Familiar haunts still Anoka Halloween favorites

The Halloween Capital of the World playfully spooked spirits throughout Anoka Saturday.

After the inaugural Anoka Halloween Amazing Race toured downtown, Akin Riverside Park set the stage for the annual children’s pumpkin carving contest along the shores of the Rum River at 3 p.m. that afternoon.

Children age 12 and younger fashioned jack-o-lanterns, creating comically haunting gourds for the contest. Visiting royalty did the same and prizes were awarded to the top three children’s pumpkins, the top visiting royalty pumpkin and a Chairperson’s Choice Award was also presented.

After sundown, the Light Up the Night parade made its way down Main Street and after the last unit passed the spirited crowd, four fire pits warmed shivering Halloween celebrants at River Plaza during the Fired Up For Fun bonfire event.

Halloween fun continues Saturday, Oct. 26, with a Spooktacular Carnival at the Anoka Armory, the Gray Ghost run and walk and the Grand Day Parade followed by the Anoka Royal Ambassador Coronation.

For details on these and more Anoka Halloween events, visit www.AnokaHalloween.com.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

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