Haunts and horrors: celebrating spooky season in the Twin Cities

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to partake in its festivities; here are some opportunities for frightening fun throughout October to help you make the most of the holiday.

by Macy Harder

The back-to-school buzz has wrapped up, the leaves are changing color and despite the 70-degree temperatures, there is a familiar chill in the air — October is here, and spooky season has begun.

Instead of waiting until the end of the month for Halloween fun, why not celebrate all month long? Here are some haunts, horrors and other frightening festivities to take advantage of throughout October.

Ghost Walks

If you’re into all things paranormal, check out American Ghost Walks. They have walking tours through both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, where you can hear the haunted history and chilling ghost stories of the Twin Cities. Explore the spooky side of your favorite Twin Cities sites, and one of the ghosts themselves might even pay you a visit.

Scary Movies in the Parks

Classic horror movies are essential viewing during this time of year. Luckily enough, a few of them will be playing in Saint Paul parks throughout October. Grab a bite from the food trucks before the show, and curl up to watch “The Shining,” “Get Out” and other great horror flicks under the stars.

Twin Cities Horror Festival

If you like on-screen horror, chances are you’ll like it on the stage. The Twin Cities Horror Festival (TCHF) is an 11 day event centered around horror-themed performances. This year, there will be online shows available Oct. 21-24, as well as in-person productions Oct. 27-31 at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale now, and you won’t want to miss all of the frightening fun these shows have to offer.

Halloween Party at First Avenue

If you’re still finalizing your plans for Halloween night, you should stop in at First Avenue for their annual Halloween party. There will be live DJ performances, as well as a costume contest with over $1,000 in cash prizes on the line, so show up in your most extravagant outfits for the night of dancing and fun.