Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tour

Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. Our costumed tour guides will take you on a walk through historic neighborhoods of Anoka, sharing stories of the past along the way.

Sixty percent history, 40 percent folklore; these stories are just part of the fun you will experience on your Ghosts of Anoka tour!

Tour Details:

  •  1-1.5 hours tour running time

  •  1 mile walking around town

  •  Tour capacity 25

  •  Tours run rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, a virtual tour will be held inside the Anoka County History Center at 7:30 p.m.

  •  Bring a flashlight

  •  Snap photos along the way

  •  Have fun!

 The city of Anoka organized its first Halloween Festival in 1920 as a response to youthful shenanigans every October. As the earliest known organized festival celebrating Halloween, Anoka is the Halloween Capital of the World and, with the exception of 1942, the city has hosted a festival every year since 1920.

ACHS hosted the first Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tour during the Anoka RiverFest celebrations on July 10, 2004. The two tours given that night were so popular, the historical society brought them back for Anoka’s October festivities and every year since. Join in this ongoing Anoka Halloween tradition!






Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tour is family friendly, but is approximately a mile of walking and standing. We recommend for ages 8+


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free. There is a surface lot next to the history center, a parking ramp accessed from Jackson St. or street parking available. Check out the map on Discover Anoka's website for more details:


What can I bring into the event?

All you need to go on the tour is yourself, but remember to be prepared for the weather, or time of day.