Eerie Events: A ghostly guide to Halloween happenings

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Natchitoches Main Street and Farmers Market are collaborating once again for a joint event on the Downtown Riverbank Saturday, Oct. 30. The Natchitoches Farmers Market will continue their fall market from 8 a.m.-noon with children and pet costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, live music and performances as well as vendors surrounding the Downtown Riverbank Stage. COVID vaccines will be provided by Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Acadian Ambulance Service for anyone interested. Witch Way to Main Street will take place on the South end of the Downtown Riverbank from 10 a.m.-noon. Local businesses and organizations will provide opportunities for children to trick or treat and enjoy games and activities. Children 12 and under are invited to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. These events are free and open to the public. There is no admission fee. For additional information, contact the Natchitoches Main Street Office at 318.357.3822.

• Oct. 28: Pumpkin Glow from 5-7 p.m. at the downtown riverbank. Entertainment and cash prizes; contact Main Street at 318-357-3822 for more information.

• Oct. 29: The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St. will host Lunchtime Lagniappe:  “The Ghost of East Hall” from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Debbie Dietrich-Smith, Chief of Historic Landscapes from NCPTT, will discuss one of Northwestern State University’s oldest traditions:  The Legend of Isabelle the Ghost.

• Oct. 30: Trunk or Treat on Barnum Street in Campti from 5-6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Golden Star Chapter No. 62 of Natchitoches.

• Oct. 30: Witch Way to Main Street will take place on the downtown riverbank from 10 a.m. – noon. There will be trick or treating, costumes and games from several booths. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Indigeaux Witches will perform at 10 a.m. There will be a costume contest at 11 a.m. and a pet costume contest at 11:30 a.m. LaCour Trio will perform and there will be a pumpkin carving contest sponsored by Natchitoches 4-H.

•The Beta Club at St. Mary’s Catholic School will host their sixth annual Halloween Carnival Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. on the school campus. Costumes are encouraged! There will be carnival games, a haunted house, trunk or treat and more. Tickets to participate in each carnival game are $1 each.

The Historic District Business Association will hold its 9th Annual Pumpkin Glow Thursday, Oct. 28 at the rue Beauport Riverbank from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free. All ages are encouraged to attend and are welcome to participate in the pumpkin decorating contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in carved and painted categories. Pumpkin drop off will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the stage. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening provided by local school orchestras and dance groups. Various treats and concessions will be available for purchase. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. For more information, contact the Main Street Office at 318.357.3822