Hammond Downtown Development District and participating businesses will have their doors open for “Trick-or-Treat Down Main Street” at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An official map is to be released Monday.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers’ Night Out Against Crime and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat will kick off Halloween fun Thursday.

The event will happen in the Clausen Building’s parking lot next to the substation at 15475 Club Deluxe Road from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Find a parking spot and join the fun starting at 5:30 p.m. with a haunted house, games, music, hot dogs, popcorn and other treats, plus materials to keep you safe this holiday season,” said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Michelle Gallo.

McGruff will make a surprise appearance, and a costume contest will be held.

“This fun-filled friendly, event is a safe place for your children to visit deputies and first responder vehicles and receive lots of candy!” Gallo added.

Call Crime Stoppers at 985-662-5557 for more information.

PARD park fun

On Friday, a costume contest, treats for the kids, photo booths, “Beetlejuice” and more are on the agenda for “Halloween in the Park” in the Ponchatoula Area Recreation District.

The fun is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. that night in the large baseball complex. All kids must be accompanied by a parent. No “drop offs” will be allowed, the organizers said.

Brown bag dinners will be available while supplies last. There will be hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

The costume contest will start at 6 p.m. in the following age categories: 0-3 years, 4-8 and 9-12. The categories are cutest, funniest and most original.

The movie “Beetlejuice” will be screened on a baseball field starting at 7 p.m. It is rated PG as some material may not be suitable for children. PARD1 officials urge spectators to bring a chair and a blanket.

Toula Fall Festival

Toula ’Que and Fall Festival is a three-day event being presented next weekend by the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival at Memorial Park.

Food, rides and entertainment will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and continue through Sunday, at 7 p.m.

A barbecue competition in the park will be the main attraction Friday and Saturday, and the focus will turn to Halloween that Sunday with a costume contest and trunk or treat.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Mystic Car Show is planning a trunk or treat from 8 a.m. to noon with a free train and bounce house at 210 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula.

Trick-or-treat on Oct. 31

Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. is the official trick-or-treating date and time approved by the Tangipahoa Parish Council for the unincorporated areas of the parish and the City of Hammond for inside city limits.

The Daily Star welcomes information about more upcoming public events for Halloween. Email to editor@hammondstar.com

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