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BREC announces 2020 Halloween events

The month of October is officially here, and BREC is celebrating BIG TIME! Leading up to Halloween, BREC will be hosting tons of different Halloween themed events for Baton Rouge residents to enjoy. So, whether you’re looking to enter your furry friend into a costume contest or watching a Halloween movie in the park…there’s something on the list for everyone.

For more information on each event, click on the red title name.

Let Spooky Season commence! 

(courtesy of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo) 

October 3

Spooky Sensation at the Highland Road Park Observatory

BREC is hosting a Spooking Sensation at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Oct. 3 from 4 – 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy a long list of things including solar viewings, marshmallow roasts, wicked scavenger hunts, science demos and so much more. 

October 10

Howell-O-Ween at Howell Community Park

BREC is hosting a Halloween event at the Howell Community Park on Oct. 10 from 7 – 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best costume and enjoy a spooktacular evening of refreshments, music, trick-or-treat trails and more.

October 16

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, BREC is combining its annual Trick and Treat Dog Costume Contest and Art Unleashed. Head over to the Forest Community park on Friday, Oct. 16 from 5 – 9 p.m. where you can enjoy live music, local artists, pet vendors, food and activities for both you and your pup.

October 16, 17 & 23, 24

Haunted Hootenannies at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

BREC is hosting the Haunted Hootenannies at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center for two weekends. On Fridays, Oct. 16 and 23, the Bluebonnet Swamp will be live via Zoom from 6 – 7 p.m. The Zoom class will have exciting animal presentations led by nature experts. On Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24, head over to the Bluebonnet Swamp from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and enjoy tons of Halloween festivities.

Oct 17, 18 & 24, 25

Boo at the Zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is inviting all residents to come out to its annual Boo at the Zoo. On Oct 17 – 18 and Oct. 24 – 25, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., put on your best costume and enjoy the fall festivities at the Baton Rouge Zoo. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be treat stations, but guests (ages 12 and younger) will receive pre-filled bags of candy as they exit the Zoo.

October 28

Jack-Eaux-Lantern carving and painting

BREC is hosting a pumpkin carving and painting event at the Zachary Community Park on Oct. 28. From 5 – 7 p.m., each Baton Rouge resident in attendance pays $10 to paint or carve their perfect pumpkin. The cost for each resident outside of the Baton Rouge area is $12.

October 29

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

BREC’s annual Pumpkin Paddle Parade is back. On Oct. 29, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., decorate a Halloween-themed canoe, paddle board or kayak. Once it’s decorated, join the parade paddle along the Milford Wampold Memorial Park’s University Lake. Guests can rent kayaks for $10 each.

October 31

Full Moon Fete – Movies in the Park

BREC is hosting Full Moon Fete, a movies in the park event at the Airline Hwy. Park Fairground on Oct. 31. This event will run from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and highlight five popular family friendly Halloween themed movies. The event will also include a drive thru trick or treat trail, food vendors, character visits, give-a-ways, costume contests and more.