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Waconia Scarecrow Tour 2021 Grand Prize and People’s Choice Winner


Scarecrow City

What: Scarecrow Tower
Where: waconia
When: Oct. 21-23

Take a free, self-guided tour of scarecrow displays outside local Waconia businesses. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow by turning in their ballot at a participating location.

Musical Mystery

What: “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Where: Commonwealth Theater Company, 208 Parkway Ave. N., Lanesboro
When: Oct. 21-29 (final week)

Who Killed Edwin Drood? The comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel takes the stage for the last time this week, calling on audience members to decide the story’s ending.

Twin Cities HorrorFestival


Scares on Stage

What: Twin Cities HorrorFestival
Where: The Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St. NE Unit 120, Minneapolis
When: Oct. 20-30

The Twin Cities Horror Festival is the longest-running horror theater festival in the country, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to performers and creators. Choose from nine different spooky performances that feature everything from standup to puppetry.

For the Kiddos

What: Symphonic Chills and Thrills
Where: Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
When: Oct 26, 10 a.m.

Sit back and listen to the Minnesota Orchestra’s spooky, thrilling sounds made especially for kids of all ages.

BareBones 2022 Extravaganza



What: BareBones 2022 Extravaganza
Where: Midtown Greenway, 2828 11th Ave S., Minneapolis
When: Oct 28-31, 7 p.m.

Jam-packed with dancing, stilting, and giant puppets, this live outdoor variety show is equally bone-chilling as it is breathtaking.

Halloween Walk

What: Halloween Trail Walk
Where: Viking Lakes, 2685 Vikings Circle, Eagan
When: Oct. 29, 11 am-2 pm

Suit up in a creative costume and peruse and participate in trick or treat stations and Halloween-themed games.

Minnesota Ballet’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Shakespearean Ballet

What: Minnesota Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Symphony Hall, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth
When: Oct. 28-29, 7 p.m.

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a whirlwind of magic, mischief, and love. The Minnesota Ballet will perform this whimsical and comedic play through graceful dance.

Art for All

What: Dassel Art Tour
Where: Dassel History Center
When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Featuring more than 28 local artists, the Dassel Art Tour emphasizes supporting public arts and connections between patrons and the artists.

Old Town Mankato Day of the Dead Celebration


Day of the Dead Celebration

What: Old Town Mankato Day of the Dead
Where: Old Town Mankato
When: Oct. 29, 11 am-4:30 pm

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of those who have passed. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of this tradition with dancers and performers, a mariachi band, and food trucks.

Fall Bar Crawl

What: Pine City .320k Run-Walk-Crawl
Where: The Village Bar & Grill, 242 3rd Ave. Southeast, Pine City
When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m.

For athletes that prefer running to the nearest bar instead of a marathon, Pine City has the hook-up. Plus, get into the Halloween spirit by participating in the costume contest.