By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association (Center Place) has issued a call to all goblins, witches, ghosts, princesses and superheroes in the greater Brandon area to attend the 17th Annual Halloween Horribles Parade. This family friendly event is set to take place on Sunday, October 26 from 3-5 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.


The 17th Annual Halloween Horribles Parade is for children ages 3 to 10. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free but every child needs a ticket. The tickets will be available at Center Place beginning on Wednesday, October 1.


The parade line up begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Center Place deck area. The parade route travels from Center Place down South Parsons Ave., past Brandon Regional Hospital and then back up Vonderburg Dr. and ends at Center Place.


The parade route is lined with vendors from the area’s finest businesses and civic organizations who will have Halloween treats available for all of the costumed children.


“The Halloween Horribles Parade has become a tradition here in Brandon for a fun and safe trick-or-treat event. We have 1,000 children, along with their parents, come out dressed in their Halloween costumes and walk the parade route. Even the adults dress in costume and have a great time at this annual event,” said Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center Place. “We really appreciate all of the local businesses, civic and service organizations who provide the trick-or-treat stations for the parade route. If there is a new business that wants to participate, all they need to do is call us at Center Place at 685-8888.


Center Place was created by the community in 1976 to provide a central venue that would allow for the promotion of the arts in Eastern Hillsborough County. Center Place is a non-profit organization. It offers cultural enrichment opportunities for all ages through a variety of programs including original art exhibitions, education and the performance of art. In addition, Center Place hosts events such as Halloween Horribles.


For more information, visit or call 685-8888.


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