Halloween parades in South Dakota have a rich state history to draw upon for costume ideas. This is the state of the Badlands – Badlands National Park encompasses over 240,000 acres of land comprised of eroded buttes, spires and protected mixed-grass prairie – where the cowboy outlaws all seemed to run to and hide from posses. The famous Mount Rushmore is in the state with its huge carving of presidents to inspire costume choices.
Harry Potter, Famous Death Inspire Halloween Costumes
South Dakota is also home to Deadwood – the Black Hills mining town where Wild Bill Hickcock was killed playing poker – Aces and Eights became the deadman’s hand as that was what he was holding when shot. At Halloween, the state channels its inner outlaw during Deadweird – the legendary events held during Halloween. HBO brought new attention to the town with its series about the mining town’s growth in the late 1800s.
Meanwhile, there is one town that changes in to Hogwarths and celebrates all things Harry Potter during Halloween – bringing the kids in the area to local businesses that change their stores in to places from the Potter novels. So if you live near Hill City, grab your Harry Potter fans and dress up as Harry or one of the other characters and have some Halloween fun.
South Dakota Halloween Parades by City
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Black Hills 15TH Annual Halloween Night Hike
Oct 31, 2012 5:30 pm Peter Norbeck Visitor Center
Take a 1.5-mile guided hike along a paved trail and meet costumed characters that portray natural history about various plants, animals or people living in the Black Hills. Each hike will start at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center and travel to the Game Lodge Campground where characters are staged at various campsites to act out humorous skits. Each hike will be led by a guide and lasts approximately one hour. The event is suitable for families with young children and is educational without the spookiness of Halloween. With the trail lit only by jack-o-lanterns and tiki torches, hikers will enjoy the sights, sounds and night life of Custer State Park.
Brandon Spooktacular Trails
Oct 27, 2012 5 to 8 pm Big Sioux Recreation Area
The Halloween costumed people of Brandon head to Big Sioux Recreation Area for a spooktacular fun time. , bring a trick or treat bag, a flashlight, andFamilies will walk along a special path in the park and search using their flashlights for reflective signs and trick or treat along the way, so bring a goodie bag and remember the Halloween dressed kids
Oct 26-27, 2012 7-10 pm, 6 – 9 pm
The streets of Deadwood will fill with all things costumes! October 26-27, celebrate DEADWEIRD!
This year’s event will include the first annual MONSTER BALL on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Buffalo-Bodega complex on Deadwood’s Main Street. The event will begin at 7 p.m. with dancing and drink specials and of course prizes! Dress up in your costume and make a weekend of it in DEADWOOD for DEADWEIRD!
Deadweird’s First Annual Monster Ball
Oct 26, 2012 7 – 10 pm Buffalo-Bodega Complex
Deadweird’s Halloween Costume Contest
Oct 27, 2012 6 – 9 pm Franklin Hotel
It’s spooky, it’s creepy, but most of all, it’s hilarious. Join us for the annual costume contest where over 500 people enter to win terrific cash prizes including over $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Oct 31, 2012 5 – 7:30 pm Deadwood Pavilion
The 11th annual Deadwood Kidweird is sponsored by NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and is a spinoff of Deadwood’s Deadweird as a designed area for the town’s youth and their families. There is a Halloween costume contest for kids 12 and under, a less spooky haunted house, as well as a trick-or-treat lane. The Deadwood Fire Department will be doing candy safety checks. Canned food donations are accepted at the door to support the Lord’s Cupboard food bank.
Hill City Harry Potter Day
Oct 27, 2012 all day all town
The town of Hill City takes on a Hogwarth’s feel as local area cafes have Hogwarts ”specials” available (such as Cauldron Cakes, Butter Beer Italian Sodas, and Unicorn Horn suckers). There are creative craft activities like wand making and potions class. There is even a Hagrid walking the streets handing out galleons and knuts to the young muggles who can correctly answer trivia questions.
Pierre Trick or Treat Trails
Oct 28, 2012 4:30 – 7:30 pm Hilger’s Gulch
A trail marked by reflective signs will guide participants through the wooded area. Trick-or-treaters can gather prizes, informational material and treats by visiting event sponsors at stops along the trail. The hike is traditionally held at LaFramboise Island, but due to reconstruction from the 2011 flood, it will be held at the alternative site of Hilger’s Gulch.
“Boo Falls” Halloween Parade and Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 27, 2012 5 – 6 pm Sioux Falls
Normally this event was exclusively for the walking dead, but the Halloween parade was added to include anyone in a costume to precede the zombies. The organizers goal is to make this parade an event for the whole community. Businesses, organizations or family and friends ca join the parade and showcase Halloween season creativity. The Boo Falls Halloween Parade entries and Zombie Walkers will compete for a multitude of awards and prize packages, judged by a panel of un-dead aficionados. Winners receive their awards immediately following the parade, in the parking lot at Mall Ave and 10th Street.
Sioux Falls Kids Halloween Archery Shoot
Oct 27, 2012 9 am – 2 pm Archery Outfitters
What captures the holiday better than an indoor Kids Halloween Shoot. Kids 14 years and under bring your Bow and Arrows and have fun aiming at some scary creatures and there is a trick or treat. Have to believe the scary creatures are Halloween costumes on dummies and other targets.
Yankton Halloween Trick-or-Treat
Oct 23, 2012 3 – 5 pm Downtown
Historic downtown Yankton is a great place to be with your toddlers and young children to enjoy Halloween Trick-or-treating from local merchants.