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 ghost tours to spooky sights. Here’s how you can celebrate this October.

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Krewe of Boo

The most petrifying parade in all of New Orleans is put on by the Krewe of Boo! This annual celebration of spooky season transforms the French Quarter in the Freight Quarter with extravagantly decorated floats and riders and marchers decked out in costumes. They take to the streets with tricks and treats all evening long! This year’s Krewe of Boo parade rolls Saturday, Oct. 23 - so get your costumes and candy bags ready!

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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Spooky Attractions

Looking for some frightening fun? Pay a visit to the Museum of Death or the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum! These are two on-brand October outings that are sure to send a chill through your spine. The Museum of Death features some horrifying highlights and history such as body bags, a skull collection, cannibalism, crime scenes, and more.  Or opt for the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum - a historic apothecary housed in the French Quarter. Its collection tells the story of medicine over the decades and some chilling practices that are no longer.

In addition to these two year-round stops, JAMNOLA and ArtMAZING Gallery will be featuring some spooky, special programming and exhibits for thought the month of October.

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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 almost every building.

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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.

The Skeleton House is an annual favorite for its scary and satirical decor. The Buckner Mansion is also a Halloween hotspot for its terrifying feature on the FX hit series, American Horror Story. Get dressed up to snag a few shots in front of its gates.

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The Mortuary

Visit a Haunted House 

Every fall, haunted houses make their highly-anticipated annual return to New Orleans. Prepare to be spooked as you wind your way through multiple floors of ghouls, goblins, and costumed actors at The Mortuary and New Orleans Nightmare.

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.

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Audubon Zoo

Go to Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo 

Head to Audubon Zoo for five days of spook-tacular fun from October 20-24, 2021. The beloved family Halloween tradition will return as a daytime celebration complete with unforgettable animal experiences, festive treats and decor, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Costumes are encouraged for all. Get your tickets here

Attend a Spooky Brunch or Lunch 

On Friday, October 29, Tujague's will host a witches luncheon - a three-course meal consisting of New Orleans classics like gumbo and crème brûlée. Come dressed in your witchy best to blend right in with the crowd.

Enjoy Brunch Month at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, specifically the Halloween Boheme Brunch on October 30. Enjoy a festive multi-course menu while learning about the history of brunch.

Meanwhile at Bourreé, on October 30 enjoy a BOO-rree BBQ Bash with a Kid's Party from 1-4 p.m. and an Adult's Party from 6-10 p.m. Live music and activities are part of the fun. Admission to the Kid's Party is $10 and comes with a pumpkin for decorating. 

Catch a movie screening

Enjoy Soul Sister's Haunted B-Movie Marathon at Three Keys at the Ace Hotel on October 31. The marathon will feature Blacula (PG, 1972), Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde (R, 1976), Sugar Hill (PG, 1974), and Disco Godfather (PG, 1979). Admission is free with RSVP and spooky snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Attend Dinner & a Movie on the rooftop of NOCHI this October with screenings of Beetlejuice on October 16 and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 30. Tickets are $65 and include the movie and a themed multi-course meal. 

Attend Halloween at Camp Marilou

On October 31 at Bar Marilou, prepare yourself for a night that is sure to inspire wonder, dazzle, and entertain you with drag and burlesque performances, sword swallowers, card readings, special menu items, and so much more. Come in costume ready for dinner and a show featuring menu items like pumpkin hummus with crudités and escargot crostini. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, one complimentary cocktail, a flaming Green Goblin shot, and all of the blood-curdling, heart-stopping performances.