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Fright Festivals

From costume contests to community arts events, there’s a glut of ways to commemorate Halloween in the Twin Cities.

» Little goblins will love the Monster Mash dance, costume contest and trick-or-treating down
Grand Avenue at Boo Bash on Oct. 27. In true Halloween fashion there will be a blood drive so don’t forget to be a friendly ghost and give the gift of life! Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-699-0029, www.grandave.com

» Witness the grounds of Como Zoo transformed into a world of fairy tales and fun for the 25th-annual ZooBoo Oct. 20-21 & 26-28. More than 200 live costumed characters entertain guests and interact with kids. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 651-487-8229, www.comozooconservatory.org

» Scare up a good time at Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardens, a family-friendly event set in the
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gardens Oct. 27 & 28. Enjoy an eye-popping display at Pumpkin Palooza, featuring thousands of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, 952-443-1400, www.arboretum.umn.edu

» Be terrified by nine bloodcurdling scare-zones, mystified by live shows, and thrilled by your favorite rides at Halloween Haunt or meander to Planet Spooky for some scare-free fun for the little ones. Located 25 miles southwest of the Twin Cities,
ValleySCARE, the metro’s biggest Halloween event, is worth the drive. Weekends through Oct. 28. Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair drive, Shakopee, 952-445-6500, www.valleyfair.com

» For a change of pace, try BareBones’ Halloween Puppet Extravaganza Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28. The outdoor event, held at St. Paul’s
Hidden Falls Park, draws inspiration for its original storyboard from folk tales and ancient myths. Hidden Falls Regional Park, 1415 Mississippi River Boulevard S., St. Paul, www.barebonespuppets.org

» Dress up as your favorite zoo animal for HallZOOween, a day of crafts and treats at the
Minnesota Zoo on Oct. 31. Even the animals get in on some pumpkin action! Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.mnzoo.org