Haunted stories and Louisiana-made rum will highlight Ghosts Along the Bayou, a Halloween eve soirée at Vermilionville on Thursday featuring selections from Cheré Coen’s book, “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana,” and tastings of Donner-Peltier Distillers’ Rougaroux Rum.

Coen, an award-winning writer and ghost hunter from New Orleans, will share stories from her visits to Lafayette’s haunted sites, along with her travels to the countryside in search of ghostly spirits and specters. While listening to the haunted tales, the audience will sample rum that’s crafted in a 3,000-liter, copper German still.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free, but alcohol sampling is limited to adults 21 and older. For information, contact Millicent Norbert at cuisine@bayou vermiliondistrict.org or (337) 233-4077 or visit vermilionville.org.

Halloween at the park

Children and adults are invited to Lafayette’s Girard Park on Halloween for family-friendly fun including games, prizes, face-painting, balloons and arts and crafts, along with a costume contest. Participants should bring a flashlight and a bag for treats; food and drinks will be available. The event starts at 6 p.m. at 500 Girard Park Drive. For information, call (337) 291-8370.

Calling business graduates

Business college alumni from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration are welcomed to the Homecoming Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Moody Hall.

Chitimacha exhibit opens

A Chitimachan exhibition featuring photography and basket displays from Louisiana’s Chitimacha Tribe opens Saturday, marking the beginning of National Native American Month.

“Chitimacha Life,” a free exhibit to be held at the Acadiana Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve begins Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 29. The Chitimacha are the only tribe in Louisiana to still reside on a portion of their original homeland.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information, call (337) 232-0789 or visit nps.gov/jela.

Civil War re-enactment set

Re-enactors will portray Civil War-era life in New Iberia on Saturday and Sunday during Shadows-on-the-Teche’s encampment weekend.

The free event, presented by Iberia Preservation Alliance, will feature re-enactments of the invasion of the Teche region and the occupation of Shadows-on-the-Teche in 1863 along with marching drills, camp life, artillery firing and other Civil War-era scenarios from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

A theatrical performance from New Iberia Beneath the Balconies will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Shadows’ gallery, and visitors can enjoy lunch, shopping and music by the Berry Classics in downtown New Iberia from noon to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Shadows-on-the-Teche at (337) 369-6446 or email cschramm@savingplaces.org.

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