The Wild Rumpus

  • The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle

Photo Credit: Elliott Anderson
Photo Credit: Elliott Anderson

Looking for an amazingly interactive Halloween activity in one of America’s most exciting college towns? In the style of Burning Man or the Oregon Country Fair, Athens, Ga., hosts its own explosion of creative energy: the Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle. On Oct. 26, 2013, thousands of creatively costumed revelers will march their way through downtown Athens. Last year saw nearly 3,000 people flood the streets of the Classic City, and 2013 aims to see even more. The parade is free for spectators and participants, so start planning your costume and head to Athens to enjoy the festivities!

Wild Rumpus encourages creativity and group spirit. Attendees can walk the parade alone, in pairs or small groups. Or, even better, you can form your own themed brigade with friends or join an existing brigade. Examples of past brigades include Leather and Lace, Dead and Famous, Zombies, Belly-dancers and Disney characters. Basically, if you can theme it, you can form it! Floats, banners, performances and music are all welcome. Those wanting to walk in the parade MUST be dressed in costume, so don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween best.

This year’s 5th anniversary of the Wild Rumpus brings with it many exciting new features. A new outdoor stage at the end of the parade route will host live, local music. There also will be many daytime activities aimed at including the younger crowd into the festivities. Kids can look forward to a “Monster Mash” party complete with musical acts, puppeteers, crafts stations, a haunted house and all sorts of Wild Things.

Top off the evening with a concert at the world-famous 40 Watt Club. The after-party extravaganza, for those 18+, will feature local bands Ghost Owl, Space Trucks, and Wild Rumpus master of ceremonies Timi Conley with Kite to the Moon. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party starts at 9 p.m.

The 5th incarnation of the Wild Rumpus Parade is sure to be unlike any other. With many new activities for children, this year’s event aims to get the entire family involved. Whether you want to dress up on your own, in a brigade, or just come down and watch, the Wild Rumpus is really a special treat for all of Athens.

Ready to join in? Head to to review the participation guidelines and to register if you plan to enter a float or vehicle. Then, meet at the corner of Clayton St. and Pulaski St. in downtown Athens Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at 7:30.

The Wild Rumpus isn’t the only fun event going on in Athens this Halloween. For a complete list of events, travel information and everything else Athens-related, check out


Hannah Smith