We've taken the hard part out of planning this Halloween!
Halloween is right around the corner! We've collected a running list of activities, parades and more to celebrate the holiday.
The 13th Gate
Opening night is Friday, September 22. The Necropolis 13 is unlike any Haunted Attraction ever created. Imagine walking through a haunted New Orleans-style Cemetery (meaning crumbling stone and mortar above ground crypts) in the dead of the night. The cemetery takes up an entire city block and is a labyrinth of over 400 dark crypts for you to explore, all the while avoiding the multitudes of the living dead freshly awakened by Baron Samedi, the Voodoo Lord of the Dead. To enter the cemetery, you must first descend 13 steps down into an open grave, deep into dark underground catacombs. From there, it’s a half-mile terror-filled trek to the exit. Necropolis 13 is located next to the box office across the street from The 13th Gate. Save $10 when you purchase a combo tickets to both events. There is a Voodoo Fire Show every Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. General admission is $25.
Cajun Country Corn Maze
The corn maze is located in Pine Grove on Hwy. 16. The maze is located 1 mile east of 42360 (Napa Auto) in Pine Grove, and 5 miles west of 35999 (Bear Creek Western Store) in Montpelier. The maze provides good, wholesome, family-oriented entertainment in a farm setting. The goal is to provide a place for people to learn about the food and fiber produced on the farms of Louisiana, while celebrating Cajun heritage and Louisiana culture. Opening day for the maze is Friday, October 7. It’s open every weekend through November 5.
Halloween Critical Mass Bike Parade
Critical Mass is a bike ride that began in 1992 and occurs worldwide on the last Friday of each month. The Halloween Critical Mass is typically the largest of the year, with bicyclists dressed up in Halloween costumes, handing out candy while pedaling around Baton Rouge. Come dressed up and lit up, as the ride will be mostly after dark, and front and rear lights are required per Louisiana law. Critical Mass Baton Rouge will roll from City Park at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27.
7th Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade
The parade will roll, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. This year’s theme is Rhythm and Boos! Leading the way will be Grand Marshal, Patrick Mulhearn, King Mark Bounds and Queen Judy Gonzales. The parade starts on the corner of Government and St. Phillip and goes around the curve to head north on River Rd. It then rolls east on Convention, north on 7th, west on Main, south on 5th, west on Laurel, and ends at River Rd. For those with very young children, there will be a no alcohol zone on Convention between 5th and 7th, and a no scare zone on 7th between Convention and Laurel. Before the parade, there will be a Pumpkin Pie Race, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a Halloween Town that will include activities, food, and live music. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will have a donation truck at the event.
Halloween Fun Bat Painting
Kids ages 5-9 are invited to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. to hear a reading of There Was an Old Witch by Howard Reeves. After the reading, kids will be able to make a Halloween bat painting craft.
Halloween Word-Picture Match Story and Craft
Kids ages 4 and 5 are welcome at the Greenwell Springs Rd. Regional Branch Library on Saturday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. to hear a reading of Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell and Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat by Nick Bruel. Kids will also be able to complete a word-picture match game afterwards.
Paint a Zombie Pumpkin Contest
Teens are invited to the Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 9 to participate in a pumpkin painting contest. Supplies will be provided. Who can create the creepiest creature?
Monsters Don't Scare Me Story and Craft
Kids ages 9-11 are welcome at the Carver Branch Library on Wednesday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. to hear a reading of Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. Afterwards, kids can make a monster mask to wear out on Halloween night.
Halloween "Spooktacular" Movie on the Plaza
Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of all ages can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13 to watch the 1993 Halloween classic film, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the bewitching Sanderson sisters. On Halloween night after 300 years, a trio of witch sisters are raised from the dead in Salem, Massachusetts, and it’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. Feel free to bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit comfortably while you watch. The film also will be simulcast in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer an air conditioned option. Local vendors and food trucks will be on site for the purchase of refreshments.
Theatre Baton Rouge Costume Sale
Looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Theatre Baton Rouge (TBR) is holding its annual costume sale on Friday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, October 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vintage and modern costumes for all ages will be for sale, with prices starting as low as 50 cents. TBR is located at 7155 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Theatre Baton Rouge (TBR) is performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show October 13-28 with all performances beginning at 8 p.m. There will also be a special midnight performance on October 28. Tickets are $25 each, while student tickets are $20 each. Throw bags will be available for purchase at the door for $5. Buy tickets online here, or call the TBR box office at 225-924-6496.
Chocolate Owl Pops Food Crafting
On Tuesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m., there will be an instructional workshop on how to make a fun and festive Halloween treat. All supplies to make the snack will be provided.
The eerie side of STEM rears its bizarre head at this family-friendly offering. HRPO’s Halloween event returns with all new demonstrations, experiments, games, and allegedly true accounts of science gone creepy! The event will be held at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Saturday, October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.
BREC's 21st Annual Boo at the Zoo
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host its 21st annual Boo at the Zoo event on October 21, 22, 28, and 29. This extravaganza is Baton Rouge’s largest trick-or-treating event and is expected to draw a larger than ever crowd this year. The event includes more than 20 trick-or-treating stations, a Halloween hay maze, Ed-Zoo-Cation Station, a spooky train ride, and an enchanted swamp tour. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular zoo admission prices apply. For more information call 225-775-3877.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Want to show off your skills? On Thursday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the event will be held at FifoCon Game Convention and Maker’s Showcase inside the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium, located at 103 France St.
Halloween Day at the Museum
What happens when you combine Harry Potter with astronomy and art three days before Halloween in an historic train station turned museum? Go to the Louisiana Art and Science Museum on Saturday, October 28 to find out. Featuring themed activities beginning at 2 p.m. and culminating with a live presentation of The Astronomical World of Harry Potter at 5 p.m., this is sure to be a WANDerful day out for muggles from ages 3 to 103.
Halloween Story and Craft
Children ages 3-8 are invited to the Fairwood Branch Library between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 to hear a reading of various Halloween-themed stories, including Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey. After the readings, kids will be able to make a Halloween-themed paper craft. Kids can choose between a bat, Frankenstein, or a jack-o-lantern. All supplies will be provided while they last.