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39th Annual Galena Halloween visits Galena, Illinois in 2017 for the 39th Annual Galena Halloween Parade.

In late October of 2017, the staff of visited Galena, Illinois to see the 39th Annual Galena Halloween Parade. Typically lasting between one and two hours, it is known as the largest Halloween parade in the state. Every year, thousands of Halloween enthusiasts travel to Galena for this gala event.

Setup starts hours before the parade, with the city crew putting up barricades and caution tape, to block off both sides of the main street that runs through the downtown area. With so many guests entering the city, the prime viewing spots fill up quickly. If you want the best view, be sure to arrive early. We also suggest bringing folding chairs and / or blankets for a more comfortable viewing experience. When you go, definitely plan ahead and dress for the weather, as you may be outside for quite some time.

We didn't get an official count, but there had to be 100 or more entrants in the parade. The parade consisted of a mix of costumed characters, school marching bands, vintage cars, political candidates, as well as many themed floats. Some of the more memorable themes we saw that day included the band Kiss, Star Wars, Toy Story, Ghostbusters, voodoo witch doctor, The Walking Dead and the movie IT. Randomly scattered amongst the themed entrants of the parade were floats carrying hot air balloons, which shot flames 20 feet high. On this particular day, the weather was downright bone-chilling, so the heat from the balloons was definitely welcome.

Next year will be Galena's 40th Annual Halloween Parade and we were told the city has special plans to make the event bigger and better than ever. Mark your calendars... the date for the next parade has been set for October 27th, 2018. Details will be posted on Galena's city website.

Below are some fun moments that we captured from our trip to Galena.

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