Halloween roundup: Where to get your spook on this weekend

Halloweekend is upon us. Here are the events that deserve your attention.

Sarah Mai

Sarah Mai

Norah Kleven

Haunted Basement 2019

Haunted Basement is not for the faint of heart. The immersive haunted house features more than 30 actors per night who work to bring you an experience that includes jump scares, blood and gore. Formerly housed in musty Minneapolis buildings, this year, the Haunted Basement has moved across town to an abandoned Herberger’s at Rosedale Mall. “Each year is a new experience,” said Walker Friend, operations director of the Basement. Go see for yourself. 

When: Oct. 24 – 27, Oct. 30 – 31, Nov. 1-2

Where: Rosedale Shopping Center, 1595 MN-36, Roseville

Cost: Varies based on choice of ‘Fraidy Cat Tours, 15+ No Touch or 18+ Touch experiences

Info: hauntedbasement.org

Halloween Bar Crawl

If dressing up and hitting the bars is your thing, this is the event for you. The Halloween Bar Crawl touts itself as “the biggest Halloween Event of the year” and includes exclusive drink specials at Brothers, Wild Greg’s, Gay 90’s, Last Call and Cowboy Jack’s, to name just a few. The costume contest boasts a $1,000 grand prize, so don your most creative look.

When: Oct. 26, 4 p.m. – midnight

Where: The Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis

Cost: $25- $30

Info: entfactory.mn

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert 

Let the Minnesota Orchestra transport you to Hogwarts’ great hall with its performance of the memorable themes from the first three Harry Potter movies. The orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas Buc, a musician, composer and conductor who has led symphonies from his home country of Australia and major orchestras in the United States and Asia. 

When: 7 p.m., Oct. 24 –  26, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 

Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Cost: $30+ 

Info: minnesotaorchestra.org

Twin Cities Horror Festival

Horror takes center stage for the eighth season in a row. The Twin Cities Horror Festival at the Southern Theater will feature 14 plays shown across 11 days and the theater’s lobby is its own unique feature. “What theater has that film doesn’t is all of the senses are in that space with you,” said Debra Berger, the festival’s marketing director. “You’re able to use them [all] to experience fright.” As in year’s past, this years billing includes original content produced for the festival and a reworked version of Frankenstein. 

When: Oct. 24 — Nov. 3

Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $15 per show

Info: tchorrorfestival.com

Strange Things: Halloween Dance Party 

A staple at First Avenue for four years, this Halloween party offers an array of entertainment, including performances by Raja Gemini, winner of the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Meatball (Dragula). Music is brought by DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Flip Phone’s DJ Fancy Restaurant with a costume contest kicking off at midnight. Dress to impress for a grand prize of $500. 

When: Oct. 26, 9 p.m. — 2 a.m.

Where: First Avenue, 701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $18 general admission, $40 VIP

Info: first-avenue.com