In 1954, the Mays Landing Rotarians had the idea to deter children from participating in what is known as “Mischief Night.” They would go on to create a parade for the community. To much of their surprise, the children did not egg cars or houses. Instead, legend has it that the children decided to egg the band. This became one of the first expenses of the Halloween Parade – cleaning the band uniforms. The idea of the parade was originally themed after the New Year’s Mummers Parade with several diverse categories. As years passed, organizations such as the local sports teams joined in on the parade. Local business would build floats to showcase their occupations. Sixty-eight years later, the parade continues strong thanks the many volunteers, donations, and all the participants.
The Halloween Parade is an exciting event. You can expect the following:
- Takes place on Main Street from 6:30PM – 9:00PM (APPROXIMATELY)
The parade starts at the corner of Old Harding Highway and Mill Street.
- The parade ends at Farragut Ave and Main Street
- The performance area is located at War Memorial Park and includes:
- Marching bands
- Local organizations
- Members of the community
- The parade is a great time for adults and children of all ages.
- Anyone can participate in this year’s parade.
The Mays Landing Halloween Parade is an event sponsored in part by the Mays Landing Merchants Association and hosted by Mays Landing-Egg Harbor City Rotary Club. It is financed by numerous fundraising events throughout the year. While there are many volunteers that donate their time, there are many factors that cost money. If you would like to help make sure the event is the best it can be this year, please think about donating today!