Editor's note: This column was changed to delete a BREC event planned for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Forest Community Park due to expected inclement weather.

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.


BREC’s annual BREC-A-BOO Halloween celebration is back for another year of spooky and silly fun at Forest Community Park. Put on a Halloween costume and enjoy carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, inflatables, haunted hikes and more.

All ages can get in on the fun from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, while 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday is for children ages 6 and younger. Haunted hikes are $3 per person.

Also, run to stay alive during the Zombie 5K Fun Run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and runners should arrive early to reserve their spot. Runners must dodge the undead as the zombies attempt to take the runners’ lives, or flags, before reaching safety at the finish line.

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.

Stories and crafts

Halloween stories and crafts for children ages 3 to 8, accompanied by an adult, are available at Fairwood Branch Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Stories will be read at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The craft of a bat, Frankenstein or jack-o'-lantern paper plate pal will be available as supplies last.

Creepy pom-poms

Teens can create spooky pom-pom characters such as ghosts, eyeballs and more out of yarn from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.


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.

Memory screenings

YMCA of the Capital Area and the Alzheimer’s Association are offering free memory screenings in November, observed as National Alzheimer’s Month. The simple, noninvasive tests gauge memory, thinking and language skills to determine if someone should seek further Alzheimer’s evaluation from a physician.

Screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 at the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 1555 Old Hammond Highway. Call (225) 272-9622 for details.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southeast@theadvocate.com. Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.