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Hallo-weekend 2022

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What events are taking place during Hallo-Weekend 2022 in Allentown?

  • Friday, October 28, 2022
    • City-Wide Trick or Treat Night, 6-8pm
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8pm at McDonald’s on S 4th Street
  • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • Halloween Walking Parade, 11am-1pm, 9th to 6th Street on Hamilton, (L) 6th to Court Street (R ) to Arts Park. Please see parade route map
    • Trick or Treat, 11am, Downtown Allentown Market, 27 N 7th Street
    • Día de los Muertos, 1pm-6pm, Arts Park
    • Boos & Brews Bar Crawl, 2-7pm, Downtown Allentown: please visit lehighvalleychamber.org to learn more about participating locations
    • SpooksFest Haunted House, 5-8pm, Promise Neighborhoods, 1101 Hamilton Street, Ste 102
    • Movie in the Park (Disney’s Coco), 6:30pm, Arts Park
      • 1hr 45 min run time
    • Boos & Brews After Party, 8-11pm, Arts Walk in Downtown Allentown
  • Sunday, October 30, 2022
    • Trunk or Treat, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Udder Bar
      • Melanated
      • Bradbury
      • PPL Center
      • Historical Museum

*If your organization is hosting an event, please contact Lucinda.Wright@allentownpa.gov to be added to this list.

What is a walking parade?

We’ve reimagined what our parade will look like! The walking parade is a secured footprint set up to ensure pedestrian and participant safety. Children and families can travel safely along the route without concern of moving vehicles or floats on the roadways. So, instead of having decorated vehicles and floats drive down a designated parade route – we’ll have organizations, businesses, and residents set up on the sidewalks giving out candy to kids and families walking the parade route.

Where does the walking parade start, and what can I expect when I arrive?

  • Please arrive at 9th & Hamilton Street starting at 11am where you can participate in a variety of activities and, like a hay maze, décor, and photo ready experiences.
  • Children will receive a trick or treat bag, Downtown Allentown Market Voucher, and a Día de los Muertos passport. Passports may be redeemed for free arts, educational, and activities including face painting, smore, crafts, and cultural lectures during the Día de los Muertos Festival.
  • Join us for a Trick or Treat as we convert our Downtown to Halloween Town!

Is it free to attend?

Yes, both the Halloween Walking Parade and the Día de los Muertos Festival are free to attend. Other event happenings may include a cost.

Will it be scary?

This event is designed to be the experience you want it to be. If you are looking for a spooky experience, you can find it here. If you are looking for a family fun, fall Halloween experience, you can find that here too. Make Hallo-Weekend your way!

Where can I park?

The Allentown Parking authority has sponsored the event and will allow FREE parking at the Spiral, Community, and Transportation Decks. Please see the maps found on the website for more information.

Will there be any transportation to the parade?

Yes, Lanta Bus has sponsored the event and will provide FREE bus passes. Please print or show the ticket on your phone for a ride to and from the event.

*Please be advised the pass is only good for transportation to and from the event on 10/29/2022. See approved bus routes on website.

How do I register as a parade participant?

We welcome local organizations, corporations, residents, and businesses to join us along the parade route. Costumes and Candy/Trinket distributions for “trick or treat” along the route are required. Please complete and return the application form found on the website, or email events@allentownpa.gov for more information. There is no cost to join in on the fun!

Is there a cost for the walking parade or do we need advance tickets?

No, just show up, children and families can partake in the parade, trick or treat, and activities during the Día de los Muertos festival at no cost.

Please patronize one of our local downtown restaurants or businesses along the route day of event or another time, so many great options.

Where are the rest facilities located?

Rest locations along the parade route will be located at S Hall (near LCCC) & S Church Street (near Liberty Bell Museum). Please see the parade map on the side.

Rest Locations and hand washing stations will be available in the Arts Park.

Is the Parade ADA accessible?

Yes, if you need special accommodations, please email events@allentownpa.gov in advance. Roadways and sidewalks will be accessible during the event.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes, pets in costumes are the best! Please ensure that your pet is friendly, great with kids, up to date on shots, and on a leash.

What is Dia de los Muertos?

The Day of the Dead is a holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, though other days, such as October 31 or November 6, may be included depending on the locality. It largely originated in Mexico, where it is mostly observed, but also in other places, especially by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.

The City of Allentown is partnering with Interlace Cultural y Desarrollo Integral Mexicana de LV, our local Mexican cultural organization, and the Baum School of Art to host this year’s celebration.

What can I expect when I attend the Día de los Muertos Festival?

Educational Lessons & Art 1pm-2:30pm

Cultural Dance & Music 2:30-6pm

 

  • Educational lessons and story time at The Baum School of Art
  • An altar for families to bring memorial items and photocopies of family members. (Please ensure the photos are copies and the items do not hold a significant value)
  • Cultural Arts & Crafts - Free
  • Tamales & Pan de Muertos tastings
    • Hot Chocolate, as they last
  • Face Painting - Free
  • Smores & Fire Pits - Free
  • Music & Cultural Dance & Entertainment - Free
  • Food Vendors ($$$)
  • Encouraged to come dressed as Catrina

 

What do I do with the passport once complete?

Please return the slip included in the completed passport for a chance to win a prize!

What movie is playing in the park?

At dusk our Parks & Recreation staff will present Disney’s “Coco” in honor of the Día de los Muertos celebration. Free snacks will be available during the movie as supplies last.

Is there a scheduled rain date for the Halloween Parade or Día de los Muertos?

No, the events are rain or shine! Please stay tuned to the city’s social media or website for inclement weather updates.

Contact Information
Lucinda Wright
Manager
Marketing & Special Events
Lucinda.Wright@AllentownPA.gov
610.841.3506
 
Bus Pass
Halloween Parade Bus Pass

Halloween Bus Pass may be redeemed with a print copy or mobile device.
Documents
Halloween Parade Application
Sponsorship Benefits
Walking Parade Route Detour Map

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Halloween Walking Parade

Día de los Muertos