Annual Manly Halloween Parade Moves to Wynnum

Manly Halloween Parade
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For more than 25 years, Bayside locals have been looking forward to the annual Manly Halloween Parade but the festival has been called off due to the pandemic restrictions in the last two years and it’s still the case for the third year, post-pandemic, as the organisers have chosen not to do the parade for 2022.

Former Manly Harbour Village president, David Farley, who has been the head organiser of the Halloween street party, said that they have decided since February to defer the parade as COVID-19 remains uncertain despite the loosening restrictions. 

Manly Halloween Parade
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Instead, Wynnum will be taking over and hosting their inaugural Ampol Wynnum Halloween Parade on 29 October 2022 along Bay Terrace. It is expected to be smaller than the Manly event, which attracted over 20,000 people during the 2019 Halloween party.

The Wynnum festivities, organised by Wynnum Commerce with the help of Council and local businesses, will likely have over 5,000 guests. The celebration will run from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be no fireworks as well but the group said it will still be a fun community event for the locals.  

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Here’s what the guests can look forward to at the Wynnum event

  • Market stalls are open from 4:00 p.m.
  • Yummy food from our local vendors & Food Trucks from 5:00 p.m.
  • Trick & Treat Trail in Wynnum Central from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to dress in costumes to win in the Best Dressed Competitions.
  • Street Entertainment from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Wynnum Commerce group said they have an agreement to host the Halloween party for the next three years.

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Meanwhile, Mr Farley said that he doesn’t know if Manly will resume hosting a Halloween festival by 2023 or 2024.