2018 Special Announcements
10/31 Consortium Announces 2018 Fifolet Halloween Festival Details at 8th Annual Black and Orange Bash
Baton Rouge, LA – 10/31 Consortium, the local 501c3 dedicated to bringing the children of our area a safe and happy Halloween, made all of its gory announcements for the 2018 Halloween season at the 8th Annual Black and Orange Bash last Saturday. The event was located at the Crown Plaza Hotel and featured guests in creative and fun black and orange attire in celebration of Halfoween, the halfway mark to Halloween. See pictures from the event HERE courtesy of Teresa Alvarez Photography.
FIFOLET HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL
The fifolet is a mysterious and mischievous ball of blue flame that appears deep in the swamp. Follow it to treasure, or a watery grave! 10/31 Consortium invites you to “find your treasure” at the Fifolet Halloween Festival! The 2018 festival dates are October 19-31.
“The idea of the festival is to get all of Baton Rouge’s unique Halloween events on one calendar,” says 10/31 Consortium board president, Bambi Pizzolato. “We have a lot to offer in Baton Rouge and it’s important that people know they don’t have to travel to New Orleans for Halloween, they can have all kinds of fun right here.”
The festival boasts “Halloween Fun for Everyone” and is passionate about offering a variety of events on the schedule. 10/31 Consortium hosts 7 anchor events for the festival, including the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, Ghostly Gala, Fantasy Feast, Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race, Halloween Town, Zombie Pub Crawl and Royalty Brunch. The rest of the schedule is filled in by community and business partners. Nonprofits and private businesses can list their Halloween events which occur from October 19-31 on the festival schedule by emailing info@1031Consortium.com.
“We have it all, from family friendly to adults only, events for crafters, events for foodies and cocktail enthusiasts, and events for athletes. If it has anything to do with Halloween, we want it on the festival schedule,” says Kelley Stein, this year’s Fifolet Halloween Festival event chair.
The festival schedule is posted at Fifolet.com. Planners advise the public to check the page regularly and follow Fifolet Halloween Festival on Facebook as new events are added and updated often. Festival sponsorships are also now available.
BATON ROUGE HALLOWEEN PARADE
10/31 Consortium’s 8th Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade will roll through downtown Baton Rouge rain or shine on Saturday, October 27 at 4 p.m. The parade will follow last year’s route however the start time is 2 hours later than years past.
“We’ve heard from many people over the years that they wanted the parade later in the day,” says 10/31 Consortium’s board president, Bambi Pizzolato. “We think 4 p.m. is a great start time because it isn’t too late for kids and it’s just in time for all of the downtown bars and restaurants to open their doors.”
This year’s Halloween Parade theme is “Things That Go Bump in the Night” which was submitted by Meredith Beck-Wiggins. The theme artwork was created by local artist, Helena Williams. Helena, who has been 10/31 Consortium’s parade theme artist since 2013, says “Every year I am excited to find out the new theme and figure out how I can illustrate it for children of all ages to enjoy. It’s very empowering to work with this organization and I love their focus of making Halloween a year-round means of enjoyment for everyone.”
Businesses and community organizations are invited to participate in the parade, which has a crowd of over 20,000 people. Float entry fees start at only $600. Walking and dance groups are $5 per person with a 20-person minimum. Sponsorships and advertising opportunities are also available. Registration opens on May 1, 2018 at BRHalloweenParade.com.
“What I’m particularly excited about is having our first ever female grand marshal,” says Bridgit Didier, this year’s Halloween Parade Captain. Jodi Koontz of the Murphy, Sam and Jodi Morning Show on 96.1 The River will lead the 2018 Halloween Parade as Grand Marshal in celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary on the air. Bridgit said, “Jodi and the rest of the show have been really supportive of us over the years and we’re glad to give her the recognition she deserves.”
Unlike other parade groups, 10/31 Consortium selects its parade royalty based on a volunteer point system. “We do it this way to take money and politics out of the selection process,” says Bambi Pizzolato. This year’s Royal Court includes: King David Gabel, co-owner of Bayou Cirque and GymFit Tumbling and Fitness; Queen Meredith Beck-Wiggins, owner of Island Girl Bake Shop; Count Steven Collins, owner of Sherwood Dental Care; and Countess Josie Criscoe, retired from 39 years of Louisiana state employment.
This is also the first year the organization will have children participating in the Royal Court. The Kids’ Court Youth Leadership and Volunteer Program allows children age 6 to senior in high school to participate in 10/31 Consortium’s charitable initiatives. Children completing the service work may earn royal titles in the following year. This year’s Kids’ Court includes: Prince Wesley Stein and Princess Madeline McCoy with Pages Caroline Chick, Clara Collins, Iris Collins, Lola Didier, Alex Gabel, Jack Gabel, Ella King and Ciarra Whyte.
The Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is the main event of the Fifolet Halloween Festival. Find out more information on the festival at Fifolet.com.
10/31 Consortium’s main fundraiser, the 6th Annual Ghostly Gala, will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Crown Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge, located at 4728 Constitution Avenue.
Guests will enjoy a full buffet, open bar, live music, aerial and circus-like performances, a silent auction, costume contest and table decorating contest. Costume or creative formal attire required. The Ghostly Gala is the corresponding masquerade ball to the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade and therefore will have the same theme of “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” For more information and tickets, go to GhostlyGala.com.