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The Anaheim Packing District will host many of Anaheim’s traditional autumn celebrations this year as the city grows its historical city center. Festivities begin with the return of the Anaheim Fall Festival, a family weekend of carnival rides, kiddie games, craft and artisan booths, novelty food trucks and this year held on the open space of Farmers Park and the neighboring Anaheim Packing House. Hours of operation are: Friday the 23rd, 5-9pm; Saturday the 24th, noon-9pm; and Sunday the 25th 5-9pm. Win prizes at Saturday’s Kiddie Halloween Contest or enter your pup in the Doggie Costume Contest. For more information and costume contest info contact: Plenty of FREE parking nearby.

As the highlight to this harvest festival weekend, the 91st Annual Anaheim Halloween Parade will traverse down a new route, Center St. Promenade, the original “main street” of the blossoming Anaheim settlement of the late 1800’s. Traveling from Harbor Blvd. eastward down Center St., the exciting and whimsical parade will travel south on Anaheim Blvd. to the Packing District with some floats on display through Sunday. Be sure to grab a seat before the 6pm start time on Saturday night! Don’t miss floats Spooky Haunted House, Forest of Grumpy Trees, Flying “Sasser” (a replica of 1953 parade entry), The Rocket Witch, Andy Anaheim and the Brewery Boy (fresh from Oktoberfest at Anaheim Brewery!) amongst other creepy contestants. For more information, contact

Concurrently, the Anaheim Packing House’s own Cooks Chapel private event room welcomes visitors to a FREE Dia de los Muertos exhibit running Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm. Packing House’s own newly opened Mexican eatery, Urbana, will highlight the authentic and artful exhibit based on its own Michoacan roots, home to the original Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. And don’t miss Urbana’s own permanent exhibit of giant sugar skull murals gracing their dining room walls. Where else can you have a photo op with a 10’ smiling skull? For more info, contact

Sunday morning, October 25th, marks another grand Anaheim post-parade tradition, that of the

$5 Spooky Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Anaheim Fall Festival Committee from 8-10am. Meet neighbors and new friends at the 60’ communal dining table on the Farmers Park boardwalk while admiring parade floats nearby on the Park. Great opportunity for family photos!

Last but not least, meet Polly the Trolley this same holiday weekend – making a grand debut in the Halloween Parade. Polly will then begin regular shuttle service between the active Packing District and nearby Center St. Promenade with its array of new outside cafes, unique boutiques and iconic architecture and services such as the Carnegie Library, The Rinks Anaheim ICE (designed by Gehry) as well as the Muzeo Museum. Hop on board the FREE trolley service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday evenings from noon-9pm, weather permitting, starting at the Packing House back steps.

Hope to see you soon in Anaheim!

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The Packing House stands as Anaheim’s last remaining citrus packing warehouse and is located at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Built in 1919, the restored Packing House serves as the OC’s authentic food hall, bringing together more than 25 artisan food producers and purveyors in a public market type setting. Contact to keep abreast of upcoming events or follow us on Facebook at AnaheimPackingDistrict or on Twitter @PackingDistrict.