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Halloween Parades You Just Have to See!

Halloween Parades You Just Have to See!

Halloween is probably one of the most festive holidays around. Every single year almost everybody dresses up in their favorite costume to celebrate this great holiday. The tradition of celebrating Halloween dates as far back as 2000 years ago! If you didn’t know the history of Halloween, you can catch up on all of that information with our Halloween history article! Halloween is definitely a great holiday to celebrate, with its creepy decorations and never-ending supply of candy, who wouldn’t love this holiday? If you’re a big fan of Halloween then you definitely have to check out these amazing Halloween parades throughout the country. If you’re going to be celebrating Halloween in one of these cities then you have to make catching the parade a thing to do. Take a look at these great annual Halloween parades that keep people coming year after year to celebrate Halloween!

Check out photos from our Halloween events in New York City here and Chicago here!


Top Halloween Parades in the USA

  1. The Village Halloween Parade – New York, New York

    NYC Halloween parades

New York City is home to many amazing events no matter what day or holiday it may be and Halloween definitely doesn’t fall short. The Village Halloween Parade has been a staple of the city for 44 years now and every year it just gets better and better. Hundreds of people each year fill the streets of Lower Manhattan with their fun and festive costumes to celebrate Halloween. This mile-long event showcases giant puppets, more than 50 bands, dancers, and of course, over the top costumes. The Village Halloween Parade is open for the public to march in, as long as they have a costume on, of course!

  1. Northalsted Halloween Parade – Chicago, Illinois 

    Chicago Halloween parades

Chicago is no stranger to Halloween celebrations. The annual Northalsted Halloween Parade held in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood receives over 2,000 entries alone for its annual costume contest! This is definitely one of the Halloween parades that you have to catch if you’ll be in the city. Going into its 21st anniversary already, this Chicago Halloween parade won’t be stopping anytime soon. The parade is highly recognized for its yearly over the top themes, outlandish costumes, creative programming and just an overall entertaining parade experience. This parade begins on North Halsted Street and goes from Belmont Avenue to Cornelia Avenue. All are welcomed to register to march in this Halloween parade so make sure you have a creative costume for the night if you’ll be marching!

  1. Asbury Park Zombie Walk – Asbury Park, New Jersey

    Ashbury New Jersey Halloween Parades

Whether you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead” or not, this Zombie Walk is something you don’t want to miss. This parade is not like your typical Halloween parades that take place with its unique theme.The parade has also set a Guinness World Record in 2013 for the most zombies gathered in one place with over 9,000 in attendance! This Halloween parade has been taking place since 2007 in Asbury Park and is definitely one of the Halloween parades that you need to check out.


  1. Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade – Atlanta, Georgia

    Atlanta Halloween parades

Come for the parade and stay for the food when the festivities are over! This annual Atlanta Halloween parade features a local artisan market and several food vendors and trucks along the parade route. The parade starts at Austin and Euclid Avenues and ends off at Freedom Parkway. Every October, more than 35,000 people come to the artistic Atlanta neighborhood just to witness the parade.


  1. Anaheim Halloween Parade – Anaheim, California

    California Halloween Parades

This is one of the Halloween parades that has a significant history behind it. Halloween fans have been marching in the Anaheim Halloween Parade since 1924. The first parade was actually led by the huge baseball stars, Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson. This California Halloween parade brings together artists and performers to showcase their creativity for thousands of spectators as they carry on this Southern California Halloween tradition.


  1. Krewe of Boo – New Orleans, Louisiana 

    New Orleans Halloween parades

New Orleans is known as one of the most haunted cities in America so of course, you need to check out one of the best Halloween parades around! Mardi Gras isn’t the only time to visit, the Krewe of Boo is one parade you have to witness. This annual Halloween parade became the official Halloween parade of New Orleans in 2007 and just gets better and better each year. The parade kicks off in the French Quarter as hundreds of people showcase their creative costumes and beautiful floats fill the streets. Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans and march through the French Quarter in your best Halloween costume!

  1. Fantasy Fest Parade – Key West, Florida

    Key West Halloween parades

If you’re celebrating Halloween in Key West then you’re in for an amazing experience. Key West celebrates Halloween with a 10-day Halloween celebration titled the “Fantasy Fest.” A part of the Fantasy Fest is the Fantasy Fest Parade which begins on Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The parade is filled with lavishly decorated floats, over the top costumes and plenty of libations. This is one of the Halloween parades that’s geared more towards adults than it is for kids.


  1. Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival – Louisville, Kentucky 

    Louisville Halloween parades

If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween all day long then you definitely need to celebrate in Louisville. This daylong Halloween event starts off at noon with crafts and live entertainment at noon. After, there will be pumpkin-carving demos, ghosts tours, and the Halloween parade at 4 p.m.



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