Anaheim’s Fall Festival and Halloween Parade Tradition Continues

October 26, 2022

The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade began on October 30th, 1924. The inaugural event featured a costume contest, a mutt parade, street dancing, and an evening parade led by Grand Marshals and baseball legends Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson. The parade grew to such a spectacle that the Los Angeles Times once heralded it as the “biggest Halloween parade in the nation,” with reports of 150,000 spectators on the sidelines, and was televised on KTLA in the late 1960s. 

And, now Anaheim’s Fall Festival and Halloween Parade return to in-person festivities for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, October 29. The beloved spooky celebrations have fun for the whole family with live entertainment, delicious food, games, and a Halloween costume contest with awesome prizes. There’s even a costume contest for your furry four-legged friends as part of the Fall Festival Howl-O-Ween Pooch Pawrade! 

The city’s cherished mascot, Andy Anaheim will lead the parade of nostalgic floats and performances. The centrally located Halloween Tree is decorated with thousands of orange lights and holds exactly 99 jack o’lanterns, recognizing the Halloween Parade's 99th anniversary. For nearly a century, the festival and parade have brought the community of Anaheim together.

201 W Center Street Promenade in Anaheim. 

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