GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. Learn how to make a hostess gift in this hands-on cooking class. $15 at (225) 930-9967.

THE HALAL GUYS GRAND OPENING: 11 a.m., The Halal Guys, 320 Lee Drive. The new restaurants opens with giveaways and specials.

VIXEN & VINO WINE TASTING: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Raising Cane's River Center, River Center Exhibition Hall, 275 S. River Road. Taste varietals from all over the world at this event during Hollydays. $30 at, (225) 389-3030.

BREW YOUR OWN BEER CLASS PART 1: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., LAHomebrew, 7987 Pecue Lane, Suite 7G. Learn how to make your own beer at home. $50 at

SWAMP HAUNTED HIKES: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oaks Hills Parkway. Trails open at dark. For all ages. $6 per person. (225) 757-8905.

TRICK & TRICK HOWL-O-WEEN COSTUME PAWTY: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Forest Park Dog Park, 13900 S. Harrell's Ferry Road. Dress to scare and possibly win one of four categories in the costume contest. 


GULF COAST MOTORCYCLE COMPETITION CLASSLamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Raffle tickets available for $10. Proceeds benefit Dream Day Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital., (225) 754-4052,

HOLLYDAYS 2017: Raising Cane's River Center, 275 S. River Road. Days of shopping, fashion, special events, food and entertainment supporting Junior League of Baton Rouge's community programs and mission-based initiatives., (225) 389-3030.


"RUN FOR YOUR WIFE": 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Ascension Community Theatre, 823 N. Felicity Ave., Gonzales. John Smith has two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. $25 at (225) 647-1230.

BOUCHERIE FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Featuring cracklin' and jambalaya cook-offs, music and carnival rides. $5.


"THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW": 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday with an encore at midnight Saturday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. See this campy salute to horror movies and sexual liberation. $25 general admission, $19 for students. UPDATE: Tickets are sold out., (225) 924-6496. 


CARS AT THE CROSSES: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bethany Crosses, 10877 Rieger Road. Annual classic car show with a variety of food trucks and music. Car owners can register for $25., (225) 774-1700.

CODE RED CHILI COOK-OFF: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Pointe of Americana, 1520 Meeting St., Zachary. The annual event also features children's activities, a car show and music.

SCIENCE ACADEMY SATURDAYS: 10 a.m. to noon, Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Explore gravity, simple machines, stars and more in this series. For ages 8-12. $5 per in-parish cadet, $6 per out-of-parish cadet.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Raising Cane's River Center, 275 S. River Road. Enjoy food and entertainment and have the opportunity for a Christmas card photo with Santa. $20 for children, $15 for adults. VIP tables also available. 

BRUNCHFEST: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Family friendly event will feature between 10-15 local restaurants, music and drink specials. $15 on

ENGINEER IT: DREAM BIG: 10 a.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Discover how today's engineers are inspiring the world at this all ages workshop., (225) 344-5272.

PLANETARIUM FAMILY HOUR AND STARGAZING: 10 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Learn about stars and constellations in the local night sky; planetarium show to follow. (225) 344-5272,

BATON ROUGE MINI MAKER FAIRE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Goodwood Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. A family-friendly celebration of creative hobbies and projects from high-tech to low-tech.

TIM'S GARAGE GRAND OPENING: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4556 Government St., Suite 1. Celebrate the opening of the new T-shirt shop. Secret Lair Taqueria will be on-site.

CONTRA DANCE: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Alban's Chapel, 11 Dalrymple Drive (corner of Dalrymple & Highland Road). Guest caller Ken Gall and music by the Magnolia Hillbillies. All dances walked through and cued throughout. Beginners welcome. Short lesson at 4:45 p.m. $6 for adults, $5 for students, free for ages 18 and under. (225) 803-9194.

SPOOKY SPECTRUM: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Highland Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Dive into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics.


BOO AT THE ZOO: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Join us for a trick-or-treating, merry-not-scary Halloween tradition. Regular zoo admission applies., (225) 775-3877.


FALL FESTIVAL & TRUNK-OR-TREAT: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., St Andrew's UMC, 17510 Monitor Ave. Featuring food, live music, hayrides and games for all ages., (225) 752-2903.

LOUISIANA FALL HEAT 2017: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., LSU Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Annual celebrity chef cook-off with music and cocktail competition. $60 at

MACABRE MAKER'S ART SHOW: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Radio Bar, 3079 Government St. Get a dose of darkness with some handmade goods.

THE ART OF FOOD: 6 p.m., LPB Studios, 7733 Perkins Road. A collaborative dining and art event. $125 at or (225) 767-4214.


LSU SCIENCE CAFE: 5 p.m., Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road. This month's talk features Dr. Heather McKillop on the topic of using 3-D technology to preserve ancient cultures. Free food from The Chimes.

EAT DRINK SIGN!: 6 p.m., The Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court. A unique dining experience with deaf servers. Guests are encouraged to sign their orders. Featuring a dinner theater. $25-75 at (225) 456-5200.

DRINK & DRAW: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Corporate Brew & Draft, 2561 Citiplace Court. Draw and meet with friends or crave a pumpkin. Featuring food from BouillaBabes. (225) 771-8508,

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS: 7:30 p.m., LSU School of Theatre, Music and Dramatic Arts, Dalrymple Drive. William Shakespeare's classic tale of mistaken identity. $9 at, (225) 578-4174.


HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW CLASS: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Twine Market and Deli, 2921 Government St. Join the shop for hot chocolate and learn how to make this sticky treat. All ages. 

THE PERFECT PAIRINGS — LATIN DINNER & COCKTAILS: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Rico Louisiana Latin Cocktails & Cuisine, 10655 Coursey Blvd. Join us for an evening of Rico's signature Latin dishes paired with cocktails. $70 person or dinner without cocktails for $45 at 21 and up. (225) 289-6869. 


PASTRY FUNDAMENTALS — BISCUITS & SCONES: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. Join April Hamilton and learn to master creating perfect pastries. $50 at, (225) 930-9967.

SPOOK N ROWE: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10000 Perkins Rowe. Enjoy a family night of trick-or-treating down the Rowe and music by DJ Bob.

SPIRITS OF LOUISIANA FUNDRAISER 2017: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Louisiana's Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. Halloween inspired cocktail event with Louisiana distilleries, open bar and food. $75 at 21 and up. (225) 342-0500.

PORT & CHOCOLATE TASTING: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Texas de Brazil, 10155 Perkins Rowe, Suite 100. Sip and sample in this benefit event for American Red Cross. Space is limited. Must be 21 or older. $45 at, (225) 766-5353.


LA FÊTE DES BAYOUS: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 44450 La. 429, St. Amant. Festival with carnival rides, jambalaya and gumbo cook-offs.

FIFOCON: 7 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel Atrium, 103 France St. Dedicated to showcasing the activities in tabletop and video gaming and cosplaying. Tickets start at $30.


AT LSU AGCENTER BOTANIC GARDENS: 4560 Essen Lane. Corn Maze Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy games, food, animals and the maze. (225) 763-3990,

AT 13TH GATE HAUNTED HOUSE: 832 S. St. Phillip. Get scared at the award-winning haunted house and attraction. Open 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays., (225) 389-1313.

AT BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Featuring the works of Rob Carpenter, Kathleen Lemoine, Randell Henry and Frankie Gould on display through Oct. 26.

AT THE USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM: 305 S. River Road. Featuring "Voices from the Lost Generation" on display through Dec. 2018.

AT THE LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES BUILDING: 3851 Essen Lane. Featuring the "48th National River Road Art Show and Sale."

AT FW GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Featuring "Julie Crews: The Everyday" on display through Oct. 31.

AT WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Highway, Port Allen. Featuring "Raw Sugar: Harvest in Black and White" on display through Dec. 31; "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" on display through Oct. 29.

AT LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "Bonjour: Au Revoir Surréalisme" on display through March 25; "Broken Time: Sculpture by Martin Payton" through Feb. 11; and "Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection."

AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "The Art of Chaos & Order: Sam Losavio" on display through Jan. 7; "The Red That Colored the World" on display through Jan. 14; "Alyce Simon: Atomic Art" through Dec. 3; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays.

AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring selections from the permanent collection.

Compiled by Kristie Bihm.