No matter what city you go to in the U.S., Halloween will generally be celebrated the same: costumes, candy, and ghosts. But Halloween in Minnesota is like Christmas on acid. Strands of ghost and pumpkin lights reflect on inches of snow, swirling and blurring together. The chilling wind howls louder than the any of the lame recordings house owners like to play from boom boxes when trick-or-treaters come to the door. And the ice-cold temperature alone is enough to make any Halloween a crazed experience.
An out-of-state trick-or-treater needs to know a few things before experiencing a Minnesota Halloween.
Plan a route beforehand. The starting and ending place, the length of the route, and what houses you go to are important to figure out, as they affect everything else you need to do for Halloween. Do your research so that you know what houses hand out the best candy. As I grew older and started to plan my own Halloween route, I took into consideration my past Halloweens by remembering what houses were the best. Map out the best route with the best houses. In addition, the October weather is harsh in Minnesota so you need to decide how long you want to stay outside walking. Your best bet would be the shortest route that covers the top-notch houses. And don’t forget: pick a good ending place so that when you finish you have hot chocolate and a blanket waiting for you. Trust me, you’ll need it.
Who you go with. Do you want a small group of friends or a larger group? Is your mom making you take your younger brother/sister out trick-or-treating? Deciding on who you want to spend your Halloween night with goes hand and hand with your planned route. If you like who you are going with, then chances are you will want to stay out longer and your night will be more fun. If you have to take your younger sibling out, you’ll want a short and easy route. Choose your fellow trick-or-treaters wisely, as they will greatly affect your Halloween night.