Statistics indicate that children are 4 times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than any other and twice as likely to be injured in other accidents! In addition to being mindful of safety, such as using flashlights instead of candles, supervising your children and making sure that their costumes are visible and of flame retardant materials, you can plan a more structured and safe experience by taking advantage of one or more of the many fun filled activities happening in and around Shreveport this year!
With Halloween falling on Monday this year, it makes for one weekend of fun filled family activities! Starting as early as October 25th, Sci-Port kicks off its “Spooky Science” week! Sci-Port will be exploring the chemistry behind ‘witches brew’, “glow in the dark slime” and “edible blood.”
The Louisiana State Fair opens at Fairgrounds Field on October 27th and opening day is “Dollar Day“! This year there’s a “Kid’s Town America” section designed just for kids 10 and under!
Unfortunately, due to state budget cuts leading to understaffing Lake Bistineau State Park will not be holding its Interpretive Hayride, previously scheduled for October 28th, this year. They will be having their regular Hayride on October 29th. Cost for admission is only $1.00!
Norton Art Gallery is hosting its “First Saturday Tour: Halloween Encore” on October 29th. There will be ghost stories and a tour of their spookiest art.
On Saturday, October 29th, Walter B. Jacobs’ Nature Park is holding its “Bugs, Bats & Bones.” The official start is at 5:30pm and it runs until 8:30pm. However, pumpkin carving activities are scheduled from 4:00pm. Additionally, there will be crafts, storytelling, a “Bat Program” a “Bugs Program” and a “Bones Exhibit”, as well as guided night tours and a self-guided pumpkin trail! This program is FREE! So head out to Walter B. Jacobs’ Nature Park on Saturday, October 29th!
Shreveport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) is holding its annual city wide Halloween parties at each of its 15 neighborhood community centers on Monday, October 31st! These parties are FREE and offer a safe, structured environment and include treats, candy, games and even a costume contest with prizes!
With a multitude of free and low cost activities in the area you are sure to find something that your family can enjoy together safely!