halloween capital of the world

Did you know there was one? Check out this info about Anoka, the Halloween capital!
“Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. When Anokans awoke to find their cows roaming Main Street, their windows soaped and their outhouses tipped over, they decided something had to be done.”
“Anoka has always worked to keep a family spirit alive in its Halloween festivities. Activities have included pillow fights, a kangaroo court, fireworks displays, royalty coronations, concerts, dances, window painting contests, house decorating contests, celebrity appearances, costume contests, style shows, story-telling, races and, in the 1960s, a snake dance that took long lines of participants in and out of area businesses and homes.”
Sounds like fun! Check out the site for more history and some cute old photos.

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kate -October 31, 2008, 10:10AM

Oh my goodness, I really need to go there to rekindle my Halloween spirit, it sounds amazing. I also believe there should be a place like this for Christmas-related celebrations, where all you do is go sledding, drink cider, trim trees and sing carols. Please let me know if you find one, I’ll be on the next plane.

bathrooms -January 9, 2010, 2:02AM

Thanks for posting this, lifted my day.

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