Schedule of events

Tuesday, October 15

Anti-Crime Commission Fundraising Breakfast
7:30 am  |  $10.00 for breakfast and program
Greenhaven Country Club & Banquet Center
(763) 576-2830 for tickets

Wednesday, October 16

Family Movie Night & Hot Dog Supper
6:30 pm  |  Anoka American Legion Post 102  | FREE
Featuring “Monsters, Inc.”. Open to the public.
ACBC food shelf donations will be accepted.
Kids under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pumpkin Bowl: Anoka Tornados vs. Blaine Bengals @ Goodrich Field
• Long standing tradition since 1948
• Youth Citizenship Scholarship recipients announced – scholarships for AHS Seniors
• Youth Service Award recipient announced – awarded to an adult who volunteers in service to youth in the community.
• Royal Ambassador Candidates introduced

Thursday, October 17

Candidate Sponsor Dinner
6 pm  |  Greenhaven Country Club
Ambassador candidates, candidate families, and sponsors mingle.

Friday, October 18

The Orange Tie Ball
Silent Auction, Dinner, DJ & Raffle
Starting at 6 pm  |  Greenhaven Country Club
$40 per person  |  Tables of 8 available.
Meet this year’s Anoka Ambassadors and Ambassador candidates. Proceeds to scholarships for Anoka area students.
Download registration form
Reservations & questions: Michele at

Saturday, October 19

Anoka Halloween Amazing Race
Registration – 8:30 am  |  Race Begins – 9:00 am
John Ward Park, 2400 Forest Ave. Anoka, MN 55303
Registration Fee: $50/team of 2 (Includes t-shirt that must be worn durning race)
The Anoka Halloween Amazing Race is a competition between 15 teams of 2 people. The teams will race throughout the city of Anoka, participating in several events or challenges. As each event/challenge is completed, the teams will get clues or instructions for their next event/challenge. Challenges may be physical, mental or both.  Teams may need to walk and/or run, up to a total of 4 miles during the entire race. 2013 is the inaugural year for this brand new Anoka Halloween event, be one of the first to compete in this challenging event!
Deadline to register is October 7th, 2013
Download registration form
For more information contact:
Anders Skaalerud, Amazing Race Coordinator
763-421-9430 |

Halloween Fun at the Library
11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Rum River Library | FREE
Free. Stories, songs and surprises are followed by an indoor costume parade through the library. Costumes are optional. Bring your cameras!

Pumpkin Carving Contest
3 pm  |  Aitkin Riverside Park  |  FREE
Judging @ 4:15 pm.
Open to the first 100 children, 12 and under.
Sponsored by Berry Hill Farm & North Star Towing.

Light Up the Night Parade
7 pm  |  Main Street Anoka  |  Parade Route
Lights are out on Main Street for this event, watch all of the exciting floats in lights!

Fired Up For Fun Bonfire
8 pm-10 pm  |  River Plaza, formally 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!
Sponsored by: Subway of Anoka

Sunday, October 20

Past Royalty Luncheon
Greenhaven Country Club | This event is not open to the public.
Past Anoka Royalty meet and greet the Ambassador Candidates.
For tickets please contact

Medallion Hunts
Anoka Rum River Nature Area  |  4201 6th Ave – Behind the Library
Begins @ Noon
Prizes: $400 to winner of each Medallion Hunt
FREE with 2013 Anoka Halloween button. Donations to ACBC Food Shelf welcome.

Family & Children’s Hunt
12 pm – 2 pm  |  Children 12 & under are welcome to hunt on their own or in groups.
No group is too big or too small. Limit – 2 adults per group.
Sponsored by Sterling Trophy
Open Medallion Hunt
2:30 -4:30 pm  |  All ages are welcome.
Only the winners of Family & Children’s Hunt are ineligible.
Sponsored by Connexus Energy

Monday, October 21

Anoka Halloween Bingo
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm  |  Anoka American Legion Post 102 (400 W Main St)
25¢ per bingo card. Costumes optional. Anoka Halloween merchandise on sale.

Wednesday, October 23

House Decorating Contest
Prizes: 1st Place $150  •  2nd Place $100  •  3rd Place $75
Judging starting at 6:30 pm |
Public viewing Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm each evening.
Open to Anoka, Ramsey & Andover residents only. Limited to the first 18 entries.
Download application here

Thursday, October 24

Wine Tasting and Rib Contest
6:00-8:00 pm  |  Serum’s Tent on Jackson St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.  |  Tent is heated.
$12 in advance (can be purchased at Better Values “Pumpkin” Liquor Store -or- Anoka Area Chamber) or $15 at the door.
Sponsored by: Better Values “Pumpkin” Liquor Stores of Anoka

Friday, October 25

Preschool Costume Contest
10 am (Registration @ 9:30 am)  |  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
1:15 pm | Main Street Anoka  |  Parade Route
Area elementary school children parade in costume to show their Halloween Capital of the World® spirit! Historic tradition of our Anoka area school children marching in costume.

Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26

Serum’s Halloween Block Party
7:00 pm | Serum’s Good Time Emporium Tent
Heated Tent and parking adjacent Serum’s restaurant.
Opening both nights Rockgodz. Inside upstairs both nights Snaggletoof Band.
Friday, October 25 - $10.00
Live music by G.B. Leighton.
Saturday, October 26 - $15.00
Live music by Johnny Holm Band and midnight largest Halloween costume contest.

Saturday, October 26

Pre-Parade Reception
11 am  |  Anoka American Legion Post 102
Free for all visiting royalty and official parade dignitaries.

Spooktacular Carnival
10 am – 1pm | Anoka Armory | FREE Admission
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.
Sponsored by: Anoka Women of Today

Gray Ghost 5K Run & One Mile Fitness Walk
The Halloween Gray Ghost 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk is held the last Saturday in October and is sponsored by Anoka Business & Landowners Association, Wells Fargo & North Suburban Striders.

Registration: 10:00am at Franklin Elementary School, West Main Street, Anoka.
Start Time: 12:50pm
Registration Fee:  $20 in advance or $25 that day.
Find & download registration form now
• 5K Course is USATF certified, long sleeve shirt to all finishers.  5K Race has age group awards 3 deep.  Come early, costumes encouraged.  Individual and group costume awards.
• Animals are not allowed on race course.
• For more race information call Peter Turok at (763) 421-7130 or Karen Hillerman at (612) 558-7433.

Grand Day Parade
1 pm  |  Main Street, Anoka  |  Parade Route
Largest and longest running parade in Minnesota with over 150 floats and several marching bands!

Post Parade Dinner
4 pm-8 pm  |  Anoka High School Cafeteria  |  3939 7th Ave, Anoka
Visiting royalty and one chaperone are complimentary; additional guests $10/ea.
For ticket information contact:

Anoka Royal Ambassador Coronation
6 pm  | Anoka High School Auditorium  |  3939 7th Ave, Anoka
Say good-bye to the outgoing Ambassadors and experience the crowning of the 2014 Anoka Royal Ambassadors. Visiting Royalty and ONE chaperone are complimentary; additional guests will be charged $10 at the door.

Sunday, October 27

Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale
7:30 am – 12:30 pm  |  Anoka American Legion Post 102
$5 in advance, $6 at the door. Children 6 & under are free.
All proceeds returned to the community.

Anoka Halloween Bingo
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm  |  Anoka American Legion Post 102 (400 W Main St)
25¢ per bingo card. Costumes optional. Anoka Halloween merchandise on sale.

Thursday, October 31