Halloween 2018

Looking for a scary good time? Want to have some family-friendly fun with a spooky twist? BREC has tons of events for you to choose from! Check out all of our spooktacular events around the parish and mark your calendars!


Fly over on a broom or float like a ghost, just don’t be tardy to the party! All ages, come dressed in your costume of choice, and be prepared to load up on ghouls of fun and recreational experiences. There will be a children’s village for ages 8 and under to experience Halloween themed carnival games, character visits, arts and crafts, as well as karaoke in the amphitheater. For those who dare, the guided Haunted Hike will begin at dusk for $3 per person. The guided hike is recommended for ages 8 and older and if under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. At 7 p.m., we will gather all for a costume contest, so make sure your costume will impress the judges. If you leave your snacks at home, do not fear - food vendors will be near, for purchase.

Greenwood Community Park
Thursday, October 11
5:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)
Friday, October 12
9:30-11:30 a.m. (For ages 6 and younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Forest Community Park
Friday, Oct. 26
9:30-11:30 a.m. (Ages 6 & younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m., (All ages)
Saturday, Oct. 27
5:30-8:30 p.m., All ages

Swamp Haunted Hikes

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 don’t forget to 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.
Sponsored by DIG Magazine.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Doors open at 6 p.m., trail opens at dark
All Ages
October 12, 19, 26
$6 per person

Halloween Adult Tennis Mixer

Celebrate Halloween and dress up with your friends for an evening of round robin tennis. Costumes are encouraged – prizes will be awarded. Three divisions: Novice, 2.5/3.0, and 3.5 and above. Partners will switch after each round. $15 per person. Light snacks will be provided. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Jeremiah Casson at 225-216-9264 or jcasson@brec.org.
Independence Park Tennis Center
October 19

Ages 18+
$15 per person

Trick & Treat

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!

Forest Community Park
October 19
6-9 p.m.

Spooky Spectrum

Come visit, if you dare, as HRPO’s ninth annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish takes place. We’ll delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with creepy science demonstrations, some of which we've never used. And don't forget the campfire stories. Strange sky phenomena, extra dimensions, extraterrestrials. Be warned, we want to make you think!

Highland Road Park Observatory
October 20
Ages 6+
6-10 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

The Zoo invites participants to Boo at the Zoo, a merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza. Participants should wear their best costumes and visit treat stations throughout the Zoo, take a ride on the Spooky Train Ride or wander through the merry-not-scary Hay Maze and Enchanted Swamp. Regular Zoo admission applies. Admission gates open 9:30am - 4:00pm. Grounds close at 5pm.

Baton Rouge Zoo
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 20, 21, 27, 28
Regular zoo admission applies

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

Get 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 fourth annual event, participants bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. 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).
Sponsored by: Paddle BR + The Backpacker
Participants are asked to bring a voluntary canned good to paddle.Rent a boat in advance at webtrac.brec.org.

Wampold Park
October 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages 12+
Voluntary canned good contribution to paddle

Make it a Movie Night: Halloweentown

Enjoy comfortable indoor seating during our monthly free film series. Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food or drinks please.
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.
Independence Park Theatre
October 26
7-9 p.m.

Halloween Movie Night

Come relax on the lawn at Farr Park with your family while we screen a Halloween thriller! 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!All ages welcome, adult supervision required for all children.

Farr Park Equestrian Center
October 26

6:30-9:30 p.m.
Movie: Hocus Pocus

Zombie 5K Fun Run

Run to stay alive! Runners not only have to make it to the end of the course, but will have to avoid the undead as they try to take your lives before you can get to safety at the finish line. Help us fill the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank bins by bringing canned goods to donate.

Forest Community Park
October 27
Ages 16+
5-6 p.m.
Registration at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Boo Bash

Come dressed in your costumes for this entertaining Halloween experience. Enjoy the holiday themed recreational games and tour the Haunted House if you dare.
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Center, Councilman LaMont Cole

Gus Young Park
October 31
6-8 p.m.

Howell-O-Ween Night

Join us for a hauntingly good time with your friends and family at Howell-O-Ween. Activities will include trick-or-treating, goulish games and a hair-raising haunted trail.
Sponsored by State Representative C. Denise Marcelle, Attorney Gordon McKernan and Attorney Cleo Fields
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Center, Councilman LaMont Cole
Howell Community Park
October 31
6-8 p.m.

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