I’m lucky enough to live in a town that has a Halloween parade every year. Under normal circumstances, there is a fall festival during the day before the parade starts. The festival is full of games, artists selling their unique works, and live music. Then as the sun sets the parade, with its collection of fun floats, local high school bands, and even a hearse club, makes its way through Anaheim. But, as you can imagine, that is not happening this year. Committed to keeping the tradition alive, the festival moved online, with musical performances streaming, and the website linked to the various artists who normally sell at the festival. The parade turned into a drive thru experience where the floats were stationary with various members of the Anaheim Halloween Parade team dressed up, along with members from Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater, waving as locals drove past, a kind of reverse parade if you will.
Despite just sitting in the car, I used the parade as another excuse to wear a Halloween-ish outfit. After purchasing this amazing bow from Stitchcrvft, I was inspired to put together a Halloween interpretation of Lucy’s iconic outfit of when she met William Holden in I Love Lucy, with that absolutely amazing open skirt over cigarette pants.
While the experience resulted in us waiting over three hours in a line that snaked through Anaheim, I realized we would have waited over three hours just sitting waiting for the parade to secure a good spot! I was also thrilled just to see this tradition, that is reaching a 100 years very soon, continue in a safe way.
Because Anaheim has this long tradition, it also means people here love to decorate their homes for Halloween, and the Anaheim Halloween Parade even provided attendees with a list of homes who have decorated and entered the home decorating contest, and I think Patrick and I may drive around to the various homes on Halloween as a way of getting out and being festive, but also still staying safe.
Does your city have any Halloween traditions? How is COVID impacting your Halloween night festivities?