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Halloween Festival Parade Floats

Posted by paradefloats on September 4, 2012

All summer long the streets were filled with parades- some were patriotic, others showcased marching bands. Some were festival-specific with beach themes, sports themes, and for one small town in Indiana, even a pickle parade was had. But come October, it’s time for the Halloween festival parades. These floats are like no other and if done right, can be even more exciting than any float people saw over the summer.

Check out these ideas for Halloween festival parade floats that will be unforgettable:

Zombie Float

First, line the bottom of your float with black metallic fringe. If it’s possible to have a background, either paint a graveyard scene or purchase a graveyard silhouette to be the backdrop of your zombie float. Use a combination of zombie silhouettes and people dressed as zombies. All your participants need to do is wear some old clothes they won’t need again, tear them up, and wear zombie makeup. In order to really set the zombie mood, a fog machine is going to be an essential piece of a zombie float. Keep the mood going with either spooky Halloween sounds or even the most famous zombie anthem of all time- Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Wicked Witches

A float coming down the street filled with witches will be sure to cause a scene! Have participants paint their faces green like the iconic Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, wear all black and of course, a tall, black, witch hat. Be sure each witch has the proper transportation- a broom! While some witches should walk beside the float, have some on the float stirring a “witches brew” in a cauldron of some sort. For a background, use black vinyl floral sheeting to simulate a night sky behind your flying witches.

Joyful Jack-o-Lanterns

Your float doesn’t have to be spooky to be memorable. Use real and fake pumpkins for this fun float, and use jack-o-lanterns of all sizes! To get people involved in the jack-o-lantern fun, have them paint their faces orange and draw on pumpkin faces. Or, have them dress fully as smiling pumpkins by wearing green hats, green pants, and a stuffed orange trash bag as a top! Your float might not scare people, but it will bring about a lot of laughs, which is also a big part of Halloween.

A Night at the Movies

Think of the scariest movie you have ever seen, and turn it into a parade float! For example, does Pennywise the clown from Stephen King’s It send chills up your spine? Then it probably does the same for many others. Have your participants dress up as scary clowns, and line your float with lots and lots of balloons– Pennywise’s favorite things! There are lots of other scary movies to consider: Children of the Corn, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Exorcist. If you wish, have everyone dress up as their own favorite scary movie character. Seeing Jason, Michael, Freddy Kruger and other scary movie villains coming down the street on a float is sure to cause a commotion!


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