No candy at a Halloween parade?!? Anoka residents shut that idea down.

Anoka’s Halloween parade won’t be candy-free after all.

Anoka Halloween Inc., the nonprofit that organizes the city’s annual fright fest, announced last month that it would prohibit floats from distributing sweets amid concerns about kids rushing into the street to pick them up.

A swift backlash followed.

“You can’t call Anoka the Halloween Capital of the World any longer if you are going to break the long standing tradition of handing out candy at Minnesota’s largest parade,” one woman wrote on the organization’s Facebook page. “Ridiculously stupid decision and until you change it, we won’t be attending the parade again.”

Many others echoed her sentiments online.

Last week, Anoka Halloween posted on Facebook that — based on the “strong recommendation” of city leaders — candy will be allowed at the parade. The group will work with Anoka’s police department and other city employees to ensure it is handed out safely.

The parade will be held Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. along Main Street and 5th Avenue in Anoka.


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