Organizers: Candy is Back for Anoka Halloween Parades

September 13, 2017 01:49 PM

Kids across the Halloween Capital of the World have reason to rejoice after organizers in Anoka announced a ban on candy during Halloween parades has been lifted.

Anoka Halloween, Inc., announced the reversal in a Facebook post Sept. 8, saying the decision was based on the strong recommendations of city leaders.


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"Anoka Halloween is working along side (sic) our awesome Police Department and fabulous city workers to establish safe distribution of candy along the parade route," the post reads.

Organizers of two October Halloween parades had previously announced in online event pages that no candy would be allowed at either the Light Up the Night or Grand Day parades. In an email at the time, Anoka Halloween Parade Chair Liz McFarland said the decision was a difficult one but was made in the interest of safety.

"Due to the downturn of volunteering and large crowds, we are having a hard time monitoring safety," McFarland said at the time. "Last year we had several children under tow vehicles trying to get candy in the street and 3 floats 'mobbed' for more candy."

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The Light Up the Night Parade will be held Oct. 21; the Grand Day Parade will be held Oct. 28.

In the Sept. 8 post announcing the reversal, organizers added they are still looking for adult volunteers. Anyone who'd like to volunteer is encouraged to email for more information. 


Michael Oakes and Frank Rajkowski

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