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, windows soaped and outhouses tipped over, they decided something had to be done. But what?
A costume parade and block party seemed like the perfect, trick! Halloween became a wonderful distraction for our town for generations to come, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The crisp of the season, the creativity of the shops, the schools, the costumes, the laughter, the food, the fun, and the parties! There are so many reasons to love the month of October, and baby, we count those blessings every day around here!View Website
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October 22, 7pm-8pm, Light Up the Night Parade
With a full line-up of colorfully lit floats, this parade is always a crowd favorite. Join in the fun and Light Up the Night!
The parade starts at 7 PM at the corner of 1st Ave and Main St. Spaces along Main St. can be reserved after 4 PM.
October 28, 1:15 pm-2:30pm, Big Parade of Little People
Join us in celebrating Anoka elementary students and participate in Anoka Halloween’s oldest tradition as local school children march through the historic downtown area. Marching bands and costumes for all to enjoy!
October 29, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm, Grande Day Parade
This parade starts at 1:00 PM at State Street and Main Street. The route follows Main Street to 5th Avenue and finishes at South Street/ Military Road. Parade length is 1.5 miles long. Spaces along Main St. and 5th Avenue can be reserved after 4 AM the day of the parade. Chairs/blankets set out prior to this time, will be removed.
October 29, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Anoka Halloween Ambassador Coronation
Enjoy this historic presentation and learn about the growth and development of our candidates.
Say good-bye to the outgoing Ambassadors and experience the crowning of the 2023 Anoka Royal Ambassadors. Enjoy refreshments after the presentation and stay for photo opportunities.
*Please Note: Visiting Royalty and ONE chaperone are complementary, each additional guest is $10.