BREC Hosts Family-Friendly Halloween Events
With fall in the air, families can celebrate Halloween this October with a host of family-friendly Halloween events throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
BREC’s recreation department will host its annual BREC-A-BOO Halloween events at two 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:
Greenwood Community Park on Oct. 11-12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for all ages and on Oct. 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for children ages 6 and younger.
Forest Community Park on Oct. 26-27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for all ages and on Oct. 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for children ages 6 and younger.
Participants of the Forest Community Park BREC-A-BOO, ages 16 and older, are invited to arrive early and run to stay alive at the Zombie 5K Fun Run on Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., so make sure to arrive early to reserve your spot. All runners will not only have to make it to the end of the course, but you'll have to avoid the undead as they try to take your lives (flags) before you can get to safety (the finish line). This event will also contribute a donation to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, so participants are also asked to bring canned goods for donation.
Bluebonnet Swamp hosts Haunted Hikes on Oct. 12, 19 and 26 from 6-9 p.m. for $6 per person. Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed especially for younger children as an alternative to teen and adult-centric commercial haunted houses. Spooky Storytime and make-and-take crafts are offered in the Education Building. Trek through the Swamp Graveyard Maze to get to our Crazy Carnival Games and face-painting station. Interact with snakes, insects, rats, and other “creepy critters” at treat stations along the Haunted Hike Trail. Pass through our Animal Morgue to visit with more live animals from Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary – and check out nature’s “grossest” in the Creepy Cavern. Costumed characters lurk throughout the site ready to share “kooky treasures” with all the attending little witches, fairies, hobgoblins, and heroes. No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome (and encouraged) to come in costume. Bring a flashlight. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Food vendors will be on site selling snacks and beverages. This event is proudly sponsored by DIG Magazine.
BREC never forgets your four-legged friends at the annual Trick and Treat on Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Raising Can’s Dog Park at Forest Community Park. Bring the dog and the entire family to this dog-friendly Trick or Treat event. Local pet organizations will be in attendance distributing valuable information, candy for the kiddos and treats for the dogs. Dress up your dog for the Best Costume Contest as well!
Join BREC at Farr Park Equestrian Center for Halloween Movie Night on Oct. 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. as we watch Hocus Pocus. Relax on the lawn with your family while we screen a Halloween thriller, but first, take a hayride through our haunted park. Popcorn will be provided. Snacks and other treats will be available for purchase. Hay rides will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged!
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites participants to Boo at the Zoo, a merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza. Participants should wear their best costumes and visit the Zoo on Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Admission gates are open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. Children can visit treat stations throughout the Zoo, wander through the Hay Maze and take a spooky train ride. Regular Zoo admission applies.
Stargazers visit, if you dare, as Highland Road Park Observatory hosts its annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish, Spooky Spectrum on Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m. Participants will delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with creepy science demonstrations, some never used before. Patrons may also enjoy campfire stories, strange sky phenomena, extra dimensions and extraterrestrials.
Outdoor adventure enthusiasts can get into the Halloween spirit by paddling in the dark along the shoreline of the University Lakes at BREC’s Pumpkin Paddle Parade on Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wampold Park. Dress in a costume and add some lighting to your watercraft! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Bring your own vessel or rent one from the LSU URec or Outdoor Adventure (with advanced notice). For this event, participants bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. This event is proudly sponsored by Paddle BR and The Backpacker.
Enjoy comfortable indoor theater seating and Make it a Family Movie Night at Independence Park Theatre on Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. as we watch Halloweentown. Marnie and her kids get a big shock when they follow grandma home to Halloweentown - and find out they come from a family of witches. The town is the only place where supernatural beings can lead a 'normal' life, but trouble is looming, and on her 13th birthday Marnie not only finds she is a witch, but that she and her family are involved in a fight against the evil that is threatening to take over the world. Concessions are available for purchase.
Join BREC, State Representative C. Denise Marcelle, Attorney Gordon McKernan and Attorney Cleo Fields for a hauntingly good time with your friends and family at Howell-O-Ween on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Howell Community Park. Activities will include trick-or-treating, goulish games and a hair-raising haunted trail.
Last, come dressed in your costumes for the Halloween Boo Bash on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Gus Young Park. This entertaining Halloween experience will include holiday themed recreational games and a Haunted House tour if you dare. This event is proudly sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center and Councilman LaMont Cole.
For more information on any of the Halloween events above, call 225-272-9200 or visit brec.org/Halloween.