Magnolia in mourning

Learn about the rituals and customs associated with death in early 19th-century Louisiana during special tours at Magnolia Mound Plantation.

From Friday to Nov. 7, the house will be decorated in the customary funeral style of the era for a nonscary educational experience on the difficulties of 19th-century life.

Call (225) 343-5955 for details.

Off to Hogwarts

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s first day at Hogwarts, a special interactive showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Main Library’s large meeting room.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for house sorting. Youths ages 6 to 18 will receive gift bags of props to help act out scenes, with one bag containing the Golden Snitch. Appropriate costumes are welcome.

Registration is required. Call (225) 231-3700.

Movie night

Independence Park Theatre’s Make it a Movie Night film at 7 p.m. Friday is “The Witches.” It tells the tale of a recently orphaned young boy visiting a hotel in England with his grandmother. The hotel is hosting a secret witches convention where a plot to rid the world of children is being hatched.

Concessions are available for purchase at this free, family-friendly indoor film series.

Treats and a movie

Teens can enjoy Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and make popcorn balls at River Center Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Junior Makers

Carver Branch Library’s Junior Makers program for children ages 9 to 11 begins at 4 p.m. Monday in the Storytime Room, where kids will build with Legos and read the nonfiction book “Great Building Designs” by Ian Graham.

Participation is limited to eight children. Call (225) 389-7460 to register.

Teen Halloween

A special Halloween program for teens gets underway at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Library’s Teen Room. An escape room will have teens working through clues and solving puzzles to open a locked box to escape the room.

Spooky stories

Mike Anderson’s spooky tales for children start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Main Library’s children’s storytime area, which will be transformed into a haunted locale.

Stories are intended for older elementary-aged kids, though all brave children are welcome. Those younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.


Refreshments, a scavenger hunt, music, campus tours and program demonstrations are part of the fun at Virginia College’s Halloween Spooktacular from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The college is at 9501 Cortana Place.

The event is free and open to the public, with everyone in attendance eligible to enter to win prizes such as Amazon gift cards.

Sock drive

East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Children’s Services Department and Baton Rouge Parents magazine are kicking off the 13th annual Sock It to Me Drive.

Throughout November, people can drop off new, unworn socks in collection boxes in the Children’s Room at any East Baton Rouge Parish Library branch. The socks will be distributed to area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and Bethany House, a facility for cancer patients at Our Lady of the Lake-Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Call Children’s Services at (225) 231-3760 for details.

Special heroes

Carver Branch Library invites children ages 9 to 11 to a reading of Kate Mesner’s “Rolling Thunder” and a patriotic key chain craft for a special hero.

It begins at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Storytime Room. Call (225) 389-7460 to register.

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