It’s the spookiest time of the year! Check out Halloween events happening in Sioux Falls this weekend.
The annual Zoo Boo at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Cost is $5 for zoo members and $6 for nonmembers. Kids are encouraged to dress up in costume as they roam the zoo grounds to enjoy animal encounters and prizes.
The Washington Pavilion’s Kirby Science Discovery Center is hosting Spooky Science: Time Machine this weekend. The all-ages event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Spooky Science will include experiments, activities, edible bugs, the Slime-A-Tron, candy and the bubble house. Cost is $12 adults and $6 for ages 3 to 17, and costumes are encouraged. Also going on at the Pavilion, the Cinedome will begin showing “Paranorman” on Friday and continuing through Oct. 31.
DANCE Ballroom & Studio, 1200 E. 57th St., will host its eighth annual Halloween Dance on Friday. The $10 event begins at 8 p.m. and will include a costume contest with prizes, a “Time Warp” lesson and a “Thriller” performance. Swing dance lessons will also be available. Snacks will be served.
The Sioux Falls Canaries will host Escape From the Zombies this weekend at Sioux Falls Stadium. The haunted house will be open from 8-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. $1 from every ticket will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Guests must enter at the east gate and through the visitor’s clubhouse to begin. Also, if you bring your ticket stub from the Stampede Hockey games on Friday-Saturday, your haunted house ticket will only be $5. Ages 13 and younger are not able to attend.
The Trick or Treat Trail Run will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pasley Park, located south of 26th Street and Southeastern Avenue. The annual event will Include a 10K, 5K run/walk and half-mile Candy Dash for ages 3 to 10. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. Registration is $25 to $35, and prizes will be awarded for best costume.
The Outdoor Campus on Sertoma Park will host a Halloween Expedition from 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Hike to “meet” South Dakota animals and, afterward, enjoy s’mores served around a campfire until 7 p.m. Wear your costumes!
The annual Sioux Falls Zombie Walk and Boo Falls Halloween Parade will be 5 p.m. Saturday downtown. Cost to walk is $3 and to enter a float is $30. Staging for the parade will take place behind Skellys; from there, the parade will head south on Phillips Avenue toward the State Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. All zombies who participate will be part of a costume contest, and group themes or floats for your business or organization are encouraged. All proceeds from the Zombie Walk will go toward the State Theatre, and the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz also are helping to donate this year. If you want to get “zombie-fied,” makeup applications will be given from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Skelly’s or Vishnu Bunny for $5. After the parade, a Zombie Walk party will be held at Skelly’s, featuring live music and a free keg for $5.
There’s a new haunted house to check out — if you dare. The Fear Factory, located 1 mile west of Corson (follow the signs when you get to town) includes an indoor and outdoor maze and also will raise money for local nonprofits, including The Backpack Program. The haunted house will be open Friday-Saturday and on Halloween night from 7-10:30 p.m. Cost to enter is $7. The Fear Factory also will host a Family fun Day from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Heartland Country Corn Maze west of Harrisburg will host its Haunted Maze from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission for the 11-acre maze in the shape of two swans is $7 or $5 for ages 5 to 10. Don’t forget your flashlight, and prepare to be spooked!
The corn maze at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park off Interstate 90 also will offer a haunted maze this weekend. For family-friendly fun, the Monster Mash will be held Saturday afternoon at the maze, featuring games, activities and dancing.
The Palace Theatre in Luverne, Minn., will host a film screening of “The Giant Spider” on Saturday. Writer/director Christopher Mihm will attend the screening and talk about his 1950s monster movie spinoff afterward. The Halloween-themed film will begin at 7 p.m. and will be screened on Halloween night as well. Tickets are $7. The Palace Theatre is located at 104 E. Main St.
Icon Lounge will host Cirque du Icon on Friday and a pre-Halloween party on Saturday. Cirque du Icon is a free event beginning at 9 p.m. and will include a silk aerialist, fire dancer, live DJs and video and lighting production. The pre-Halloween party on Saturday will feature live music by Dueling Duo, a dueling pianos performance. The show begins at 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $10.
The VFW, 3601 S. Minnesota Ave., will host its annual Great Funkin’ Halloween Show on Saturday night.
McNally’s Irish Pub on 69th and Western will host a Halloween Party on Saturday that includes Halloween drink specials for $4 and “Blood Light” for $2. A costume contest will be held as well.
The annual Monsters Ball will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Boonies, 805 N. West Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show and and will include live music by Black Mask Armada.