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Halloween: Freeloader Friday

Halloween: Freeloader Friday
Matthew Jenkins, Nightmare on Elm Street
Halloween is one of the least stressful holiday in existence. There's generally no family obligations (other than trick-or-treating, which is fun), no traditional food to prepare (and burn in the kitchen), and no major traveling. If you're a grownup, you pretty much just have to throw on a costume and spend the evening barhopping and hanging out at house parties. Even better? Many of the special events happening around town on All Hallow's Eve are totally free.

So come check out our epic list, which includes Monday. 

Halloween: Freeloader Friday

FRIDAY:

WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design

(College Of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-0884, www.cva.edu)

This new exhibition featuring female Minnesota graphic designers opened on Thursday.

Halloween Dancetravaganza
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746, www.331.mn)

With Man is Doomed, Mayda. 10 p.m.

Eleventh Wonder
(aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-455-8400)

New graffiti artist works, with music by DJ Hi-Fi Lo-Fi. 7 p.m.

Blush Fridays
(Lush Food Bar: 990 Central Ave., Minneapolis)

Ladies-friendly bar night with D-Baz. 10 p.m.

Tim Tozer/Tom Maakestad
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com)

Paintings. 5-8 p.m.

Theresa Handy: Solo Exhibition
(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386, www.circagallery.org)

5-8 p.m.

Halloween: Freeloader Friday
Theresa Handy, Lost

 

Halloween: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Austin Fassino

SATURDAY:

Blackhearts Burlesque
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211, www.memorylanesmpls.com)

With L'Assassins. 10 p.m.

21st Anniversary & Halloween Party
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908, www.britspub.com)

Come dressed as your favorite Brit, and enjoy tunes by E.L.No (Electric Light Orchestra cover band) and Kinda Kinky (Kinks tribute). 7 p.m.

Red Carpet to Hell III
(The Lounge, 411 2nd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-8800, www.theloungempls.com)

This posh party includes a costume contest, Halloween cocktails, dance floor partying, and DJ Paris. Events are also happening at Prohibition. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Halloween Bash and Grand Reopening
(The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-722-7000, www.thecelticjunction.com)

Check out the new space with bands performing all day, art by Layl McDill, costume prizes, scavenger hunt, and raffle prizes. Proceeds support the purchase of a handicapped-accessible lift. 6 p.m. It's free, but donations will be accepted.

Halloween Bash
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365, www.schoonertavern.com)

With Hard Day's Night. 9 p.m.

Halloween Bash
(O'Gara's Bar & Grill, 164 Snelling Ave. N. (164 Snelling Ave. North), St. Paul, 651-644-3333, www.ogaras.com)

With Sweet Stache. 9:30 p.m.

Snake Oil 2011
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With the Blind Shake, Badgermen, Pennoyroyal.

Home Improvement & Design Expo
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. Northeast, Blaine, 763-785-5600, www.nscsports.org)

10 a.m.-5 p.m. To get in for free, bring a foodshelf donation. Otherwise, it's $6.

Pumpkin Fest
(50th & France, 3925 50th St. W., Edina, 952-922-1524)

Fun for the kids, this even includes trick-or-treating, balloon artists, horse trolley rides, a cake walk, face painting, fire truck tours, and a costume parade. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fall Festival
(The Shops at Excelsior & Grand, 3820 Grand Way, Minneapolis, 952-278-0112, www.excelsiorandgrand.com)

With treats, hayrides, pumpkin patch. 1-5 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening
(Swirl Wine Club, 3291 S. St. Croix Trail Afton, MN, Afton)

The re-opening party features a complimentary wine tasting. 1-5 p.m.

Corey Koehler
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse: 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647)

7 p.m.

 

Halloween: Freeloader Friday
Matthew Jenkins, The Brood

SUNDAY:

Gods and Monsters 3: The Resurrection
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-965-9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)

Other 50 artists pay tribute to horror movies and monsters. 8 to midnight.

Monster Mash Bash
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454, www.hexagonbar.com)

9 p.m.

Deep & Wide Halloween Monster Bash
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

8 p.m.

ADOGO Halloween Party and Costume Contest
(ADOGO Pet Hotel, 6133 Baker, Minnetonka, 952-933-5200)

Bring pets for fun activities, costume contest, and more. Proceeds benefit Can Do Canines and Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota. 12-4 p.m.

Green Room Music Source: Show and Tell
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. Southeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

Chad Lewis
(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-266-7000, www.sppl.org)

The author of Haunted St. Paul shares scary and bizarre haunting stories from the Twin Cities and MN. 2 p.m.

The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Halloween Concert & Party
(McNally Smith College Of Music, 19 Exchange St. E., St. Paul, 651-291-0177, www.mcnallysmith.edu)

2 p.m.

Boo Bash by Grand Avenue Business Association
(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com)

With sales and activities including the monster mash, pony rides, bounce house, petting zoo, Dracula's blood drive, children's costume contest, trick or treating, and more. 1-5 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Festival

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293)

Featuring a kiddie costume contest, storytelling, treats, dancing, more. 1-3 p.m.

2011 Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair: Children and Young Adult Book Fair
(Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-0751, www.stpauljcc.org)

12-4 p.m.

Howl-O-Ween Party and Dog Adoption Fair
(Lucky Dog Pet Lodge, 1067 American Blvd. E, Minneapolis, 952-767-2040, www.luckydogpetlodge.com)

With info on pet adoption, canine costume contest. 1-4 p.m.

MONDAY:

Hot Roxx Halloween Hoedown Hextravaganza
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454, www.hexagonbar.com)

With the Blackberry Brandy Boys, the Flying Dorito Brothers, Amos Moses, DJ Jen & Nikki. 9 p.m.

Trick-or-Treating
(Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave., Roseville, 612-770-5020)

3-5:30 p.m.

World's Largest Trick-or-Treat

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800, www.mallofamerica.com)

Grab a treat bag in Nordstrom Court before heading around to over 100 participating stores throughout the mall. 5-8 p.m.

The American North, Taj Raj
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000)

10 p.m.

Punk Rock Bowling
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

With Crusader No Remorse, Ashen. 10 p.m.


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