Local Halloween News

Springbook Nature Center was host to 4,100 visitors at its annual Pumpkin Night in the Park. While more than 1,000 pumpkins illuminated the trails as black cats, witches and ghouls lurked through the nature center during the Oct. 22 event. During the event, attendees tested their luck with monster bingo and danced the night away…
Author: Community Contributer
Posted: November 2, 2016, 8:24 pm
The city of Blaine hosted a Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt at Aquatore Park the evening of Friday, Oct. 28. About 150 kids came in search of pumpkins, candy and fun. [email protected]
Author: Eric Hagen
Posted: November 2, 2016, 8:18 pm
  Gray skies and rain became the backdrop for this year’s Anoka Halloween Grand Day parade Oct. 29. More than 100 floats and 17 marching bands entertained paradegoers, many of whom came costumed as super heroes, comic book characters, politicians and ghosts. Spectators lined the streets 10 and 12 people deep all along the parade…
Author: Sue Austreng
Posted: November 2, 2016, 6:29 pm
Coon Rapids High School students will once again join the international We Scare Hunger campaign, going door to door collecting nonperishable food items on Halloween. Last year, about 85 students headed to Leah Mau’s house and then into various Coon Rapids neighborhoods. This year, Mau, a senior at the high school, expects even more student…
Author: Olivia Alveshere
Posted: October 30, 2016, 10:29 am
  Completing 22 eclectic challenges that taxed their strength, tested their physique and maxed their mentality, 20 two-person teams competed in the fourth annual Anoka Halloween Amazing Race. The Oct. 22 contest paced racers over the river and through the woods and led them to historic landmarks and iconic locations in and around downtown Anoka….
Author: Sue Austreng
Posted: October 27, 2016, 5:50 pm
Stars sparkled overhead as costumed children waved sparkling wands at marching bands and glowing floats parading through the Halloween Capital of the World. Hundreds of people lined Main Street to witness the Oct. 22 Light Up the Night Parade. Street lights were extinguished and store windows darkened during the hourlong parade featuring area high school’s…
Author: Sue Austreng
Posted: October 26, 2016, 8:24 pm
  While Halloween celebrations got an early start in Anoka this year with the Sept. 29 First-Day-of-Issue event for the USPS Halloween Forever stamp, the community’s annual traditions really ramp up this weekend. Yet again, Anoka Halloween has a packed schedule of events running over three weekends in the Halloween Capital of the World. Friday…
Author: Mandy Moran-Froemming
Posted: October 13, 2016, 5:43 pm
  In the Halloween Capital of the World Sept. 29, the U.S. Postal Service put a stamp of approval on Anoka’s iconic autumn holiday. On that day nearly 1,000 people gathered in Anoka City Hall River Plaza to witness the First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony and the unveiling of four 2016 Jack-o’-lantern Forever stamps. “With this stamp,…
Author: Mandy Moran-Froemming
Posted: October 5, 2016, 7:43 pm
The Anoka City Council has implemented new rules regarding saving seats along the parade routes for the three Anoka Halloween parades (Light up the Night, Big Parade of Little People, and the Grand Day Parade). In general, all parade goers should be aware of the following: -Chairs, blankets, ropes, tarps will not be allowed to…
Author: Mandy Moran-Froemming
Posted: September 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
Anoka is putting the final touches on plans for a major celebration next week. On Thursday, Sept. 29, the city will host the First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony when the U.S. Postal Service unveils four 2016 jack-o’-lantern Forever stamps. Anoka was chosen earlier this year to host this event, which kicks off many Halloween festivities that will…
Author: Mandy Moran-Froemming
Posted: September 21, 2016, 9:30 pm