The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade returns Saturday, October 28, 2023. The festival and parade will take place at downtown Anaheim and Anaheim City Hall. Festivities begin at 11:00 AM with seasonal food booths and food trucks, a haunted house, and entertainment. The Halloween parade begins at 7:00 PM with movie-quality costumes and elaborately decorated floats.
Don’t forget to dress in your favorite costume for the festival and parade!
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Festival Location: Downtown Anaheim, Center St Promenade
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Festival Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Kiddie Costume Contest Registration: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Kiddie Costume Contest Start: 12 PM (noon)
Doggie Costume Contest Registration: 2:00 to 2:45 PM
Doggie Costume Contest Start: 3:00 PM
Parade Start Time: 7:00 PM
Admission is free, there is no cost to attend the festival or parade but food, crafts, and some activities will have a cost. The event organizers try to keep costs at low-or-no cost to keep it as family-friendly as possible.
Where: Downtown Anaheim
Parking: Parking is available in the Center Street parking structure. Get there early!
Parade Start: City Hall (200 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805)
Parade Route: Begins at 7:00 pm at City Hall and proceeds west via Center Street and Broadway. It will then turn left on Harbor before turning right on Broadway. The parade ends on Broadway right past S West St.
The floats draw inspiration from the annual theme, historic parade photos from the 50s and 60s, and Halloween.
The parade procession is led by the city mascot, Andy Anaheim banging his drum and then followed by a nostalgic flotilla of floats and movie-quality costumes. On average, 70,000 people come out to watch the parade every year.
Each year there is something old and something new. Past autumn carnival activities have featured a pumpkin patch, haunted house, Halloween-themed games, costume contests, live music, marionette shows, and a variety of themed food offerings and delicious treats.
Kiddie Costume Contest
Kids 12 and under are invited to join in their best costumes.
All contestants will take the stage to show off their costumes for the judges and the crowd. Winners will receive prizes.
The costume contest is free to enter, but registration is required the day of the contest.
Doggie Costume Contest
The costume contest is free to enter, and registration is required on the day of the event.
Dogs must be on leash at all times, comfortable with crowds, licensed and vaccinated.
Only dogs may participate. No cats or other types of animals.
Volunteers are needed! All levels of proficiencies from carpenters, fundraisers, float builders and to young kids who can hold a paint brush, are invited to join in. Contact the festival organizers to volunteer.
About Andy Anaheim
Andy Anaheim is the city’s mascot and belongs to the City of Anaheim’s Chamber of Commerce. Dating back to the 1950s, Anaheim officials requested from Walt Disney himself, a City mascot to help endorse Anaheim’s growth from a farming community, to a world-wide vacation destination.
The character was designed by an uncredited Disney artist featuring ant-like antennae, Mickey Mouse-ish nose, perpetual smile and his whole body represents an “A”, for Anaheim. Andy Anaheim was originally used in marketing materials for visitors and was revived recently to represent Anaheim again.
Visit Andy Anaheim’s Facebook page to learn more about him and his history.
|Halloween Events In Orange County
|Fall Events In and Around OC
|50 Halloween Activities & Fun Things to Do
|50 Fall Activities & Fun Things to Do
|Corn Mazes Near Orange County
|Best Pumpkin Patches in Orange County
Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.