It’s all about Halloween activity for things to do this weekend:
1 — The Town of New Llano is holding its annual "OctoberFest" from 6 to 9 tonight at the New Llano City Park. A parade will start at 5:30 at Town Hall, traveling several streets and returning to town hall. The festival will feature games, food, candy, face painting and much more. It's free.
2 — On Saturday, Kiwanis of Vernon holds its annual 5Kostume Fun Run and Walk at the Leesville Golf Course at 350 Country Club Road. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. and the race starts at 4. Cost is $35. T-shirts are subject to availability and sizes. Students (ages 10-18) pay $25. Children age nine and under walk free, and must be accompanied by an adult race participant. Costumes are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis International and Kiwanis of Vernon programming. Information, Tina Averitt at 337-424-5921.
Also Saturday, Diamond Baptist Church, in Rosepine, will host a trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. There will be lots of candy, games and gumbo. The church is located about three miles from U.S. 171 on Ike's Road.
3 — On Sunday, Canaan Baptist Church will hold its fall festival from 5 7:30 p.m.. There will be trunk-r-treating, games, jumpers, gumbo, chili and more. Everyone is welcome. Costumes invited. The church is located at 19190 Highway 8.
4 — On the big night (Monday), "Witch Way to Main Street" will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Third Street in downtown Leesville. There will be candy and fun for children.
5 — Also of note: Gothic Jail After Dark continues at the Old Jail in DeRidder. The $10 charge for the haunted house goes toward restoration costs. people can go inside the jail, which will be decorated as a haunted house. Tonight and Saturday night tours are from 6-11 and on Halloween night the hours are from 5-10. Expect a wait.
The City of DeRidder's Mayor's Youth Council will hold the annual "Trick-or-Treat Trail" at P.W. West Park in starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Children can trick-or-treat along the park's walking path. City-wide trick-or-treating is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The Harvest Park Pumpkin Patch at the First United Pentecostal Church in DeRidder is open through Monday. Pumpkins and gourds of all sizes are for sale. There are also photo opportunities for families at 120 Mahlon Street, across from the church.
On Saturday, a "Family Day" will be held with games, face painting, horse and buggy rides and live music. On Monday, the church will have a trunk-or-treat. The special events are free to participate in.
A Halloween night concert will be presented by the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra Monday at 7:30 in Magale Recital Hall on campus. Tickets are $10.
The program will include The orchestra will perform “Dead Elvis” by Michael Daugherty, “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite” by John Williams, “Serenade for Tenor Solo, Horn, and Strings” by Benjamin Britten, “Doll Aria” from “Tales of Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach and “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky.
Also on the program are selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Weber and arranged by Calvin Custer, “The Black Swan” from “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti, “A Little Priest” from “Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim and “Berceuse” and “Finale” from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky.