Anoka Halloween really gets going in earnest this weekend with some of the popular events during the first week of the festival.
This week volunteers were busy bagging up thousands of bags of treats, made a little more sweet this year by a donation of one ton of candy from the Pearson Candy Company.
The Light up the Night parade will be take place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in downtown Anoka. The parade will run on East Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.
Friday night will feature the Orange Tie Ball at Green Haven Golf Club, which is already sold out.
Also full, is the new Anoka Halloween Amazing Race, being held Saturday.
Saturday also features Halloween fun at the library from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the pumpkin carving contest at Akin Riverside park at 3 p.m.
The Light up the Night parade will be followed by the Fired up for Fun Bonfire, which will be at the River Plaza (city hall parking lot) from 8-10 p.m.
On Sunday, the annual medallion hunts will be held at the Anoka Nature Preserve starting at noon (behind the Rum River Library).
For more on the schedule of events, including the Oct. 26 Grand Day Parade, visit www.anokahalloween.com.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org