Halloween is one of the best times to be a kid. This year, it falls on a Monday. Drivers are reminded to be extra-careful, especially in municipalities, to be sure that Trick-or-Treating does not turn to tragedy. Several municipalities have scheduled special events and set hours for trick-or-treating this Monday (Oct. 31).
One event in Bordelonville will be held on Sunday (Oct. 30).
In addition, churches and other organizations are also holding what many call “safe alternatives” to the traditional door-to-door candy quest.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Bordelonville - The Bordelonville Fire Department will hold its 2nd Annual Halloween Bash at the Bordelonville Fire Training/ Community Center walking track, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 30.
All children will receive a free hot dog, chips, juice and a treat bag at the end of the trick-or-treating route. The event is free of charge and open to everyone. Anyonewanting to set up a booth or with questions can call Brandi Lemoine at (318) 447-2340. If it rains the event will be in the school gym.
Monday, Oct. 31
Bunkie - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Lone Pine Assembly of God of Bunkie will sponsor a Halloween event outside of Haas Auditorium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hotdogs and juice will be served free to all children. There will be games to win candy prizes. For more info contact Fred Carmouche at (318)447-9987.
Cottonport- Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is set 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. The town’s annual Halloween Extravaganza will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Queen Square, weather permitting. In case of rain, the festivities will be moved to the KC Hall next to the town hall on Bryan Street. The event is sponsored by the Cottonport Police Department. For more information, call the Cottonport Town Hall at 318-876-3485.
Effie - “Walk-N-Treat” around the Ward 1 Community Foundation Walking Trail is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. The event is free and sponsored by the Ward 1 Community Foundation. Parking will be available at Oak Grove Methodist Church, north of the walking track on La. Hwy 115. No parking is allowed on the highway. For info call 613-2274.
Evergreen - The Evergreen Fire Department will host village Halloween activities. Candy will be given out in front of the fire station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. For info call 346-9844.
Hessmer - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. The Village of Hessmer will host its inaugural “Spooktacular Halloween” event at the old Hessmer High School gym, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Candy and hotdogs will be given out to the children. Those wanting to set up to give wrapped candy can bring tables and chairs or use the trunk of your cars to distribute goodies. No hayrides, ATVs or golf carts will be permitted. For more info, call Hessmer Town Hall at (318) 563-4511.
Mansura - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The town’s 9th Annual “Trick or Treat on the Walking Track” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Businesses and civic organizations will set up candy stations around the walking track to hand out goodies to children. A haunted house in the center of the track is sponsored by the Mansura Fire Department. Free hot dogs will be given to all children under 13. A DJ will be playing spooky music. The event is free, but visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Cenla Food Bank. Due to the ongoing situation with clowns, the town will not allow anyone with a clown mask or clown costume to enter the track. Anyone in those costumes will be escorted off the premises. For more information call the Mansura Police Department at (318) 964-2120.
-- Lifepoint Church, 1526 L’Eglise St. in Mansura, will host a Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free of charge for ages 1 to 12 years. There will be registration for a door prize of a gift certificate, which will be awarded by a drawing during the evening. For more information call (318) 253-2477.
Marksville - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. The parish’s largest event is Marksville’s annual “Halloween on the Courthouse Square,” to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Marksville. The event is hosted by the City of Marksville, Marksville Police Department, Chamber of Commerce and Avoyelles Arts Council. If you are interested in setting up a booth contact Tommy Garrot at (318) 264-8734. For additional information on the events, call Marksville City Hall at (318) 253-9500. No contests will be held this year, only candy to be given out.
-- The Avoyelles Council on Aging will host a Halloween Show at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Marksville location on Preston Street. “We Are Entertainment” will provide music for the event. Costumes are encouraged but optional. For more information call 253-5566.
Moreauville - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. A “spook-tacular” time is promised for those attending Moreauville’s Halloween activities at the walking track in front of Avoyelles High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a cooperative effort of Moreauville Volunteer Fire Department, Moreauville Neighborhood Watch and the Louisiana Farm Festival. There is no charge for those attending or for those wishing to set up booths to participate. Businesses, organizations and individuals in and around Moreauville are invited to participate by either setting up a booth or donating to the event. Those setting up booths are responsible to supply candy, a table and decorations. There will be a booth-decorating contest and Halloween costume contest with prizes awarded. You must sign-up to enter at event. Participants are asked to donate one canned good. There will also be a haunted house sponsored by AHS Interact Club. Free hot dogs and juice will be given out to children at the end of the adventure. No alcohol is allowed and security is provided. For more information call 359-1621 or 305-3375.
Plaucheville - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. An outdoor “Halloween Festival” will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the village community center. The festival is sponsored by the Village of Plaucheville and will feature booths with candy for children. Participants will get a free hotdog and juice box. There will also be an area set aside where parents can take photos of their children in costume. A costume contest will also take place and prizes will be given. If raining, event will be moved inside the center. For more information call (318) 922-3111. Blood donations will be taken inside a LifeShare bus parked at the community center. A photo identification is required for a person to participate. For info call 441-1218.
Simmesport - Trick-or-Treat (door-to-door) is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. The town of Simmesport will hold its annual “Halloween Bash” at Yellow Bayou Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Businesses and/or individuals will be allowed a free 12-foot space to set up a decorated table as a treat station. Trick or treating is for children ages 12 and under. No alcohol is allowed in the gate and only walk-in traffic will be allowed in the trick-or-treat area. To participate or for info call Tracy Lemoine at 253-2337, Gail Firmin at 359-2513 or Tisha Moreau at (337) 654-7223.