Kids & Community

Looking for a scary good time? Want to have some family-friendly fun with a spooky twist? BREC has tons of events for you to choose from! Check out all of our spooktacular events around the parish and mark your calendars!


Come dressed in your Halloween attire and have loads of family fun at BREC parks during these events. The haunting excitement consists of carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, haunted hikes ($3 per person) and much more. Food vendors will be on site for these events.

Greenwood Community Park
October 12
9-11 a.m. (For ages 6 and younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)
October 13
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Forest Community Park
October 27
9-11 a.m. (For ages 6 and younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)
October 28
5:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)

Gus Young Park - Sponsored by Martin Luther King Center, Councilman LaMont Cole and Representative C. Denise Marcelle
October 31
6:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)

Swamp Haunted Hikes

Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed specifically for younger children. This program is an alternative to the commercial haunted houses, which are geared more for teenagers and adults. Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats and other “creepy critters” as they stop at educational stations along the trail. No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome to come in costume. All participants should bring a flashlight, and because this program runs at night, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Back again from last year: Track down costumed characters to receive “treasures” then trek through the Swamp Graveyard to our Education Building for carnival games and spooky storytime. Join us at Haunted Hikes this year for tons of fun!

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Games and Entertainment start at 6 p.m.
Trail opens at dark
All Ages
October 13, 20, 27
$6 per person

Make it a Movie Night

Free, family-friendly indoor film series with concessions available for purchase.

Independence Park Theatre
Paranorman - October 13
From the makers of “Coraline” comes the magically thrilling story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
The Witches - October 27
A recently orphaned young boy is taken to England by his grandmother. At their hotel, he stumbles across a witches’ convention plotting to rid the world of children.
7 p.m.

Trick & Treat Howl-O-Ween Party

Our howl-o-ween event for the dawgs! Get the costumes ready for our costume contest and visit with area animal organizations, shelters, partners and friends. Local celebrity guest judges will score winners for Best Large Dog, Best Small Dog and Best Family or Group Costumes. Prizes will be awarded to the winners!

Forest Community Park
October 20
6-9 p.m.

Spooky Spectrum

Come visit–if you dare–as HRPO’s ninth annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish takes place. We’ll delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with creepy science demonstrations, some of which we've never used. And don't forget the campfire stories. Strange sky phenomena, extra dimensions, extraterrestrials. Be warned–we want to make you think!

Highland Road Park Observatory
October 21
6-10 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

The Zoo invites you to join us for Boo at the Zoo, a merry-not- scary trick-or-treating extravaganza. Children can visit treat stations throughout the Zoo, wander through the Hay Maze or explore our Enchanted Swamp.

Baton Rouge Zoo
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 21, 22, 28, 29
Regular zoo admission applies

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

Get in the Halloween spirit by paddling in the dark along the shoreline of the University Lakes or watching the light show from the beach! For this fourth annual event, participants bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Dress in a costume and add some lighting to your watercraft! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Bring your own vessel or rent one from the LSU URec or Outdoor Adventure (with advanced notice). Assistance provided by Paddle Baton Rouge. Cosponsored by SUBARU, Varsity Sports, Muddy Water Paddle Company and The Backpacker.

Wampold Park
October 26
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Voluntary canned good contribution to paddle

Zombie 5K Fun Run

Run to stay alive! All runners will not only have to make it to the end of the course, but you'll have to avoid the undead as they try to take your lives (flags) before you can get to safety (the finish line).

Forest Community Park
October 28
5-6 p.m.
Registration at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Hullabaloo

The City of Central is happy to bring back its Halloween Hullabaloo for the second year. Founded in October 2016 as a Trick or Treat alternative following the devastating August floods, the event was a big success in its first year, including a chance for kids to connect with the Central Fire Department and Police Department. BREC will be providing Halloween themed activities as well, so grab your costume and join us!

Central Sports Park
October 31
5-8 p.m.

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