Halloween Parade

2017 Parade Wrap-up!

Hal-Con’s Fifth Annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 28th was another great success, and there are so many people that completely deserve thanks for that!

First off, Congratulations and Thank You to the Prize winning entries for joining in the fun and for adding even more awesome to our event:
» Winner of the Cardboard Entry – Death aka Nancy Reid
» Winner of the Dog Entry – Blue, with Sabrinah
» Winner of the Child Entry 0-12 – Elliott Prince as WW1 Pilot
» Winner of the Individual Entry – Tie with two Stranger Things cosplayers
» Winner of the Group Entry – trio of Warcraft cosplayers

Thank You to these groups for support and participation –

» Community Sponsor, Downtown Halifax Business Commission
– Prize Support –
» Cape and Cowl Collectibles,
» Strange Adventures Halifax,
» Freeman’s Pizza,
» PetValu Spring Garden Road,
» Miller’s Kettle Corn
– Supporting Groups –
» Samba Nova Drummers and John van Group
» Rickshaws supplied by Last of the Old Kind
» Boston Pizza Granville for Mascot
» Halifax Public Libraries for use of Central Library Front Plaza
» Halifax Regional Municipality
» Halifax Regional Police

Some special personal thanks go to …
» Raina Mer and Kala Hirtle as Elsa.
» Two, 2, TWO Fat Apollos! Parade Judges Mike McCluskey & Blake Hebb.
» Mike Montgomery and Erina Aucoin, our Banner bearers.
» Alexander Acorn and Samantha Bonin for Nelson.
» Scott Neily & all picture takers …
» and thank you to media outlets, including Haligonia.ca, The Chronicle Herald, & Metro Halifax.

Of course, volunteers need to be especially thanked … …
Leanne, Jordan, Ryan, Rob, Alicia, Mike, Brenda, Sabrinah, Matthias, Ben, Bjorn, Sandra, and All the volunteers who helped this parade be even more successful.

Most of all. Thank You to all participants this year and past years who have made this Parade event amazing on its own, and show to all around what Hal-Con is and continues to be.

… 6th Annual Hal-Con Halloween Parade – Saturday, October 20th, 2018! See you then …

Parade Information

Anyone wishing to get involved with the parade can email us at parade@hal-con.com. If last year’s turnout is any indication, we expect this year’s Halloween Parade to be even more exciting. Halifax’s sci-fi scene always delivers some magic come parade time!

Start Time is to be at 11:00 AM Sharp, Rain OR Shine. Hal-Con will arrange for at least one branded tent but no other provision for protection of equipment or participants in case of inclement weather. Further, it is the responsibility of participants to arrange for transportation and/or parking before and after the Parade. Those travelling by car will need to plan ahead.

Date: October 28, 2017
Start Location: Halifax Central Library, corner of Queen St and Spring Garden Road
End Location: Halifax Central Library Front Plaza

Organizer Setup: 8:30-9:30am
Volunteer Arrivals: 9:30-10:00am
Participant Entry Arrival / Marshaling: 10:00-10:30am
Participant Entry Judging: 10:30-11:00am

Parade Start: 11:00am
Parade End (approximate): 12:00pm
Prize Winners Awarded: 12:00-12:30pm
Conclusion (approximate): 12:30pm

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449005038516454


Using Sidewalks – Go West on Spring Garden Road crossing Birmingham, Dresden Row, & Brenton St.’s to South Park St

Using Sidewalks – Turn Left onto South Park Street, Proceed Southeast along South Park Street crossing Brenton Plaza;

Using Sidewalks – Turn Right onto University Avenue, Proceed Southwest along University Avenue crossing Martello Street and Summer Street, proceeding to Robie Street;

Using Sidewalks – Turn Right onto Robie Street, proceed Northwest crossing College Street to Spring Garden Road;

Using Sidewalks/Inner Lanes – Turn Right onto Spring Garden Road, Proceed Northeast crossing Carlton, Summer, Martello St.’s, South Park Street, Brenton, Dresden, Birmingham, and Queen Streets, returning to the Central Library.


Entries will be judged by the Hal-Con 2017 Parade Judge(s).

Awards and prizes will be presented in various categories:
» Winner – Dog Entry,
» Winner – Cardboard Entry,
» Winner – Child Entry,
» Winner – Individual Entry,
» Winner – Group Entry

Official Parade Rules & Regulations

For Full list of rules and regulations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449005038516454

The Parade is for Walking Groups Only

No passenger motorized vehicles are to be used. Guide animals are welcome, otherwise there will be no house or livestock animals included in the event. The 2016 Parade Route will be using sidewalks, therefore applicants are to keep safety and mobility concerns in mind regarding group sizes, decorations, flags and other equipment when planning their entries. Also, it is expected that ALL walkers complete the Parade Route from start to finish. Walkers are asked to maintain a constant pace while keeping pedestrian and traffic laws in mind. Halifax Regional Police will again lend assistance in the form of Two Extra Duty officers on motorcycles to the Organizers for this purpose.

No Fee Entry

There is NO FEE for rsvp to or entry into the 2016 Hal-Con Parade. It is Hal-Con’s own Parade event and the Organizers wish to carry it off as a way to have fun and say Thank You to all who enter, and who have attended and supported Hal-Con through the years.


Decorations, flags, banners and signs are invited and encouraged. We ask that banners be no more than eight feet wide and four feet high for safety concerns. All decorations, costuming, and other equipment is to contribute to a family-friendly parade entry. The organizers retain the right to reject any application or entry on Parade Day that does not meet regulations or conform to the description outlined above, or includes or presents any safety hazard or serious, ongoing concern to organizers and those participating. If you have any questions on this, you are welcome to email “parade@hal-con.com” for information and/or clarification. As well, information and updates are on FaceBook.

Safety & Respect of Spectators

The safety and respect of organizers, participants, spectators and the public must be respected at all times. By law of HRM, no entry or person may distribute any kind of written or printed items, or any food items, while on the Parade Route. Further, all Parade participants are to be organized and well-mannered at all times before, during and after the event. Any alcohol or illegal drug consumptions or possession is forbidden, before, during, or after related festivities. Any individuals who do not comply will be dismissed from the Parade and turned over to proper authorities.

Injury or Damages

Hal-Con will not be held responsible for any injury or damages to participants or equipment prior to, during, and after the Parade event. Hal-Con recognizes that Parade participants are undertaking an outdoor, physical activity that presents potential for injury. However, it is to be understood by all participants and/or guardians that they do so at their own risk.

Entrant Information

Accepted entrant groups will have copies of information on line-up instructions, line-up location and number, maps, etc., made available to them prior to Parade Start Time.

The Parade Marshal has final authority over the Parade.

With all these regulations above, there is one rule Hal-Con wants everyone to meet – HAVE FUN! After having been in so many Halifax and area parades in recent years and receiving so much year-round support from so many, Hal-Con wants to give back and let you have the spotlight in your very own parade event. Halifax has so many diverse, creative, fun people and we want to give you the chance to show that.