Halloween is the second biggest party in the Crescent City and makes for a spooky, wild and crazy night that isn't just for the kids. From terrifying ghost tours, to voodoo fests, to fully costumed street parties, New Orleans welcomes all to enjoy Halloween in the "The Most Haunted City in America."
6 Spooky Halloween Events
New Orleans' everyday life co-exists with the spirits of the past. The paranormal, hauntings and hair-raising events that permeate the city have created lots of opportunities to have a paranormal experience. To scare yourself silly, explore New Orleans with a guided tour best suited for the adults.
- Bloody Mary Tours & Soiree- Explore the dark side of New Orleans from the supernatural to the full-blown paranormal on this unique tour. Tours are given by Bloody Mary herself who has years of experience and research into the history behind the hauntings.
- Haunted History Tours- Did you just see a ghost? Its likely you did... Choose to scare yourself around NOLA with the following tours: haunted sites, creepy cemeteries, voodoo happenings or the supernatural vampires that lurk in the French Quarter and Garden District.
- New Orleans Ghost Tour - Creep around the city revisiting the most haunted, bone-chilling stories, voodoo legends and blood-sucking tales that have long shaped the culture of New Orleans.
Krewe of Boo
Don't miss the annual tradition Krewe of Boo! It is the official Halloween parade of New Orleans and they provide a spooktacular event for all in attendance. The parade floats are alive with creatures and ghouls while tons of local and American-made treats like PJs Coffee Frac Packs, Aunt Sally's pralines and Voodoo pins are thrown from the floats. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday October 24, 2015. And don't miss the Monster Mash afterparty at Mardi Gras world. Buy tickets for the party, view the parade route and make Krewe of Boo part of the Halloween fun.
Street Parties- Dress to Scare!
Grab your best costume and head to Frenchman Street to find
the biggest Halloween celebration in town.
Thousands of costumed locals and tourists flaunt their incredible Halloween
costumes while drinking and dancing in the streets. Beware of the ghosts and vampires that mingle
in the crowds! Will you be able to tell who's real?
Local's Tip: If you want a bird's eye view of the ghouls head to a balcony party like the Rex Room on Bourbon.
Endless Night Vampire Ball
If you are looking for an insanely alternative event where the "vampires" unite for a night of ceremonial dance, music and aesthetic expression then the Endless Night Vampire Ball, Oct. 31, 2015 is for you! The event on has been described as "a Venetian Masquerade Ball, mixed with a Vampire Court, topped off with the energy of a rock concert and the elegance of a burlesque cabaret." The venue for this bloody ball is the House of Blues! The name comes from the William Blake poem "Ages of Innocence " in which he states, "Some are born to Sweet Delight, Others are born to Endless Night." View the website.
VooDoo Music Festival
Voodoo Music Festival, Oct.30 - Nov. 1, 2015. is a
perfect way to celebrate the Halloween spirit! Headliners include Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, Florence and the Machine, Jane's Addiction and many more. "New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience has
become a Halloween weekend tradition, bringing some of the biggest artists on
the map to the Big Easy for a three-day throwdown" wrote Spin Magazine. Join the ritual! View
the official website.
Halloween New Orleans
Halloween New Orleans, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 is a benefit weekend for Project Lazarus with several different events. Journey into the Pyramid of the Pharaohs where you'll experience the luxuries of Egyptian royalty and uncover the horrifying secret crypt where the dead are laid to rest. Will you follow the path of the rich or the path of the dead?
For the Entire Family:
Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween treat hosted by the Audubon Zoo. The Zoo stays open for evenings of trick-or-treating, entertainment, food and kid friendly "scary" stories and haunted house. The event runs Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 2015, and begins at 5pm for children up to the age of 12 and their parents. Make sure to ride the Ghost Train, master the haunted maze and catch some live tunes at the Wildlife Theater and Capital One Stage.
Take a Halloween tour just for kids with French Quartour Kids. During this Halloween tour, kids will peel back Halloween's mask and discover what Halloween is all about in the Big Easy with a look into the history, culture and traditions around the city. Tours are walking tours and tour guides bring the stories to life with maps and props. Adult chaperones are required.