Happy Halloween: Your thrill guide to fall fests and all kinds of frightening fun

Published 11:54 am Friday, October 22, 2021

Southwest Louisiana has plenty of Halloween and fall events for children and adults this year, including costume contests, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, movies, games and plenty of treats.

October 23

Halloween Festival

WELSH – A Halloween Festival will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 in downtown Welsh. There will be face painting, balloon art, cotton candy, popcorn, cupcake decorating, pottery painting, costume contest, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Wristbands will be available for $20 for all activities. Tickets will also be available for individual activities.

Dial M for Murder

JENNINGS – A Block off Broadway’s Movie Night will show Alfred Hitchock’s “Dial M for Murder” (1954) at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Strand Theater, 432 N. Main Street, Jennings. Tickets are $3 with those 12 and under free. Doors open at 5 p.m.

October 29

Halloween in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH – The Village of Elizabeth will hold Halloween Trick or Treat activities 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. Activities include door-to-door trick or treating, decorating contests and more. Cruella starring Emma Stone will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Elizabeth Community Center.

Halloween Parade

DERIDDER –  The Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce will host Trick or Treat on Washington Street and Halloween Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Line up for the parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 171 N and Washington Street in between the Farmers Market and First National Bank DeRidder drive thru branch, and continue down in front of The Stadium Grill and then west on Port Street. The parade will end at the volleyball courts.

October 30

Pumpkin Patch Family Day

JENNINGS – A Pumpkin Patch Family Day will be held 10 a.m. till dusk Saturday, Oct. 30 at First Baptist Church of Jennings, 1001 Cary Ave. There will be pumpkins, games, storytelling, hayrides, fun jumps, food and more.

Trunk R’ Treat Returns

LAKE CHARLES – Christ the King’s Trunk R’ Treat will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 7680 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.  Children can go from trunk to trunk collecting candy.

Trick or Treat Trail

OAKDALE – A Trick or Treat Trail will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in downtown Oakdale. Businesses and organizations will have tents, tables and booths set up to hand out treats to children. A pumpkin decorating contest will also be held.

Harvest Fest 

KINDER – The Grand Church, 205 1st Ave., will present Harvest Fest 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be games, a petting zoo, hay rides, fun jumps, candy, hamburgers and hot dogs, funnel cakes and more.

Downtown Halloween

KINDER – Trick-or-treating will be held in downtown Kinder 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Families, churches, businesses and other organizations will be handing out candy. The street between U.S. 190 and U.S. 165 will be closed from Eighth Street to the gazebo.

Pumpkin Fest

GRANT – The Grant Christmas Tree Farm, 716 Whitaker Road, will hold its annual Pumpkin Fest 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

There will be music, hayride, pumpkin painting, arts and craft show, face painting, corn maze, zip line, pumpkin jumping pillow, cage maze, Christmas trees and more.

For more information call 318-634-3408 or 1-800-987-6635.

Witch Way to Main Street

LEESVILLE – Witch Way t Main Street will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in the Leesville Main Street District downtown.

There will be candy, food, music and fun.

Trunk r  Treat

WELSH – Welsh First Baptist Church, 500 S. Adams St., will hold Trunk r Treat 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Poltergeist & The Shining

JENNINGS – A Block off Broadway’s Movie Night will show “Poltergeist” (1982) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, followed by “The Shining” (1980) at 10 p.m. at the Strand Theater, 432 N. Main Street, Jennings.

Tickets are $3 with those 12 and under free.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

October 31

Boo-tastic Bash

LAKE CHARLES – The Boo-tastic Bash will feature a mall-wide-trick-or-treat, 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Prien Lake Mall, 496 E. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles.

The City of Lake Charles’ Recreation and Parks Department will provide Harvest Fest games, including bounce houses.

The event is free and open to the public.

All CDC and state mask mandates will be followed.

Boo on the Avenue

LAKE ARTHUR – Boo on the Avenue will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31 in downtown Lake Arthur.

Face painting and train rides will begin at 2:30 p.m.. Games and other activities from 3-5 p.m. with a small fee for games and activities.

Other activities will include a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, dog costume contest, haunted house, pumpkin-bake off, coloring contest and photo booth.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Goody give-away begins at 5 p.m.

Halloween Drive Thru

LACASSINE – The Lacassine Fire Station will hold a Halloween Drive Thru Trick or Treating, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Fall Fest

LAKE CHARLES – Livingway Pentecoastal Church, 1617 E. McNeese Street, will hold Fall Fest, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

There will be trunk or treating, food trucks, carved pumpkin contest, axe throwing, fun jumps and more.

Through Oct. 30

Lost Hollows haunted trails

LAKE CHARlES – The Lost Hollows haunted attractions will be held Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30 and on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Lines for the event open at 6 p.m. Shuttles will run from sunset to 11 p.m.

Tickets for various trails are available onsite or online at thelosthollows.com. Discounts available to groups with 20 or more people.

Parking and shuttles will be at 3401 Derek Drive, Lake Charles.

For more information call 337-415-9159 or online at helosthollows.com

Garage of Nightmares

WELSH – Garage of Nightmare, located at Mr. Clint’s, 205 S. Adams Street, will be held 3-6 p.m. every Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 30.

Admission fee is one canned good or non-perishable item to be donated to a local food pantry.

Scarecrow Patch

DERIDDER – Downtown DeRidder will host a Scarecrow Patch through Oct. 31.

Scarecrows will be placed next to the caboose in the downtown area

Ongoing events

Fall Fun at CM Farms

DRY CREEK – Fall Fun will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays in October and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays in November and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays at CM Farms, 252 CM Farms Road.

The fun includes over 40 activities, attractions, corn mazes, live entertainment, farm animals and more. There is also a pumpkin barn, country store, sweet shop and photo booth.

Farm admission is $17 for ages 3 and older. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more with reservations. Military and Scouts discounts are also available.

Additional costs for paintball shooting gallery, aqua blaster, gemstone mining and pony rides.

Admission may be purchased online or at the gate.

For more information call 337-328-8916 or online at cmfarmsllc.com/fall-fun


Kinder: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

Oberlin and Reeves : 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

Oakdale: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

Leesville; 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30.

Jennings: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Welsh: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31

Lake Arthur: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31

Lake Charles – Trick or treat activities should end at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. Children should be home by 8:30 p.m., unless attending a supervised function sponsored by parents or civic organizations.

Sulphur: No designated time, Sunday, Oct. 31