Annette's Picks: Weekend Guide for Oct 19-21

October 16, 2018

Festival season meets Halloween candy season... my kids' favorite time of year! :) Here are a few of the events that I think sound like some best-bets for the weekend. Hopefully it will work out with a cool front and not *too* much rain. 

Howl-O-Ween Costume Party - It's a benefit for the Northshore Humane Society that's pet friendly (of course!) and kid friendly. Costume contests, food trucks, and photo ops. It's at Abital Brewery and $15 admission to benefit homeless animals in the community.

Boo Carre in the French Market - Saturday, October 20 from 11am to 6pm, bring the kids in costume for trick-or-treating, live music, and activities. Free and open to the public.

Oktoberfest - It's the weekend for Oktoberfest so now's your time to get brats and beer along Bayou St John at the new location of the Deutsches Haus. Bring the kids because who doesn't love the Chicken Dance?

Krewe of Boo parade - I'm not sure this event is great for kids of all ages, but older kids and certainly grown-ups will have tons of fun! You can catch the parade starting in the Marigny then into the Quater then the Warehouse District. Saturday, starts rolling at 6:30pm.

Paw Patrol Live - I made the mistake of throwing away Paw Patrol toys from a couple of years ago only to deal with a lot of tears and searching for those toys that are apparently "lost" now. I'm not fessing up. Anyway, Paw Patrol Live is my way of making up for that with the kids. UNO Lakefront Arena Friday - Sunday.

Festival of the Lake - Our Lady of the Lake's fall festival happens this weekend, Friday - Sunday, in Old Mandeville with a great band line-up, lots of food booths, games and fun for the entire family. Admission is free.

Washington Parish Fair - The "free fair" is also the biggest in the state and among the biggest in the country. Basically, it has everything and then some. Free admission of course and lots of fun Wednesday-Saturday in Franklinton.

STEM Fest - The Saints and the Pelicans are putting on their annual hands-on, educational event with lots of activities for the kids. It's inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year, so that's fun on its own for the kids and no weather worries. Tickets are $12/$15.

Scout Island Scream Park - It's like a haunted house took over an entire island. There are different areas and a few specialty areas. Most of these are too scary for me and my kids, but they have a scare-free KidZone, carnival rides, dance areas and more. Open all through October, tickets start at $15, but $5 off with Coke can/bottle to get to the general admission areas with higher priced tickets for more access and skipping lines.

Ghosts in the Oaks - City Park's Halloween event for the kids with trick or treating, rides, arts & crafts, and pumpkin patch, balloon animals and air-brush face painting. Sadly that unless you already have your tickets, you cannot go. Sold out. :(