You may know Anoka as the Halloween Capital of the World. It’s a nickname earned by hosting one of the first ever Halloweens in the United States, way back in 1920. But what if I told you Anoka’s spooky past started two decades before that? In 1900, Anoka State Hospital – then called Anoka Asylum – opened its doors to mentally ill people from across the region. Over time, the story of the hospital – and the tunnel that ran beneath its buildings – became a creepy Minnesota legend.

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What do you think: local legend, or a true-blue haunting? Let us know in the comments! And, if you’re looking for more reasons Anoka is just a little creepy, check out this article about the town’s insane paranormal activity.

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