Halloween in NOLA

  • French Quartour Kids offers four weekends of a Halloween History Tour beginning October 1. Kids won't want to miss this strange tour when they pull away the mask and see what Halloween is - and was - all about. Walk that fine line between the spirit world and the living;  learn how to divine the future, as the Victorian ladies did and find out why those Creoles so feverishly and festively decorated their family's graves on All Saints Day.
  • The annual Boo Carre Halloween & Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. throughout the French Market District, and will include miniature golf, a petting zoo, a spooky secondline, live music and much more. 
  • This year's Anba Dlo VII Halloween Festival and Parade will take place Saturday, October 18 at the New Orleans Healing Center. Anba Dlo (Pronounced "Ahnbah Dlo") is Haitian Kreyol for "Beneath the Waters" and is meant to acknowledge and honor the importance of water to our life. Now in its seventh year, Anba Dlo VII is unique as a one-of-a-kind, costumed, interactive community festival that also celebrates the multicultural and artistic heritage of New Orleans.  Multiple bands and live music stages will be set up throughout The New Orleans Healing Center and Saint Claude Corridor.
  • House of Shock is going out with a bang after 22 years in business, promising a show with live entertainment, food, a bar and pyrotechnics at its indoor and outdoor Halloween Festival on Friday and Saturday nights. The House of Shock has become a local legend and internationally recognized as one of the Top Haunted Houses in the world based on its extremely detailed sets, the intensity of its more than 400 volunteer performers and the many local community projects that they support annually. Beginning October 3, general admission to the indoor haunted house is $25 with V.I.P. admission for $50. The House of Shock tickets go on sale at 7 p.m. and the haunted house opens at 8 p.m.
  • Boo at the Zoo presented by Bryan Subaru Friday, October 17, Saturday, October 18, Friday, October 24, & Saturday, October 25 from 5-9 p.m. This Halloween celebration is a safe, fun-filled event for children up to 12 years old. It features trick-or-treat houses with candy, Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission to the Audubon Zoo.
  • Crawloween at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the perfect opportunity for six-legged hijinks! The event takes place October 29-31 and will feature bug-themed trick-or treating, halloween-themed cookies, pumpkins that double as animal exhibit and a "Guess How Many Maggots are in the Jar" contest. Kids will also have the opportunity to see spiders, scorpions and roaches while learning myths behind some scary critters. Kids under 12 in a bug-themed costume get a $3 discount. 
  • Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club holds its annual Undead Conference with four days of events featuring best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon. The weekend kicks off Thursday, October 30 with an Evening with the Angels & Saints of Saint Alphonsus Church. The fun continues all weekend with various Supernatural Author Panels, Q & A Sessions, Book signings, raffles, The Lestat Ball & the farewell Cocktail Party with our featured authors & talent.The Lestat Ball Takes place on Halloween this year with Anne Rice be in attendance. 
  • Experience Halloween Gay New Orleans style over the weekend of October 23-26 with Halloween New Orleans. This extravaganza includes a costume contest, second line and brunch and benefits Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS. 
  • Friends of the Cabildo will be hosting its annual Ghostly Galavant Fundraiser, October 25-26 and October 31. The three-day event offers Ghostly Galavant Tours, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26 and Ghostly Galavant Eat, Drink and Be Scary Costume Party, Halloween, Friday October 31. The Saturday and Sunday Ghostly tours leave from the 1850 House on Historic Jackson Square. The tours will run every half-hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Ghosts, such as Louisiana Governor Earl Long, voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and the Baroness Michaela Pontabla, may all be happened upon in French Quarter buildings and courtyards.
  • The Krewe of Boo is back in New Orleans to haunt locals and visitors with their annual Halloween parade. The Krewe of Boo will roll at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, parading through the streets of the French Quarter. After the spooktacular festivities, everyone is encouraged to stroll over to Mardi Gras World, where the party continues.
  • One of the largest festivals annually held in New Orleans is the Voodoo Music + Art Experience, October 31-November 2. Mixing local favorites with well-known headliners creates a jam-packed line-up for the festival-goers. This years' headliners include the Foo Fighters, OutKast, Skrillex and more. For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the experience, the festival offers camping on the grounds.
  • PubCrawls.com is hosting a Halloween Pub Crawl October 30-Novemember 1 beginning at the Hard Rock Cafe on 125 Bourbon Street. Crawlers can register at Hard Rock Cafe the day of the event or online and will be equipped with wristbands and maps. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. 
  • Creepy Crawly Children's Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel on October 25-26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Creepy Tea Service is $37and Little Crawler Tea Service is $27.
  • Jazz in the Park concert series presents Rebirth Brass Band along with Kermit Ruffins to Armstrong Park on October 30. Along with providing great tunes, Jazz in the Park also features a second line parade, a kids play area and food and crafts from local vendors.
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. will host its annual Ghoulwill Ball on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8-11 p.m., at Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street, in the French Quarter.  This costumed/cocktail attire Halloween affair will include a costume contest, a silent auction, food, cash bar and entertainment by the Stooges Brass Band and more. Tickets are $100 and available online at: www.goodwillno.org/ghoulwillball or by calling, 504-456-3926. The  Ghoulwill Ball benefits Goodwill's Youth Opportunity Program, which has provided more than 150 inner city youth, ages 12-17, with job readiness training, career planning, conflict resolution workshops and engagement activities since its inception in 2009. 

  • Bayou Segnette is hosting its annual Halloween Hayride and Haunted Swamp Trail on October 25. The campground will feature trick-or-treating from 6-9 p.m. There will be a hayride shuttle from the parking at the nature center to the campground and a Haunted Swamp Trail for daring little ghouls and goblins.

Want to experience haunted New Orleans all year round? Check out a cemetery/voodoo or paranormal/ghost tour such as:

  • Bloody Mary Tours and Soiree- New Orleans After Dark - explore Historic and Off the Beaten Path haunted sites, graveyards and more. Join behind the scenes van tours with seven people maximum, group walking tours or design your own paranormal adventure.
  • Haunted History Tours- Daily and nightly theatrical, historical & entertaining walking tours of the French Quarter & Garden District. Ghost, Vampire, Voodoo, Cemetery & more. As seen on A&E, History Channel, Bravo, MTV, & recommended by The Travel Channel as "A Must Do!"
  • New Orleans Cemetery Tour- Stroll through the past and present of this fascinating city viewed through St. Louis Cemetery #1 (established 1789) with Robert Florence, author of New Orleans Cemeteries and City of the Dead, and New Orleans' top-rated guides.
  • Spirit Tours New Orleans- Daily Cemetery/Voodoo and nightly Ghost/Vampire tours our Specialty. Visit St. Louis Cemetery #1, a real Voodoo Temple and the Haunted French Quarter.

 

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