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City of West Monroe announces activities for Halloween weekend

Trick or Treating
Trick or Treating

A number of family-friendly activities will take place in the City of West Monroe this week and weekend leading up to Halloween.

Halloween will be observed in the City of West Monroe on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Suggested times for trick-or-treating are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Routine police patrols will focus on residential neighborhoods during this time.

The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group will host Ouachita Live, a free outdoor concert, on Friday, Oct. 27 in Alley Park in Downtown West Monroe. The concert will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the Alexey Marti Quartet, a Cuban Latin group. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Friday’s Ouachita Live is the season finale concert until the 2024 season.

Albritton Photography will be on-site at Alley Park taking free professional portrait photographs for people who bring a new toy donation for the West Monroe Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Most Creative Costume. Ouachita Green will host “Fall Family Fun Day” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lazarre Park from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. The event will include food trucks, vendors, carnival games, face painting and more.

Admission to Fall Family Fun Day is $5 per person or $20 maximum per vehicle and $30 per van. The West Monroe Community Center will host a “Family Day Out Prevention Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverbend Community Health Park, located directly behind the West Monroe Community Center at 400 S. 5th Street. Activities include prevention resources, food, music, costume contest, trick or trunk and other fun and games. Call the Community Center at (318) 387-4001 for more information.

This Saturday, Oct. 28 marks the last Market on the Square this season at the Farmer’s Market at Seventh Square in West Monroe. In addition to produce vendors, there will be merchandise vendors and food trucks and Tommy’s Produce will have a selection of fall produce, pumpkins, mums and fall decor.

The West Monroe Police Department would like to remind the public of a few safety tips for those planning to trick-or-treat this Halloween:

• A responsible adult should accompany young children while trick-or-treating.

• Teach children to never enter a stranger’s home or car.

• Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and

turn on any exterior lights.

• Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.

• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. Call 9-1-1.

• Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

• Motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Be on the alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.

For more information about any of these events, contact the West Monroe Mayor’s Office at 318-396-2600 or