Halloween parades are a great opportunity to show off costumes and get into the spooky spirit with other revelers. The Los Angeles area offers a variety of Halloween parades that are designed to suit different ages and interests. Family-friendly parades, including the Descanso Gardens Pumpkin Parade and the Village Venture Street Faire, take place during the day and include activities geared toward children. Designed for adults, the West Hollywood Halloween Parade and the Fourth Street Zombie Walk are planned to be scarier and involve alcohol.
Descanso Gardens Pumpkin Parade
The Descanso Gardens (descansogardens.org) are located just north of Los Angeles in the city of La Canada Flintridge. The gardens boast numerous horticultural collections, including a Japanese garden, rose garden, iris garden and the California Garden. The Pumpkin Parade is held each year. Costumed children are led through the gardens by Railroad Bill. Parents are welcome to walk with their children or wait for them at the end of the parade. A photo location with pumpkins is provided.
Village Venture Street Faire
The Village Venture Street Faire is an annual event that takes place on Bonita Avenue, First and Second streets in the city of Claremont. Vendors offer arts, crafts and international food. The Street Faire and Parade take place on October 22nd, and the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants assemble at the corner of Harvard Avenue and Bonita Avenue by 9:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to march in their costumes. The parade will be led by El Roble Color Guard and joined by performers from the Inland Pacific Ballet.
West Hollywood Halloween Parade
The West Hollywood Halloween Parade, known as the wildest and wackiest Halloween party in Southern California, has been going strong for 24 years. The parade begins at 6 p.m. on October 31st at the intersection of La Cienega and Santa Monica boulevards. The parade continues on Santa Monica for a half-mile and ends at the intersection of Santa Monica and La Peer Drive. The parade ends at midnight, though revelry continues until the early morning. Restaurants and bars along Santa Monica are popular places to watch the parade and for participants to gather afterwards.
Fourth Street Zombie Walk
Held in Long Beach, 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Fourth Street Zombie Walk begins at 8:30 p.m. Local businesses offer zombie food and drinks, live music and zombie makeovers. Participants meet at Portfolio Coffee House at 8 p.m. and zombie-walk down Fourth Street. A screening of a classic zombie movie will follow at the Art Theatre. Participants and parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to experience all of the undead festivities.
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