Anoka: The Halloween
Anoka has a quirky claim to fame as the self-proclaimed "Halloween Capital of the World". The title stems from the town's strong tradition of hosting Halloween parades, particularly in the early 1900s before Halloween was the huge, commercialized seasonal celebration it has become today. Anoka's Halloween traditions started in 1920, when the holiday was more of a day for youthful pranks than for organized events like parades and trick-or-treating. It was thought that a parade could distract kids from their impish pranks and a tradition was born that lives on today. In addition to the parade, Anoka's Halloween celebrations include a house decorating contest.
Boating on the Rum Ri
Winter is not the only season in Minnesota, of course, and Anoka residents can make the most of the beautiful spring, summer, and pre-snow fall seasons by going boating on the local Rum River. This scenic river gives Anoka ready access to fishing and other water-based activities, including a simple day just floating around the water with a picnic in the boat. Residents who are lucky enough to own a river-worthy vessel can enter an annual lottery for the limited number of riverside slips owned by the City of Anoka, which would allow for convenient boat storage and river access.