Trick-or-Treat with a Friendly Ghost


Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 · 6:00 pm


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Louisiana’s Old State Capitol invites children and thrill-seekers of all ages to trick-or-treat inside its haunted halls during a special pre-Halloween event set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
For the first time ever, visitors will have a chance to spend a “spooktacular” October evening in the same historic building that served as a hospital and prison during the Civil War when Union forces occupied these grounds. It’s also the perfect way to celebrate the Old State Capitol’s newest exhibit, “The Ghost of the Castle,” which is hosted by the “spirit” of a young girl who lived on the site during the early 1800s.
Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, and goodies will be provided to all trick-or-treaters. A costume contest will take place at 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber, and the winner will receive a prize from the Gift Shop.
Other highlights of the evening will include face painting, pumpkin decorating and viewing of “The Ghost of the Castle.” The Happy Hot Dog Cart will also be here with its signature grilled dogs available for purchase.
While the kids are having fun, serious ghost hunters are welcome to roam the halls and grounds and see for themselves if they experience any “hot spots.”
The Old State Capitol is located at 100 North Blvd. at the corner of River Road in downtown Baton Rouge. “The Ghost of the Castle” exhibit, which opened here in 2010, offers a unique immersive theatrical presentation of the structure’s history as told by the ghost of Sarah Morgan. Her father provided the land on which the Old State Capitol was constructed.
Admission to the Halloween event is $5, and tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Kayla Brewer or Jan Sumrall at 225.342.0500 or visit

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