Here at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. And why not? We’re surrounded by homespun Halloween fun and delights! As you can see from the photos below, our staff is very reluctant to be photographed or get into the spirit of Halloween . . . 

Our Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground Staff of Halloween Characters
Two Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel space explorers ready to blast off on our Rocket Witch Float in the
2023 Anaheim Halloween Parade

On Halloween night (Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground join many other fine hotels within the Anaheim Resort District to present “Harbor Walk Hotels Present a Halloween Trick or Treat.” Offered exclusively to guests staying at one of the designated hotels between Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and the Castle Inn and Suites, it’s door-to-door neighborhood trick-or-treating filled with Halloween treats and sweets (and don’t forget your costumes for Halloween). Trick-or-treaters from all participating hotels are welcome!

On Saturday, October 28, is the 100th Anaheim Fall Festival featuring the Anaheim Halloween Parade (which itself turns 100 in 2024). It’s a full day of autumn and Halloween fun. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel is particularly proud to sponsor the vintage-inspired “Rocket Witch” float in the evening parade. The Anaheim Transit Network (ATN) will provide free bus service for guests from the Anaheim Resort District to downtown Anaheim throughout the day to the daytime festival and evening parade.   

Vintage “Rocket Witch” float sponsored by Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
100 Years of the Anaheim Fall Festival (1923 – 2023)
Mr. Scary Tree is part of the fun of the 2023 Anaheim Halloween Parade

Just announced as 2023 Grand Marshal of the 99th Anaheim Halloween Parade is Emmy Award-winning and Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree Sid Krofft, a legend of puppetry and children’s television with such classic shows as “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monster,” “Land of the Lost,” and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.”

The legendary Sid Krofft, 2023 Grand Marshal of the 99th Anaheim Halloween Parade

After sleeping in at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel, you can join in the festivities of the Anaheim Fall Festival, which occurs on Center Street in downtown Anaheim from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Anaheim Halloween Parade starts at 7:00 p.m. and proceeds mainly along Center Street & Broadway Avenue in downtown Anaheim. For more information, please visit @AnaheimHalloweenParade on Instagram or the website at



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