Halloween in the Crescent City calls for two things: a lot of fun and a lot of frights! We've got everything from haunted houses to ghost tours to spooky sights. Though things are a little different this year, there are plenty of ways to enjoy New Orleans without gathering. Here’s how you can celebrate this October.
Take a Haunted History or Ghost Tour
New Orleans is known for its haunted history. Hotels, restaurants and streets across the city are known to have spirits floating throughout, and there’s no better way to hear the eerie tales of how these ghosts came to be than by taking a tour. You’ll find an abundance of options for haunted group tours, especially in the French Quarter, which is filled with stories of ghosts and ghouls in most every building.
Virtual ghost tours are also being offered this year, including Ghostflix from New Orleans Ghosts. The on-demand streaming service allows access to haunted tours from across the country, including here in New Orleans. A live ghost tour will take place on October 24. Tune in here.
See the Spooky Decorations on Homes Around the City
Home decor is a specialty in New Orleans (second, of course, to costumes). Take a stroll around any neighborhood to see how locals decorate for Halloween. Be sure to walk around the Garden District/Uptown to see the stunning St. Charles Avenue mansions with amazing decorations, especially the home at the corner of State Street and St. Charles, which is decked out with skeletons every year.
Visit a Haunted House
Every fall, haunted houses make their highly-anticipated annual return to New Orleans. This year, advanced tickets are required, masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Still, prepare to be spooked as you weave your way through two of New Orleans’ haunted houses returning for the season: The Mortuary and New Orleans Nightmare.
Check Out a New Attraction
Mardi Gras World, known for its behind-the-scenes look at Carnival, has a new family-friendly Halloween exhibit in the works. Come in costume and bring your camera – there will be plenty of photo ops and larger-than-life props to pose with.
Stay in a Haunted Hotel
Consider booking a night in a haunted hotel to get into the spooky spirit this Halloween season. Legend has it, the 14th floor (actually the 13th floor) of Hotel Monteleone is home to some paranormal activity. Guests have reported hearing the footsteps of Maurice Begere, the young ghost child who haunts the hotel. For more on haunted hotels, see here.