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.

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.

Mummy dearest

Carolyn Crimi’s “Where’s My Mummy?” and a not-so-scary paper mummy craft are planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library’s meeting room 1.

Participation is limited to children ages 3 to 7. Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Art and science

Students, parents and grandparents will learn the archaic photographic process of cyanotypes at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Call (225) 383-1470 for details.

Movies and music

Iconic silent films and local, contemporary bands are paired up during Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series at City-Brooks Community Park on Saturday. The event begins at 8 p.m. or sundown, whichever comes last, on the lawn behind the gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

Cost is $7 per person and includes free unlimited popcorn.


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.

Teen Halloween

A special Halloween program for teens gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. An escape room will have teens working through clues and solving puzzles to open a locked box to escape the room.


BREC’s annual BREC-A-BOO Halloween celebration is back for another year of spooky and silly fun at Gus Young Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Put on a Halloween costume and enjoy carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, inflatables and more. All ages are welcome.

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 Southside YMCA, 8482 Perkins Road. Call (225) 766-2991 for details.

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