Halloween in NOLA
- French Quartour Kids offers four weekends of a Halloween History Tour beginning October 19. On this tour, kids will step back in time- way back to the beginning of Hallow's Eve thousands of years ago... We'll explore why this holiday was popular and how it was passed down through time.
- The annual Boo Carre Halloween & Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. throughout the French Market District, and will include miniature golf, a photo booth, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and much more.
- This year's Anba Dlo V Halloween Festival and Parade will take place Saturday, October 19 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. Multiple bands and live music stages will be set up throughout The New Orleans Healing Center.
- House of Shock is celebrating its 21th 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 more than 400 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 p.m. and the haunted house opens at 8 p.m.
- Boo at the Zoo presented by Carnival Cruise Line Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19, Friday, October 25, & Saturday, October 26 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.
- Café NOMA presents a "Haunted Gingerbread House" building workshop on October 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastry Chef Brett Gauthier will lead an interactive Haunted House decorating demonstration, on how to make your house the spookiest one on the block! Reserve your spot today by calling Christina at (504) 539-5516. The $40 cost includes your house and candy decor, unlimited sodas and two seats. Limited reservations available.
- 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 24 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.
- Experience Halloween Gay New Orleans style over the weekend of October 24-27 with Halloween New Orleans. This extravaganza includes a costume contest, second line and brunch.
- Friends of the Cabildo will be hosting its annual Ghostly Galavant Fundraiser, October 25-27. The three-day event kicks off with a Friday night "Gala" at the Cabildo from 7:30 -10 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.
- 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 Saturday, October 26, 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, November 1-3. 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 just last year.
- Creepy Crawly Children's Tea at the Windsor Court Hotel on October 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and October 27 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Creepy Tea Service is $35 and Little Crawler Tea Service is $24.
- Get ready to cheer on our New Orleans Pelicans as they take on the Indiana Pacers on October 30 at 7 p.m. CST
- Jazz in the Park concert series presents Rebirth Brass Band along with Kermit Ruffins to Armstrong Park on October 31. Along withproviding great tunes, Jazz in the Park also features a second line parade, a kids play area and food and crafts from local venders.
Custom Conventions + Tailored Tour's Marigny/Bywater Halloween Tour with Morgan Molthrop guides a seasonally-themed tour starting at The Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue. Explore the roots of Vodou with unique access to an authentic Botanica. Historical tour of neighborhood includes haunting tales. Approximately 2 hours, ending at fascinating St. Roch Cemetery. 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 26. $20 per person, reservations required 504-657-6670.
- New Orleans Museum of Art will host an outdoor screening of Rosemary's Baby on October 18 at 7 p.m. in NOMA's Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. All programming is free with admission to the museum.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. will host its annual Ghoulwill Ball on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 - 10:30 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. 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.
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.