Want a genuine Halloween family experience this year, one that celebrates the beauty of autumn walk in the woods with a healthy dash of "spooky" thrown in for fun?
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardens event on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, is the perfect Halloween entertainment for young families—steeped in old-fashioned charm and whimsy rather than bloody grit and gore. Running noon to 4 p.m. both days, "Ghouls and Goblins" serves up a feast for the imagination.
Dress up in your most clever costume and join the Arboretum for "spook-friendly" fun. Take a short "Trick or Treat Trail" past the "Cabin in the Woods" inhabited by a cauldron-stirring witch, then meander by the haunted graveyard and Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
Watch out for soaring bats and ghosts!
Additional features include face-painting, concessions and pumpkin sales, plus haunting music galore. Visitors also will enjoy the Arboretum's amazing Pumpkin Palooza display of thousands of pumpkins, plus the whimsical Scarecrows in the Gardens characters.
Admission to Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardens is $5 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 3-12; free for under 2 and under, (up to noon Oct. 26). After that, it's $10 for 13 & older.
In addition, the Arboretum gate fee applies ($12 ages 13 & older; free for 12 and under; free for members).
Visit arboretum.umn.edu/ghoulsandgoblins.aspx to register. Call 612-625-9456 for details.
Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardens is presented by RBC Wealth Management.