Opening weekend of the Halloween Capital of the World’s spooktacular celebration started in spectacular fashion with the second-annual Anoka Halloween Amazing Race and finished in flames with the Fired Up for Fun Bonfire at River Plaza.
As the days grow shorter and the winds blow in crisp autumn air, the Halloween Capital of the World anticipates the festivities of its iconic celebration.
More than 2,100 runners and walkers, many in creative costumes, ran in Anoka Halloween’s annual Gray Ghost 5k. The run always kicks off the Grand Day Parade, starting at Franklin Elementary School.
For nearly a year Dan Wiswell imagined haunted spirits circling his Anoka home. Last week he was named winner of the 2013 Anoka Halloween/US Bank House Decorating contest.
Tombstones rest on hallowed lawns. Witches shriek in the night sky and bloodthirsty vampires search for hapless wanderers while a pumpkin king reigns over a field of rotting corn stalks.