Tales of terror, shrieks of delight, screams of horror and pumpkins alight. Have a ghoulishly good time in Shreveport-Bossier during the 13 Days of Halloween. Check out our recommendations for frighteningly fun events that run Oct. 19-31.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Pumpkin Patch at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
The Pumpkin Patch is a mission project for St. Luke's, and 100 percent of the profits made are given to local missions. In addition to pumpkins, cookbooks, T-shirts, baked goods and much more can be found at the patch. This is a free family event that is guaranteed to add to a memorable Fall. The Pumpkin Patch will be open Oct. 3-31, Sunday, 12-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call (318) 868-3613 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Corn Maze at Country Fun Farms
Come get lost on 8.5 acres of land in over five miles of pathways. This year’s maze design is inspired by “Billy the Exterminator, the A&E television series.” Friday and Saturday night’s introduce you to a haunted maze full of frightful ghouls and characters at every turn. The Corn Maze is a family event that opens Sept. 25 – Nov. 20, every Friday -Sunday Children 3 and under get in free, tickets for ages and 4 and up are $10-20. The scheduled times and dates change daily. Visit the Corn Maze at www.dixiemaze.com for more information
Thursday, Oct. 21
The State Fair of Louisiana kicks off at the Fair Grounds
Football, zydeco music, thrilling rides and games of all kinds all go together like a good pot of zesty gumbo at this year’s State Fair of Louisiana, Oct. 21-Nov. 7. Fair organizers have simply outdone themselves this year.
Check out their haunted house brought to you by the Gaslight Players. This year the title is Gentleman Death Shocktale with a theme of Imaginaruim of Immortals. See the collection of sword swallowers, clowns, and other sideshow freaks.
The Freakshow will be open everyday of the Fair. Hour of operation are weekdays 6:30-10 p.m. and Saturday -Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - closing. Cost is $5 in addition to gate admission.
The State Fair has a special Opening Day deal for you. Admission and parking are free on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., admission and parking are $1 and Bill Lowery Carnival rides are $1 each. Many food items also will be $1.
After opening day, ticket prices are $8 for gate admission or $28 for an all-inclusive pass that includes admission and rides. Fun passes cost $75 per person for all 14 days of fun. For more information call 318-635-1361.
Friday, Oct. 22
Monster Mash at Artscare
Artscare Monster Mash at Artspace will have all the guys and ghouls dressed in their best and scariest on October 22. Artscare is an annual fundraising costume party for Shreveport Regional Arts Council held at Artspace. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $25. So, dust off your most frightening monster wear and head out to dance the night away with other fright-minded party-goers.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Scary Central at the Louisiana Boardwalk
Visit the Party Central Haunted House: Scary Central's Big Top of Terror at the Louisiana Boardwalk. This haunt features a carnival theme under a large "big top tent"
with a terrifying elevator ride, darkened maze, twisted clowns and surprises around every corner.
This family event begins 7p.m. – 12a.m., Sept. 30-Halloween night, Thursday – Sunday for the weeks of September 30 – October 24, then Wednesday – Sunday the week of Halloween night: October 27 – 31.
Sunday, Oct. 24
Trunk or Treat at Asbury Methodist Church
Head to Bossier City and check out the Asbury Methodist Church “Trunk or Treat” event from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 24. This free and safe trick-or-treat alternative allows people of all ages to go trunk to trunk of decorated vehicles and scare up a bag full of treats.
Monday, Oct. 25
Spooky Science Week Begins at Sci-Port
Watch mad scientists summon the Sci-Port Ghost and conjure up a Witch's Brew. Be amazed by the eerie Frankenhand. See Glow-in-the-Dark Slime and Ghost Crystals. Learn the science behind strange spectacles in their CheMystery production. Have your face painted like a ghost or goblin, make your own Itsy-Bitsy Spider or Edible Blood, and learn nighttime safety tips just in time for Sci-Port's Tricks & Treats Night. Spooky Science week is from Oct. 25-29 and the events begin at 4 p.m. daily. Rustle up more information on more “spooky” events at www.sciport.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Haunted Tours at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium
Has Elvis really left the building? Take a haunted tour at the Municipal Auditorium and you might get a chance to see the King or one of the many other Rock-&-Roll legends that have played at the Municipal. The October tour will be held from 4-6 p.m., Oct. 28. Admission is $10 per person.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Pumpkin Shine on Line at Betty Virginia Park
The Pumpkin Shine on Line event offers up an evening of unusual spectacles. Want to see a serviceman, arm raised in salute to his country, stand near a gigantic candy apple, a pink dog, spotted brown, sitting next to her dog house, and a pumpkin painted in many different colors? Well, you can, and they are all part of the nearly one thousand jack-o-laterns that will line the trails in and around Betty Virginia Park for the 19th annual Pumpkin Shine on Line event, 5-7:30 p.m., Oct. 27. This event is free and fun for the entire family.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Ultimate Fear Haunted House at 1035 Texas Ave.
According to police reports, the Edwards, a crazed, sadistic family residing in a farmhouse in north Shreveport went on a murdering spree from 1976-78. Upon investigation of the farmhouse, police discovered the tortured bodies of several reported missing people. The Edwards’ were taken to trial, convicted of their crimes, and were placed in an insane asylum. Somehow, the Edwards’ managed to escape and have evaded police for over 30 years. Recent sightings have placed the Edwards in the heart of Shreveport. Many believe the family is back to unleash their terror on anyone who happens upon their land. Do you dare?
If so, check out the Ultimate Fear Haunted House, Oct.1-31. Tickets are $16 each. Must be 13 years or older to participate. For more information log on to www.ultimatefear.com.
Friday, Oct. 29
Night of the Living Dead at Eastbank Theatre
On October 29, The Eastbank Theatre will present the stage rendition of George A. Romero’s classic Zombie film “Night of the Living Dead.” The fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. Are you brave enough to watch the terror? The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Call 318-741-8310 for more information.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Areas Largest Costume Party featuring the Molly Ringwalds at the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel
On October 30, The Molly Rigwalds, the world’s greatest 80’s tribute band, will have you spell-bound as they perform their best 80’s covers at the Horseshoe Riverdome. Rustle up your best costume and hit the dance floor. Show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend. This event will sell out fast! Go to www.riverdome.com to order your tickets today.
Sunday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat…if you dare!
Wrap up your 13 Days of haunting, fiendish activities, and spine tingling thrills on Oct. 31. Gather the family and Trick-or Treat in your scariest costumes.
The Spirit of the Red River Cruise will be offering a Halloween Tour on the Red River. The tour lasts one hour and will have a story teller on board. The cruise starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 318-564-3560 or 318-286-4899 for additional information or to make reservations.
Whatever you decide to sink your teeth into, Shreveport-Bossier City has something for the whole family to find scarily fun.