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Halloween 2016

Events list: Halloween parades, haunted houses, activities

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Halloween originated as an ancient Celtic festival, but it is now a kid-friendly event celebrated throughout the month of October. As the days grow shorter and the air gets cooler, there will be plenty of fun activities for people of all ages.

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TRICK OR TREATING TIMES (will be added when announced):

All parishes within the WAFB viewing area are reporting that trick-or-treating will be held on Monday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. We will note any exceptions to that day/time if they are announced. Please check back. 

West Feliciana Parish will hold trick-or-treating on Monday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in St. Francisville. 


  • The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting "Boo and the Badge" on Halloween night. The Sheriff's Office has teamed up with St. Amant Middle School to host a trick-or-treat event filled with fun, games, and lots of candy. The free event will be held on Halloween night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Amant Middle School located on 44317 Highway 429 in St. Amant. Deputies will hand out candy during the event, alongside other community partner vendors. Costumes are not required but encouraged for everyone. They will have a photo booth, inflatable’s for the kids, and a spooky haunted house. 


  • There will be Trunk or Treat events at various locations through out the parish, including: North Park and at South Park in Denham Springs on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m., and at The Hangout in Maurepas the evening of Oct. 31.


  • The 6th Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade will roll, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016. This year’s theme is “Candy Wishes and Halloween Dreams.” WAFB’s Jay Grymes will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on the corner of Government and St. Phillip and goes around the curve to head north on River Road. It then rolls east on Convention, north on 7th, west on Main, south on 5th, west on Laurel, and ends at River Road. For those with very young children, there will be a no alcohol zone on Convention between 5th and 7th, and a no scare zone on 7th between Convention and Laurel. Before the parade there will be a Pumpkin Pie Race, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a Halloween Town that will include activities, food and live music. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will have a donation truck at the event. Click here for more information about the parade.


  • 10/31 Consortium is partnering with the Big Buddy Program, ‘Ween Dream,' and Violet Lotus Studio to bring joy to the kids of our community this Halloween by providing free child sized Halloween costumes. For more information, click here.


  • Critical Mass is a bike ride that began in 1992 and occurs worldwide on the last Friday of each month. The Halloween Critical Mass is typically the largest of the year, with bicyclists dressed up in Halloween costumes and handing out candy while pedalling around Baton Rouge. Come dressed up and lit up, as the ride will be mostly after dark, and front and rear lights are required per Louisiana law. Critical Mass Baton Rouge will roll from City Park at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Click here for more information. 

    HALLOWEEN BLOOD DRIVE: United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive on Halloween Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen Ln. in Baton Rouge. For more information, call 877-827-4376 or visit    


    • The Station Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting “The Resurrection” Halloween Block Party at 4608 Bennington Ave on Saturday, October 29, which will be filled with live music on an outdoor covered stage. This is the revival of the famous Southdowns Halloween block party that once ruled Baton Rouge Halloween festivities. Rain or shine, local bands Werewolf and True Spin will play alongside NOLA’s Band Camp and Hill Country Hounds—a little something for everyone! Gates open at 7 p.m. General Admission at the gate will be $20. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $15. Costumes are encouraged. Must be 21+ For more information, click here.  


    • This Halloween cult classic will be shown many times before the month’s end. Theatre Baton Rouge will be presenting a live version of the hit musical. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic is more fun than ever. Opening night was Thursday, October 20. Performances will be held through Monday, October 31. For more information, click here, or call 225-924-6496.


    • BREC-A-Boo Halloween EventsBREC will host its annual BREC-A-BOO Halloween events at the following locations this year. Come dressed in your Halloween attire and have loads of family fun at these events. The haunting excitement consists of carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, inflatables, haunted hikes and more at the following locations: 
      • Forest Community Park: Oct. 28, 9 - 11 a.m. (Ages 6 & younger) & 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
      • North Street Park: Oct. 31, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Swamp Haunted Hikes: Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will hold haunted hikes on October 28 from 6 - 9 p.m. Haunted Hikes are designed especially for younger children and are a perfect alternative to commercial haunted houses geared more for teenagers and adults. Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats and other "creepy critters" as they stop at educational stations along the trail. No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome to come in costume if they choose. All participants should bring a flashlight and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 225-757-8905.
    • Boo at the ZooThe Baton Rouge Zoo will transform into a spooky playground of Halloween activities. There will be an enchanted swamp, hay maze, spooky train ride, EdZooCation station, and much more. Boo at the Zoo will be held on October 29 and 30. Zoo admissions gate open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. Regular Zoo admissions apply. For more information call 225-775-3877.
    • Pumpkin Paddle ParadeGet in the Halloween spirit by paddling in the dark along the shoreline of the University Lakes or watching the light show from the beach! For this third annual event, participants bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume and add some lighting to their watercraft. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Bring your own vessel or rent one from LSU UREC or Outdoor Adventure (with advance notice). Assistance provided by the Bayou Haystackers and Paddle Baton Rouge. Co-sponsored by SUBARU, Varsity Sports, Muddy Water Paddle Company and The Backpacker. The event will be held October 27 from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m. For more information call 225-272-9200 EXT 559. 


    • If you’re hunting for some free, spooky, but family friendly fun this month, look no further than the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The staff has planned a variety of crafts, movie nights, and other Halloween-themed programs for kids of all ages. For a detailed schedule of events, click here.


      • The Louisiana Arts and Science Museuem will have jack-o-lanterns, spooky movies, a costume contest and candy for a night at the museum. The event will be held on Saturday, October 29. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more informaiton about this event, click here


      • Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 12th annual Fall Carnival Monday, October 31, from 5 - 7 p.m. The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Black Student Union, Office for Student Engagement and Recreational Sports and Wellness are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat with the Greeks, which is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement. both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, face painting, and much more. Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 985-549-3850 or email


      • The 13th Gate is widely regarded as one of the top haunted houses in the country and it’s right here in Baton Rouge. It is known for it’s extreme ultra-realism. From crawling though a crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark underground tunnels or even finding yourself standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes, this 40,000 square foot haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart (nor is it recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has a pre-existing heart condition, is very young, or has a weak bladder)! The 13th Gate is now open and will continue to frighten through November 5. General admission is $25. Click here for more information.


      • D'Jay's Institute is hosting its annual Halloween Community Benefit featuring a haunted house, games, music, and food. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume and enter our costume contest. Due to the recent flooding, D'Jay's is raising money for the Flood Relief Fund to foster a sense of community and togetherness and to give children of all ages a fun, safe place to celebrate. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 10120 Red Oaks Dr.


      • Rise Haunted House is a walk-through “Dark Attraction” located at 10324 Hwy 442 Tickfaw, LA 70466. The haunted house features a 10,000 sq ft abandoned bed & breakfast featuring 32 uniquely designed rooms and an 8,000 sq ft New Orleans style cemetery. ZOMBIE PAINTBALL is an additional attraction featuring custom designed trailers loaded with paintball weaponry. The trailers take you on a mission through the zombie infested backwoods where your objective is to extinguish the wondering zombies. For more information, click here.


      • A corn maze is a fun tradition in south Louisiana that is a fun time for all ages. At the Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln., there will be a traditional maze and much more. They will offer paint a pumpkin, a farm animals petting zoo, hayrides, kid's zip-line, giant sling shots, a straw mountain, and more. The Corn Maze will be open Saturdays in October from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. They will also offer a night maze and bonfire on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and is free for children 3 and younger. For more information, click here


      • The corn maze is located in Pine Grove, LA on  Hwy 16. The maze is located 1 mile east  of 42360 (Napa Auto) in Pine Grove, and five miles west of 35999 (Bear Creek Western Store) in Montpelier, LA. The Maze at Cajun Country Corn provides good wholesome  family oriented entertainment in a farm setting. Our goal is to provide a place for people to learn about the food and fiber produced on the farms of Louisiana, while celebrating our Cajun Heritage and Louisiana Culture. Opening day for the maze is Friday, October 7. It is open every weekend through November 5. For more information, click here.   

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