With the perfectly cool weather and changing leaves, there’s no better place to celebrate Halloween than in Minnesota. Here are five facts about the spookiest time of year in our fine state.
1. Did you know Anoka, Minnesota, is the Halloween capital of the world? (Salem, Massachusetts also claims this title, but Anoka has an official congressional proclamation, which is good enough for us.)
While the town now has a year-round planning committee to put together their festivities, the Anoka Halloween tradition had a smaller purpose when it began in 1920. After teenage pranksters wreaked havoc on the town by letting out cows and tipping outhouses, Anoka leaders decided to host an official celebration to divert their attention.
Today, Anoka’s Halloween festivities include a massive parade, a house decorating contest, an “orange tie ball,” a pumpkin-carving contest and a craft beer tasting. In short, Anoka knows how to celebrate Halloween best.
2. Landscape enthusiasts have been creating topiary designs since the 13th century, but no one does a corn maze quite like Sever’s Corn Maze in Shakopee. Currently in its 22nd year in operation, the Sever family has delighted audiences by creating everything from an Egyptian sphinx maze, to a sinking Titanic ship to a full map of the United States.
This year, the Severs have created “Paleontologist Sever,” a dinosaur-themed maze. Head to Sever’s now through November 3rd to enjoy this awesome Minnesota tradition.
3. You likely remember the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 — more than twenty inches of snow fell over the Twin Cities, creating an unsafe environment for trick-or-treaters and the parents who accompanied them. We often joke about the horrors of having to wear snowsuits under Halloween costumes, but the severity of the storm was no laughing matter. Eleven counties were declared federal disaster areas, and more than $15 million in damage was reported. 1991 remains the snowiest October in Minnesota history due to this famous Halloween blizzard.
4. We get to boast that Minnesota is home to the Mall of America all year long but around Halloween time, that fact gets an extra special twist. Each year, the Mall of America celebrates the spooky season with Nickelodeon Boo-niverse and other mall-wide festivities.
The shopping center also hosts a massive trick-or-treat event on Halloween night. Get ready to dress up in your best costume and seek out the sweetest treats around the Mall of America.
5. Across the United States, trick-or-treating candy sales are projected to reach over 2.6 billion dollars in 2019. And, last year, Minnesotans bought over 191,826 pounds of Skittles, making the fruity treat Minnesota’s favorite candy. According to this statistic, homeowners should consider stocking up on Skittles to keep candy-loving trick-or-treaters happy. What sweet treat are you most looking forward to this Halloween?