Ready to get spooky? St. Charles Parish offers its own Halloween fun in history hike, tours, learning

Offering its classically Halloween fun, the Haunted History Hike is coming to the nature trails of Wetland Watcher Park on Oct. 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 1650 Lower Guide Levee Road, Norco.This family friendly event will highlight the rich history and culture of the people who inhabited the LaBranche wetlands. It will include the Native Americans ancestors of the Chitimacha tribe who first lived off the land 3,000 years ago, the ghosts of Iberville and Bienville as they celebrate the tricentennial of their exploration, Jean Lafitte and his Privateers with their piracy and smuggling operations 100 years later, the survivors of the Hurricane of 1915 that destroyed the town of LaBranche and the modern day hunters and fishermen with their spooky folklore of the Loup Garou.

The entry fee of $5 per person will allow visitors to participate in the Haunted History Hike and enjoy the many family activities under the grand pavilion including Pumpkin bowling, “Mummy your Mommy,” trunk or treating, face painting and an opportunity to meet the baby loup garou and other swamp animals. The Culinary Arts team from the Satellite Center will also be selling food and beverages.

All proceeds benefit the park and the environmental education initiatives of the Wetland Watchers.

The parish offers numerous opportunities to continue the celebration.

On Sept. 30 through Oct. 31, St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan, is holding its Fall Family Pumpkin Patch. The church is sponsoring the event, which is open to the community every afternoon until 7 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. Field trips are also available. Proceeds support the church’s Cuba and Mexico Mission Teams. For more information, call (985) 764-8292.

On Oct. 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at R.K. Smith Middle School, St. Charles Parish Public schools will sponsor the annual Preschool Reading Carnival.

This is the school’s 10th year sponsoring this community event.  This event has grown over the years.

In 2016, the event attracted more than 120 families that participated.

 All children 5 and under are invited to attend an evening of fun.  This event will build literacy awareness through fun, learning activities and storytelling.  Mother Goose will make a surprise appearance to tell a few of her favorite nursery rhymes.  Preschool teachers and STAR students design activities to inspire and engage students.

 Representatives from Early Steps, the health clinic, fire department, the public library and the sheriff’s office will provide important demonstrations and information for families.

To add to the excitement, all children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.  Each family attending will receive a bag filled with surprises.  Door prizes will be given to attendees.

Also on Oct. 26, the St. Rose Community Center will hold its Halloween Troll Craft from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. For more information, call (504) 305-5138.

 On Oct. 27, it’s Under the Stars of Madness: A St. Charles Parish Library Teen Halloween Celebration.

The St. Charles Parish Library will host an escape room and dramatic reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter” Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Dr. in Luling.

This event is for ages 12-17 and space is limited. Register by calling the West Regional Library at (985) 785-8471 or online at

All St. Charles Parish Library events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information about this event, contact Public Relations Librarian Lauren Pitz at 985-764-2366 or

On Oct. 28, the Alpha Daughters of Zion Domestic Violence Program will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monsanto Park, 13001 River Road, Luling.

Also on Oct. 28, the St. Charles Parish Library also will host its third Annual Halloween Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Dr. in Destrehan.

This all-ages event is family friendly, and attendees make crafts, play games, and enjoy refreshments as they trick-or-treat around the library.

“The Halloween Extravaganza has exceeded our expectations each year, and we are looking forward to another amazing year,” said Public Relations Librarian Lauren Pitz. “We love having businesses and organizations from around the parish come to the library to help make this such a fun time for families.”

Scheduled to appear at the event are the Arc of St. Charles, Destrehan Plantation, East Bank Fire Department, First National Bank USA, Ochsner for Children, River Region Ballet, St. Charles Herald-Guide, St. Charles Parish Public Information Office, St. Charles Parish Public Schools Family Literacy Program, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the United Way of St. Charles.

The Friends of the St. Charles Library will host a book sale at the event, and Destrehan High School’s Wildcat Robotics Team will demonstrate their robotic creations.

All St. Charles Parish Library events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Public Relations Librarian Lauren Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or


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