Family-friendly Halloween events taking place this October in EBR

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The air is getting cooler as autumn is right around the corner, ushering in Halloween events taking place around the Red Stick this October.

BREC will be hosting plenty of family-friendly events to get into the spirit.

Haunted Hikes

When: Oct. 8, 15, & 22 at 6 p.m.

Where: Bluebonnet Swamp

What: Young children can walk the trails after dark, learn about “creepy critters” that roam the swamps, and take part in a scavenger hunt. There will also be games and storytelling in the Educational Building. It’s suggested to bring a flashlight and every child must have an adult with them.

BREC says the fee is $6 per person and free for children two and younger. For more information, call 225-757-8905 or email

BREC’s Movie in the Park: Rocky Horror Picture Show

When: Oct. 9 from 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: Greenwood Community Park

What: Individuals 18 and older are invited to dress up, grab their popcorn and favorite picnic blanket for the outdoor screening. Make sure you take in the full experience by bringing toast, toilet paper and rice. (If you’re not sure why you would need those supplies for a movie, click here.) Special door prizes and activities will take place before the movie.

The screening will be held toward the back of the site, BREC says “follow the lips” to find the area. For more information, email

Hooper Halloween Trail Run

When: Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Hooper Road Park

What: You can go on a spooky run either in the 1-mile Fun Run or the 4-mile Competitor’s Loop. Four-mile Competitor’s Loop winners win a prize. The fee to participate is $35 per person, ages 8 and older. Register at or email for more information.

Adaptive Sunshine Social – Cast a Spell

When: Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Milton J. Womack Park ballroom

What: Have a bewitching night at a social hosted by the teens and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as they plan to dance the night away. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Register by Oct. 13 at For more information email

Spooky Spectrum

When: Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Highland Road Park Observatory

What: This family-friendly event dives into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. For more information call 225-768-9948 or visit

BREC’s BOOvie: Movie in the Park

When: Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Zachary Community Park (Oct. 16), Howell Community Park (Oct. 30)

What: Dress up in your Halloween’s best and take part in the many fall-themed activities, including arts and crafts, music, costume contest and more. After, a movie will screen. For more information email

Boo at the Zoo

When: Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

What: Put on a costume and enjoy the zoo. BREC says this year instead of treat stations, they will have animal enrichments for guest viewing and every child (ages 12 and under) will receive a pre-filled treat bag as they leave the zoo. For more information visit

Trick & Treat Dog Costume Contest and Art Unleashed

When: Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Forest Community Park

What: Show off your dog’s Halloween costume at this event! There will be live music, local art and makers, dog adoptions, local pet vendors, food, activities for children and a Halloween dog costume contest.

If you’re interested in participating as an art vendor, pet vendor or want to register for the costume contest, visit For more information, email


When: Oct. 25 and Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Zachary Community Park (Oct. 25), Greenwood Community Park (Oct. 27)

What: Bring the whole family for pumpkin carving and painting. For more information, email

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

When: Oct. 28 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Where: Milford Wampold Memorial Park

What: Decorate a Halloween-inspired canoe to show it off to the judges for a chance to win prizes. There is a $10 fee per kayak or stand-up paddleboard. To register, visit or email

Full Moon Fete + Trunk & Treat

When: Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

Where: Forest Community Park

What: This event is hosted by BREC, Ochsner Health and the BREC Foundation. The event features live music from the Peyton Falgoust Band, movies, a Trunk & Treat Trail, and more.

Donations made during the event will benefit recreation programs supported by the BREC Foundation. If you donate five canned goods, you will be eligible for a special prize drawing.

COVID-19 vaccinations from Ochsner Health will be available during the event.

For more information, email or visit

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