22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

  • October 28, 2018
  • 2:00 PM
  • Along Mount Vernon Avenue

22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, will be take place Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2pm. The Parade and all activities are free!

 Following the parade awards are given for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller during a brief ceremony.  There is no fee to compete for Best Costume or Best Decorated contests. Judges include elected officials and city dignitaries.

Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over to 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials, over 50 pets in their finest Halloween costumes, and 25 decorated strollers.

The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb.

At the fields, goodie bags for children are handed out (including healthy bags that do not have candy). Refreshments such as hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, apple cider, and cookies are provided. There is live musical entertainment provided by Mars Rodeo. There will be Goblin Games and activities for the children.

Photos by Wayne Hulehan

Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition

Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween 

Pet Costume Categories: Creative, Team, How Could You Do This To Me?, and Vola Lawson Best of Show

Stroller Competition Categories: Creative, Humorous, Best Group or Family, Less is More, and Overall

Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Business Contest

The deadline for nominations to be submitted  for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 21, at 12pm.. To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 21 at noon; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

Donate a Costume! Help a Kid March in Halloween Parade

The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at the collection box located at the Del Ray Farmers' Market or on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.

Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Especially needed are larger sizes. In 2017, we gave away over 200 costumes to needy kids!

Volunteers Needed!

We can’t have a parade without a lot of volunteers. Volunteers are needed on the day before the parade and on Parade Day.  Click here for a complete list of volunteer needs, and to sign up to help make this Del Ray tradition happen.

Among the ways that you can help:

Saturday Volunteers

  • Pick up costumes from collection sites
  • Fill goody bags with candy and gifts
  • Help distribute costumes (Spanish speakers desired)

Parade Day Volunteers

  • Set up tables, grills, food, decorate field, etc.
  • Put up sponsor banners on fence and stage
  • Be a parade marshal
  • Distribute goody bags to children
  • Prepare and distribute refreshments
  • Register dogs and strollers participating in decorating contests
  • Help with clean up (take down tables, clean up field, empty trash, take down banners, etc.)
Click here to volunteer!

Spooky Bean Halloween: "It Came From The Mist!"

After the parade from 5–8 p.m. families can enjoy Spooky Bean Halloween, constructed by Bean Creative. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages. The Halloween-themed maze is located at the grassy lot next to their business at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue. This is definitely a must-do Del Ray tradition. Donations are happily accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Special thanks to Jen Walker for her sponsorship!


The Del Ray Business Association sponsors the parade with additional support and financial contributions from our local businesses. Very special thanks to Jen Walker, our primary sponsor and sponsor of Best Decorated House. Special thanks to our other sponsors Bobi Bomar, sponsor of Best Decorated Stroller and Paul Haire from Your Dog’s Best Friend for his sponsorships of the Best Pet Costume

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