The first rolling of the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 29 in downtown Baton Rouge.

The parade is being put on by the 10/31 Consortium, a local nonprofit benefiting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program. Sponsors include Gerry Lane Enterprises and the 13th Gate Haunted House.

The theme is “First Fright: Something Wicked This Way Comes!”

The parade will have a variety of costumed characters and floats with an assortment of Halloween decorations.

These include themes such as Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, Cleopatra’s Revenge Belly Dancers and zombies.

The 13th Gate also will have a horse-drawn hearse in the parade. Other special groups include the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program, the Marching Band Project and the Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums.

The grand marshal of the inaugural parade is the mummy from the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum.

“The LASM Mummy is a perfect representation of Halloween in Baton Rouge,” said Kelley Criscoe, the parade’s founder.

Spectators are asked to donate nonperishable food to the Food Bank along the parade route.

The route will include a no-alcohol zone on Convention Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. 

For a complete route map or more information on the parade and its parent organization, go to or follow “Baton Rouge Halloween Parade” on Facebook.