For those of you wiccan, pagan, and witch alike who want a fun and well-spirited look beyond the veil beginning this weekend on October 1stThe Historic Mounds Theatre in Saint Paul, will host Real Haunted Tours. The many psychics and ghost hunters who have visited it recognize an historic building from the 1920’s, Mounds Theatre as one of St. Paul’s most haunted locations. The tour lasts 1 hour where you will hear about the history of the building and some of the people who worked there from its grand opening and during its Vaudeville Hay days. And who knows, maybe you will meet some of the ghosts who seem to linger there. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.moundstheatre.org/ for dates, times, and to purchase your tickets. Another favorite for many wiccans and pagans in the twin cities for observing spirits is the Shadows and Spirits Tour at the state capital. Beginning October 20that 6:30 pm half hour tours explore the haunted history of our Minnesota Capital. To find out more about tickets go to http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/msc/ and click on events.
For those of you who have yearnings towards the stars on October 1stthere will be a Public Stargazing Event at Glacial Lakes State Park. Located at 25022 County Road 41 in Starbuck, Minnesota weather permitting of course. Glacial Lakes Astronomers and Stargazers Society (GLASS) will host this event. To find out more about this event you can go to http://glass.glaciallakesmn.com/.
A long time seasonal favorite for many Minnesota pagans, wiccans, and general nature lovers alike is the ever-famous corn maze. One very large maze open to the general public until October 16this the Engwalls Corn Maze located just ten minutes from Duluth. The maze is over 50,000 square feet. To find out location details and further information you can log on to http://www.engwalls.com/ and click on the Corn Maze tab. Or if you’d prefer something closer to the twin cities, you can go to the Zywiec’s Corn Maze in Cottage Grove, located at 10900 E Pt Douglas Rd. This maze is open until October 30th. To find out more you can log onto http://www.zywiecs.com/and click on the Corn Maze tab. Zywiec’s will also be hosting a Haunting Experience in 3D this event is not recommended for small children however, but is a scary good time if you wish for a more frightening spin on your holiday. To find out more just click on the Haunting Experience tab on their website.
Another scary event for celebrators of Samhain is of course Frightmare’s at Buck Hill. Beginning weekends October 7ththis year. Buck Hill will offer Frightmare’s featuring an evening of entertainment for the whole family. Located at 15400 Buck Hill Rd. in Burnsville, you can find out more by logging onto http://www.frightmares.com/ .
For the weekend of October 15thyou can commune with the spirits at Hastings Lakeside Cemetery for their guided cemetery tours. Attendees will meet at the Estate and be shuttled to and from the cemetery. You will visit the graves of LeDuc family members & Carroll Simmons (the second owner of the LeDuc house) and be greeted by living history re-enactors portraying some of these people, as well as other interesting characters of historic Hastings. Cemetery tours will be at 2, 3:30 5, 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. each day. $5 per person; pre-registration & pre-payment required by phone at 651-437-7055.
On October 29thin the Saint Cloud area you can join in Halloween Historia, this spooktacular event features a hayride, Halloween craft-making, scavenger hunt in the Museum’s exhibit gallery, a kindly Candy Witch, carnival games, and face-painting. This event will run from 12 noon to 4pm at 235 South 33rd Avenue in Saint Cloud. To find out more go to http://www.stearns-museum.org/.
For a more traditional take on Halloween you might want to take the kids to enjoy Old Time Halloween at the Gibbs Museum. Located at 2097 Larpenteur Ave W., in Falcon Heights on October 30th. This event will show how in the mid-1800s Europeans, especially Irish immigrants, brought their Halloween traditions to America. Carve a turnip to put in your window to ward off evil spirits; Trick-or-Treat at Jane Gibbs’ house; make popcorn balls in the Red Barn and enjoy a cup of cider after. To find out more you can log on to http://www.rchs.com/and click on events and exhibits at the top of the page.
Lastly if you’re looking for a family event to take the kids to for Halloween before your Samhain night, you can visit Boo Bash, located at Grand Ave. in St. Paul on October 30th. This spectacular event to help families celebrate the Halloween season. From 1-3pm local businesses host family activities, special offers, pony rides, petting zoos, costume contests and more! Children 12 and under in costume are invited to trick-or-treat along the Avenue from 3-5pm. To find out more you can go to http://www.grandave.com/ and click on events.
For even more events for the pagan individual or family who wants more than just a ritual this season you can also go to the pages at http://www.exploreminnesota.comunder events. Be sure to enjoy your autumn with as much fun and ritual as it deserves.