Culture compass: Halloween, hand warmers and the Haunted Basement

Liv Martin

Friday: “Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular”

Stroll through the Minnesota Zoo – which has been transformed into an enchanted forest – and see over 5,000 illuminated, carved pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. This is the perfect event to ease you into a weekend full of Halloween festivity.

When: 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

How much: $18

Saturday: “Strange Things: A Halloween Dance Party with Adore Delano and Amanda Lepore”

Get ready to dance your heart out and celebrate Halloween, which is (arguably) the best holiday. Presented by Flip Phone and hosted by the legendary Amanda Lepore, expect a night of freaky fun at Muse Event Center. Dress in your best costume for a chance to win cash prizes up to $500.  

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis

How much: $12 – $55 (VIP)

Sunday: “The Haunted Basement XII”

Is it really Halloween if you don’t go to a haunted house? Haunted Basement is a unique, “alternative” haunted house experience with live actors. It’s also a strictly 18+ event and visitors have to sign a waiver to participate. Enter at your own risk!

When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Building #9 Suite 0, Minneapolis

How much: $25 advance, $30 door

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Listen to this: “Haunted Places” podcast

If you’re wondering about how haunted places become haunted in the first place, look no further. This spooky podcast takes listeners through the real backstories behind haunted hotels, libraries, castles and houses. New episodes are released every Thursday.

Re-watch this: “The Office” Halloween episodes

Get into the holiday spirit! “The Office” has three lovable Halloween episodes: the aptly named “Halloween” from season two, “Costume Contest” from season seven and “Spooked” from season eight. Hunker down with some friends and a bowl of candy corn and save plenty of room for giggles. 

Invest in this: Some hand warmers 

Like it or not, it’s getting cold. Don’t freeze to death in your Halloween costume this weekend — grab some hand warmers. The rest of your body may be absolutely freezing in your outfit, but at least your hands will be warm, right?