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From the creators of The Color Run comes Pumpkin Nights, a one mile long walking path with 12 worlds of marvelous art and Halloween fun, lined with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in larger than life displays. Launching in Twin Cities at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Friday, October 14, Pumpkin Nights will be open for 18 days until Halloween Day—Monday, October 31. The outdoor, family friendly, multi-sensory Halloween experience combines whimsical interactions that will appeal to all senses as attendees explore and engage in the enchanted worlds of Pumpkin GalaxyWitch’s BrewThe Great Pumpkin Reef, a Minnesota themed world and more!  

“Pumpkin Nights will transport you into an alternative Halloween universe. We’ve created these worlds to reignite the nostalgic spirit of Halloween for everyone who walks through the State Fair gates. From our mirrored space ship, Dracula’s Graveyard, to Scarecrow Row—it’s really a magical adventure for all ages!” said Chelsea Kasen, Pumpkin Nights event director. 

In addition to the 12 interactive themed worlds, Pumpkin Nights will have UV bubbles, Halloween music and scents, fall treats and interactive lights along the path.Traveling “Merchants of Fun” will be on the path selling everything glowing to light up the night even more. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their best costume to join in the fun; masks are permitted, but leave those props and weapons at home! 

Pumpkin Nights is partnering with different local Twin Cities charities and each night a different one will be featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin to add to the Community Carvings world. For every carved pumpkin brought to the festival, Pumpkin Nights will donate $5 to the highlighted charity. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from Pumpkin Nights will be donated to each charity. 

“We love Minnesota! The support we’ve received for The Color Run and Soul Pose in Twin Cities over the years has been immense, which is why we wanted to launch the first ever Pumpkin Nights at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds,” said Kasen. “Pumpkin Nights is the best of the best for Halloween fun and is our way of reciprocating the love to Minnesotans. We’re excited to see attendees’ reactions to our Picture Minnesota world—it’s crowning jewel is the Viking masthead, and also features installations inspired by Fairchild, the State Fair gopher, Minneapolis’ Spoonbridge and Cherry, and other purely Minnesotan features.”  

Halfway through the path, participants can stop to treat themselves to cider, hot chocolate and seasonal State Fair treats at the vendors’ area. They can also shop for a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and purchase Pumpkin Nights merchandise. It’s a great place to take in what you’ve just experienced and gear up for more surprises and fun! 

Tickets will be available for purchase online on Monday, September 12 at Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Tickets can be used on any night, and are transferable. Children 3 and under are free, kids (4-12) and seniors are $16, and adults are $20. Family packs are available for $64, which include two adults and two kids tickets. 

For more information about Pumpkin Nights, visit Join Twin Cities’ most delightful Halloween tradition on social media by following Pumpkin Nights on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

The Details
Sunday to Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight
$16 - $64 (children under 3 FREE)