“HOWLoween” Trick & Treat for families and their dogs will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Forest Community Park, 13900 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road.

A Best Dog Costume Contest will be held and prizes awarded. Visit local pet advocacy groups’ tents for information and treats for the family and the dogs. There also will be food and music.

For more information, call (225) 272-9200 or visit brec.org/Halloween.

Opera Louisiane

Opera Louisiane will share general information about the opera and perform excerpts from its upcoming performance of “Hansel and Gretel” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Main Library. This event is for ages 5 and older; all children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Make-and-take craft

Children ages 4 to 11 can make a bat out of pom poms to take home to wear, decorate or to give to a friend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Oct. 30 at River Center Branch Library. Call (225) 389-4959 for more information.

Teen Craft Club

Teens are welcome to play Exquisite Corpse Parlor Games at River Center Branch Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Explore several mediums including written corpse and pencil/pen or ink with this classic surrealist Pictionary-like game.

Creole mourning customs

Magnolia Mound Plantation is ready for Halloween. The historic house is decorated in the style of 19th century mourning, with special tours explaining the various customs associated with death and dying in early Louisiana.

Guided tours begin on the hour, with the last house tour beginning at 3 p.m., from Saturday through Nov. 1. Normal fees apply. Call (225) 343-4955 for more information.

Science Academy for kids

Highland Road Park Observatory’s Science Academy for children ages 8 to 12 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the observatory.

Children will engage in hands-on demonstrations and experiments related to astronomy, physics and space science. They rise through the ranks, earning higher Cadet Certificates as the sessions go on.

Participation is limited to 16 children, and registration is required. Cost is $5 for East Baton Rouge Parish residents and $6 for nonresidents. Call (225) 768-9948 or email observatory@brec.org.

Spooky Spectrum

Highland Road Park Observatory’s eighth annual Spooky Spectrum, a family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish, is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with creepy science demonstrations, some never used before. Enjoy campfire stories, strange sky phenomena, extra dimensions and extraterrestrials.

Filmmaking basics

Independence Park Theatre will host “Hands-On: One-Week Filmmaking Workshop” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Oct. 30.

Students of this one-week course for ages 18 and older will learn the basics of writing, directing, camera operation and digital editing.

Cost is $75 per person. For more information, call (225) 216-0660.

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

Get into the Halloween spirit by paddling in the dark along the shoreline of University Lakes at BREC’s Pumpkin Paddle Parade from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Wampold Park.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume and add some lighting to their watercraft. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Participants are asked to bring a voluntary contribution to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.


BREC’s annual BREC-A-BOO Halloween event for all ages will be held at Gus Young Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. BREC-A-BOO features carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, a haunted hike, inflatables and more.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email, southside@theadvocate.com.