BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — As the summer winds down, people can start looking forward to the next season with cooler temperatures and autumn events.

Fall is all about pumpkin spice or cider drinks, planning your Halloween weekend costumes and enjoying nicer weather before the stresses of a busy holiday season.

People can find pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and Halloween events in and around East Baton Rouge Parish. Many events are family-friendly, with some offering fun seasonal photo ops. There are also some events that more for adults, serving alcoholic beverages or involving activities too scary for little kids.

Here’s where to find events and activities this fall season.

East Baton Rouge Parish

Brew at the Zoo

Cheers to the end of summer at this annual event at the zoo. Put on your best safari gear and sample craft beers and pub food.

Tickets went on sale Aug. 14. General admission is $60, VIP is $125 and $30 for designated drivers.

13th Gate

This haunted house is one of the most popular Halloween events in Baton Rouge. Walk through this spooky attraction as actors in makeup try to scare you and your friends. The upcoming season is scheduled to start Friday, Sept. 29. Click here to see all dates.

  • When: Starting in last weekend of September, running through October.
  • Where: 13th Gate, 832 St. Philip St., Baton Rouge.

Fall Fest Pointe Marie

There will be a pumpkin patch and carving stations, a hay maze, fall games and more. Click here to buy tickets.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
  • Where: Pointe Marie, 14200 River Road, Baton Rouge.

BREC’s Boovie in the Park

Put costumes on the whole family and watch some Halloween movies at a Baton Rouge park. The movie lineup includes Monsters Inc., The Addams Family 2, Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

  • When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
  • Where: Independence Park Theatre, 7500 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Fear on Tap

There will be a Halloween-inspired beer release, “creepy” vendors, costume contests and more at this free event at Rally Cap Brewing Co.

  • When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
  • Where: Rally Cap Brewing Company, 11212 Pennywood Ave., Baton Rouge.

Corn Maze at Burden

The corn maze comes back this fall in October. After going through the maze, there are plenty of other activities for families, including visiting sunflower fields, a pumpkin patch, petting farm, games, hayrides, satsuma picking and more.

Tickets are $15 per person and free for children 2 years old and younger. No tickets will be sold at the door, pre-sale only. Click here to get tickets.

  • When: 9-11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays on Oct. 7, 8, 14, 21 and 28.
  • Where: Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

Harvest Days

Get a glimpse of what harvest time looked like in Louisiana in the 1800s. Families can watch open-hearth cooking, soapmaking and get wagon rides.

Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 0-3. Click here to buy tickets.

  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8.
  • Where: LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes

Go for a hike at night to spot creepy crawlies and learn about snakes, insects and rats on the trail. BREC said track down costumed characters to get “treasures” before going through the Swamp Graveyard to the Education Building for games and story time.

Friday Fright Night

This is a free adults-only Halloween movie showing event. Watch cult classics like Scream (1996) and Rocky Horror Picture Show at a park. Entertainment before the movies start will be from Queens of Louisiana. There will be cocktails and food trucks.

BREC all attendees must be 18 or older.

  • When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
  • Where: Forest Community Park, 13900 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge.

BREC’s Trick and Treat: Art Unleashed

This event is kid and dog-friendly! There will be a dog costume contest and pet and art vendors. Click here to register your pet for the contest.

  • When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
  • Where: Forest Community Park, 13900 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge.

Boo at the Zoo

The Baton Rouge Zoo puts on this Halloween event for families. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be photo ops throughout the zoo with fall-themed structures.

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29.
  • Where: Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road.

The Addams Family

Watch this live show centering around Wednesday Addams. Click here to buy tickets.

  • When: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 and 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28
  • Where: Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Haints, Haunts, and Halloween

This event shows people what an old-fashioned country fair looked like. Families can hear storytelling, and participate in cake walks, games and trick-or-treating.

  • When: 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
  • Where: LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

LSU Fall Family Weekend

Family members of LSU students are invited to participate in a weekend of activities. Registration is required.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 22.
  • Where: LSU.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

The fair returns near the end of October and features live music and attractions. Since 1965, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair has entertained residents.

  • When: Oct. 26 to Nov. 5.
  • Where: Airline Highway Park, 16072 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge.

Trick or Treat in the Galleries

Bring the kids to the LSU Museum of Art for trick or treating, art activities and spooky storytelling. The event is free.

  • When: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
  • Where: 5th floor of Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street in Baton Rouge.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Watch this rated-R classic at the Manship Theatre during Halloween weekend. Buying a ticket will also get you free admission to the LSU Museum of Art Oct. 26-27.

The theatre will be offering free popcorn and soda.

  • When: 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
  • Where: first floor of Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge.

Fifolet Arts Market

This is an arts market for everything Halloween. Entertainment includes a pumpkin pie eating contest, live music, a pumpkin carving contest and a parade.

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 28.
  • Where: Riverfront Plaza, 300 South River Road, Baton Rouge.

Halloween Day at the Museum

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum is celebrating Halloween with a day of hands-on activities, shows and a scavenger hunt.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Where: LASM, 100 South River Road, Baton Rouge.

BREC’s Full Moon Fete

This is a free family-friendly event featuring a Trunk or Treat trail, character visits, face painting, music and giveaways.

  • When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Where: Independence Community Park, 7800 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Spooky Spectrum

This is a free nighttime event diving into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics, BREC said.

  • When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Where: Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, Baton Rouge.

Trunk or Treat in Zachary

Kids can get all of the candy they can carry. There will also be an inflatable corn maze, costume contest, balloon animals, food trucks and more.

  • When: 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30.
  • Where: Zachary Youth Park, 1650 E. Mount Pleasant Road.

West Baton Rouge Parish

SugarFest 2023

This is the annual sugarcane harvest festival in West Baton Rouge Parish. The free celebration started in 1995 and continues to invite people of all ages to learn about its this corner of Louisiana culture.

There will be exhibits, folk art and craft demonstrations, cane cutting and grinding demonstrations, cane syrup boiling and live music, according to the West Baton Rouge Museum. There’s even a rum tasting for people 21 and older.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
  • Where: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen.

Merry-Not-Scary Halloween

The West Baton Rouge Museum and parish library are teaming up for this fall event. Dress up in your Halloween best and have a fun time with a scavenger hunt, games, magic shows and pumpkin patch. Event organizers said to remember to bring a bag for treats.

  • Where: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave.
  • When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

East Feliciana Parish

Slaughter Fall Festival

This is a free event hosted by the Slaughter Civic Club. There will be live music, craft and food vendors, a silent auction, kid-friendly activities and more.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
  • Where: 3337 Church St., Slaughter.

Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch

Each weekend will have a different theme at this pumpkin patch. Themes include a dinosaur-themed prehistoric patch, a magical-themed mystical patch, a princess-themed pumpkin patch and a classic Halloween pumpkin patch.

Click here for tickets and more information about themes.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 30 through Nov. 5.
  • Where: Barn Hill Preserve, 11342 Hwy 955, Ethel.

Zombie Hunt

Have you outlined what you would do in a zombie apocalypse? Here’s your chance to run through the plan in person.

You’ll get a team together to search for “zombies” in the woods at a park and hunt them down with gel ball guns. Click here to buy tickets.

  • When: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
  • Where: Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park, 11342 Hwy 955, Ethel.


Drink beer to help save the sloths. This event hosted by Barn Hill Preserve will feature different Louisiana-based breweries like Parish Brewing Co., Urban South, Abita Brewing Company and Tin Roof Brewing Co.

In addition to plenty of beer, there will be live music, food and visits from animal ambassadors. People are encouraged to get tickets early. Click here to buy tickets.

  • When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
  • Where: Barn Hill Preserve, 11342 Hwy 955, Ethel.

Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish Fair

The parish fair has fun rides, live entertainment and even a parade. There will also be a rodeo and pageants. Click here for more on schedules and ride pricing.

  • When: Oct. 7-15.
  • Where: Livingston Parish Fair Grounds, off Hwy 190, Livingston.

City of Walker Fall Festival

Bring the family to this fall festival for an afternoon full of food, music, hayrides, a pie bakeoff, a costume contest and more.

  • When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
  • Where: Sidney Hutchinson Park, 13750 Ball Park Road, Walker.

Ascension Parish

Newsong Community Church Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is set to open in September. It’s the perfect chance to take family pictures as the church will have areas decorated for photo ops.

Money from pumpkin sales will go toward missions in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes, Association of Living Water, Angel Tree, Coats & Socks for Kids, Open Air Ministries, hurricane relief and specific needs in the area, according to the church.

  • When: Open starting Monday, Sept. 25; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
  • Where: Newsong Community Church, 18465 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville.

West Feliciana Parish

Kickoff to Fall Craft Beer Fete

This event will feature a four-course food pairing, vendors, music and yard games fitting its tailgate theme. Guests are encouraged to dress in their game-day outfits.

Tickets are $45 per person. Click here to buy.

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 21.
  • Where: Restaurant 1796 courtyard, 7747 Hwy 61, St. Francisville.

Tour Myrtles Plantation

Dive into the history of The Myrtles by taking a tour of one of the most haunted homes in the U.S. People can choose from different tours — daytime, evening, private and group.

Click here for more about touring times.

  • When: Seven days a week, varying times
  • Where: Myrtles Plantation, 7747 Hwy 61, St. Francisville.