Costumed dogs will be the center of attention at BREC’s annual Howl-o-ween Trick and Treat event Friday at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park in Forest Community Park.

Get the whole family dressed in costume and don’t forget to dress up the dog for the fun event, set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A “best dog” costume contest will be held and prizes awarded. Visit the local pet advocacy group’s tents for information and treats for both the family AND the dogs!

Trick and Treat is free and open to the public. All pets are welcome but four-legged friends must be up-to-date on vaccinations.

Trick and Treat is brought to the community by All Pets Hospital, APAWS, CAAWS, Fleur de Lead, Looking Fur Love, PETCO, SOS Rescue, The Pet Nanny and Yelp!

For more information, call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Bluebonnet Swamp haunted for nighttime hike

Grab your flashlight and head out to the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Friday for a Swamp Haunted Hikes program.

The hike, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is designed especially for younger children.

This program is an alternative to the commercial haunted houses geared toward teens and adults.

Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats and other “creepy critters” as they stop at educational stations along the trail.

No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome to come in costume.

All participants should bring a flashlight, and because this program is at night, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $6.

For more information, call Shannon Guidry at (225) 757-8905 or email

St. George sets open house

St. George Catholic School’s annual Fall Open House is planned from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Join members of the school community for guided tours of the campus and classrooms, observe teachers and students in classroom settings, meet the administrative team and learn about St. George Catholic School.

Tours will begin in the school gym, 7880 St. George Drive.

For more information, visit

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southside@ Deadline: noon Monday.