show, over 100 artists made their nightmares a reality on canvas, creating unsettling works featuring mythical creatures, iconic movie monsters, and things that are just plain weird. There will be angry aliens, creepy apparitions, malevolent clowns, ominous goats, and a chicken with bat wings shooting lasers from its eyes (hey, that has to be someone’s fear, right?). At the opening reception on Saturday, October 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., revelers will partake in a dark masquerade ball with tarot readings, henna, and oddities from Studio Payne. Daily from Oct. 7-31; Free. Artspace Jackson Flats, 901 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-333-9012. --Jessica Armbruster

Calamity: Hexes, Plagues, and Prophecies
Group show curated by Teagan White. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 27. Daily from Oct. 27-Nov. 24; Free. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047.

Book events:

Leif Pettersen
Author presents his recent book, 'Backpacking With Dracula.' 7 p.m. Oct. 27; Free. Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-804-7985.