The outrageous, controversial, exciting and best list of Halloween Parades in Pennsylvania by City! Come check out the festivals, after parties and great ways to show your pride for your favorite sports team!
Pennsylvania is the home to some of the earliest moments in football. The first professional football game was played in Pittsburgh in 1895 with the first-ever professional player William “Pudge” Heffelfinger. Pudge started playing in 1892 in Pennsylvania three years before Football became professional. City parades are strongly supported by the many sports teams that play for the town and nearby cities, and village events are also very sports driven. When attending these events and seeing the parade floats sponsoring football, hockey, and soccer teams, the players, supporters, fans and cheerleaders seem innocent enough, but the teams had to win competitions, fund making the float, and, in most cases, the teams also spent weeks creating the floats. If you love a local team, state or professional team, show your support and engage in the festivities and cheering with a great cheerleader outfit or favorite sports costume!
Halloween Background: Pennsylvania, as one of the oldest and most populous states, has a long tradition with Halloween parades and holds a large number of them throughout the state. Halloween costumes of all varieties can be seen for weeks as the celebrations are staggered through the small townships and suburbs.
Controversy!! Last Year Halloween Events
Last year one of the the Halloween parades got a lot of media attention when someone from the crowd attacked a parade participant for his choice of costume. The Atheists of Central Pennsylvania walked in the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s parade costumed as a zombie Pope and a zombie Mohammed. A Muslim in the crowd attacked the person wearing the Mohammed costume. One hopes this is not repeated this year, even though the judge gave the attacker only a warning for assauling this costumed parader. No doubt there were be extra media coverage of this one this year. This does lead one to ponder how it could be so lightly dismissed. Did the judge find it equally offensive to think the attacker was justified? Did the judge just want to dismiss the case? The attacker wasn’t even sentenced to community time nor anger management, not even a fined for hurting another human.
The Occupy group also staged an Occupy Halloween Allentown Parade a few days after the holiday, shuffling though Main street dressed as zombies.
Oldest, Largest Night Parades in Pennsylvania Give A Cheer
Cheerleader costumes are big on campuses throughout the country but in Pennsylvania there are parades where cheerleader costumes are given center stage. The state also may have the oldest parade in the country and some of the largest night parades as well.
Halloween Parades in Pennsylvania by City
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Allentown Penn., Halloween Parade
Oct 28, 2012 2 pm Allentown Fairgrounds
The theme of this year’s parade is Circo de Halloween. The parade route is from Allentown Fairgrounds to south 7th Ave. There are prizes awarded for best costumes and floats. This event was first held in 1905 and may be one of oldest parades in the country.
Centre Region, PA, Halloween Costume Parade
Oct 28, 2012 7 pm downtown State College of Pennsylvania
The parade gathers at N. Burrowes St, near Penn State steam plant. Costume judging categories are Halloween Tiny Tots (ages 2 & under), Cartoon Characters, Witches and Monsters, Fairy Tale Characters, Ghosts and Goblins, TV / Movie Characters, Pets in Costume, Halloween Couple Costumes and Group costumes. Judging will be done at Memorial Field by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Collegeville, PA Annual Rotary Association’s Halloween Parade
Oct 24, 2012 5 – 9 pm
Come Celebrate with with the Rotary Association at Moorehead’s Catering! The costume parade starts at 5pm on Wednesday the 24th. The event is great for after school or work. Holiday face painting, crafts and local vendors should be there, and we are hoping for some great treats for the tricker treaters. It is a safe event for young children!
Emmaus Halloween Parade
Oct 20, 2012 7:30 pm
This event has a variety of float sizes, several local bands, performing dances, dancers and cheerleading groups. Followed by a grand Masquerade with folks dressed in Halloween costumes.
Harleysville Rotary Halloween Parade
Oct 2012, 11 am Indian Valley Middle School
The costume and float contest is a big part of this parade and includes the following categories: babies costumes and toddlers costumes, pre-kindergarten to kindergartners costumers, grades 1-3 costumes, Halloween costumes of grades 4-6, pets costume, individual best costume, couples costumes, non-motorized floats and motorized floats.
Hanover Pennsylvania Halloween Parade
Oct 25, 2012 7:30 pm
The theme of this year’s parade is “Get Out The Vote”, so expect to see some political Obama and Romney masks and maybe even some of other previous politicians. This parade caters more to those that enjoy the more professional costumes. The parade is being organized by the Hanover Jaycees, and any profits will help the local Jaycees. The parade includes floats of Halloween themes, classic cars, bands, and performing groups, including cheerleaders, dancers, and even horseback riders.
Johnstown. PA, Halloween Parade
Oct 25, 2012 7 pm
The community really gets involved with this parade, and there are 13 awards for team efforts. Best Costumed Non Profit group, Best Costumed Marching Unit, Best Costumed School Band, Best Costumed Girl Scout Group, Best Costumed Boy Scout Group, Best Costumed Brownie/Daisy Troop, Best Decorated Fire Equipment, Best Over All Commercial Float, Best Costumed Cub Scout Pack, Best Non-Commercial Float, Best Costumed Pet, Funniest Float, and Scariest Float.
Media Halloween Costume Parade
Oct 28, 2012 12 – 4:30 pm Linvilla Orchards
Geared for the kids, this parade showcases children in Halloween costumes as well as dressed up toddlers. Join the family fun.
Meadville Annual CAYCC Halloween
Oct 27, 2012 6:30 pm
Possibly the biggest nighttime Halloween parade in the state, the 46th annual events theme is ”Cartoons on Parade”. Parade participants hand out candy to the spectators. Children and pets are also part of the parade and are dressed as cartoon characters. The event drew about 25,000 spectators last year, so if you want to check out the cartoon character costumes this year, get there early.
Mechanicsburg, Pa Halloween Parade
Oct 9, 2012 7 pm
You may want to read the above article on the controversy, so if you attend you know to expect media coverage.
Costumed characters, floats and bands are all part of this parade, which as noted above had some controversy last year. They has 37 checkins on Foursquare last year, and I am sure that will be higher this year.
Middletown, Penn. Halloween Parade
Oct 15, 7 pm Hoffer Park in Middleton Center
Kiwanis Club of Middletown is organizing the parade which will include costume and float prizes. Bands and performing groups are also attending this year’s parade, so expect more attendees as the weather is predicted to be better than last year.
Paxtang Lions Club Halloween Parade
Oct 23, 2012 7 pm Saussman Park
Participants gather at 6 pm and the parade begins at 7 with floats, costumed marchers and the local firemen who sound the start of the parade with the fire alarm. So show your town spirit and come cheer on the paraders. Parents, bring your toddlers in their Halloween costumes.
Phoenixville Halloween Parade
Oct 16, 2012 7 pm Borough Hall
The parade starts at Borough Hall, and the floats and Halloween costumed paraders finish at the Family Dollar store parking lot. The parade also has a marching band.
Narbeth Halloween Parade
Oct 30, 2012 6 – 7 pm Downtown Narberth
The night before Halloween, the children of Narbeth can test their Halloween costumes at the parade. In past years, hundreds of children parade in costume through Narberth’s downtown.
Sellersville Halloween Parade
Oct 27, 2012 10 am Museum, 120 E. Church Street
This parade is prepared for any weather with the Fire Hall at 2 N. Main Street as the back up in case of rain or snow.
Schwenksville, Pa, Halloween Parade
Oct 25, 2012, 7 pm Heidelberg United Church of Christ (registration at 6 pm)
Central Perkiomen Rotary Club are the organizers of this parade that starts at 2nd St. Schweksville at 7pm and ends at Univest. Cash prizes are awarded for best costumes from children costumes, adult costumes, most original costumes and creative outfit.
Shippack Children’s Halloween Parade
Oct 20, 2012 10 am Hotel Fiesole
The parade starts at the hotel and ends at Mal’s diner.
Saucon Valley Spirited Community Parade
Oct 21, 2012 2 pm Main St & E Water St
This newly named parade was known as the Saucon Valley Halloween Parade and marches down Main St and has awards for best Halloween costume.
Tri-Community Halloween Parade
Oct 31, 2012 2 pm Old Bolivar Elementary School
The parade runs from the school to the fire department where cash prizes are given for best costumes and community merchants hold a trick or treat.
West Chester Halloween Parade
Oct 24, 2012 7pm – 9 pm
Downtown West Chester
This parade is for energetic participants with its marching band, dance performers and the kicks and cries of cheerleaders. The parade and floats start at Market Street between Church & Darlington. If you are joining in as a group, maybe grab a cheerleader costume and have the crowds chanting your message. Go, Go, Go “Halloween Parades in Pennsylvania!”