Things to do for Halloween

Maddie Johnston, Writer

Even though Halloween is usually only associated with trick or tricking, that doesn’t mean Halloween is just meant for little kids. Everyone can get their fix of the Halloween. Owatonna has an array of Halloween experiences for the community including; haunted houses, spooky laser tag, pumpkin patches and more. Below are some events that are sure to get the community excited for Halloween.

Owatonna Family Friendly Events

Cabela’s Halloween Event 

  • Join Cabela’s for their Family Friendly Events from Oct. 20 through Oct. 30. There will be games, crafts and you can get a free 4×6 picture. The costume parade and Trick-or-Treating events will be held on Oct. 27 and 31.

Trick-or-Treat at Hy-vee

  • Make your way out to Hy-vee anytime on Oct. 27 for a great chance to show off your Halloween costume. The first 100 kids to arrive dressed up will receive a free trick or treat bag. They will be also offering a free cookie, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating around the store and more.

Farmers’ Market Trick or Treating

  • Head downtown to the Owatonna Farmers’ Market on Oct. 27 for a family fun activity of daytime trick or treating. Bring your younger siblings, or kids you know, in their costumes for a fun Halloween activity.

Steele County Historical Society Halloween                                                                                   

  • Steele Counties Historical Society Halloween event called A Haunting We Will Go will be held on Oct. 26, offers a variety of activities free for the family. Activities include: apple toss, blood moon punch, a tour of Dunnell House and many more activities.

Sparetime Haunted Laser Tag 

  • Join Sparetime Entertainment Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 for a Haunted Laser tag game. Grab a few friends, and be ready to be scared as you encounter the Haunted Laser Tag Adventure. Play a 15 minute game with a small cost of eight dollars per person!

Leaving Owatonna

Trumps Orchard – Faribault, MN                                                                                               

  • Get some of the best apples in Southern Minnesota and make it a great fall time activities.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – The Minnesota Zoo

  • Oct. 4 through Oct. 31 the Minnesota Zoo showcases over 5,000 decorated pumpkins of all different shapes,sizes, and designs. It is recommended to get tickets online.

ValleyScare – Shakopee MN

  • Halloween Haunt are on each Friday and Saturday from Sept. 22 through Oct. 27, with Sunday, Oct. 28 also being open the Great Pumpkin Fest is Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. In October Valleyfair changes to Valleyscare, grab your friends if you are ready to scream. They will be offering more than 75 rides, haunted mazes, scare zones and there will be monsters roaming the park. For more info check their website.

Fright at the Farm- Rochester, MN

  • Southern Minnesota’s most haunted attraction is open Oct. 26, Oct. 27, Nov. 2, and Nov. 3. The terrifying event includes haunted houses and haunted corn mazes. For more info check their website.

Dead End Haunted Hayride – Wyoming, MN

  • Open now through Nov. 3. Enter Minnesota’s Ultimate Horror experience if you dare. There is three attractions including a haunted hayride, haunted house and a haunted trail. Buy tickets online.

Sinister Forest – Waseca, MN

  • Try to reach the end of the Maplewood Park without screaming too much. Experience a spooky Halloween attraction that holds many dark secrets.