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.

Cheryl Gerber, NOTMC
LaLaurie Mansion at Halloween

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.

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Halloween Decorations in Uptown New Orleans

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. Pretty much any neighborhood in NOLA will be filled with houses sporting festive decor.  

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The Mortuary

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.

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Boo at the Zoo

Take the kids to Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo 

Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo is a twist on the Audubon Zoo's nighttime Halloween festival, Boo at the Zoo. This year, the family-friendly event will move to the daytime to provide for social distancing between groups. Activities include a mystery maze, extinct species scare-yard, trick or treat bags, animal enrichment and souvenir photos. Come costumed and ready to explore on October 17, 18, 24 or 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve your tickets online in advance.  

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. 

One of New Orleans' newest attractions, JAMNOLA, will be adding a twist to the normal pop-up experience this October. JAMNOLA artist La Adorna will transform the space with vibrant lights, decorations, music and costumes from October 27-31, just in time for Halloween. Book your tour today. 

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.

Trick-or-Treat in the Park 

For a socially-distant trick-or-treating experience, head to New Orleans City Park on October 27. From 5-8 p.m., cars can drive through a blocked-off route to collect candy and treats from different stations along Roosevelt Mall Street. Cars will access City Park from Marconi Drive near Tad Gormley Stadium.