How to get the most out of The Galena Halloween Festival and Parade Weekend

Halloween is quickly approaching and we want to make it as enjoyable as possible for everyone attending.  In this and a “sister” post we’ll provide you useful tips and information on how to get the most out of your family time during your weekend in Galena for the Halloween Festival and Parade.


Eagle Ridge Lodging

The most important item is to make your reservations ASAP.  Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers luxurious suites, spacious villas and beautiful single-family homes.  This weekend is one of the most popular weekends in Galena and it’s sure to be a sell out.  Also, check out Galena Area Rentals.  They have three houses that are fantastic and we can personally vouch for the owners; great people who will treat you like family.


Galena Halloween Dining Options

Galena Halloween Dining Options

With the onslaught of visitors coming to town, table space at local restaurants will be at a premium.  The Galena Chamber has a great list of 22 “Member” restaurants and gastronomic options.  Use that list to find places to eat, drink and be scary!


Here is the schedule of events slated for SATURDAY in the City of Galena:

Galena Halloween Festival:

Galena Halloween Festival

Galena Halloween Festival – Image provided by Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Where: Washington and Perry Streets
When: 2:00 through the Parade

Children’s Fun Fest:

Galena Halloween Children's Fun Fest

Galena Halloween Children’s Fun Fest – Image provided by Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Where: Galena Middle School Gymnasium
 When: 1:00 – 5:00

Galena Halloween Parade:

Halloween in Galena, IL

Halloween in Galena, IL. Image provided by

Where: Galena, Main Street from Franklin to the flood gates
 When: 6:30 – 8:30ish
Readers of the Vacation Rental Galena Blog know that we have two children in college and one in high school.  They are, not surprisingly, “stoked” to see the Halloween pageantry (“pagantry?”).  However, in a twist seemingly terrifying, along with us will be our spectacular Grand Niece and Nephew travelling here from Clearwater, FL with their equally wonderful parents.  So now we’re talking about getting situated with five “kids” ranging from 3 to 20; nine people in total.  See the need for planning?
The Floridians will be bundled up and we’ll be in the Driftless Area by late afternoon on Friday the 30th.  Thankfully there are area events happening before Halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Since our vacation rental is located in the Galena Territory we’re going to partake in a few of the many activities the resort has planed during the Halloween at Eagle Ridge weekend.  And you should too!


– 2 pm to 7 pm: Yard games and a bounce house will be available for resort guests in the yard in front of the pool deck.
– 7 pm Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Halloween Party on the Pool Patio FEATURING:
– Costume contest – dress up and join in a parade around the outlets of the main lodge. The Eagle Ridge staff will be voting on most original costume, scariest costume, cutest costume, and best family costume.  Prizes will be awarded after votes are tallied.
– Prizes are the following:
If you win most original costume, enjoy a complimentary one night stay with dinner for four at Woodstone Restaurant. Coupon for overnight stay is valid December 1st, 2015 to May 31st, 2016.
If you win scariest costume, enjoy a family four pack of tickets to Shenandoah Riding Center’s Fear Forest and a complimentary pizza and ice cream for four people from Paisano’s Delizioso.
If you win the cutest costume, enjoy one complimentary Travel Buddy with an outfit, provided by The Bear Factory.
If you win Best Family Costume, enjoy a complimentary four person round of golf (cart rental is included) on your choice of our four courses or foot golf on the East Course. Please call the front desk to schedule a tee time.
Halloween fun snacks will be served on the pool patio after the parade while our guests can enjoy s’mores at the fire pit in the yard by the pool patio.
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Photo booth in the Courtyard
8 pm: Movies & Tubbies in the pool, playing “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
– 10 am to 8 pm: Yard games and a bounce house for children to enjoy in the yard in front of the pool deck.
– 1 pm: Halloween Egg Hunt in the Courtyard – join us in an Halloween egg hunt around the courtyard, while enjoying our goulash decorations.
– 7 pm: S’Mores Galore at the fire pit by the pool patio.
– 8 pm: Movies & Tubbies in the pool, playing “Hocus Pocus”.


Fridays and Saturdays in October, Shenandoah Riding Center is open for haunted hayrides from 7 pm – 11 pm!
Join the Shenandoah Riding Center for a suspenseful tractor-pulled wagon ride to their haunted trail with only the light of the moon to guide your way. Fear Forest isn’t like any other haunted house because it takes place in a REAL forest, with all the creepy, natural ambiance to go with it. There aren’t any walls to protect you from the horrors that lurk in the trees, and no roof to keep out the howling October winds…
The Fear Forest is for people aged 13 and up.


Probably the biggest issue, after lodging, when it comes to planning your time at the Galena Halloween Festival and Parade is parking.  There are shuttles available that start at the High School and end at the Flood Gates.  See this post for information on the shuttles and parking.

Download The Parking/Shuttle Map Here

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