Anaheim Briefs: Celebrate Halloween with the 98th Annual Parade, Festival – OCRegister | Wonder Mind Kids

The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade return to Anaheim this weekend.

The long-running parade will include some new floats and a salute to our Anaheim community.

New are Andy Anaheim, Halloweentime Clock, and Bisabuela themed floats, and each float was built by volunteers from the Anaheim community.

Also, there is now the Hometown Hero supplement. A brightly decorated, vintage-inspired Halloween Candy Wagon will carry a local “hero” who has made a significant contribution to the community and who is honored in a new tradition each year.

This year, the parade will posthumously honor Gabriel Zavala. The maestro founded the Rhythmo Mariachi Academy and has taught thousands of children the power of music and mariachi culture.

The float will also be on display at the accompanying Fall Festival as part of the Muzeo’s ofrenda, where it will be adorned with hundreds of paper marigolds. During the parade, the float is accompanied by many of Zavala’s students, past and present.

Mark your calendar for Saturday and see how Anaheim does Halloween.

The Anaheim Fall Festival takes place on Center Street Promenade from 11am to 6pm and features a kids costume contest, live music, kids’ crafts, a dog costume contest, games, food, photo ops and more.

At 7:00 p.m., the parade begins and travels a mile and a half through downtown Anaheim, then along Center Street Promenade and west on Broadway.

The parade turns 98 this year.

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grants for community groups

Helping Hands Grants are available through the Anaheim Community Foundation.

The grants focus on empowering youth, residents and the community through support to community-based organizations.

The program aims to support organizations through small, targeted grants that address the needs of the Anaheim community.

The application form is available on the Anaheim Community Foundation website, Grants typically range from $250 to $1,000 and applications are accepted through November 9th.

Help support the causes of the Woman’s Club

The Woman’s Club of Orange as its annual fundraiser scheduled for November 7th.

The club hosts Bunco Bonanza at its clubhouse at 121 S. Center St., Orange.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. There will be snacks and prizes.

This is an adults only event and for more information call Mary-Ellen at 714-745-0317.

Learn about the history of the Anaheim Cemetery

Anaheim historian Cynthia Ward will lead a guided tour of Orange County’s oldest public cemetery on November 12 at 10 a.m.

The Anaheim Cemetery Tour is supported by the Anaheim Historical Society and the Orange County Cemetery District. A suggested donation of $10 goes to these organizations.

The tour begins at 1400 E. Sycamore St. and is open to all. Reply to 714-904-6725.

Troop open day

The Anaheim Hills Boy Scout Troop 538 is hosting an open house on November 8 at 7 p.m. inviting parents, Boy Scouts, and those in fifth grade or higher who may be interested. It will be a fun night of scouting skills followed by an ice cream social, organizers said.

The all-boys troop meets Tuesdays at Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church, 190 S. Fairmont Blvd., Anaheim Hills. RSVPs are due by November 6 at

Health Fair in November

Get help with your health at Anaheim’s free health fair, taking place next month.

Complimentary healthcare services are offered, including tooth extractions and fillings, vision services, COVID-19 vaccines, flu shots, EKG exams, hearing tests, mammograms, pap smears, and bone density assessments. There will also be tests for diabetes, cholesterol and hemoglobin also available.

The health fair will be held on November 12th and 13th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave with free parking.

Register at

Honoring the service of veterans

Anaheim’s Veterans Day ceremony is in the pipeline. Don’t fail to honor those who have served our country in the military.

On November 11th at 11 am attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. part. All are welcome.

Light up Anaheim

Anaheim Public Utilities is hosting a Holiday Lights Drive-Thru event on November 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Center Street Promenade.

You can trade in a set of old Christmas lights to donate to the toy drive and receive two sets of new, energy-saving LED lights. Save energy and save on your electricity bill.

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cars and coffee

Enjoy vintage cars and coffee along Center Street Promenade on November 6th from 8am to 11am.

Cervantes Mexican Kitchen is location and sponsor and is located at 201 W. Center St. Promenade.

The event features classic, European, Japanese and vintage cars. Cars can enter the event for $5 each, and spectators are admitted free. For more information, call 714-776-8398

Celebrate Anaheim history

Guided tours of the Mother Colony House will be offered on August 6th.

It’s the 165th anniversary of the historic home, which has been preserved to show what life was like in the city’s early days. It is now part of Founders Park, 400 N. West St.

Guided tours take place every first Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SoCalGas offers support

You may be entitled to one-time help paying your natural gas bill.

The Gas Assistance Fund provides financial relief to customers who need help paying their natural gas bills. You can receive a one-time grant equal to your bill up to $100.

Visit to see if you are eligible and how to apply.

Andrea Manes shares events and news about the Anaheim community with her neighbors. If you have an event you would like to share, contact them at or 714-815-3885.

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