BREC announces several Halloween-themed programs, events in October

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BREC announced several BREC-A-Boo Halloween events and activities to be held in East Baton Rouge Parish in October.

A children’s village of fall-themed activities, including family and team pumpkin carving, a dance off and a movie, will be held at Greenwood Community Park on October 12 at 6 p.m.

A day-time children’s village and a haunted hike will also be held at the park on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spooky Spectrum will take place October 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Highland Road Park Observatory, where the Observatory will dive into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with science demos, campfire stories and strange sky phenomena.

Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes will be on October 11, October 18 and October 25 at dusk. The hikes are designed for children but are open to everyone, and the hikes include a haunted maze and carnival games with prizes.

Inside the swamp’s nature center, there will be an Animal Morgue, a Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary in the Bat Cave and face painting.

At night, participants will learn about snakes, insects, rats and other animals at educational stations along the Haunted Hike Trail. Costumes are welcome, and flashlights are recommended.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will hold Boo at the Zoo on October 19-20 and October 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can wear costumes and visit treat stations throughout the zoo, ride on the Spooky Train Ride or wander through the Hay Maze. Regular zoo admission applies.

The Hocus Pocus Themed Adaptive Sunshine Social will be on October 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Womack Park for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. There will be a disc jockey, snacks and prizes.

The Adult Leisure Halloween Tea Dance for adults over 50 will be on October 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Womack Park. Participants can wear costumes, and there will be live entertainment, dancing to classic ballroom dance music and light refreshments.

BREC Outdoor Adventure’s annual Pumpkin Paddle Parade, a competition of float decorating where participants design and decorate a kayak, a canoe or a paddleboard in Halloween decor, will be at Milford Wampold Park on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Trick and Treat dog costume contest at Forest Community Dog Park will be on October 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local pet organizations will distribute information, give candy to children and provide treats for dogs.

Participants can dress up both their dogs and their whole families for additional chances to win.

To preregister for or get more information about Trick and Treat, call 225-272-9200 or visit brec.org/kidsandcommunity.

Children ages eight to 12 who participate in BREC’s Eek-A-Boo Art workshop will create three-dimensional houses and learn the basics of collage and simple construction on October 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Milton J. Womack Park.

Visit brec.org/thismonth for a full list of BREC’s monthly offerings.

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