What to do: Nelson's boasts a seven-acre corn maze with a 1.5-mile route through it. After you're done running the maze, you can take a wagon ride out to the apple orchards, pick a pumpkin or grab some caramel apples and hot dogs from the apple kitchen and chow down. If a peaceful stroll is more your style, take a jaunt through the farm's five-acre nature preserve.
When to do it: The farm is open on weekdays from 1-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where to go: Drive north on Highway 3, then turn left onto County Road 86. Continue on County Road 86 for 11 miles, then turn left onto Douglas Avenue. Take an immediate right into the farm's parking lot.
Northfield Cemetery Stories
What to do: The annual Cemetery Stories are put on by the Northfield Historical Society. The event is an hour-long tour through the Northfield Cemetery that features actors portraying former Northfielders that are buried in the cemetery. The tours cost $2 per person, and if you plan on going you are required to make reservations in advance. For questions, or to make reservations, call (507) 645-9268. When to do it: Friday, Oct. 26. The cemetery tours depart every 20 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. Where to go: The Northfield Cemetery, across the road from the Northfield Senior High School on South Division Street.
Northfield Harvest Stomp What to do: The Harvest Stomp is a community live-music contra dance event. The term "contra" refers to several folk dance styles where the couples dance in lines facing each other. The dance is $6 for students, and contra dance lessons are included. Dancing partners and prior dancing experience are not required The organizers recommend that attendees wear comfortable and "swing-ready attire."
When to do it: Friday, Oct. 26, from 7-10:30 p.m. The dance instruction portion of the event begins at 7 p.m.
Where to go: The dance is being held at the Northfield Armory, which is located at 519 Division St. in downtown Northfield.
What to do: Murphy's Landing, in Shakopee, Minn., is a historical preservation site in the Minnesota River valley. More than 40 historic villages have been arranged in a village of sorts, and every Halloween they have a Candlelight Ghostwalk through the village, where costumed interpreters relate folk stories, superstitions and legends. The Ghostwalk costs $8.50.
When to do it: Friday, Oct. 26. The tour runs from 6-9 p.m.
Where to go: This one's a bit of a drive; follow Interstate 35 north, then make the switch onto I-35W. Exit off the freeway on Highway 13 in Burnsville, and go follow the highway west. Eventually Highway 13 turns into Hwy. 101. Murphy's Landing is on the right side of the highway, just past Valleyfair.
What to do: Screamtown is perfect for those of you who are really looking for a scare. The park has not one, but three, haunted houses. Each house has its own, distinct style of scariness, but you can bet your booty that there'll be power tools, strobe lights and state-of-the-art animatronics. There's also a massive corn maze filled with costumed actors and creepy things that will make you jump. It's a little pricy, but the $13 admissions fee covers all four attractions. Be sure to get to the park early, since lines and parking are definitely going to be an issue this weekend.
When to do it: Screamtown is open from Oct. 25 through the 28. The park gates open at 7 p.m., and admissions closes at 10 p.m., though visitors are welcome to stay until they've gone through each attraction.
Where to go: Screamtown is located near Murphy's Landing in Shakopee. Again, take I-35W, and then go west on Highway 13. This time, however, turn off 13 onto Highway 169 south. Turn left on Canterbury Road, and then take another left on 12th Avenue. Screamtown will be on the left side of the road and is well-marked with signs.
Mall of America
What to do: When we were younger, many of us were pretty lucky if we managed to hit up 20 or 30 houses when we went trick-or-treating. Now, the Mall of America offers trick-or-treating on a grand scale. Billed as the "World's Largest Indoor Trick-or-Treat," the Mall's Halloween celebration simply dwarfs all else. More than 200 stores in the mall are participating, and many of those will be handing out free Halloween goodies, ranging from candy to promotioned merchandise. If you love to shop and don't mind making the journey up to Bloomington, this is a must-do.
When to do it: Wednesday, October 31st. The event opens at 5:30 p.m. and goes until the Mall closes at 9:30.
Where to go: Take I-35W up to Bloomington, then exit onto Interstate 494 west. Continue on I-494 for roughly two miles, then exit onto Highway 77. Go south on Highway 77; the Mall will be on the left hand side of the road. Good luck finding parking!