Throw on your Halloween costume, grab your candy bag, and be part of Barrett Township’s longest running tradition, the annual Barrett Township Halloween Parade. Creative floats, live music, fire trucks, antique cars, and Santa will be rolling down Route 390, throwing candy and getting crazy. There’s a reason thousands of parade-goers come to witness this awesome event each year; it’s not only about the fun, it’s tradition!
For 54 years the Barrett Township Halloween Parade has been an anticipated event, an event I have personally attended for 36 of those years. As a kid, I remember being pulled in a trailer by my grandfather’s tractor, my cousins and I dressed in pumpkin costumes throwing candy from “Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch.” Some years I stood, fully dressed in costume, flagging down candy and scrambling to fill my bag. Other years I marched, dressed proudly in my Girl Scout uniform, waving flags and singing songs. Now, I love bringing my kids and witnessing their excitement that I remember so well. It’s a tradition that has lasted generations and one that this small town is proud to uphold.
Rain, snow, freezing temperatures, even a hurricane can’t stop this parade from happening. Throughout the years, Mother Nature has challenged parade-goers, yet 2,500 – 3,000 people line the parade route each year, prepared for anything. Last year’s parade included over 50 floats – local businesses and organizations dress up their vehicles for the big event in hopes of winning the coveted awards. Marching bands get us moving while the fire trucks honk their horns and sound their sirens. Scout groups, schools, youth organizations, and sports teams show their support, throwing handfuls of candy to friends they spot along the route. Guaranteed fun, this parade has something for everyone.
The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains, along with the Barrett Township Halloween Parade Committee, are hard at work on this year’s event. This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, October 27th at 2pm with a rain date of Sunday, November 3rd. The parade begins at the former Barrett Elementary Center and continues along Route 390, ending at the Mountainhome Methodist Church. To stay up-to-date on event details, follow the Barrett Township Halloween Parade’s Facebook page which is updated regularly.
Want to get in on the fun? There are many ways to be part of the parade, from floats to sponsorships. If you own a business and would like some great exposure, consider entering a float in the parade. Your float will be visible to 3,000 attendees and also televised on BRC TV Channel 13. Not interested in entering a float but would still like some exposure? Become a parade sponsor! For more information on participating or becoming a sponsor, visit the parade website at barretthalloween.com.
Barrett Township Halloween Parade