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! :)