Anoka Halloween supports for the educational, social, and recreational welfare of children and youth in our community. To honor and encourage local youth, and the adults whose volunteerism benefits them, Anoka Halloween awards five scholarships and several awards annually. The scholarship program including three scholarships given to Anoka Royal Ambassadors at the end of their reign.
Youth Citizenship Scholarships
Since 1962, two graduating seniors, one girl and one boy are awarded the Youth Citizenship Scholarship based on outstanding citizenship and leadership in their community. Students apply for this scholarship in the spring of their junior year. Recipients are announced during half time of the Pumpkin Bowl.
Youth Service Award
This award recognizes an adult who has generously donated their time and talents in support of youth and children in the Anoka area. This award had been given every year since 1956.
High School Band Awards
In recognition of their marching and musical excellence, a number of awards given to high school marching units participating in our Grand Day Parade. Bands are judged by division. Elementary Schools – In appreciation for their participation in the Big Parade of Little People and all the ways that Anoka elementary schools support and encourage students, Anoka Halloween makes an annual contribution to each school’s Media Center. Anoka elementary schools participate in the annual sale of buttons. The button sales are a fundraising event for the schools. Top sellers at each school are awarded savings bonds.
Honored Community Partner Award
The recipient of this award is selected annually by the Anoka Halloween Committee. It honors a business or community organization that has demonstrated an ongoing support of and partnership with Anoka Halloween. Our Community Partners provide valuable and much appreciated support to Anoka Halloween and the activities we provide for the community.
Elementary School Button Sales
Students from Anoka elementary schools sell festival buttons each fall, in part to raise money for their school. The top sellers from each school is recognized with cash prize and are invited to ride in the Big Parade of Little People and the Grand Day Parade.