Halloween is Friday October 31st, here's a list of family friendly trick-or-treat events taking place in the area.

(Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

The Halloween holiday will be celebrated all week and thanks to the Lake Charles American Press, below is list of various family activities and events in and around the area.

Hours for trick-or-treating:  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.

Here are the 2014 Halloween Events Calender for SWLA:

Calcasieu Parish

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 www.evenbrite.com for $25 per person.

McNeese State University is holding a special Halloween event for children interested in science.  Kids in 2nd grade, through 5th grade are invited to attend a Science Trick and Treat event Monday, Oct. 27th.

This is the perfect way for kids to spend a teacher in-service.  There will be two sessions - 8 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m., and both will take place in Room 225 of Kirkman Hall.

Kids will enjoy science demonstrations and learn the meaning behind various experiments.  Speaking of which, they will also learn how to tie-dye, so be sure to bring a white shirt. There is a $30 cost to attend and snacks and beverages will be served.

For more info, contact the McNeese Chemistry and Physics Department at 475-5776.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email atcdo@mcneese.edu.

Families in the area are invited to share candy and treats at this years trunk-or-treat.  Setup time for “Trunkers” will be from 4:00-4:30, no cars will be allowed in to park after 4:30.  All trunkers will need to provide their own candy to share.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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