We may think of parades as warm-weather fun, but cool autumn breezes don’t stop the fun! Northern Virginia boasts several Halloween parades, and some of them are still to come. Below is information on the Vienna Halloween Parade, the Leesburg Halloween Parade, and the pet parade at the Great Falls Spooktacular.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (start time: 7 pm)
Town of Vienna Halloween Parade
UPDATE 10/29, 4 PM: THE PARADE IS ON!!! IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TODAY, THURSDAY!
UPDATE 10/28, 5 PM: PARADE CANCELLED DUE TO ANTICIPATED THUNDERSTORMS
For nearly seven decades, the Town of Vienna has put on a volunteer-run Halloween parade that now has grown to nearly 100 entries and 35,000 participants and spectators. The parade start at 7 pm and runs down Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Branch Road to Center Street (about a half mile) and lasts 1½-2 hours. This event is held rain or shine! Costumed kids who want to participate gather at 6:30 pm at Virginia Commerce Bank to lead the parade. The Town of Vienna has details about the parade, including a route map and information on road closures, on its Halloween Parade site.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (start time: 6 pm)
Leesburg Halloween Parade
Another long-running Halloween parade takes place in Leesburg. Each October 31 since 1957, the Kiwanis club in Leesburg has sponsored a big Halloween parade, now with more than 200 police, and fire and rescue units, high school marching bands, floats, horseback riders, walking units, decorated vehicles, and more along a one-mile route on King Street in Leesburg. The parade departs from Ida Lee Park at 6 pm. Viewers also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for charity. See details on the Leesburg Kiwanis site.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (start time: 4 pm)
Great Falls Spooktacular
For more than 20 years, the fun and free Spooktacular by Celebrate Great Falls has given younger kids a central, convenient place in Great Falls for trick or treating. Recommended for Great Falls children up to age 12 (6th grade) and their families, the event is from 5 to 7 pm and includes a haunted house, haunted forest, a scary area and a princess area, and live music. The festival includes a pet parade on the Town Green from 4 to 4:45 pm – bring your pet in costume! Visit Celebrate Great Falls for details.
— Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com