Halloween happenings, Mississippi Minute Film Fest and more

Twin Cities Horror Festival

The Twin Cities Horror Festival continues its annual haunt of the West Bank’s Southern Theater with a slew of petrifying performances. This year Erin Sheppard presents “Bird of Seven Colors,” a retelling of a Puerto Rican folktale based on the terror-filled journey of a girl looking for the eponymous creature. Fest veterans Four Humors also bring back “Mortem Capiendum,” their comedic traveling medicine show. Parents may want to leave the kids at home, as many of the shows are recommended to those older than 13 or 16, though local musician Adam Levy of the Honeydogs and his daughters will throw a Bunny Clogs Costumer Dance Party on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. for families. For more about each film and ratings on language, violence and blood, visit the festival’s website.

Where: Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave.

When: Oct. 22-Nov. 1

Cost: $14-15, passes available

Info: tchorrorfestival.com


Terror Trot

The Terror Trot is one part fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and one part costume-clad race. The 5K and 10K races, with courses along Lake Harriet, are sure to be great for enjoying fall foliage and the season’s ideal, chilly running weather, not to mention all the costumes. The runners with the best costumes will receive prizes at this family-friendly, Halloween-themed event. 

Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4315 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy.

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.

Cost: $20-40

Info: busybodypromotions.com


Photo by Satya Varghese Mac



Twin Cities cultish Halloween show BareBones returns this year with hundreds of artists, illuminated puppets, live orchestra musicians, fire performers, aerialists, stilt walkers and more. This year’s theme of “We All Fall Down” will take audiences on a journey through life and death, peace and grief. Homegrown Minneapolis street band Brass Messengers will perform and Sisters Camelot, Minneapolis’ free organic food distribution collective, will serve hot food following each show. BareBones will be performed on Oct. 24, 25, 29, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m.

Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul

When: Oct. 24-31 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Suggest $10-20 donation

Info: barebonespuppets.org


Halloween Trolley Rides

The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line is hosting a series of Halloween-themed rides for both kids and adults. This year’s Ghost Trolley comes in the form of Professor Sparks’ frightful Trolley Circus, the Oct. 23 and 24 event from 6-9 p.m. ($4) is a scary evening ride for adults. Kids can wear their costumes to the Transylvania Trolley, hosted by Count Karl the Vampire Motorman, where they can get free candy  (12:30-4:30 on Saturday, Oct. 24, $2, children and under are free). Finally, the Ghost Trolley Late Show features The Prisoner and Other Stories at 8 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 ($5), which is not recommended for children.

Where: Linden Hills Station, 4200 Queen Ave. S.

When: Oct. 23-25

Cost: $2-5

Info: trolleyride.org



Urban Hayride

The North Loop’s Corner Coffee is hosting hayrides around the city’s hippest neighborhood. The community coffee shop will have live music and free hot chocolate for kids.

Where: Corner Coffee, 514 N. 3rd St.

When: Oct. 24 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: cornerchurch.tv


Art Attack

Northeast Minneapolis’ Northrup King Building will once again host Art Attack, a weekend-long open studio and gallery crawl in its 18th year. Art Attack will feature more than 250 artists in just about any conceivable medium. The free event will have special exhibitions, live demonstrations (glassblowing to large-scale weaving), readings, along with food trucks and live music.

Where: Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE

When: Nov. 6-8

Cost: Free

Info: northrupkingbuilding.com


Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky


Bow Wow Film Festival

The Twin Cities is famous for its annual Internet Cat Video Festival, but that doesn’t mean cat lovers get to have all the fun. After all, every dog has its day. For dogs and dog lovers in South Minneapolis, the Bow Wow Film Festival is that day with an evening full of pooch-themed short films. The festival will raise money for Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue and Twin Cities Pet Rescue.

Where: The Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S.

When: Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $7-12 advance, $7-15 at the door

Info: bowwowfilmfest.com


Mississippi Minute Film Festival

The Mississippi Minute Film festival has returned for its second year to visually capture the mighty Mississippi in 60 seconds or less. The festival features submitted, minute-long videos screened at the Mill City Museum for judges, including a couple Minneapolis City Council members, local business owners and other local leaders. The free festival is a signature event of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.

Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St.

When: Monday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: minneapolisriverfront.org