Tomorrow, May 1st, marks the recently declared “holiday” of Halfoween – the annual half way mark to Halloween. I’m sure this is no surprise, but this new additional way to celebrate the most wicked day of the year is something I’m pretty jazzed about.


For those of you unfamiliar with this springtime treat, check out the full description from Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=halfoween). Halfoween customs are quite similar to those of traditional Halloween, and the usual ways to celebrate still apply: costume parties, trick-or-treating, and my personal favorite, carving watermelons.


For those of us on the 10/31 Consortium Board of Directors, however, Halfoween carries a somewhat different meaning. May 1st marks the beginning of the grueling, yet ever so rewarding, parade permit process.


Since January, the parade committee has been consulting with city officials in the hopes of obtaining a bigger, better, and badder route. As you know, last year’s route was quite short in length. This was due to a number of other events scheduled in the downtown area (it is a very popular weekend) but primarily was due to scheduled road and sewage construction. With the majority of the construction completed, we are hopeful and prayerful that these past issues will not haunt us again come this October.


We have identified our top 2 route picks, both involving the Central Business District in downtown Baton Rouge. Starting tomorrow, we are allowed to begin obtaining the necessary signatures to secure our requested parade route and street closures for October 27th at 2 p.m. That’s exactly 180 days prior to the parade as well as the date of our new, beloved Halfoween.


We begin the permit process with the Baton Rouge City Police – Traffic Division. From there, we will go to the Downtown Development District, the Office of Public Works and the Office of the Parish Attorney. Each office requires certain paperwork and can revoke the permit based on any reason they deem necessary. Hopefully, our consultations since January with these departments will pay off with the signing by all of our 2012 Baton Rouge Halloween Parade Permit. We’ll certainly keep you informed!


In the meantime, we’re also gearing up for some other killer events. First off, we’ve added a new monthly cocktail social. Thriller Thursday will be held one Thursday every month at a different restaurant/bar around town. We’ll be sure to throw some family friendly restaurants in the mix just in case, like me, you may need to bring the kids at the last minute. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other Halloween enthusiasts and get more involved in 10/31. Our next Thriller Thursday is scheduled for May 24th, 6 p.m. at Chelsea’s on Perkins Road.


Next on the list is our 2nd Annual Peanut Butter Cup Mini-Golf Tournament, which will be held the following Thursday on May 31st. This family-friendly event is the perfect springtime activity for kids! Teams of 4 (we’ll put you on a team if you don’t have one) will play 18 rounds of private mini-golf at Celebration Station while enjoying pizza, drinks and friendly competition over the coveted Peanut Butter Cup filled trophy! The dress is casual, costume, or golf-tastic!


The other big event on the horizon is our annual anniversary party and general membership meeting, the Black and Orange Social. This year’s party has a new location, the Woman’s Club on East Boulevard, which is closer to downtown Baton Rouge, and will feature the live entertainment of Ned Fasullo and the Fabulous Big Band Orchestra. It is sure to be a blast! This free event for members on July 28, 2012, includes hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Non-member tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. In addition to the food, fun, and spirits, we’ll also take nominations from the floor for the 2013 Board of Directors and announce important 2012 Halloween Parade details, such as the King and Queen, Grand Marshal, final route, and theme! You won’t want to miss this event. The dress is casual, costume, or cocktail – but it must be black and orange!


Don’t forget, participation in our events earns members in good standing points to be the next King or Queen of the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade!


As always, we thank you for your support. Not only to our wonderful members, but also to the amazing businesses who have put their faith in us with their sponsorships and donations.


10/31 Consortium 2012 Sponsors and Donors Include:



Gerry Lane Enterprises

Greenoaks Memorial Park and Funeral Home

John Burley Float Rentals

Ned Fasullo and the Fabulous Big Band Orchestra

On Hold Systems

On The Border

The 13th Gate



by Kelley Criscoe Stein