History

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Nik and Kelley Stein

 Creating the Consortium

 

10/31 Consortium was founded by Kelley Criscoe Stein with the support of Jamie Schexnayder and Corey Tullier in July 2010 when Adrienne Harrison suggested that Kelley start the Halloween Parade. The true purpose of 10/31 Consortium was developed while researching parade planning and it was decided that the parade would be a an awareness and fundraiser for the charity.

 

10/31 Consortium believes that no child should have to leave his or her own neighborhood to go Trick or Treating and that doing so is detrimental to our community. There is no question that community events, such as Trick or Treat, build stronger and safer neighborhoods. This became the purpose of the charity. While still in its infancy, the Trick or Treat Assistance Program aims to help neighborhoods breathe life into this dying family tradition. It was also during this initial research and development phase that relationships were built with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank with the purpose of promoting their joint message of hope for children as 10/31 Consortium’s beneficiaries. 

 

After gaining support from Saundra Lane of Gerry Lane Enterprises and Dwayne Sanburn of the 13th Gate, 10/31 Consortium held its first meeting on July 29, 2010, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center. The inaugural board of directors was elected 2 months later. The Big Buddy Program came on as the third and final beneficiary in July of 2011.

 

While the charitable aspect is one arm of 10/31 Consortium, the other is securing Baton Rouge as a Halloween destination. The Baton Rouge Halloween Parade was “step one” to creating a Halloween festival in Baton Rouge. The festival goal came to fruition with the help of Andre Chapoy in 2016 with the inaugural Fifolet Halloween Festival

 

In the future, 10/31 Consortium hopes to form new chapters in other cities to spread the philosophy of “Halloween with a heart.”

 

While Kelley may be the founder on paper, she shares full “founding credit” with the inaugural board of directors and charter members, specifically Jamie Schexnayder and Corey Tullier. Without them, this would not be possible.

 

 

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade history:

 

Date   Theme   Grand Marshal   King   Queen
10/29/2011   First Fright: Something Wicked This Way Comes   LASM Mummy   None   Kelley Criscoe Stein
10/27/2012   Boo on the Bayou: A Red Stick Apocalypse!   Edwin Edwards   Jay McGee   Denise Clause
10/19/2013   Fairy Tale Nightmares   Nick Gomez   Corey Tullier   Jessica Edwards
11/1/2014   Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)   Smiley Anders   Todd McCoy   Jessica Miller
10/31/2015   It’s Halloween, Witches!   Gary Stewart   Corey Tullier   Lauren Collins
10/29/2016   Candy Wishes & Halloween Dreams   Jay Grymes   Brien Buxton   Denise Clause
10/28/2017 Rhythm & Boos! Patrick Mulhearn Mark Bounds Judy Gonzales