Where to Celebrate Halloween in Cottage Grove

The Haunting Experience

Open every Friday & Saturday (7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and some Thursdays and Sundays (7:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.) in October

📍10900 E Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 

If you can handle the most frightening spooks and scares in the state, head to Zyweic’s Haunting Experience this October, for their 35th year of operation! There, you’ll find the longest consecutively running haunted hayride in the state and a horrifying haunted house! During the hayride, you’ll ride through deep tunnels and gnarled trees beside creepy creatures and macabre monsters! Then take a stroll through the haunted house, where you’ll be met with diabolical sights, sounds and smells, from the remains of an abandoned hospital and the twisted experiments occurring inside! 

If you need a hiatus from the horrors, head to the stage to listen to live music from local artists every weekend. Grab some mini donuts and caramel apples from the concessions and a drink from the Beer Tent to enjoy while you listen! 

Fall Fun Fest

October 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

📍10900 E Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 

Here’s a spook-free Halloween event for the whole family! Located at Zyweic’s Haunting Experience, this daytime event is full of Halloween attractions that are perfect for the kids. Purchase an event package and do everything below or pay ala cart for just the ones you’re especially excited about! 

  • No Scare, Lights On Tour ($8): This one’s for the more daring kids; a guided walking tour through the haunted houses, with the lights on and no monsters jumping out at you! 
  • Pumpkin Painting Station ($5): Paint your own pie pumpkin!  
  • Sand Art Station ($5): Fill a container and make designs with colored sand! 
  • Spin Art Station ($5): Spin colorful paint and make your own masterpiece! 
  • There are also free hayrides, a free coloring station, and a goat petting farm (feed costs $2) at the Fun Fest! This event is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit without getting scared! 

Halloween Skating Spooktacular

Wednesday, October 27th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

📍8020 80th St. S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 

Join the Parks and Recreation team for an evening of Halloween skating at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena! The arena will be decorated to the nines, complete with fog and Halloween music! There will also be games, goodies and more! So put on your best Halloween costume, grab your skates and helmet, and head to the arena! All ages are welcome to participate. Cost is $8 per skater and skate rentals are available for an additional $4.  


Monster Bash Parade

Saturday, October 30th, at 10:00 a.m. 

This year, Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest will be hosting its 12th Annual Monster Bash Parade! 📍 The parade route begins at the District 833 Service Center at 7362 East Point Douglas Road and ends at the District 833 Program Center at 8400 East Point Douglas Road. The lineup is still in the works, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook for more details.  

Pumpkin Chuck

Monday, November 1st, from (NEW START TIME!)  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

📍 Peter Thompson Park: 6327 Highland Hills Ln S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 

Looking for the perfect way to wind down after the horrors of Halloween? Well, what’s better than destroying those rotting old pumpkins that have been sitting on the front porch for weeks, no clean-up involved! This free family event is sure to get out some energy! Bring all your old pumpkins along to chuck, toss and roll them down the top if the hill! Afterwards, the staff on site will clean up all the pumpkins guts. 

For the full list of events, as we are continually adding throughout the season, view our events calendar here. Know of something else happening in or around Cottage Grove for Halloween or Fall but don’t see it listed here? Let us know! Email Jprior@cottagegrovemn.gov

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