Originally, young people roamed the outdoors playing pranks and asking for treats on the evening before All Saints’ Day. Now everyone gets in a celebratory spirit of Halloween by decorating houses, partying or giving out treats to exhilarated and energetic youngsters running from house to house. Here are five of best places for Halloween decorations in Minnesota.

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Anoka Halloween Inc.
Cub Foods
2050 Northdale Blvd. N.W. #1
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 767-9330
www.anokahalloween.com

Believed to be the first city in the nation with organized activities for youth on All Hallows’ Eve, Anoka now declares it is Halloween Capital of the World, and proves it with a grand parade, royalty events, a 5k race, house decorating contest and sales of Halloween merchandise. Cub Foods, Coon Rapids has donated shelf space offering Anoka Halloween merchandise. You can also purchase the merchandise online and support all of the exciting Anoka Halloween activities.

Twin Cities Magic & Costume Co.
2044 Robert St. S.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 227-7888
www.twincitiesmagic.com

Helpful staff and a broad selection of costumes for sale or for rent make this a desirable shopping experience for the Halloween partygoer. More than that, the business is open year-round serving the motion picture industry, theatre producers, party planners, magicians and clowns since 1986. There are unique services like designing and building costumes to order or the “Greater Magic Video Library.” The business offers a wide range of equipment that produce special effects like haze, bubbles, fog, flame, smoke, fluids, blood and other special effects.

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Halloween Express of Rochester
Former Good Foods store
1001 6th St. N.W.
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 696-4801
www.halloweenexpress.com

Halloween Express offers a sure way to find what you are looking for in Rochester this 2014 Halloween season. The franchise offers a large selection of Halloween goods for the goblins in your family. Residents of Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maplewood, Richfield, St. Louis Park and Woodbury can find a store in their area as well.

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Ragstock Stores
4101 W. Division St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 251-4512
www.ragstock.com

Creative costuming on the cheap is what you get by going to Ragstock. Find one-of-a-kind recycled clothing in stores throughout the upper Midwest with a concentration of seven stores in the Minneapolis-St Paul Metropolitan area plus Duluth, Mankato, Northfield and St. Cloud. Whether you want to look like a hobo or a fairy, you are sure to find what you need at any one of these stores, and if that fails, check out the online selection as well.

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

Spirit Halloween
Northtown Mall
198 Northtown Drive N.E.
Blaine, MN 55434
(763) 792-2365
www.halloweencostumesmn.com

Enter the weird world of scary spirits with eerie exhibits, visits by Ghostbusters in the flesh and a vast array of mysterious merchandise. You won’t find this many one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes and decorations anywhere else in Minnesota. Costumes of all types range from infant to plus size. Decorations range from animated displays and fog machines to skeletons and zombies. Stand out in the crowd at Zombie Pub Crawl X in Downtown Minneapolis on October 11, 2014 with special make-up, masks and suits just for that event. This exciting experience is truly worth the drive to any one of the five Spirit Halloween franchises in the metro area: Blaine, Bloomington, Edina, Roseville/Wayzata and Woodbury.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.