Thank you to The City of Anoka
for sponsoring Anoka Halloween Events
The City of Anoka is rich with history, beautiful parks, and flowing rivers. The downtown is filled with wonderful shops, services, and restaurants. We invite you to Anoka to experience what those that live and work here enjoy each day.
It is believed that Anoka was the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration. In early 1920, Anoka merchants and other interested citizens joined together in a move to stop Halloween pranks. The idea was to have a big Halloween party for all the children with free candy and lots of entertainment. In October of 1920, Anoka had its first Halloween celebration. The celebration has been held every year since, with the exception of two years during WWII. Anoka considers itself to be the “Halloween Capital of the World” and now has many events during October including football games, costume contests, block parties, Grey Ghost 5k run, and two parades.
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