The annual Park-A-Boo Halloween celebration is Oct. 24-26 on Pavillion Island in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

Sponsored by the Kenner North Kiwanis Club and its partners, tickets are $5 per person for ages 3 to 12, and $7 per person ages 13 and older. Children 3 and under will be admitted free.

Each ticket includes a one-time admission. The event includes face painting, games, animal balloons, trick-or-treating and storytelling.

There will be a costume contest each day of the event, with a registration fee of $5 per person. The contest times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at both 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Also, a first-time scarecrow building and decorating contest is planned. The contest is open to youngsters 12 and younger, but adults may assist. There is no cost to enter. Scarecrows will be judged on creativity and originality. Prizes will be given for first through fourth places. For first place, the prize is $150; for second, $125; for third, $100; and for fourth, $50.

A frame will be provided for each scarecrow and delivered to the child’s school as soon as an entry form is submitted. Rebar will be placed in the ground at the park, and each entry will have a 5-by-5-foot area for the exhibit.

No commercial costumes, rubber masks or plastic masks will be accepted. All entries must be handmade.

All entries should include a laminated sign no larger than 8½ inches by 11 inches indicating the name of the contestant, his or her school and the name of the scarecrow.

The scarecrows must be set up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 24; judging will begin at 5 p.m. Ribbons will be placed on the winning entries and the prizes will be brought to the winners Oct. 28.

All scarecrow entries must be picked up from the park between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, the final day of the event.

For information about the event and the contests, including an entry form for the scarecrow contest, go to or call (504) 432-5498 or (504) 812-8405 for information.