The Anaheim Halloween Parade is almost here and when it arrives this year will kick off a 100 year celebration for the Anaheim Halloween Festival and then the parade! When this year’s Anaheim Halloween Parade takes place on October 28, Emmy Award Winner, Hollywood Walk of Fame Honoree, and Entertainment Legend Sid Krofft will be its Grand Marshal!
About Sid Krofft
Sid Krofft, in collaboration with his brother Marty, is renowned for bringing 26 television productions to life from the 1960s to the present day. Many of their shows have become children’s television classics, including such beloved shows as “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” (1968 – 1970), “H.R. Pufnstuf” (1969 – 1970), “The Bugaloos” (1970 – 1972), “Lidsville” (1971 – 1973), “Sigmund and the Sea Monster” (1973 – 1975), “Land of the Lost” (1974 – 1977), and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour” (1976 – 1977).
In recognition of their unparalleled contributions to the entertainment world, Sid and Marty were honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2018. Cementing their legacy further, the duo received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2020.
Born in 1929 in Montreal, Canada, and famed as the Grandfather of Puppetry, Sid Krofft began his extraordinary entertainment career at an early age. Unveiling his puppeteering talent at age 10, Sid swiftly blossomed into a show business prodigy. By his 20s, he was a seasoned performer, captivating audiences worldwide in vaudeville and burlesque shows. His talents even led him to the iconic Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus sideshow, where he enthralled spectators as “The World’s Youngest Puppeteer.”
Sid’s star continued to rise as he toured alongside legendary artists such as Judy Garland and Liberace. His creative genius reached new heights when he conceptualized, produced, and directed the daring adults-only puppet show, “Les Poupées de Paris,” enthralling an estimated nine million spectators across the United States.
Innovative and visionary, Sid ventured into the realm of theme parks, crafting spectacular puppet shows for Six Flags and other venues nationwide. Their ingenuity extended beyond screens and stages, culminating in “The World of Sid and Marty Krofft,” an amusement park extravaganza. Their influence permeated the entertainment industry through their “Show Business Factory,” where they meticulously crafted costumes, floats, characters, and more for production houses worldwide.
Sid Krofft continues to enchant the world, proving that his passion for puppetry and beguiling showmanship knows no bounds. Despite his monumental achievements, Sid remains active and deeply connected with his fans—every Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific time, audiences eagerly tune in to his Instagram Live show, “Sundays with Sid,” where he engages in lively conversations with fans and special guests.
The Anaheim Fall Festival runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. The Anaheim Halloween Parade kicks off at 7:00 PM and runs mainly on Center Street and also Broadway Avenue.Both the festival and the parade have rich histories that span back now the last ten decades. Take a look at these photos and video that showcase memories of the parade through the years:
Don’t miss the Anaheim Fall Festival and then Anaheim Halloween Parade on October 28, 2023 as the 100 year anniversary celebration for both of these wonderful traditions begin. Stop by Downtown Anaheim on Center Street for the Anaheim Fall Festival, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary THIS year from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and then catch the Anaheim Halloween Parade at 7:00 PM on Center Street and Broadway Avenue.
What do you think of the Anaheim Fall Festival and the Anaheim Halloween Parade? Have you attended either or both before? What is your favorite thing about them? Are you excited to see Sid Krofft as the Grand Marshall in the Anaheim Halloween Parade this year? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!