Anoka, Minnesota - The Halloween Capital Of The World

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The small northern town of Anoka, Minnesota has proclaimed itself to be the Halloween Capital of the World.

Every year they host an Orange Tie Ball, Halloween parades, pumpkin carving competitions, house decorating contests, Grey Ghost 5k and the coronation of a Royal Ambassador to spread the spook-tacular vibes.

So why is Anoka the Halloween Capital?

Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks.

In 1920, George Green and other Anoka civic leaders suggested the idea of a giant celebration.

Celebrations have been held every year since 1920 with the exception of 1942 and 1943 when the festivities were cancelled because of World War II.

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