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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Anoka Halloween
This metro-area suburb is believed to be the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. Today, the city is hard to beat for Halloween festivities, including parades and pumpkin-carving contests, plus other events such as a bingo, a bonfire, scavenger hunt, costume contests, a carnival and more. Oct. 8-30; highlights include a preschooler costume contest and a Big Parade of Little People on Oct. 27, and a carnival and a Grand Day Parade on Oct. 28.
Where: Anoka
Cost: FREE
Website: anokahalloween.com
Unity Day
Wear orange to honor National Bullying Prevention Month in October. Schools, communities and online communities are all invited to participate. Find more bullying-prevention activities and resources at pacer.org/bullying. Oct. 25
Where: State-wide Minnesota
Cost: FREE
Website: pacer.org/bullying
Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he's teased because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends - the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe - try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley isn't so sure. However, a threatening storm gives Spookley an opportunity to discover his own worth. Showtimes vary, Sept 29.-Oct. 29
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Anoka Halloween
This metro-area suburb is believed to be the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. Today, the city is hard to beat for Halloween festivities, including parades and pumpkin-carving contests, plus other events such as a bingo, a bonfire, scavenger hunt, costume contests, a carnival and more. Oct. 8-30; highlights include a preschooler costume contest and a Big Parade of Little People on Oct. 27, and a carnival and a Grand Day Parade on Oct. 28.
Where: Anoka
Cost: FREE
Website: anokahalloween.com
Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com
Anoka Halloween
This metro-area suburb is believed to be the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. Today, the city is hard to beat for Halloween festivities, including parades and pumpkin-carving contests, plus other events such as a bingo, a bonfire, scavenger hunt, costume contests, a carnival and more. Oct. 8-30; highlights include a preschooler costume contest and a Big Parade of Little People on Oct. 27, and a carnival and a Grand Day Parade on Oct. 28.
Where: Anoka
Cost: FREE
Website: anokahalloween.com
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he's teased because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends - the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe - try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley isn't so sure. However, a threatening storm gives Spookley an opportunity to discover his own worth. Showtimes vary, Sept 29.-Oct. 29
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Pumpkin Nights
Walk a half-mile path lined with more than 3,000 carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences, plus food and activities for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. Leave props at home. When you buy a ticket, you choose an entry time. You may enter anytime within your 30-minute time window. Once inside, you can stay as long as you'd like. Oct. 13-Oct. 29
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; Enter at 1719 Como Ave., Falcon Heights.
Cost: Online tickets are $16 for ages 4 to 12 and ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 13 to 59, and free for ages 3 and younger; parking is free.
Website: pumpkinnights.com
Dodge Nature Center Halloween Extravaganza
Take a hike on the friendly Trick-or-Treat Trail or through a frightening forest on the Scary Trail. Other activities will include nature shows, face painting, a DJ dance, a costume contest, live animals and concessions. Oct. 27 with family activities from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the Scary Trail from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $12 per person for ages 3 and older - includes one Scary Trail pass. Admission is $8 if you register online before noon on Oct. 26.
Website: dodgenaturecenter.org
Balloonacy
Back by popular demand, this preschooler-friendly play follows the adventures of a single man and a mysterious, playful red balloon. Oct. 3-Nov. 12
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org