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Halloween Fun in Southwest Illinois

No one knows how to do Halloween like the towns throughout the Great Rivers and Routes region located in Southwestern Illinois, just minutes from St. Louis.

While historic and hauntingly great fun, area Halloween parades have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But there's still plenty of activities available for the kids ... and the kid in all of us. Each community has put its own spin on this most haunted season. Check out what's in store this year!

Ghosts, Goblins and Floats -- Oh My!

Put on your favorite costume and join the Halloween fun in southwest Illinois this year. Watch the downtown streets in regional communities come alive with ghosts, goblins, floats and bands during annual Halloween Parades. Or enjoy trick or treat activities, an egg hunt event and parties galore!

Get ready for some Halloween fun. Here is a look at the activities taking place.

Community Parades
Alton: One of the oldest running Halloween parades in the country returns to the streets of downtown Alton on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Floats, bands, and folks dressed up in their creepiest costumes will journey down Broadway Street and end at the intersection of Piasa and Sixth Street. Be sure to get your street side place early for best viewing opportunities.

Edwardsville: Masquerade on Main Street is the theme for this 100-year-old city parade. Join the spectators lining city streets along the parade route that stretches from Schwarz Street to St. Louis Street, Vandalia Street and North Main Street. The parade will step off at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31.

Collinsville: The 27th annual Collinsville Halloween Parade will take place at 7 p.m., Oct. 30.

Bethalto: The annual Bethalto Halloween Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 26.

East Alton: Parade steps off at 7 p.m., Oct. 28.

Wood River: This day time parade starts at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 30.

Hartford: Parade starts at 1 p.m., Oct. 30

Mt. Olive: The Turner Hall Halloween Parade starts at 4 p.m., Oct. 30 at Blue Star Park.

Hillsboro: The 9th annual Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween Parade will be held at 5 p.m., Oct. 29.

Litchfield: The 2021 Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Parade will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., Oct. 30.

Carlinville: The annual Rotary Club Parade will take place at 3 p.m., Oct. 31. This year's theme is "Great Outdoors".

More Halloween Events

Collinsville: Instead of OCT-ober it's Egg-Tober in Collinsville. For $15, city employees will hide two dozen orange candy-filled eggs in yards of Collinsville residents for Easter-egg-style hunts.

Trick or Treat in Southwest Illinois

Collinsville: Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Carlinville: Oct. 30 & 31

Alton: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bethalto: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

East Alton: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trick or Treating is for children 12 years old and younger.

Wood River: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Edwardsville: Oct. 30 & 31 from Noon to 9 p.m.

Glen Carbon: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerseyville: Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Roxana: Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grafton: Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Godfrey: Oct. 28 & 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hartford: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

South Roxana: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bunker Hill: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hamel: Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Troy: Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Maryville: Oct. 31 from dusk to 9 p.m.

Shipman: Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brighton: Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Litchfield: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gillespie: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mt. Olive: Oct. 30 & 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hillsboro: Oct. 29 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Raymond: Oct. 30 & 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Farmersville: Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Irving: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Witt: Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nokomis: Oct. 30 & 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Roodhouse: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Carrollton: Oct. 30 & 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..