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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Halloween Decorations on St. Charles Avenue

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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Krewe of Boo

Attend Krewe of Boo

Every year on the Saturday of Halloween weekend, 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 the Convention Center. Attendees can catch throws, join street parties, and purchase tickets for official after parties, too.

Zack Smith, NOTMC
Costuming in New Orleans

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 to 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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Halloween New Orleans

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 Friday, October 26 with the Lazarus Ball. This black tie event at the Hyatt Regency will feature food, 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 at the Contemporary Arts Center. 

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 Sunday brunch? Past venues have been aboard the Creole Queen riverboat followed by a French Quarter second line parade to the club Oz. Stay tuned for this year’s location. 

Cheryl Gerber, NOTMC
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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. The year’s lineup includes:

  • Mumford & Sons 
  • Childish Gambino
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Ty Dolla Sign 
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Janelle Monae 
  • And many more over this weekend long fest!

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, Cirque du Fear Fright Zone, Blood Bayou Fright Zone and more. For children, there is a Scare-Free Kids Zone, pumpkin patches and hay rides. The festivities are open throughout the month of October and in early November

For more Halloween events and things to do, head here.