In the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, you may be surprised to find a slice of Halloween history. In fact, the city of Anoka is officially the “Halloween Capital of the World.” While our modern version of the Halloween holiday is still relatively new, Anoka has been celebrating it for nearly a century.
In 1920, civic leaders in Anoka organized a parade for on Halloween eve, purportedly to divert young pranksters from causing trouble. This is beleived to be the earliest recorded Halloween parade in the country, and the city has been celebrating Halloween with parades and other events every year since; excluding 1942-43. In 1937, Congress made it official and declared Anoka the “Halloween Capital of the World.”
The all-volunteer organizers of this year’s events have quite the lineup of events scheduled througought the month of October: there’s a day and night parade, the “Gray Ghost” 5k and 1-mile fitness walk, pumpkin carving contests for kids and adults, and much more. Find out more at the Anoka Halloween event website!