St. Amant celebrates Halloween

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles

Ghouls, goblins and superheroes roamed the campus of St. Amant Middle School on Halloween night for the first Boo and the Badge, a trick-or-treat collaboration between the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the St. Amant Fire Department and St. Amant Middle.

Boo and the Badge was started as a way to bring the joy of trick-or-treating to children whose neighborhoods and homes were destroyed in the flood, said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley. With the help of the school board and St. Amant Fire Dept., hundreds of children were able to celebrate Halloween this year, despite recent events.

"We were hoping we would get a lot a whole lot of kids here and families, and guess what we did," Wiley said. "We are extremely pleased. It's a collaborative effort. [St. Amant Middle] heard we were trying to do something for kids in this area and they said you cant have it unless you have it here."

The Halloween event featured a haunted house, displays from APSO, St. Amant Fire Dept. and Acadian Ambulance, and over 25 booths stocked full of candy from sponsors such as East Ascension Rotary, Mehtanex, Eatel, Delaune's Supermarket and the St. Amant High School Volleyball Team, to name a few.

"So many families were still impacted [by the flood] and we wanted to do it in an impacted area so we thought what better way to do it than at the middle school," said APSO Public Information Officer Allison Hudson. "This is the first, maybe not the last."