Easy Halloween treat recipe

A frosted sugar cookie is always a fun treat, but how about giving it a Spooktacular makeover. We visited Way Cool Cooking School in Eden Prairie for a quick Monster Mouth Cookie tutorial that even the kids can help with.

St. Paul car wash transforms into haunted house

With many haunted houses keeping their doors shut this Halloween, a St. Paul car wash has stepped up to the plate offering a haunting experience that will also leave your vehicle spick and span. Soapy Joe’s Haunted Car Wash runs October 29th and 30th from 6pm to 9pm and includes candy for kids. The costumed team works in tandem with the use spooky lighting and fog machines.

Anoka delivers socially-distanced Halloween fun

Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World, and this weekend was expected to be the biggest party yet as they celebrate 100 years of Halloween events. Though the plans have been scaled back in a big way, the city is still going forward with some of the events including the house decorating contest. There are 16 homes participating. Their addresses will be posted on Thursday evening for public viewing.

Red Wing bakery’s election cookie poll seeing record turnout

Most people probably wouldn’t describe this election as ‘sweet,’ except maybe those at Hanisch Bakery in Red Wing. Since 1984, the bakery has hosted a cookie poll. They sell frosted sugar cookies with presidential candidates’ names on them. And they’re keeping track of the sales. The winning candidate’s cookie has consistently aligned with the popular vote since its inception. During the last election cycle, Hanisch Bakery sold around 3,000 cookies with Hillary Clinton winning by just four cookies. This year, they’ve already sold almost 14,000 cookies and there’s still 10 days until the election. And for the first time since 1992, there’s a surprising third party candidate, a red white and blue poop emoji cookie. It’s something the owner, Bill Hanisch, came up with after the first debate. If you want to see the latest cookie poll results you can visit the bakery’s Instagram, @HanischBakery.

Ballet Co. Laboratory plans drive-in performance

After a seven-month hiatus, the Ballet Co. Laboratory dancers are returning to the stage. But this much-anticipated show will take place outside, drive-in style. The professional ballet company’s dances will honor 50’s music legends and audience members will be able to tune into the show on their radios. They’ll also get a snack box and beverages as well. The shows are in the parking lot next to the St. Paul studio on Saturday, October 24th at 1pm and 4:30pm. For ticket information

Goats clean up Normandale Community College trails

One way to manage brush is with a mob of goats doing what they do best; grazing. Goats from the grazing program at Minnesota Native Landscapes just wrapped up a month-long clearing effort at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. The 30 goats ate their way through the invasive species, like buckthorn, on the campus hiking trails. Once the work is complete, Alex Nichols, director of Grazing Operations, and his dog Newt come in to round up the goats to head back to the farm.

New Chanhassen gym focuses on stretching

One of the biggest fitness trends for 2020 is limbering up with a trained flexologist. Stretching labs are popping up all over the country and in the Twin Cities. StretchLab Chanhassen opened up last week and already has 200 members. The lab puts the emphasis on something most people skip, the post-workout recovery.

Psycho Suzi’s trading in tiki torches for holiday lights

Tis the season for transformation, and that’s the best way to describe what’s happening at Minneapolis tiki bar, Psycho Suzi’s. They’re embracing the chill in the air and going all in on the holidays. They’ve opened ‘Mary’s Christmas Palace’ for the season. Almost every surface of the restaurant is covered in holiday decor and that goes for the patio as well. They’ve even changed up their menus adding plenty of holiday cheer to their booze and bites. Psycho Suzi’s is open Thursday to Sunday.

Bell Museum unveils planetarium show that takes you inside the brain

The Bell Museum has created a groundbreaking new show for the planetarium and it has nothing to do with outer space. Instead, this show takes you inside one of the body's most important organs; the brain. Mysteries of the Brain is recommended for elementary and middle school age students. The immersive, animated adventure follows a curious girl and her crow companion. The content was created over a span of two years with help from science advisors at the University of Minnesota. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Visitors must get timed-tickets in advance of their visit. Check out https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ for more information.

Drive-in haunted attraction coming to Roseville Center

Last year, Rosedale Center brought the haunted house experience to the mall, specifically the space that used to be a Herberger’s department store. This year, they're improvising again with a drive-in haunted attraction that's even caught the eye of the New York Times. The new terrifying socially-distanced experience is called ‘The Deadly Drive-in’ and it's not for the faint of heart or those under 14. It’s created by Flip Phone Events. At last check the event was almost sold out.

MIA's podcast uncovers unique stories about its collection

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has an expansive collection of 90,000 items, and each item has its own unique story. One way to explore these stories is through MIA’s podcast, The Object. Each episode focuses on the surprising history behind a single item in the collection. Host and writer of the podcast, Tim Gehring joined us to discuss some of his favorite episodes.

Artisan Home Tour opens the doors to exquisite Twin Cities homes

The Artisan Home Tour, which typically takes place in June, will instead start up this weekend. It gives people the chance to step inside 14 notable new homes designed by some of the area’s most talented builders and 8 renovated homes. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, you can walk through them and get ideas for your own dream home. It runs for three weekends in October. Ticket info can be found at ArtisanHomeTour.org and a portion of the proceeds benefits the nonprofit, Housing First Minnesota Foundation.

HalloweenCostumes.com unveils 2020’s top kids’ costumes

Mankato is home to one of the largest Halloween costume retailers in the country, HalloweenCostumes.com and Fun.com. Despite questions about how people will celebrate the spooky holiday this year, sales are up for the company, and kids costumes are leading that surge. We got a look inside the warehouse to check out some of the bestsellers.

The Riverview Theater, open for popcorn and private screenings

Movie theaters across the country are being faced with the tough decision of whether or not to reopen. Some are finding other ways to stay in business, like the historic Riverview Theater in South Minneapolis. They’ve opened their doors to popcorn sales Thursday to Sunday. They sell their pop, candy and slushies too. The theater has also started renting out the space for private party movie screenings. Merchandise has been a big hit as well and they continue to grow their online collection of retro Riverview branded gear. For more information and popcorn hours, visit: http://riverviewtheater.com/

New gym opens in Maple Grove

There’s a new boutique gym in Maple Grove that fuses fitness and physical therapy. Viracity was founded by a physical therapist. The wellness center offers many different types of fitness classes, both in-person and virtual, but also massage therapy, infrared therapy and chryotherapy. Melissa Gill, the owner, says she had always wanted a space like this but it wasn’t until the pandemic hit and this location opened up that she moved on the idea. She felt like these specific services, offered together were especially important during this time. For more information visit: https://www.viracity.life/

Minnesota animal sanctuary takes in wildcats from all over the world

Minnesota is home to a wildcat sanctuary that's been rescuing animals from all over the world for 21 years. ‘The Wildcat Sanctuary’ is just 90 miles north of the metro and is place of refuge for injured, abused or displaced wildcats. Currently, more than 115 felines call the facility home. It is a non-profit funded by private donors. It’s not open to the public so they don’t make money off of entrance fees or pictures with animals. Founder and Executive Director, Tammy Theis took us inside to meet some of the animals as they launch their ‘Tigerthon.’ Starting September 24th through October 1st, all donations will be triple-matched. To learn more visit https://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/

Home tours go virtual

Home tours have started up again, but with safety in mind, many have moved online. Starting this weekend, the AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects tour gets underway virtually. It’s your chance to look inside 17 grand homes across the metro with immersive 3D technology and live architect interviews. Tickets are available at: HomesByArchitects.org

Wendy’s House of Soul reopens in new location

When you combine Soul Food and Egg Rolls you get SOULROLLS and that’s the signature item at a Minneapolis restaurant that’s celebrating it’s reopening in a colorful new space. Wendy’s House of Soul moved from its Broadway Avenue location to 1825 Glenwood Avenue in the Harrison Neighborhood. They offer takeout and curbside orders. Visit https://www.youvebeensouled.com/ for more information.

Minneapolis cat café looking for cat cuddlers

Minnesota’s first cat café has reopened and needs more cat cuddlers. The Café Meow is part coffee shop, part cat lounge. The cats featured in the lounge are up for adoption. There is a small fee to hang in the cat lounge but that money goes toward caring for the felines. Since the shop opened in 2018, they’ve found homes for 308 cats. Follow their social media for up-to-date lists of their cat roster. Instagram: @TheCafeMeow

Monarch butterflies begin migration south

This is the time of year Monarch Butterflies start their 2300 mile journey from Minnesota to Mexico. In year's past, that meant we'd be celebrating with the Monarch Festival. This year it is virtual, but there are important things you can be doing right now in lieu of the festival. We visited a certified monarch waystation at Lake Nokomis to learn more about supporting monarch conservation.