We’d argue Baton Rouge is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. We’re home to one of the nation’s top-rated haunted houses, the 13th Gate, not to mention a ton of historic haunted buildings around town.
Louisiana does costumes like nowhere else, and we’re also pretty great at throwing parties and events.
The LSU Rural Life Museum and the LSU AgCenter Burden Museum & Gardens have a calendar’s worth of fall fun, including Haints Haunts and Halloween (Oct. 31), Corn Maze Saturdays and more. lsu.edu/botanic-gardens
OCT. 16-17 + 23-24
Baton Rouge Zoo presents Boo at the Zoo, a day of kid-friendly Halloween fun, including photo-ops, animal encounters and more. Come dressed in your best costume with an appetite for some spooky festivities. brzoo.org
Cheeky Monkey’s, an indoor recreation center, will host a kid-friendly haunted house this month for Halloween fun with the little ones. cheekymonkeysbr.com
In BREC’s Pumpkin Paddle Parade, participants will meet at BREC’s Milford Wampold Memorial Park to decorate their own canoe, kayak or paddle board in Halloween fashion, then parade in front of a panel of judges. brec.org
At the Spirits of Louisiana annual event at the Old State Capitol, attendees will taste cocktails made with Louisiana-distilled spirits while munching on food by Heirloom Cuisine and exploring the building’s exhibits. louisianaoldstatecapitol.org
In the free BREC event Trunk + Treat, children of all ages are invited to sport their favorite costumes and roam through Forest Community Park, going from one trunk to the next and collecting lots of Halloween treats. brec.org
Baton Rouge’s annual Fifolet Halloween Festival will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Fifolet’s main event, the Halloween parade, will now take the form of the “Fifolet Flip Flop” a reverse parade where participants will drive through Halloween displays. 1031consortium.com/fifolet