A lot of Blaine residents make the trek to Anoka (a whopping 15 minutes!) for the annual Halloween spectacular. As you know, the entire month is one big haunt-fest but it gets better the closer we get to the 31st.
This weekend is when all the good stuff happens so if you don’t have plans for the weekend, head to Anoka.
They call the Grand Day Parade the “centerpiece of the Halloween season in Anoka,” and for good reason. It’s a pretty big deal, with floats, marching bands and even an air-show overhead. This year the parade starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25.
The T-6 flight team in their vintage military planes will be booming across the sky just before the parade, so you may want to get there a little early.
In fact, get there reallllllly early. The Spooktacular Carnival opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Anoka Armory.
Here are some additional events you may be interested in attending:
- Tomorrow (Friday) is the pre-school costume contest for infants through pre-kindergarten kids. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Take lots of photos of your kid so you can taunt them with them when they get older.
- Then, at 1:15 p.m. you can watch the Big Parade of Little People -- local school kids in their costumes parading down Main Street.
- Tomorrow (Friday) night is grown-up time with Serum’s 24th Annual Halloween Block Party getting underway at 7 p.m. and running until midnight. Admission is $10 and there will be live music from G.B Leighton Good for Gary. Saturday night is the Halloween Costume Contest at Serum’’s block party and live music is from the Johnny Holm Band. The costume contest starts at midnight. Admission Saturday is $15.
- On Halloween night you can dance the night away at the Monster Mash. It starts at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight at the Anoka American Legion. This one is restricted to 150 people, 21 and older. There will be both a costume and a dance contest. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
If you prefer to stay close to home on Halloween check out the “Monsterous Bashes” at Wild Bill’s on Friday and Saturday, October 31st and November 1st. They’re billing both nights as “haunted dance parties,” and they expect you to come in costume.
Photo: "Jack-o'-Lantern 2003-10-31"/Creative Commons