One of my favorite Halloween events is the Little Five Points Halloween Parade which takes place in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta during the Little Five Points Halloween Festival.
Little 5 Points is such an eclectic neighborhood in Atlanta and the Halloween parade is just as much fun.
This year will be a little bit different — but they’ve found a way to make it amazing! We added all the important details below for what to expect in 2021.
MonsterFest in 2021
Due to COVID-19, things will be different from the typical parade held in years past — but the Little Five Points Halloween Parade and Festival organizers have come up with an amazing alternative that is guaranteed to be awesome: MonsterFest!
MonsterFest will take place over two days (in order to spread out crowds) on October 16 and 17, 2021.
This fun festival includes musical entertainment, a haunted market, the Monster Ball (on Oct. 15), a monster hunt, a photo contest, a Kiddie Parade, and pop-up performances!
The Monster Hunt is the big draw, and it entails searching Little 5 Points for monsters designed by local artists. Grab a map at their L5P Business Association tent, and then collect selfies and complete the hunt! The first 300 people to finish will win a limited edition L5P Monster Magazine.
Watch for special ghoul appearances pop-up throughout the neighborhood over the course of the two days, join the costume contest, attend the Monster Ball, and make sure to stop by the Haunted Artist Market too!
And there will be a parade this year! On Saturday Oct. 16, at 11a.m. there will be a Little Monster parade for kids. Then, starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday there will be monsters, bands and pop-up performances coming through L5P. Pop-ups include Seed and Feed, Crewe of the Grateful Gluttons, Crew of Optical Illusions, Ghostbusters, and more!
Ghost tours will also be offered in the month of October. Check their website for the latest on those!
Admission to the festival is FREE. Hours for the festival are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
(NOTE: The following is information from their previous parades! This will not be the case in 2021.)
Little 5 Points: Atlanta Alternative Shopping District
Little Five Points was the first commercial district outside of downtown Atlanta. The Little Five Points section forms the northeast boundary of the Inman Park neighborhood. From the beginning, L5P was an offbeat arts and shopping district. Locals refer to it as the “Southern version of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.” The local counter-culture makes for some great people-watching, as well an unique shopping and entertainment — and that’s on a normal day.
That same vibe comes through (and is even magnified) during the annual Little Five Points Halloween Parade.
Arrive early and stay late — it’s one of the best Halloween events in the country. In addition to the parade, shopping and food vendors, the Little Five Points Halloween Festival includes live music on three stages – the Star Bar Stage, Wrecking Bar/Findley Plaza Stage and the Star Bar Venue Stage.
Little 5 Points Halloween Parade Route
The Little Five Points Halloween parade route starts at Austin Avenue and Euclid Avenue and moves up Euclid to Moreland. It will turn South on Moreland Avenue and proceed to the Wrecking Bar Brewpub where it will do a U-turn and then proceed to Freedom Parkway.
Tips for a Great Experience at the Little Five Points Halloween Parade
1. Parking can be really tight in L5P, so plan to get there early (it’s great people watching) and be prepared to walk a bit.
2. The Parade is part of the L5P Halloween Festival which runs from noon until 11 pm. There is an artist market, food vendors and live entertainment on multiple stages.
3. The Halloween Parade usually starts at 4 pm, but marchers start gathering at 2 pm. We love strolling through the folks getting ready. Most people are just there to have a good time and don’t mind having their picture taken.
4. Some costumes can be quite intense. It may be a bit much for young children, although we always see plenty of kids who don’t seem to be scared. You might want to mention before hand that it’s all make believe.
In addition, there can be some floats that may be a little inappropriate for kids, but we just pretend we don’t see those. For the most part, the floats and marchers are family friendly, and there are lots of familiar characters for the kids too. One of my favorite marchers are Box Heroes – superheroes made from cardboard boxes.
5. Beer is sold from street vendors and you are allowed to walk around Little Five Points with the drinks.
Have more tips for the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade? Know of other great halloween parades? Tell us about them in the comments.