With Halloween just a few weeks away, the Lake Area is getting into the spirit with a variety of events scheduled throughout the month. The American Press has put together this special Halloween Events Calendar for our readers.
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Members of the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue will welcome both kids and canines to their annual Trunk or Treat event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the PetCo parking lot located at 545 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. The event will feature adoptable dogs, games, a costume contest, candy and concessions.
First United Methodist Church, 812 Kirkman St. in Lake Charles, will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28. Families are encouraged to come with their costumed children to partake in safe trick or treating in the church’s parking lot.
The Prien Lake Mall will host its annual Malloween 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes and walk from store to store in a safe environment.
The city of Lake Charles Recreation Department will host a Harvest Fest 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arena. The free event will feature a parade in which kids can show off their Halloween costumes on stage, a Monster Mash event with music for children 13-17, an outdoor movie and games and vendors on site for refreshments.
The 100-year-old Central School located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles will be transformed into a haunted house for children, and filled with spooky characters and scary surprises throughout its halls Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets for the event will cost $5 per person or $10 per family and will benefit preservation efforts for the historic arts center.
The Lost Hollows, hosted by Bon Vivant, offers Halloween fun for children of all ages. After taking the provided vehicles from the Lake Charles Spirit Halloween store to the trail, visitors can choose The Spooky Timbers Trail, which costs $5 per person and is a hayride for all ages, or Deadly Pines Trail, which costs $15 per person and is a hike that winds through the woods. Both trails are open from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday of October and from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Oct. 28-31.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 1700 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur is holding its annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6-p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkins will cover the entire grounds of the church and will be on sale to fund the church’s charitable gifts such as Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts for the needy. Activities for children such as face painting, photos with scarecrows and trailer and wheelbarrow rides will also be available on the church grounds.
Gulf Coast Ghost Tours will be doing drive-by tours of allegedly haunted locations throughout Lake Charles, and will be making a stop on every tour to investigate a property for paranormal activity. Tours will run every Friday in October from 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased for $25 per person online at www.evenbrite.com
Bayou Paranormal will host a horde of the undead during its Zombie Walk Oct. 25. Zombies will shuffle down Lakeshore Drive in this family friendly event at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Admission is free but donations will be given to local charities.
The Lake Charles Civic Center will hold the first annual Lake Charles Halloween Music Festival Oct. 25-28. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to dress in costume for the chance to win prizes while they listen to local music acts from a wide array of genres.
OAKDALE — Christ Church of Oakdale will hold its second annual Cook-off/Fall Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20. There will be fun jumps, a dunking booth, washer board tournament, face painting, apple bobbing, treasure chest, cake walk, pony rides, pick up ducks and more. Judging for the chili cookoff will be at 1 p.m. For more information or to reserve a vending booth for $15 call Katrina Ford at 318-306-0520 or Kendra Mason at 318-491-2315.
OAKDALE — The Old Haunted Hospital, 107 South 12th St., will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26- 27 and Oct. 30. All ages are welcome, but ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5.
OAKDALE — Downtown Trick of Treat will be 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 30. Merchants and residents will hand out candy and other goodies.Sixth Avenue from the United Methodist Church to Oakdale High School will be closed to traffic.
OAKDALE — Allen Oaks Nursing Home, 909 East Sixth Ave., will serve hot dogs, popcorn and punch 4:30-8 p.m. Oct. 30. The community is invited to eat and visit with residents.
OAKDALE — Papa K’s Pumpkin Patch will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31 at First United Pentecostal Church, 421 West Sixth Ave.
JENNINGS — Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, 600 Roberts Ave., will hold a Halloween Family Fun Night 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the school. A costume contest will begin at 5:30 p.m., with registration starting at 5 p.m. Everyone can participate with a two-ticket entry fee. The Snack Shack and Sweet Shop will open 6-7:30 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage poboys, jambalaya, nachos and sweets will be available for various ticket amounts. There will also be games, a Trunk or Treat, hayride, Spook House and more. Tickets will be available at the front office and at the gate. Cost is $1. For more information, contact Sarah Boudreaux at 824-1743 or email@example.com.
JENNINGS — Bethel Baptist Church, La. 102, will hold its annual Fall Festival 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27. Activities include inflatables, a rock wall, train, games, costume contest, “Science World,” pie eating contest, food and more. All activities and candy are free. Hamburgers, cotton candy and popcorn will be sold.
LAKE ARTHUR — The third annual Lake Arthur Boo on the Avenue will start with a scarecrow contest at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Flower Spot and continue 4-6 p.m. Sunday with activities downtown. The family-oriented event will include trick-or-treating, a chili cookoff, pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest for children, adults and pets, train rides in the park, games and more. Tickets are 25 cents each for games and train ride. Goodies will be handed out 6-8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be a Haunted Park from 7-8 p.m. Sugar Chic will sponsor a pumpkin decorating contest for Boo on the Avenue on Oct. 28. Pumpkins must be decorated any way you chose other than carving. Real or fake pumpkins will be accepted, but no carved pumpkins. Pumpkins should be dropped off 4-5 p.m. at Sugar Chic, 112 Arthur Ave. Judging is at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Joanna LeJeune at 774-5101 or Sammy Lejeune at 329-0537 or Vickie Broussard at 774-3682.
JENNINGS — Local merchants and individuals will hand out candy and other goodies 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 on Main Street for children up to 12 years old. Main Street will be blocked off between Academy and Market streets.For more information, call Michelle Hebert at 821-5532.
JENNINGS — First Baptist Church, 1001 Cary Ave., will have its annual Family Fall Festival 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Family Life Center. The event is free.
JENNINGS — Jennings United Methodist Church, 702 Cary Ave., will hold a Trunk or Treat event 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot. There will also be a haunted house. The event is free. For more information, call the church at 824-4079.
The Alexander Art Studio will hold a Halloween Open House on starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 27. The gallery will be showing some of its favorite pieces as well as holding a costume contest, a performance by a fire-dancer and projecting the original Frankenstein film on building’s exterior.
Jack Daniels Bar & Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort will host a Halloween Party and Costume Contest at 10 p.m. Oct. 26. The party will be emceed by Shawn Whitney of Rockstar radio, and music will be played by DJ Adriana. Only those age 21 and up will be allowed entry to the event, and cover will cost $15 per a person. All costumed attendees will be entered to win prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Yesterday’s will hold a Halloween Party featuring the band Steel Shot beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 27.
The Texas Longhorn Club in Vinton will hold a Halloween party on Oct. 27, 2012 beginning at 8 p.m.