You can run but you can’t hide from Halloween in Minneapolis Northwest! When else do you get to eat candy for a month, display lighted pumpkins on your doorstep, and put together a rockin’ costume? Halloween is the time to embrace everything ghoulish, spooky, and pumpkin-y going on in Minneapolis Northwest.

Anoka Halloween

Select dates throughout October 2021

A house decorated with an assortment of Halloween themed yard decorations, lit in an eerie green color

It’s called the “Halloween Capital of the World” for good reason. For almost a century, Anoka Halloween has boasted some of the best Halloween events in the country – pumpkin carving contest, Halloween paint night, scavenger hunts, giant pumpkin weigh-off, and house decorating contest. Check out the Light Up the Night Parade (Oct. 23), where all the lights and storefronts on Main Street are darkened as floats and marching bands light up and make their way down Main Street. Then save a spot on your calendar for the city’s Grand Day Parade (Oct. 30), which features floats and displays submitted from throughout the region.

Movie Night: Casper

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

Casper movie poster

He may be a ghost, but he's actually a friendly ghost! Enjoy a family movie night watching Casper at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. There will be a costume contest, food trucks, and other kids activities. Huddle under the blanket and see what mischief Casper gets up to! 


Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021


For trick-or-treat fun the Saturday before Halloween, head to Zanewood Recreation Center in Brooklyn Park for a special Spooktacular! Kids and families can walk a themed outdoor path and collect sweet treats along the way. Costumes are highly encouraged, and families should bring your own candy bucket or bag. There will also be a kids DJ and other festive activities that everyone can enjoy. The event is open to all kids 14 and under, and kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We’d love to hear how you and your friends and family celebrate Halloween in Minneapolis Northwest. Post your photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW.