Around Mid City for Oct. 12, 2017

Haunted Hikes

Haunted Hikes

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Haunted Hikes for younger children are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through  Oct. 27. Cost is $6 per person.

Children can learn about snakes, insects, rats and other creepy critters at educational stations along the trail, track down costumed characters to receive treasures, trek the Swamp Graveyard and enjoy carnival games and Spooky Storytime in the Education Building.

Costumes are welcome. All children should bring a flashlight and must be accompanied by an adult.

‘Hocus Pocus’

Watch Disney’s Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” for free at 7 p.m. Friday in the outdoor plaza at the Main Library. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Louisiana Lemonade and Little Caesars will sell drinks and food on site.

Farr Park open house

The annual fall open house for Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road, is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free activities for families and children of all ages include a petting zoo until noon, concessions, games, prizes, barn tours, hay rides and riding and vet demonstrations. BREC’s riding students will compete in English and Western classes.

Call (225) 769-7805 or visit for details.

Fairy tales and science

Carver Branch Library invites children ages 3 to 5 to listen to Paul Galdone’s “The Three Bears” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” at 4 p.m. Monday in the Storytime Room. Stories will be followed by activities using the Fairy Tales STEM kits.

Participation is limited to eight children. Call (225) 389-7460.

Read for the Record

Children can listen to readings of this year’s Jumpstart Read for the Record selection, “Quackers” by Liz Wong, and make a fun craft at local libraries.

EDEN PARK: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; for ages 4 to 6.

RIVER CENTER: 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 19; story for all ages, craft for ages 2 to 6. Groups must call (225) 389-4959 to register.

MAIN LIBRARY: noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 19; for all ages.

Free copies of “Quackers” are available while supplies last at River Center and the Main Library.

Book discussion

“Baton Rouge Cemeteries” author Faye Phillips is the featured guest at a free book discussion for adults at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Library at Goodwood. Phillips is a former associate dean of libraries at LSU and the author of several books about Baton Rouge.

The discussion, focusing on the history of some of Baton Rouge’s oldest cemeteries, is hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department.

Call (225) 231-3752 for details.

Boo at the Zoo

Merry-not-scary trick-or-treating for children is Oct. 21-22 and 28-29 at Baton Rouge Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. Zoo gates are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with grounds closing at 5 p.m.

Costumed kids will have the opportunity to visit treat stations throughout the zoo, wander through a hay maze and explore the Enchanted Swamp.

Regular zoo admission applies.

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