As temperatures begin to cool and leaves begin to fall, the excitement of autumn is in the air with a host of things to do in and around Zachary.

From wacky bed races for adults to spooky story time for children, there are plenty of things to do, so be sure and save the dates and enjoy fall around Zachary.

Spooky, fall-themed stories

Mike Anderson, also known as the Dulcimer Guy, will present Halloween and fall-themed stories for children at the Central, Pride-Chaneyville and Zachary branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in October.

Anderson will read a Halloween story to youth at the Central library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and read fall-themed stories to children at Pride-Chaneyville and Zachary libraries at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively, on Monday.

Costumes for Kids

The YMCA is still collecting costumes through its Costumes for Kids donation drive, which gives youths who cannot afford costumes the opportunity to enjoy the Halloween tradition.

Costume donations will be accepted at any of the YMCA’s nine locations, including the Americana in Zachary, until Monday.

If you would like to request a costume for a child in need, call Kristen Hogan at (225) 923-0653, ext. 1104, or email

Veterans Wall ceremony

The Regional Veterans Park Association invites the Zachary community and veterans and their families from around the region to the Wall of Veterans dedication ceremony, celebrating its completion.

The event will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Regional Veterans Park, 6300 Main St., Zachary, at the entrance of the fitness trail behind Lane Regional Medical Center.

Membership appreciation party

Spectrum Fitness in Zachary will be hosting a membership appreciation party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Specials will be offered throughout the day.

Pumpkin carving, painting contest

Through Tuesday, a pumpkin-carving and pumpkin-painting contest will be held for two age groups: 4- to 7-year-olds and 8- to 11-year-olds

Participating youth must paint or carve a pumpkin, give it a name and bring the pumpkin and an entry form, along with a nonperishable food item, to the Zachary Food Pantry on Rollins Road. Family and friends can stop by Business First Bank, 1858 Church St., to vote for your pumpkin.

For entry forms, call Roberta LeJeune at (225) 368-2561 or download from the Zachary Chamber's Buzz Weekly newsletter for Oct. 14.

The first-place prize is a $50 Toys 'R' Us gift card and second- and third-place prizes are a $10 gift card to Yogurt Bayou in Zachary.

Register your team for annual Bed Races

Fetch your friends, reel in your relatives and coerce your co-workers into a forming team for the Zachary Charity League's “Bringing Back the Bed Races: Halloween Edition." This event is the second annual event for the organization, which donates proceeds to area foundations, people and organizations needing assistance.

Teams of five must come up with a cool theme, build and decorate a bed and then race along Main Street in downtown Zachary beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 29. Following the races, everyone is invited to attend a concert featuring the band Perkins Road and guest singer-songwriter Michelle Willis, of Zachary.

Cost to enter the race is $150 per bed. Concert tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.

To register, visit for an entry form, rules and a waiver; email; or visit

Free stress seminar

A free stress and depression workshop for flood survivors based upon the stress management program, "The Battle Behind My Eyes," is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at Zachary United Methodist Church.

Residents affected by flooding in Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas are encouraged to attend.

Johnny Arceneaux, founder of Growth Quest, will share his personal battle against depression and stress, leading him to develop the stress management program in order to heal himself and help others.

An author, motivational speaker and instructor, Arceneaux also is the administrator for Baton Rouge Community College's Jackson campus in East Feliciana Parish.

To reserve your seat, call the Rev. Chris Roberts at (225) 654-2389 or email

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to Stacy Gill at by Monday or call (225) 993-0066.