Fun Fact of the Week #209
Hi! Guess where I am right now?
I'm so excited to be writing this fun fact live from the real-life Banning Junction, from "A Scooby-Doo Halloween"! Yes, Banning Junction is actually a real-life city in Central Minnesota. And though it's not the "Halloween Capital of the World" as the episode boasts, a neighboring city is! Anoka, MN has been deemed the official Halloween Capital of the World, due to its extravagant Halloween celebration. During October, Anoka is full of haunted houses, scarecrows, spooky decorations and even a Halloween antique museum!
Throughout the month, there are three parades and over 30 events celebrating the hallowed holiday. Over 30,000 people yearly show up for the special events, and the city hall is fully decorated with Halloween decor and a gigantic pumpkin on the top of the building.
How did Anoka get declared Halloween Capital of the World, you ask? In 1937, Harold Blair petitioned the US Congress to officially make Anoka the Halloween capital, which was made official by Congress's signing of the petition.
I know what you're probably all wondering...so when's the "spooky" 100th anniversary? It's actually relatively soon...2020 will be the town's 100th Halloween celebration! As for if there's any undead mayors coming back to haunt the town...we'll just have to wait and see!
Now off to go check out the beautiful Banning Junction and Anoka scenery! :)
Scooby dooby Doo
10/8/2018 09:29:05 am
Wow that´s pretty cool, here in my country we don´t actually celebrate halloween so it´s kinda boring :/
10/10/2018 10:49:47 am
That's too bad that you don't celebrate Halloween, I would find that quite boring as well. What country do you live in, if you don't mind me asking?
Scooby dooby Doo
10/10/2018 11:28:01 am
10/10/2018 04:36:32 pm
Ah okay, never knew that Costa Rica didn't celebrate Halloween. Thanks for sharing :)
10/14/2018 01:49:56 am
That's awesome! I will try to go there in 2020. In my country (Germany) Halloween isn't celebrated so much either. I just read your guide on how to have a complete DVD collection and I wanted to say thank you! It's such a shame that the second season of The Scooby-Doo Show hasn't been released, especially the Creepy Heap from the Deep, which is one of the best episodes in my opinion.
10/14/2018 11:54:31 am
I'm for sure going in 2020 as well so maybe we'll see each other there! :)
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