Starting in 1924, the parade was started the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce as a way to bring the community together and create a more family oriented Halloween event, and has been a beloved favorite every since.
The Anaheim Halloween Parade route begins actually very close to where we live, and makes its way toward downtown and ends at the Anaheim Packing House (an amazing food hall that I blogged about awhile ago), but before the cavalcade of high school bands and unique floats begin their march, downtown Anaheim is host to the Fall Festival, which offers live entertainment (including Bob Baker Marionettes, if you remember my post on them), Halloween themed games, vendors, and crafts for children. It also offers an opportunity to look at some of the floats up close.
Pardon the fact all of my photos involve my hand on my hat! It was a breezy day and someone forgot to wear a hat pin! Oops!
After taking a spin through the festival my friends and I took a seat near the Packing House and eagerly awaited the floats.
The creative geniuses behind much of the parade are Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, talented artists who have done an extensive amount of work with Disney as well. Their artistic style is simply adorable, and they have a passion for Anaheim and its history. New for this year, they created Charles Phoenix‘s float, inspired by Phoenix’s creation, the Cherpumple, which is a cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie, all baked into cake. Overall I am completely head over heels for the Anaheim Halloween Parade, especially the aesthetics! It’s so cute and really feels like the community of Anaheim comes together.
Does your town have a Halloween parade? It’s hard to believe Halloween is tomorrow!! Where has the month of October gone?!