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 and Frenchmen Street costume parties to Halloween-themed parades, fests and more. Make sure you get a healthy mix of both with a few of our suggestions on spooky ways to celebrate Halloween in New Orleans.
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.
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.
Attend Krewe of Boo
Every year, on a Saturday in late October, Krewe of Boo takes over the French Quarter. Beginning at Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny, the Halloween parade processes up through the French Quarter passing Jackson Square, all the way to Tchoupitoulas Street by Generations Hall. Attendees can catch throws, join street parties, and purchase tickets for official after parties, too.
Dress in Your Craziest Costume for Frenchmen Street Parties
Frenchmen Street is always a NOLA nighttime hotspot, but on Halloween, it’s the place to be. Be sure to dress in your craziest hand-crafted costume, because costuming in New Orleans is an affair taken seriously. Once you arrive on Frenchmen Street, you can hop from bar to bar, or pick a venue to enjoy live jazz or brass music all night. Be sure to check out everyone else’s costumes and embrace the vibrant spirit of the street party.
Participate in LGBT Halloween Festivities
The witches and the queens and the ghosts and the goblins come out for Halloween New Orleans for a series of fundraising events all Halloween weekend. The celebration kicks off the Friday before Halloween with the Lazarus Ball. This black-tie event has food, an open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction in support of Lazarus Project.
Shed your cocktail attire and put on your costumes to dance the night away on Saturday with live DJ sets and a costume contest at the Fillmore.
Wrap up with a tea dance along the Mississippi River complete with food, music and drinks. What better way to end a weekend than with a second line? Parade through the French Quarter to the club Oz.
Jam at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
If music festivals are your thing, be sure to purchase a ticket to Voodoo Music + Arts Experience over Halloween, which is an annual event that takes over the City Park Festival Grounds featuring Grammy-Winning Musicians, Carnival Rides and food and drink vendors.
Check out the Scout Island Scream Park
New Orleans City Park and the Mortuary Haunted Mansion have partnered up to present the spookiest Halloween event in the New Orleans area. Wander through eight dark acres inside City Park including the Devil’s Swamp, Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, Fright Zones and more. For children, there are plenty of less scary options. Check out the Scare-Free Kids Zone, pumpkin patches and hayrides - especially fun for daytime. The festivities are open throughout the month of October and into early November.
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Visit a Haunted House
In October, haunted houses make their highly-anticipated annual return to New Orleans. Grab a group of friends and prepare to be spooked by all of the gory and ghostly themed houses across the Crescent City. The Mortuary is sure to send spooks and chills throughout your body.