Where can you see pirates, princesses, vampires, and ghouls all in one place? You’ll see these creatures and more at the annual Galena Halloween Parade! For over 35 years, both locals and visitors have been dressing up as their favorite characters for this spooktacular event.
Once you’ve explored the spooky side of Galena during the Galena Halloween Parade, make some time to explore the peaceful side of our town. Request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide and you’ll have our top recommendations for city parks to lounge, wonderful restaurants to try, and specialty boutiques to peruse!
What You Need to Know About the Annual Galena Halloween Parade
The renowned Galena Halloween Parade is one of the most popular celebrations in Galena, IL, and is held at the end of October. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s festivities!
Also known as the Galena Halloween Parade & Festival, this seasonal extravaganza continues to draw visitors year after year with its electrifying festivities. Before you go, use our local insights to discover how to make the most of your time this year!
About the Festival
Before the evening parade, stop by the daytime fair at the intersection of Washington and Perry Streets. You’ll be delighted by the wonderful selection of sweet treats and handmade goodies from local restaurants as well as the live entertainment filling the streets.
As you walk around, you’ll also find an array of Halloween-themed booths, which will offer games and fun for everyone who visits.
What You’ll See
As you stroll down the sidewalks, you’ll see an assortment of artfully decorated floats and many costumed performers making their way downtown Galena. You’ll also hear the delightful sounds of local marching bands throughout the parade, each consisting of talented students from our area.
During the evening, look up at the night sky for a light display: we aren’t referring to the stars, but hot air balloons! In fact, this delightful lighting display takes place during the parade.
How to Get There
Since this event has become so popular, the town might be crowded and hard to navigate. Luckily for you, there are two options to help you arrive at the festivities early
and get the best spot.
When you stay at Farmers Guest House, you’ll be less than a mile’s walk from our front door to downtown, which means your commute will be a breeze. Or, if you wish to use the shuttle service, there are four locations for pickup. However you get there, you’re sure to have a memorable time!
Relax at Farmers Guest House
After your Galena Halloween Parade experience, unwind in the relaxing comforts of our stunning bed and breakfast. Here at Farmers Guest House, we pride ourselves on our beautifully appointed guest rooms, excellent multi-course breakfast, and genuine hospitality.
Plus, this year we will have special cocktails in honor of the holiday! These include everything from Candy Corn Shots to the Pirate’s Punch and the Vampire’s Kiss. Join us for some festive drinks in honor of the parade!
With exciting Galena events like the Galena Halloween Parade and relaxation galore awaiting, why wait any longer to plan your next trip? Book your stay today before someone else takes your desired dates tomorrow. We look forward to hosting you this year!