Ghosts of Anoka tour explores the Halloween Capital of the world

Ghosts this way.

Ghosts this way.

The city of Anoka has a special relationship with Halloween thanks to the rambunctious children of the town. It was after their rampant Halloween pranks that Anokans decided to create boundaries for their fun. In order to distract them from soaping windows, tipping over outhouses, and that old favorite of releasing cows onto Main Street, the city planned their first official Halloween celebration in 1920. By 1930 the celebration had become an annual success and Anoka was officially proclaimed the Halloween Capital of the world.


But the historic city hasn't squelched all of their bumps in the night. There are mysterious goings-on among the town's antique shops, such as a rocking chair that moves even when unoccupied, and a woman who appears only in a shop's mirror, among other mysteries. During the Ghosts of Anoka guided walking tour, which takes about an hour and a half, visitors have the chance to explore these haunts while learning about the history of the town that loves Halloween.

The tours are offered on the first and third Thursday and Saturday each month (there's one this Thursday), with additional tours scheduled during October. Call for updated schedule. The tour route is 15 blocks around Anoka city streets.

Tours begin at the Anoka County History Center at 2135 Third Avenue, and leave promptly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance by calling 763.421.0600 with prices at $6 for adults, $5 for ACHS members, and $3 for children. Tours are strictly limited to 24 people.