Celebrate Spooky Season in Shakopee

Candy, pumpkins, spine-tingling thrills: Shakopee has spooky season fun for all ages.  From family-friendly attractions to PG-13 events, here are the best places to celebrate Halloween in and around Shakopee.

Family-friendly fun

Shak-O-Lantern Festival 

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Start the Halloween season with the Shak-o-Lantern Festival in downtown Shakopee.  Check out a vendor market, food trucks, and “trunk or treating” for kids.

Valleyfair Tricks and Treats 

Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2023

Valleyfair, the largest theme park in the upper Midwest, goes big for Halloween.  Explore the playfully spooky and gross Land of Tricks, which includes the realms of Ickyville and Spooky Spires, and the sweetly nostalgic Land of Treats, home to Everfall and Sweet Tooth Acres.  You’ll find special themed attractions, seasonal food, live entertainment, make-and-take crafts, and trick or treating, plus Valleyfair’s most popular rides.

Sever’s Fall Festival 

Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2023 (MEA break)

Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 2023

Pick out the perfect pumpkin at Sever’s Fall Festival.  You can also navigate through a corn maze, eat tasty fall treats, and take aim with a pumpkin blaster.

Downtown Shakopee Trick or Treat 

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Wear your costume for some pre-Halloween trick or treating at downtown Shakopee’s Main Street businesses.  

Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn 

Daily through early November 2023

Pick out your own pumpkin at Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn.  The local farm is also home to a corn maze and offers free hayrides and face painting on the weekends.

Ferguson’s Minnesota Harvest 

Daily through November 5, 2023

Hop on a hayride for a scenic trip to the pumpkin patch at Ferguson’s Minnesota Harvest.  You can pick out your own vine-ripened pumpkin or get a pre-picked one from the market.  Kids can bounce on a giant inflatable pumpkin, play lawn games, scramble up straw bales, and enjoy other fall attractions.

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store

Daily through Thanksgiving weekend 2023

Stock up on sweet treats at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store.  You’ll find your favorite nostalgic candies, sweets imported from around the world, and dozens of flavors of taffy, gummies, chocolates, and more.  There’s also a selection of locally-grown pumpkins. 

Good times for grown-ups

Phantom’s Feast

October 13-15, 19-22, and 25-29, 2023

Enjoy a ghoulishly good dinner and a spooky show on the grounds of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Tickets include a four-course seasonal meal, entertainment, and beverages.  A ghost hunt follows each show, and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu options are available.

Scream Town 

Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, 2023 (MEA break)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 29, 2023

Scare yourself silly at Scream Town, with seven massive haunted attractions and horrifying scarer-actors.  Clowns, zombies, a haunted forest, a spine-chilling maze—there’s something to terrify even the toughest horror enthusiasts.  There’s also a creepy Halloween market and nightly happy hour with food and drinks.

Abandoned Hayride 

Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, 2023 (MEA break)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 29, 2023

The Abandoned Hayride is a terrifying take on a classic fall activity, with scary sets, scenes, and special effects.  Once you survive the hayride, make your way through a haunted house and maze.  

Want to celebrate Halloween with a night out on the town?  Shakopee is home to a great local craft beer scene, with taprooms at Badger Hill Brewing, Mana Brewing, and Shakopee Brewhall.  For an evening of exciting gaming, dining, and entertainment, visit Mystic Lake, Minnesota’s largest casino.

For family-friendly fun and creepy attractions, plan a spooky season getaway to Shakopee!  Shakopee is home to Valleyfair, Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  It’s also conveniently located to area attractions like Mystic Lake Casino and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.