For anyone intrested in the Centralia and Salem area events, they can check the calendars here for upcoming events. So great, some not so great. Centralia October Events - http://www.seecentralia.com/calendar/calendar.asp?n=1 Salem October Events - http://www.salemil.us/Pages/SalemIL_EventsCal/?FormID=158&Date=20081001&calView=0 What might be interesting - October 4th (First Saturday in October) - Salem - Little Egypt Festival October 25th (Last Saturday in October) - Centralia - Fall Fest Craft Fair (And children's "kiddie" parade) 9AM-4PM October 25th (Last Saturday in October) - Centralia - Halloween Parade (Downtown Centralia) 7 PM First of all, I have no idea what the Little Egypt Festival is, LOL. But if you click the event, it says there is a parade,etc. I have no idea what its like or anything, I've heard of it, but never have gone to it. lol. As for the Centralia events, we go each year, theres alot of kids dressed up in the morning, school bands practicing, the usual. There are very few adults who dress up, so that would be something diffrent to all of these people. The Kids parade I do beleive starts at 1:00, but the festival in the downtown area starts at 9:00 AM. The kids parade will just be kids and their parents, as well as hand pulled "floats" and school bands. The main Halloween Parade at 7:00 PM will contain gas powered floats, horses, most emergency service vehicles, school bands, as well as a few other entries. However I have noticed, some specators aren't in their right mind at some point in times, and is more of "security risk" for costumers than the children's parade. The kids parade would proboly be more enjoyable to do because of the children, and the fact that the fall festival is there at the same time, so both events can have our *gracefull* pressence. However the main parade is later that night, where people are going to be more, ehh, well, they're going to be more rude, there will be more teens and the like out. So I don't know how well a costumer would enjoy that, or if it would do more bad than good to even be in costume. Unless of corse you were in the "secure parade road", that would proboly be alot better to do, but I don't know how that works,etc. I deffintly wouldn't recommend trying to walk and navigate the sidewalk in a Mando or Vader, if you don't fall down because of the sometimes horrible sidewalks, you may just get pushed and pulled down by the large crazy crowds.