This week we are discussing Anoka, Minnesota, the “Halloween Capital of the World“! Anoka is a northwestern suburb of the Twin Cities, located just 20 miles away from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Residents can commute easily by car, or they can us the Northstar Commuter Rail between Big Lake and Downtown Minneapolis. Anoka attracts residents and visitors alike with a traditional downtown area with boutiques and restaurants, as well as several parks and green spaces. Anoka lies along the Rum and Mississippi Rivers, and residents love to take advantage of water sports in the summer months. Many of Anoka’s parks have river access, with fishing piers, boat launches, docks available. In the winter, ice rinks and warming houses open up for residents to participate in skating and hockey. Cross-country skiing can be accessed at Green Haven Golf Course in the winter, and residents can enjoy the Anoka Nature Preserve year-round as well–the trails are maintained for hikers in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.
Anoka was declared the Halloween Capital of the World in 1937. After years of youths committing Halloween pranks that got out of hand, in 1920 the city of Anoka decided to step in. They created a big Halloween celebration to bring the community together and provide alternative activities to kids to try and cut down on Halloween night mischief. Activities during the inaugural Halloween celebration included a large parade with free treats and candy given out. Local children marched in the parade and showed off their costumes, alongside local bands, Anoka police and fire departments, and community clubs. Afterwards, the city gathered around a huge bonfire. It was a huge success! The tradition continued and now there are an abundance of events in Anoka every year throughout the month of October leading up to the annual Halloween Parade, which will be held this Saturday at 1pm. Regular activities every October include decorating contests, ghost tours, football games, bonfire nights, class reunions, carnivals, fun runs, costume contests and more. For more information, check out Anoka’s Halloween website!
In addition to area highlights, we like to give our blog readers an idea of what housing is like in the city we have chosen for the week. Here is what Anoka’s real estate numbers look like, including Anoka homes for sale, pending sales, and closed sales:
Find out more about the city of Anoka on our community page!