● Published by Robert Frey
By Shanna Perkins
Covenant United Methodist Church
300 E Martial Ave.
This pumpkin patch is the real deal with huge spreads of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. The patch is open for guests on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-7 p.m., Wednesday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 9-7 p.m. and Sunday 1-7 p.m. Special events include hayrides, food, face painting, arts and crafts and food truck corrals. To keep up with the schedule of events visit www.covenantum.org/pumpkinpatch.
Museum of Fear
Every Friday & Saturday in October
Lafayette Science Museum
433 Jefferson St.
The doors open at 7 p.m. and don’t close until 11 p.m. or whenever the last person leaves! The Museum of Fear occupies the third floor of the Lafayette Science Museum. There will be a combination of seasoned actors, elaborate set design and a spooky soundtrack. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at museumoffear.org/purchase-tickets.php.
Spooktacular Halloween Party
Oct. 17, 18, 24 & 31
Children’s Museum of Acadiana
201 E Congress St.
This one is deemed the “not so spooky” Halloween celebration, so it’s perfect for the whole family. It takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Activities include fun and informative displays like Witches Brew, Mr. Bones and Friends, Feed My Monster, Mummy Pets, Mummy’s Ride, The Slime Pit, Haunted House Book Nook and Pictures. There will also be a costume contest with several different categories. Admission is $9 and $8 if you come dressed in costume.
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, Oct. 18 & Sunday, Oct. 19
Zoosiana – Zoo of Acadiana
5601 U.S. 90
Boo at the Zoo is packed with family fun! Stop by on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There are costume contests from 12 noon-2 p.m. each day, games, candy stations, face painting, tattoos, live entertainment, sand art and an opportunity to check out the zoo’s many animals. To purchase tickets, visit zooofacadiana.org/ticket-purchase.
Ghost & Goblins 5K & Halloween Bash
Saturday, Oct. 25
Palmetto Island State Park
19501 Pleasant Road
The Ghost & Goblin 5K takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Costumes are encouraged for this spooky sprint! There is a $25 registration fee, which you can pay at registercajuntiming.com. There will also be a campsite decorating contest, trick or treating and a haunted nature trail. For more information, call 337-652-2484
Terror on the Teche
Saturday Oct. 25
Shadows on the Teche
317 E Main St.
The Shadows hosts the Iberia Parish Library story-telling event. Families are encouraged to come in costume and hear Sherry T. Broussard’s story, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Iberia Parish Library and the Shadows Visitor Center. For more information, call 337-369-6446.
This family-friendly event celebrates the folklore of the South Louisiana Rougarou. Funds raised go to support South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center. The action happens from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There will be plenty of live music, parades, runs, food and drinks and more spooky fun. This is one unique event!
Harvest Moon Festival
Main St., Franklin
Franklin’s Annual Harvest Moon Festival – The Franklin Merchants Association presents the 15th Annual Harvest Moon Festival. Festivities take place from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, Franklin. The free festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest and the return of fall. Events include arts and crafts, live entertainment, Chez Hope Kids Playland, a 5K run/walk, a classic car show, costume contests and a golf cart parade.
Scare on the Square
All of downtown Abbeville gets in on the action! Downtown businesses will hand out candy and there will be a costume contest in the square. Registration and judging for the costume contest will be at 4:45-5:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 5:45 p.m. and trick or treating is from 6-8 p.m.
Boo on the Boulevard
Corner of 2nd St. and Irving Ave.
Bring the entire family out for a spooky good time in Turnley Park! There will be a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Both ends of Main Street will be closed off to ensure safe trick or treating, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. Local businesses will hand out candy.
Ghost Hunter’s Bash
T’Frere’s House Bed & Breakfast
1905 Verot School Road
This fright-astic holiday event is intended for adults only and will be celebrated with a fun-filled evening of dancing, a “to die for” costume contest with Special Guest Judge Sharon Moss, and an interactive tour of T’Frere’s House! Tickets for the event include delicious food by Bon Temps Grill, festive spirits by Feed & Seed. For more information or to purchase tickets, please email email@example.com.