Schedule of events

Friday, October 10

Pumpkin Bowl

7:00pm | Goodrich Field
Anoka Tornadoes vs. Elk River Elks

Wednesday, October 15

Family Movie Night & Dinner

6:30pm | Anoka American Legion – Post 102 | FREE
Featuring a spooky movie. Open to public. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. ACBC food shelf donations welcome.

Friday, October 17

Orange Tie Ball & Silent Auction

6:00pm-Midnight | Greenhaven Country Club & Banquet Center
$40.00 per person
DJ dance, Raffle, 3-Tier Silent Auction. Proceeds go to scholarships for Anoka area students.

Saturday, October 18

Anoka Halloween Amazing Race

9:00am | Downtown Anoka
$50.00 per team (limit of 15 teams)
Fee can be raised for donation purposes. Ages 16 and older. Teams of 2 will race throughout the city of Anoka competing in unique events, earning clues to the next destination along the way to earn a cash prize of $250.00 and Anoka Medallion!

Halloween Storytime

Sponsored by Anoka County Library
11:00am-12:00pm | Rum River Library, Anoka | FREE
Enjoy an hour of Halloween stories, songs and a costume parade through the library. All ages welcome. Bring your camera.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Sponsored by Berry Hill Farm and Northstar Towing
3:00pm | Aitkin Riverside Park | FREE
Free to the first 100 children 12 and under. Judging at 4:15pm

Light Up the Night Parade

7:00pm | Main Street Anoka
Get ready to watch a spooktacular parade when the lights go off on Main Street. Bootiful floats with shining lights will drive by for all to see.

Fired Up For Fun Bonfire

Sponsored by Downtown Anoka Subway
8:00pm-10:00pm | River Plaza formerly City Hall | FREE
FREE family fun. Food vendors open at 4pm, before the Night Parade and stay through the bonfire. The bonfire starts as soon as the parade ends. Special attraction! Ghost Busters will be present! Music!

Sunday, October 19

Medallion Hunts

Anoka Rum River Nature Area (behind the library) | FREE to participants with 2014 Anoka Halloween button (donations to ACBC Food Shelf welcome)

Prize: $400.00 to winner of each Medallion Hunt

12:00pm-2:00pm • Family & Children’s Hunt
Sponsored by Sterling Trophy
Children 12 and under. No group is too big or too small. Maximum 2 adults per group.

2:30pm-4:30pm • Open Medallion Hunt
All ages. The winner of the first hunt are ineligible for this hunt.

Monday, October 20

Anoka Halloween Bingo

6:30pm-9:30pm | Anoka American Legion – Post 102
25¢ per bingo card. Costumes optional. Merchandise on sale.

Tuesday, October 21

Anti-Crime Commission Fundraising Breakfast

7:30am | Greenhaven Country Club & Banquet Center
$10.00 for breakfast and program.
Call Julie at Anoka Police Department 763-576-2830 for tickets.

Wednesday, October 22

23rd Annual House Decorating Contest

Sponsored by U.S. Bank Anoka Branch
Contest open to Anoka, Ramsey & Andover residents.

Judging: Starting at 6:30pm.
Prizes: First place $150.00, Second place $100.00, Third place $75.00.

Registration online at starting October 1 and Anoka Union Shopper starting October 1. The actual entrants will be at the discretion of Anoka Halloween.

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Wine Tasting

Sponsored by Better Values Liquor Stores of Anoka
6:00pm-8:00pm | Serum’s Good Time Emporium Tent

Cost: $15.00 in advance • $18.00 at the door

Tent located on Jackson Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue South in downtown Anoka. NO Rib Contest.

Friday, October 24

Preschool Costume Contest

Sponsored by Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates
10:00am (Registration starts at 9:30am) | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage | FREE

All pre-kindgerarten children welcome with adult including infants. Event lasts about one hour. Any questions, please call Dianne Anderla at 763-421-0387 or Judy Keeler 763-425-5475.

Big Parade of Little People

1:15pm | Main Street Anoka
Come see our local school children walk on Main Street in their festive costumes.
A wonderful hometown tradition.

Friday, October 24 & 25

24th Annual Serum’s Halloween Block Party

7:00pm-Midnight | Serum’s Good Time Emporium Tent
Heated Tent and parking adjacent Serum’s restaurant.

Friday, October 24
$10.00. Live music by G.B. Leighton.

Saturday, October 25
$15.00. Live music by Johnny Holm Band and midnight largest Halloween costume contest.

Saturday October 25

Spooktacular Carnival

Sponsored by Anoka Women of Today
10:00am-1:00pm | Anoka Armory | FREE

Children’s games: Game tickets $.25 or 5 for a $1.00.
1 FREE game ticket for each food shelf item donated (maximum 5 tickets).
Hotdogs, walking tacos, pop, hot chocolate, coffee available for purchase.

Pre-Parade Reception

Anoka American Legion Post 102
Open to all visiting royalty and official parade dignitaries.

Gray Ghost 5K Run and One Mile Fitness Walk

Sponsored by Anoka Business and Landowners Association, Wells Fargo
and North Suburban Striders

12:50pm (Registration starts at 10:00 am) | Franklin Elementary School

Registration Fee: $20 in advance (must be received by ABLA by noon on October 22) or $25 race day.
5K Course is USATF Certified with age group awards 3 deep in 9 age groups. Long-sleeved shirts and refreshments are available for finishers of either event. Be sure to come early as many people will be arriving in Anoka for the Grand Day Parade and traffic will be heavy. Costumes encouraged; awards will be given to the five: best individual, 2 to 3 person teams and group costumes. Animals are not allowed on race course. For more race information visit us online at or call Peter Turok at 763-421-7130 or Karen Hillerman at 612-558-7433.

Grand Day Parade

Sponsored by Anoka McDonald’s, North Suburban Eye Specialists, Connexus Energy and Aspen Exteriors
1:00pm | Main Street Anoka

94th year, FREE for all ages. Watch the largest parade of floats and marching bands in our state. Kick off with a eye opening plane show high in the sky above the parade route.