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. The charity model of planning a parade was selected with the Halloween Parade serving as an awareness and fundraiser for the charity of 10/31 Consortium.


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. The organization’s 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. 


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 then came on as the recipient of the annual costume drive 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 under the 2016 Board of Directors 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
10/29/2011 First Fright: Something Wicked This Way Comes LASM Mummy
10/27/2012 Boo on the Bayou: A Red Stick Apocalypse! Edwin Edwards
10/19/2013 Fairy Tale Nightmares Nick Gomez
11/1/2014 Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Smiley Anders
10/31/2015 It’s Halloween, Witches! Gary Stewart
10/29/2016 Candy Wishes & Halloween Dreams Jay Grymes
10/28/2017 Rhythm & Boos! Patrick Mulhearn