The Amazing Reason the Halloween Capital of the World is in Minnesota
Did you know that the Halloween Capital of the World is located right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes?
It's true. If you want to get your spooky on this year, you can head to the Halloween Capital of the World, because it's right here in Minnesota, and it's located nearby in the Twin Cities metro (just a little over 100 miles away from Rochester.)
That's right, Anoka, Minnesota has officially been dubbed the Halloween Capital of the World. And that's not just some self-proclaimed title, either, but is officially acknowledged according to the Library of Congress.
How is it that Anoka laid claim to that impressive title, you ask? Well, the Library of Congress says that Anoka was one of the first cities in the country to "put on a Halloween celebration that discourages people from playing tricks or causing trouble," the site said.
Our fellow Minnesotans up in Anoka have been trying to put on a more positive take on Halloween for over 83 years now, the site noted.
In 1920, a weeklong celebration was started in Anoka in an effort to take the trick out of trick-or-treating. The Grand Day Parade includes a Mass Band, made up of bands from four high schools. Another featured event is the Gray Ghost 5K Run, inspired by sightings of Bill Andberg, a marathon runner in his 70s whose gray-clad ghostly figure can often be seen running through a local cemetery.
And, after the pandemic year of 2020 limited some of the Halloween events in Anoka (or at least changed them a bit), the event returned in 2021 and 2022. And it's back once again this year, and there are a full slate of activities that can help you celebrate the season of ghosts and goblins.
Some of the events in the next few weeks include a coloring contest, a pumpkin weigh-off and carving contest, a scarecrow contest, a movie night, a scavenger hunt, bonfires, a parade and more. It really IS a positive celebration! (Click HERE for a full list of events and activities.)
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And, all of them are geared around "providing opportunities for our community to support our schools and scholarships with unique family-friendly Halloween celebrations," as the official Anoka Halloween Capital of the World site said.
Now if Halloween isn't your thing, you can still celebrate fall in Minnesota with a trip to one of the many apple orchards here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Keep scrolling to check out some of the best here in our own backyard.
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