Halloween Parade Adds YMCA Spooky Fun Zone Organizers Make Event More Family Friendly

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Halloween Parade Adds YMCA Spooky Fun Zone Organizers Make Event More Family Friendly

By Tim Farley

The Air Comfort Solutions Oklahoma City Halloween Parade, “A Celebration of the Arts & Creativity,” will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 on Automobile Alley with floats, marching bands, unique automobiles and walking groups.

Event organizers have added several activities before and after the parade, including Zombie Ball. Both the parade and all related events will take place on and around Automobile Alley.

This year the parade has teamed up with the Downtown YMCA to create a child-friendly area where families can have fun before the parade. The events will feature Halloween themed arts and craft areas, a photo booth for families, a spooky reading library and Haunted food-crafting corner.

The OKC fire department will be on hand to teach fire safety and “Thriller” dance lessons will be taught free of charge. The area will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a children’s Costume Parade scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

Admission is free to the first 250 children through the gate. It will be located in the outdoor courtyard in front of the Downtown YMCA at NW 4th and Broadway.

“We are excited to be a part of the OKC Halloween Parade and look forward to seeing kids 5-10 years old having a safe, fun Halloween evening’” Brenda Bennett of the Downtown YMCA said.

Parade organizer Brent Skarky said much work has been done to ensure the event is for all ages.

“We are committed to making the Air Comfort Solutions Halloween Parade an event all can attend and enjoy. Having events before and after, that are available to families, make our partnership with the YMCA a perfect fit’” he said.

Mike McAuliffe, one of the event organizer, said the YMCA has solid reputation for being a place where families can have fun and stay safe.

“It is an ideal addition to the parade schedule and proves a great alternative to the traditional Halloween night trick or treating,” he said.

The parade, set to kick off at 7 p.m, will start at North Broadway Avenue beginning at NW 13 Street and end at NW 4 Street. Some of the floats will return to Automobile Alley as static displays for the costume party and Zombie Ball.

The post parade events will include static displays, entertainment, food and beverages and music by Superfreak. Since 1999, Superfreak has played everywhere from backyards to arenas and everything in between.

Individually, the members of Superfreak have performed on Broadway, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien and TNN’s Prime Time Country just to name a few.

Superfreak’s stage show is second to none, with smoke machines, incredible stage lighting & displays and choreography.

Entry fees for the parade are $100 with 100 percent of all entry fees donated to Allied Arts to support local arts organizations. Prizes will be awarded by the judges for the best entries.

Original piece of art created by an Oklahoma City artist will be given to first, second and third place winners.

Additional information is available online at www.okchalloweenparade.com.

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