Why This Tiny Midwest Town Is Secretly The Halloween Capital Of The World

If someone asked you to name the spookiest town in America, you might come up with a place like Salem or New Orleans. You probably wouldn’t think to check the Midwest.

Anoka, Minnesota is a town that’s situated about 20 miles north of Minneapolis. It has a population of around 20,000 people, and for most of the year, you’d never know it is one of the most Halloween-centric towns in the country. In fact, Congress once designated Anoka as the Halloween Capital of the World.

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In 2017, the town celebrated 100 years of Halloween domination by painting a permanent jack-o-lantern onto a roundabout. It’s a tribute to a truly festive town with a longtime love affair with the spookiest day of the year.

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