The Halloween holiday is here.  Check out the SWLA scheduled events.  Check back often as this list will be updated weekly!

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The Halloween holiday is just around the corner and below is a list of events in Lake Charles and surrounding cities to make sure you and your family don't miss all the fun. The Lake Charles American Press recently printed a list of scheduled events, places and times in which families in SWLA can celebrate Halloween.

A Quick note for Lake Charles residents:  The City is asking parents to end trick-or-treating at 8 p.m. and have their children home by 8:30 p.m., unless they're attending a supervised function by adults or an organization. Also, make sure you check back often, because as the Lake area and surrounding communities get into the Halloween spirit, new events may be added.

Speaking of which, if you have a Halloween event and would like to have it added to the American Press listing, contact Scene Copy Editor, Brad Robichaux at 494-4073 (office), 494-4070 (fax) or email him at

Here are the 2014 Halloween Events Calender for SWLA:

Calcasieu Parish

Don't miss all the excitement as area merchants and citizens celebration Halloween with a Trunk or Treat at the Lake Charles Ward 3 (Enos Derbonne Sports Complex), located at 7903 Lake Street.  Come out in your costumes for a family evening of fun from 5:30pm-7pm Thursday October 23rd.  For more details call 337-502-5214

Every Friday and Saturday in October - Lake Charles Spirit Halloween Store The Lost Hollows

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.

Every Friday In October - Gulf Coast Ghost Tours

Adults who love to be scared or crave real life ghost stories will enjoy the Gulf Coast Ghost Tours drive-by tours.  These tours will stop off to allegedly haunted locations throughout Lake Charles, and stop to investigate a property on every tour to search for paranormal activity.  The tours run at night, 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.  Space is limited and tickets can be purchased online at for $25 per person.

Don't miss the Zombie Walk hosted Bayou Paranormal Saturday Oct. 25th. This is a family friendly event that will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Watch as the undead shuffles down Lakeshore Drive.  There is no admission fee, but donations will be appreciated as they will be donated the various Lake Charles charities.

Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue welcomes kids and their family canines to their annual Trunk or Treat.  The event will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday Oct. 27th in the PetCo parking lot located at 545 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. This event is free and will feature adoptable dogs, plenty of games, a costume contest, candy, food and refreshments.

The First United Methodist Church, located at 812 Kirkman St. in Lake Charles, will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 28th.  This is a free event for the whole family to enjoy. Children are encouraged to come out in their costumes and participate in safe trick-or-treating event in the church parking lot.

This Halloween Central School located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles will be transform into a haunted house for children.  The 100-year old building will be filled with spooky characters and scary surprises throughout its halls.  The even will take place Tuesday Oct. 28th from 5-8 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family and will benefit the preservation efforts for this historic building and arts center.

October 29th - A.B. Franklin Annual Halloween Party

Wednesday October 29th come out the A.B. Franklin's Annual Halloween Party at McMillan Park from 5:30pm-7pm complete with hot dogs, candy, freshments and other free activities for the entire family.  There will also be senior citizen bingo from 10am-1pm that same day at the Foreman-Reynaud Community Center.


On October 30th the Foreman-Reynaud Community Center, located at 215 Albert Street will host their annual Harvest Festival from 5:pm-7pm. This is a free event and the first 250 children will receive a hot dog, chips and soda.  Local businesses are invited to come out and pass out candy and treats and for more information call 337-436-2500.

The Prien Lake Mall will host its annual Malloween this year from 5:30-7 p.m. on Halloween, Friday Oct. 31st.  For a safe trick-or-treating experience, families are encouraged to bring their Children in costume and walk from store to store to collect candy, prizes and more.

The city of Lake Charles Recreation Department will host a Harvest Fest from 5-8 p.m. Friday Oct. 31st at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arena. This is a free event that will feature a costume contest and indoor parade, were kids can show off their Halloween costumes on stage, a Monster Mash with music for children 13-17, outdoor movie and games complete with vendors for food and refreshments.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 1700 on Maplewood Drive in Sulphur is holding its annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.  This will take place 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 benefiting the church’s charitable gifts and giveaways, like their Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts for people in need.  There will be activities for children to include face painting, photos with scarecrows.  Trailer and wheelbarrow rides will also be available on the church grounds.

Come out to the Lake Charles Civic Center for the first annual Lake Charles Halloween Music Festival Oct. 25-28.  Wear your best costume for a chance to win prizes , enjoy live music and more.  Admission is free.

Allen Parish

October 20th - Oakdale Christ Church Fall Festival

Christ Church of Oakdale will hold its 2nd annual Cook-off/Fall Festival will take place   9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 20th. They'll  will be fun jumps, face panting, a dunking booth, washer board tournament, apple bobbing, a treasure chest, cake walk, pony rides for kids, pick up ducks and much more.  There will be a chili cookoff and judging will be at  1 p.m.  For more info or to reserve a vending booth for $15 contact Katrina Ford at 318-306-0520 or Kendra Mason at 318-491-2315.

Cotober 30th - Oakdale Old Haunted Hospital

Visit the Old Haunted Hospital in Oakdale, LA. located at 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.

October 30th - Oakdale Downtown Trick or Treat

Don't miss the downtown Trick of Treat extravaganza in Oakdale.  It will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 30th. Merchants from the area and residents will be on hand to give out candy and other goodies.  Traffic will be closed Sixth Avenue from the United Methodist Church to Oakdale High School as this event takes place.

October 30st - Allen Oaks Nursing Home

On October 30th OAKDALE — Allen Oaks Nursing Home, located at 909 East Sixth Ave., invites to community out to visit with residents from 4:30pm-8pm.  Plus enjoy food and refreshments like, hot dogs, popcorn and punch.

October 31st - Papa K’s Pumpkin Patch

Papa K's Pumpkin Patch will be open to the community in Oakdale for 10 am-6pm.  The pumpkin patch is located at First United Pentecostal Church on 421 West Sixth Ave. through October 31st.

Jeff Davis Parish

October 25th - Halloween Family Fun Night

JENNINGS — The Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, located at 600 Roberts Ave., will hold a Halloween Family Fun Night 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25th.  There will be a costume contest beginning at 5:30 p.m..  If you plan on participating, be sure to register at 5 p.m. Everyone in and around the community can participate with a two-ticket entry fee. There will be plenty of food to eat, as the Snack Shack and Sweet Shop will open 6-7:30 p.m.  The menu will include Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage poboys, jambalaya, nachos and a variety of sweets for various ticket amounts. There will also be plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy like a Trunk or Treat, a Spook House, games, hayride, and much more. Tickets will be available at the front office and at the gate for $1 each. For more info, contact Sarah Boudreaux at 824-1743 or

October 27th - Bethel Baptist Fall Festival

JENNINGS — On October 27th the Bethel Baptist Church, La. 102, will hold its annual Fall Festival from 3-6 p.m.  Activities will include inflatables, a rock wall, train, games, costume contest, and a “Science World,” for family entertainment.  Plenty of food and sweets will be available like hamburger, cotton candy and popcorn.  There will also be a pie eating contest and free candy.

October 27th - Lake Arthur Boo on the Avenue

LAKE ARTHUR — Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lake Arthur Boo on the Avenue.  The spooky event will get underway with a scarecrow contest at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27th, at the Flower Spot from 4-6 p.m.  Sunday join in on the family-oriented activities downtown to include trick-or-treating, a chili cook-off, pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest for children, adults and pets.  There even be train rides in the park, games and much more. Tickets will be sold for 25 cents each for games and train ride. Candy and goodies will be handed out 6-8 p.m. on Main Street and later for those enjoy a good scare stop off to the Haunted Park from 7-8 p.m. On October 28th Sugar Chic will sponsor a pumpkin decorating contest.  Pumpkins must be decorated without being carved and the can be real or fake.  Bring your pumpkins between 4-5 p.m. at Sugar Chic, 112 Arthur Ave, as judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more info call Joanna LeJeune at 774-5101 or Sammy Lejeune at 329-0537 or Vickie Broussard at 774-3682.

October 30th - Main Street Trick or Treat

JENNINGS — On October 30th from 5:30-6:30pm local merchants and residents will hand out candy and goodies on Main Street for children up to 12 years old. Main Street will be blocked to traffic between Academy and Market streets. For more details call Michelle Hebert at 821-5532.

October 30th - First Baptist Family Fall Festival

JENNINGS — Come out to the annual First Baptist Church Family Fall Festival.  The event will get underway at the church, located at 1001 Cary Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center. The is a free event.

October 31st - United Methodist Trunk or Treat

JENNINGS — On October 31st the Jennings United Methodist Church, located at 702 Cary Ave., will hold a Trunk or Treat from 5-7 p.m.   The family event will take place in the church parking lot and it's a free event. There will also be a haunted house. For more information, call the church at 824-4079.

Adult Halloween Events in Calcasieu Parish

Alexander Art Studio Halloween Open House

The Alexander Art Studio will hold a Halloween Open House starting at 10 a.m. on October 27th. View the galleries favorite pieces and don't miss the costume contest.  There will be a performance by a fire-dancer and for a special treat the original Frankenstein film will be projected on the building’s exterior.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest

October 26th Jack Daniels Bar & Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort will host a Halloween Party and Costume Contest at 10 p.m.  The party will be emceed by Shawn Whitney of Rockstar radio, and music will be played by DJ Adriana.  You must be 21 or older enter to the event, and the admission will be $15 per a person. All costumed attendees will be entered to win prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Yesterday’s Halloween Party

October 27th Yesterday’s will hold a Halloween Party featuring the band Steel Shot beginning at 8 p.m.

Texas Longhorn Club Halloween Party

October 27th the Texas Longhorn Club in Vinton will hold a Halloween party at 8 p.m.

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