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!
Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed especially for children, but all ages enjoy the spooktacular excitement of these Halloween-themed evenings. Event admission is through the education building where crafts and storytelling are just around the corner. Venture outside to find a way through the Haunted Maze to get to the carnival games for more fun and prizes. Be on the lookout for our silly-swampy costumed characters as they have some great treasures to share! Inside the nature center the kooky-spooky adventures continue with the Animal Morgue, Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary in the Bat Cave, the Creepy Cavern, and face-painting. Don’t be afraid of the dark! At night, head into the woods to get some treats and learn about snakes, insects, rats, and other “creepy critters” at educational stations along the Haunted Hike trail. No scare tactics are used during this program as we strive to create cheerful-not-fearful experiences for our younger participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are welcome and flashlights are recommended. Food vendors will be on site during the event. Join us for a howling good time!
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Doors open at 6 p.m., trail opens at dark
Oct. 11 + 18 + 25
$6 per person
Come out dressed in your favorite costumes for a children’s village of fall-themed activities including family/team pumpkin carving, as well as a BOOgie Dance off and movie, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG), to end the night.
Activities start at 6 p.m.
Greenwood Community Park
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
THIS YEAR AT BOO AT THE ZOO:
Enchanted Swamp - Located throughout our Otter Cabin and adjacent boardwalks, guests can let their imaginations run wild as they take in the magically decorated scenery.
Hay Maze - Wander through our merry, not scary hay maze! $1 per person, and proceeds benefit your Zoo! Presented by McDonald's.
EdZooCation Station - Our Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre is transformed for this event into a hands-on animal extravaganza! Don't miss our shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Between shows we'll have our volunteers and Zoo Educators available for games and more.
Baton Rouge Zoo
Admissions are open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.
October 19, 20, 26, 27
Regular zoo admission applies
Get into the Halloween spirit with our Pumpkin Paddle Parade, a exciting competion of “float” decorating! You design and decorate a canoe, kayak or paddleboard in Halloween décor, and then parade in front of our judges for the chance to win fabulous prizes!
$10/kayak or SUP
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
Forest Community Park
Children's Village: 10a.m.-2 p.m.
Something’s brewing at BREC! Fall Festival is almost here. Get your children’s costumes ready and yours if you dare. There will be a children’s village for ages 10 and under to experience fall themed carnival games, character visits, arts and crafts, as well as music in the park.
Ages 10 & under
Haunted Hike: 6-10 p.m.
For those who dare, come travel with BREC through the history of Forest Community Park through a guided hike, which will begin at dusk. Together we will unveil what this park is really made of and what creatures have lived and do live all around. If under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to visit the haunted hike (Recommended for ages 10 and older). Be sure to disguise yourself in your best costume and at 7 p.m. we will gather to see you can impress the judges the best. Ages 11+
In this holiday workshop we will create a BOOTIFUL 3-dimensional house! Participants will learn the basics of collage and simple construction and will leave with a piece of art that will celebrate family Halloweens for years to come!
15 / $10 each for two+ registered at the same time
Milton J. Womack Park
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Center & Councilman LaMont Cole Come dressed in your costumes for this entertaining Halloween experience. Enjoy the holiday themed recreational games and tour the Haunted House if you dare.
Gus Young Park
BREC Out your costumes for a spooktacular evening of trick or treating in various BREC parks.
Oct. 31 / 6-8 p.m.
Anna T. Jordan Community Park
Antioch Boulevard Park
Baker Recreation Center
Cadillac Street Park
Milton J. Womack Park- IRP Room
North Sherwood Forest Community Park