Halloween in NOLA
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at the New Orleans Museum of Art invites kids to build their own haunted house! The cost is $35 per Haunted House kit and $10 per additional seat on Sunday, October 14 from 9:30-11 a.m. and again from 2:30-4 p.m.
- New Orleans Museum of Art will host an outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" on October 19 at sundown in NOMA's Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. All programming is free with admission to the museum.
- The annual Halloween Costume Boo-tique, Saturday, October 20, at the corner of North Peters and Barracks in the French Market from noon-6 p.m., will highlight a handpicked selection of New Orleans' most creative designers, hatters, costumers and mask-makers as they showcase a vast array of one-of-a-kind costumes, masks, accessories, props & festive Halloweenery.
- Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. is hosting a first annual Ghoulwill Ball on Saturday, October 20, 7-11 p.m. at Generations Hall. This costumed, Halloween affair will include a costume contest with celebrity judges, live music by Stooges Brass Band, food from local restaurants, a cash bar and a silent auction. Roaming entertainers, including palm readers, magicians and more will add to the evening fun. Tickets are $100.
- This year's Anba Dlo V Halloween Festival and Parade will take place Saturday, October 20 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 fifth year, Anba Dlo V is unique as a one-of-a-kind, costumed, interactive community festival that also celebrates the multicultural and artistic heritage of New Orleans. 13 bands, four live music stages, and a DJ dance area will be set up throughout 3 floors of The New Orleans Healing Center.
- French Market's 4th Annual Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival is Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Head down to the iconic French Market for free trick or treating for kids in costume, pumpkin painting, pie eating contests, costume contests, live music and petting zoo and more.
- House of Shock is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, unveiling new additions to the indoor and outdoor festival. 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 over 300 volunteer performers and the many local community projects that they support annually . 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 7:30 p.m. and the haunted house opens at 8 p.m.
- Boo at the Zoo presented by Carnival Cruise Line Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 20, Friday, October 26, & Saturday, October 27 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.
- Anne Rice's Vampires, with a host of supernatural writers to invade New Orleans Halloween weekend 2012 Lestat's Fan Club ("ARVLFC") is announcing plans for its 3rd annual Undead Conference with four days of events featuring best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon. The weekend kicks off Thursday, October 25 with the Crescent Moon Author Meet and Greet aboard The Steamboat Natchez with entertainment by Damien Youth and Shane Paul Smith. The fun continues all weekend with various Supernatural Author Panels, Q & A Sessions, Book signings, raffles, The Lestat Ball & the farewell Dark Hunters Moon Cocktail Party with our featured authors & talent.
- Friends of the Cabildo will be hosting its 26th annual Ghostly Galavant Fundraiser, October 26-28. The three-day event kicks off with a Friday night "Gala" at the Cabildo from 8 -11 p.m. 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. The Ghostly Galavant weekend begins with the "Gala," a Halloween costume party at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. On Saturday and Sunday, Friends of the Cabildo tour guides will take guests on a haunting and hilarious tour of the French Quarter. 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.
- One of the largest festivals annually held in New Orleans is the Voodoo Music + Art Experience, October 26-28. Mixing local favorites with well-known headliners creates a jam-packed line-up for the festival-goers. The option to camp at City Park is a new feature added this year.
- Le Salon Spooky Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel on October 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and October 28 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Spooky Tea Service is $35 and Little Goblin Tea Service is $21.
- NOLA Motorsports Park will host its first annual OctoberFast on October 28 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The event will include a Zombie 5K race, Trunk-or-Treat, Pumpkin Patch, a Hayride and more.
- Robert Fresh Market is hosting the 2nd annual Kids Duathlon (an alternative to a triathlon, a duathlon is a Run, Bike, Run event) on October 28. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume and helmet for this event. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs alongside Lakeshore Drive in Lakeview.
- Get ready to cheer on our New Orleans Hornets as they take on the San Antonio Spurs on October 31 at 7 p.m. CST
Want to experience haunted New Orleans all year round? Check out a 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.
- New Orleans Ghost Tour- 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!"
- 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.
- Witches Brew Tours, LLC- The only 4 in 1 Combo Walking Tour in New Orleans! Experience the feeling of being in a city haunted with spirits, voodoo, vampires & witchcraft.