Costumes, candy, and spooky thrills—Halloween is a festive holiday for families and kids of all ages.  Inver Grove Heights is a perfect destination for family-friendly Halloween fun, whether you’re looking for creepy educational opportunities for older kids or seasonal games and crafts for smaller children.

Check out this year’s events, listed by date so that you can plan an October full of Halloween fun in and around Inver Grove Heights!

Boo Bash IGH

Photo Credit: Inver Grove Heights Parks & Recreation

Boo Bash and Trick-or-Treating

Veteran’s Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights

October 25, 2019

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Pull out those costumes a few days before Halloween for Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation’s annual Boo Bash. Register online by October 23 for a family-friendly evening of games and spooky crafts.  Admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the door.

Gertens Pumpkin Fest

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Gertens Pumpkin Fest

Gertens Greenhouse

Every Saturday in October

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gertens Pumpkin Fest will feature a variety of family activities, including story time, games, face painting, a spooky maze, face painting, hayrides, and a bouncy house—plus plenty of pumpkins!  Food trucks will be on hand with tasty eats. 

On October 26, there will be a costume contest with categories and prizes for children 5 and under, children ages 6 and up, and families.  There will also be a pumpkin carving contest on October 26—bring in a carved pumpkin or squash for a chance to win prizes for creativity.

Make & Take: Halloween House

Inver Glen Library, Inver Grove Heights

October 19, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Children ages 4-12 can decorate a spooky house to display during the Halloween season.  Registration is required, and adults must accompany younger children.

Halloween with the Jolly Pops

Inver Glen Library, Inver Grove Heights

October 31, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Children ages 2-8 are invited to an interactive program that celebrates Halloween and promotes literacy.  Wear a costume and go trick-or-treating before and after the performance.

Jack O Lantern Spectacular

Photo Credit: Minnesota Zoo

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

October 1-November 3, 2019

Trail Open 7:00 p.m-10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. on weekends)

The trail features over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins of all different sizes, shapes and faces creatively carved and displayed from ground to tree-top. The zoo suggests arriving about an hour prior to entry time. Guests may enjoy activities on the Central Plaza, or grab a snack and beverage before your scheduled time for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Guests should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Tickets are available online and are based on tiered pricing depending on day of the week. Check the website for details.

MN State Capitol

Photo Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol Tour

Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

October 18-26, 2019

Learn about Minnesota’s Capitol building on a shadowy one-hour guided tour featuring the building’s original early 1900s lighting and ghostly guides inspired by historical figures like a night watchman, Civil War veteran, and woman suffragist.  The tour is appropriate for children ages 7 and up.  Tickets are available online and are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

The Ghostly Garden

Bell Museum, St. Paul

October 25, 2019

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Bell Museum is hosting a botanical-themed and family-friendly haunted evening.  Craft a spooky plant diorama, explore the Dome of Doom in the planetarium, check out carnivorous plants, and enjoy juice and a cookie.  Costumes are welcome, and there will be botanical backdrops for photo ops.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-18.

Boo-ology SMM

Photo Credit: Science Museum of Minnesota


Science Museum of Minnesota

October 26, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For an educational twist on Halloween, the Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting an afternoon of spooky hands-on science activities and events.  Festivities are included with museum admission, and kids under 12 in costume get free museum admission.

Landmark Center

Photo Credit: Landmark Center

Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration

Landmark Center, St. Paul

October 27, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The free Halloween celebration at St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center will feature live entertainment, crafts, treats, and a costume parade.

Check out this video to learn more about fall fun in Inver Grove Heights!  

For a welcoming place to stay during your Halloween getaway, book a stay at one of Inver Grove Heights’ hotels. Inver Grove Height hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and offer complimentary parking, breakfast, and WiFi.  Book your room today!