Halloween Guide for 2020
Halloween in the neighborhood may look different this year, but there are many safe, fun activities to participate in!
MGCC encourages neighbors to reference the resources below to determine how they will participate in Halloween in 2020.
Many neighbors are choosing to trick-or-treat, however some of the famed “halloween streets” (Sargent Avenue, Palace Avenue) within Mac-Grove will not be taking place this year, due to CDC and MN DOH recommendations in order to encourage safe social distancing. If you do decide to trick or treat, check out this guide from the CDC on safe steps to take.
- The CDC has released a guide on ideas for safe, alternative Halloween activities.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has provided guidance to help you safely navigate holiday gatherings. The guide includes detailed low, moderate, and high risk activities.
- Celebrate at home with family. Carve or decorate pumpkins. Have a Halloween movie night with treats.
- Celebrate outside with family, neighbors, and friends. Carve or decorate pumpkins outside. Hold a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
- A virtual Halloween costume contest.
- No-contact neighborhood trick-or-treating. Put treats in individual goodie bags and place them at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your yard for families to grab and go.
- An outdoor costume party or haunted forest. Follow the safety tips above.
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards. Use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples. Follow safety tips above.
Avoid higher-risk activities
- Trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go from door to door.
- Costume parties or haunted houses held indoors.
- Trunk-or-treating where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
- Hayrides with people who do not live with you and fall festivals.
Events in the area
Enter the Mac-Grove neighborhood Halloween decorating contest! Sponsored by Brian Wagner, Coldwell Banker Realty – Crocus Hill – Grand Avenue. Free – to enter click here! Judging of all homes entered will occur between 6-10pm on October 30th. Gift card prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place participants. Learn more here!
Check out this Halloween Guide from Mpls St. Paul Magazine for a long list of opportunities in the Twin Cities this year!
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and community partners are finding alternative, fun, and safe ways to celebrate the fall season! Events are free unless otherwise noted. Some events require registration in advance. All events will adhere to the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidance on COVID-19.
In-person Fall events
- October 27; 6-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat Drive Thru (Hazel Park)
- October 28; 6-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat Drive Thru (Palace)
- October 29; 2-4:30pm: Trunk or Treat Drive Thru (El Rio Vista, in conjunction with their Free Meals Program)
- October 29; 6-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat Drive Thru (Frogtown)
- October 30; 4:30-6:30pm: Candy Caper Car Parade (Edgcumbe)
- October 30; 6-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat Drive Thru (Jimmy Lee/Oxford)
- October 30; 6:30-8pm: East Area Halloween Drive Thru (Battle Creek)
- October 31; 1-5pm: Fall Festival Trick or Trunk (West Minnehaha)
- October 31; 8:30am: Monster Dash 5k, 10k, Half Marathon (various locations) (Price varies) *registration required
- October 31; 6:45-9pm: Movies in the Park: The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Urban Growler Brewing Co. ($12) *registration required
Virtual Fall events
- Varies: Barebones Halloween Show
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