Haunts, Jaunts, and Thrills: 22 scary fun events this Halloween weekend

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but Minnesota is getting started early with a weekend full of events. From family-friendly activities to live music, beer releases, and races that will have you running for your life, there’s something for everyone who wants to grab their gang of ghouls and goblins and celebrate the scariest time of the year.


The brewing crew of The WitchHunt // Photo by Davin Haukebo-Bol

The brewing crew of The WitchHunt // Photo by Davin Haukebo-Bol

The WitchHunt Release Party

October 26 | 4–11pm
Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Back on October 9, the women of Fair State Brewing Cooperative gathered a team of women from Minnesota’s beer scene to make a special brew just in time for Halloween. Head to the taproom on October 26 for the release of their Cascadian dark ale, The WitchHunt. This bitter brew clocks in at 6.66% ABV and 70 IBU. Learn more…

Tin Whiskers does Stranger Things

October 26 | 7–10pm
Tin Whiskers Brewing

Enter the Upside-Down with Tin Whiskers as they host a watch-party of the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” on Thursday, October 26 from 7–10pm. The “Stranger Things” adorned taproom will be the perfect spot for a photo op while enjoying waffles from Tbsp. Liege Waffles. Learn more…


Beers and Fears

October 27–31
Bad Weather Brewing

Bad Weather Brewing is transforming into a haunted brewery for five days of all-ages fun beginning Friday, October 27. Costume contests for both kids and pets, movie nights, and great music are just a few of the reasons to head to St. Paul to celebrate Halloween. Learn more…


24th Annual BareBones Outdoor Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

October 27, 28 and 31 | 7–10pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park

Head to the banks of the Mississippi for a seasonal celebration and evening of pageantry, featuring extreme outdoor puppetry, stilting, music, and fire presented by a cast and crew of over 100 people. Learn more…


Boos and Brews

October 27 at 12pm | October 28 at 11pm
Copper Trail Brewing Company

The Alexandria, Minnesota, brewery is hosting two days of beer releases, pumpkin painting, food trucks, costumer parties, and live music. Learn more…


Brew-Monster’s Birthday Bash

October 27 | 8–11pm
Tanzenwald Brewing Company

Celebrate Tanzenwald Brewing’s Brew-Monster’s Birthday on October 27 from 8–11pm. Tricks and treats, music by Drive South, costume contents, and a zombie dance performance will ensure a devilishly good time. Learn more…


Lupine Brewing Costume 5K & Kids 1/4-Mile Run

October 28 | 5K start time 9am | Kids Fun Run start time 10am
Lupine Brewing

Kick off Halloween weekend with a costume 5K and kids ¼-mile run with Lupine Brewing. Keep the good times rolling with breakfast at the brewery, an afternoon costume party, and end the night with live music and food trucks. Learn more…


BlackStack Brewing opened its doors on March 13 // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Photo by Aaron Davidson

Pumpkins & Power Drills

October 28 | 10–2pm
BlackStack Brewing

Carve pumpkins with the help of The MN Tool Library. Pumpkins, carving tools, and clean up provided by the Tool Library and BlackStack Brewing. Pumpkins will be $5 with proceeds to benefit this nonprofit. Learn more…


Lake Monster Bash: Halloween Music Fest

October 28 | 12–9pm
Lake Monster Brewing

Celebrate Halloween with a day-long music festival, featuring a stacked line-up including Haley Bonar, Actual Wolf, and Chastity Brown. Plus, delicious craft beer, food trucks, and more. Doors open at 12pm, with music starting at 1pm. Learn more…


Barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Bottle Release

October 28 | 12–10pm
Dangerous Man Brewing Co

Stop by Dangerous Man on Saturday to pick up a bottle of their Imperial Pumpkin Ale aged in brandy barrels. Want to try before you buy? The beer will be on tap on Friday, October 27. Learn more…


Hallowade 2017

October 28 | 12–10pm
Wade Stadium

If you’re in Duluth, stop by historic Wade Stadium for a fun-filled, family-friendly Halloween themed fundraiser for NoteWorthy Kids. From noon–5:30pm, kids can trick-or-treat, take photos in a free photo booth, see sled dogs, participate in a costume contest, and more. A Twin Ports Mascot Kickball game will kick off at 2pm. The event turns to 21+ at 6pm with more music, costume contests, and door prizes. Learn more…


Lord Humungus Bottle Release 2017

October 28 | 12pm–12am
Modist Brewing

The reign of Lord Humungus continues. This year he will once again be honored with a “humungus” bottle release and an extra “humungus” post-apocalyptic Halloween party at Modist, featuring live music, live art, a post-apocalyptic costume contest, and more. Learn more…


Urban Growler Spooktacular Beer Run

October 28 | 2pm–5pm
Urban Growler Brewing Company

Walk, jog, or run a 5K through the surrounding neighborhoods, parks, and streetscape beginning and ending at Urban Growler Brewing Company. All participants will receive a free Urban Growler brew and a swag item for completing the race. Learn more…


Barrel Aged All Hallows Eve

October 28 | 2pm–12am
Sociable Cider Werks

Head over to Sociable Cider Werks for the Barrel Aged All Hallows Eve party on Saturday, October 28. A full day of festivities are planned, starting with fun for the little ones from 2pm–6pm, such as pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples. And then, after you drop the kiddos off at the babysitters, get rowdy with the release of their Rum Barrel Aged Freewheeler. Learn more…


Running Dead 5K

October 28 | 4–7pm
Trail of Terror

Be prepared to run for your life and test your nerves at the Running Dead 5K at Trail of Terror on Saturday, October 28. The race takes you through the “Dark Woods,” as zombies and ghouls lurk and chase participants to the finish line. Learn more…


Wicked Wort Halloween Party & Wicked Wood Series Bottle Release

October 28 | 7pm–10pm
Wicked Wort Brewing Company

The bottle release of Wicked Wort’s Wicked Wood Doppelbock, aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels, will begin at noon. Music by DJ Ryan and a costume contest will commence at 7pm. Learn more…


Howl-oween with NorthGate: Dogs in Costumes (Humans too!)

October 28 | 7pm–11pm
NorthGate Brewing

Bring your best friend and your best costume to NorthGate’s Howl-oween Party. A best costume contest for Human/Best Friend pairing! Learn more…


The Dark Side of Oz

October 28 | 7pm–12am

What really happened when Dorothy touched down in Oz? Head over to 612BREW in costume to celebrate Halloween among the field of poppies, the yellow brick road, and Emerald City. Dance the night away with lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Learn more…


Halloween at the Haus

October 28 | 7–11pm
Bauhaus Brew Labs

Celebrate Halloween on October 28 at the Haus with a DJ and massive dance party, free beers for the best costumes, a special beer concoction or two, and more. Party kicks off at 7pm. Learn more…


Night of Living Dead at BlackStack

October 29 | 7–10pm
BlackStack Brewing

Hop back down to BlackStack on the 29th for a screening of George A. Romero’s classic horror film, with free beer for the best costumes. Learn more…


Badger Hill Halloween Party

October 31 | 3–10pm
Badger Hill Brewing Company

Join Badger Hill on the scariest night of the year as they host a Halloween costume contest at 7pm and an all night long pairing flight with Halloween candy. Learn more…


Treehouse of Horror 612Brew Simpson Trivia

October 31 | 8–10pm

Celebrate Halloween at 612BREW with a night of trivia surrounding the Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episodes. The night will be complete with Simpson’s themed beer, a free beer for those dressed as a Simpson’s character, and chances to win 612Brew swag and gift cards. Learn more…