It's the spookiest time of the year and we're getting into the spirit! No matter what kind of scary good fun you're looking for, we've got you covered. Check out the kid-friendly fun at Swamp Haunted Hikes, Boo at the Zoo or BREC-A-Boo. Get hauntingly creative with a decorative boat at Pumpkin Paddle Parade or take a trip down our haunted trail for BREC-A-Boo. If Halloween isn't your thing, we've also got chances to catch some fish, learn watercolors, camp with us! All this and more - this month at BREC!
Programs & Events
Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.
Baton Rouge Zoo
Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting its sixth annual Brew at the Zoo on Friday, October 4! As summer temperatures wane and the leaves begin to change colors, guests (21 and older only) are invited to the Zoo for an evening of food tasting, beer tasting, live music and more. Come and sample dozens of craft beers and munch on pub favorites, or show off your “safari chic” style while listening to the sound of live music. Pre-purchased tickets are required for entry. Event will go on, rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
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!
Oct. 11 + 18 + 25
$6 per person
Burbank Soccer Complex Fishing Pond
Grab your fishing pole and head to Burbank Soccer Complex with the family to GEAUX Fish! Our Geaux Fish Rodeos are a great opportunity to introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing or for the old veteran to test their skills. We will be stocking the pond with adult channel catfish to ensure you have plenty to catch and prizes galore. Don’t miss this chance to bring home channel catfish for dinner and spend the day outside with the family. This event is weather dependent. Please register in advance by filling out the form at brec.org/ geauxfish. Registration the morning of will also be available.
Registration: 8 a.m.
Rodeo: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Winners Announced: 11 a.m.
To register: brec.org/geauxfish
Sponsored by: The Atchafalaya Natural Heritage Area
Greenwood Community Park
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.
Milton J. Womack Park
In this two-hour class participants will learn the basics of watercolor painting. Topics of investigation include color hues and intensities, graded washes and types of brush strokes. The end result will be a graceful and smooth composition.
Highland Road Park Observatory
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 Community Park
Hawaiian Night for couples, friends, singles, no matter your relationship status, grab a blanket or a lawn chair and join BREC for a movie under the stars. Create Lei’s and Tiki’s, as well as team up for active games such as Limbo and 9 Square with First Responders and BREC Staff prior to the start of the movie. Bring your active shoes for an evening of fun and flicks.
Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization and fun.
$5 donation per month; Donation supports this program, including supplies and door prizes each month.
Special tours will highlight the rituals and customs associated with death in early 19th-Century Louisiana. The historic house will be decorated as it was customary for funerals. A non-scary educational experience that focuses on the difficulties of life in the 19th Century.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 6
Farr Park Equestrian Center
During Farr Park’s Open House, you’ll get the chance to see a student’s only horse show and everything that Farr Park has to offer. Families will be able to play games and win prizes, visit in our petting zoo, go for a hay ride, snack at the concessions, view riding demonstrations and join in the stick horse rodeo! Children aged 2-5 are welcome to attend the stick horse rodeo with legendary rodeo announcer, Arthur Smith.
Stick Horse Rodeo: 9-10:30 a.m.
Petting Zoo and Hay Rides: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Greenwood Community Park
Grab a tent and enjoy an evening being active with other families, make a s’more, sleep under the stars and wake up refreshed in a beautiful BREC park! Outdoor Adventure activities, hiking, inflatables, and more will run from 4p.m. to dark. Food is provided and no camping experience required.
$35/family of five
$5/additional family member
Oct. 19 + 20
3 p.m.-10 a.m.
Baton Rouge 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, 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.
Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Independence Park Theatre
The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.
You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance and change the world!
Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate your students’ diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.
Oct. 18 / 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 / 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 / 2 p.m.
Milford Wampold Memorial Park
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
Forest Community Dog 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!
Forest Community Park
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
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages 10 & under
Forest Community Park
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.
Dusk- 10 p.m.
$5 per person
Milton J. Womack Park
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
10:30 a.m. – noon