Annette's Picks: Weekend Guide for Oct 26-28

October 25, 2018

This is THE weekend for Halloween fun. Of course, there's still actual Halloween, but on a Wednesday...well that's obviously less fun. So here's what my family will be doing and a few other fun picks for your weekend.

St Pius Fall Fest - 3 of my kids' best friends go to school here so we'll be showing our support and heckling the my mom-freends working the booths...hopefully the wine booth! Trick or treat house on Friday night, but the event is Friday and Saturday.

Boo at the Zoo - We got our costumes finished just in time for the zoo's annual Halloween party which is down to just this one weekend. There's music, games and trick or treating for the kids. There's also a really long line for the ghost train that luckily my kids are too scared to wait for (phew!). Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  $20.

Voodoo Fest - I feel too old for it and my kids are too young for it, but let's be honest...if I had a baby-sitter I might go. This year's headliners are Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott (Kylie Jenner's baby daddy), Arctic Monkeys and a bunch of other bands I'm not really sure I know. But hey, it's Voodoo so why not?! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $75 for 1-day.

Park-A-Boo - Lafreniere Park's Halloween event with games for candy and a semi-scary haunted house (too scary for my kids last year anyway). There's always a DJ playing music on the island and a dance floor that keeps my kids occupied for as long as I'll let them dance. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids (12 & Younger): $6, adults (13+ & Vampires): $8, 2 years & under: Free (includes everything except food, drink & costume contests).

Lakeview Family Picnic - The event is meant only for those in the Lakeview neighborhood, but nobody's checking and you can easily make a small donation to the Civic Association to ease your guilt. Fun for the kids with games, bounce houses, costumes and food that we try to stop by every year at Fleur-de-Lis Park. Saturday, 11am-2pm, free.

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. Saturday from 6-8pm, boy band Pretty Much will be there on our sister station's B97 stage.

Brews and Boos - City Park's grown-up Halloween fun with rides and beers. Heads-up though, with Voodoo also in the park, expect traffic to be tough getting to this one. Friday and Saturday, 10:30pm-1:30am, tickets $40 at the Carousel Gardens gate.

Boo Fest 2018 - Lakeview Regional hosts a huge Halloween party every year with trick-or-treating and lots of fun. Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit ACCESS, which is geared toward children with disabilities and their families and the event can be accessed easily by kids with special needs. Saturday, 10am-3pm, tickets $2.

Trickin' and Treatin' at the Trailhead - Covington's Halloween fun with lots of activities for the kids and a great time to try out those costumes. Saturday only from 10am-noon. Free.

Bayou Jam Halloween Bash - Slidell's Halloween party includes Vince Vance and the Valiants since it's also the music series event for the month. Chairs and ice chests welcome. Saturday from 4-6pm, free.

Columbia Street Halloween Block Party - the last block party of the year includes trick-or-treating so bring the kids to downtown Covington in their costumes to jump start their candy intake. Saturday from 6:30-9:30, free.