Area residents have several opportunities to dust off their wigs and pretend to be someone else for an afternoon or evening.
Organizations and schools in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are taking the opportunity to embrace Halloween with a number of community events.
The festivities begin Friday with the annual Night at the Boo-seum at the Thibodaux Firemen's Fairgrounds at Tiger Drive and Parish Road. Children can participate in the Trick or Treat Street or Activity Alley or just listen to the music. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. For information, visit bayoucountrychildrensmuseum.org.
Also on Friday, Fletcher Technical Community College, 1407 La. 311, Schriever, is holding Fall Fest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The festival will have trick or treating, games and a costume contest. All ages are welcome but participants are asked not to wear scary costumes. Donations will be collected for The United Way to benefit The Haven, a shelter for women and children who are domestic abuse victims. For information, visit http://www.fletcher.edu.
Bricks4Kids in Houma is holding a Halloween Kidz Night Out event Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with an appearance from Fitness Frenzy and DJ Rhett. The event will feature a glow party and games, a Thriller dance by DJ Rhett, pizza crafts and more. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 872-2772. The event will take place at 243 Enterprise Drive, Suite A, Houma.
Nifty Fifties Cafe will hold a Trunk or Treat event Saturday at the cafe, 9730 E. Main St., Houma, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The First United Methodist Church of Thibodaux is already selling pumpkins and preparing for the second weekend of playland activities. The patch is at 1255 Canal Blvd. and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. through Oct. 28. Playland is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for crafts, games and food for those of all ages. All proceeds from the pumpkin patch will go toward benefit missions in the community. For information, call the church office at 447-4287.
In Houma, Vandebilt Catholic High School’s Hope Buddies organization is holding a Treats at the Track event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the track, 209 S. Hollywood Road, Houma. The free event is open to all those with disabilities ages 5 to 22 and their families for face painting, music and trick or treating.
The Bayou Country Children's Museum’s annual Bitty Booseum for toddlers will be held Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 211 Rue Bentacourt. Tales for tots will begin at 10:30 a.m. and trick or treating will begin at noon. Other crafts, face painting and activities will be available throughout the morning. Admission is free for members or $8 for non-members.
The weekend before Halloween, the Thibodaux Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers will host the annual Haunts and Horrors in da Park event at Peltier Park, 151 Peltier Park Drive.
This year’s theme is “Escape the Park After Dark” and will run Oct. 27 and 28 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $5 or $7 at the door. For information, call April or Kevin with Thibodaux Parks and Recreation at 446-7235.
First Baptist Church of Houma will also have a Trunk or Treat celebration Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 4863 W. Park Ave., Houma. Admission is free but concessions will be available for purchase to raise money for the church’s annual Brazil Mission Trip. For information, visit the church’s Facebook page.
For those that haven’t had enough tricks or treats by the time Oct. 31 rolls around, Lafourche Parish public libraries will have a variety of events scheduled throughout the day. Information can be found at lafourche.org.
Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.