From the North Shore to the South Shore, from the little ones to the adults, we've got your ultimate Halloween guide. We've taken the hard part out of planning by rounding up a list of activities, parades and other spooktacular events happening around town to celebrate the Halloween season. Check back for updates as we get them.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion
September 16 – November 4
Located in the perfect creepy location near the Canal Street cemeteries, the Mortuary explores a theme of phobias in this year’s haunted attraction. The haunted house opens on Sept. 29 and continues tours initially on weekends, then pick up a more accelerated schedule nearing Halloween. Tours are offered Sept. 16, 22-23, 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-31, and Nov. 3-4. The box office begins selling tickets at 6:30 p.m., with tours from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 to $50.
House of Shock
September 30 – October 31
This moral-rattling, haunted attraction in Jefferson celebrates 25 years. A haunted wax museum brings a new element this year. Tours take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Halloween; and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays on Sept. 30, and Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-22, 26-31. Stage shows take place at approximately 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 to $55. Photo courtesy: House of Shock via Facebook
Cajun Country Corn Maze
October 7 – November 5
For a full day of family-friendly entertainment, take a road trip to the farm in Pine Grove, La., and visit the Cajun Country Corn Maze. There’s so much to do here that you may just need a couple of days to fit it all in. Kids can get lost in the corn maze, take hay rides, ride the cow train, watch the pig and duck races, visit the petting zoo or check out the chicken show. There are haunted tours as well which include a haunted pallet maze and live zombie shoot. Photo courtesy: Cajun Country Corn Maze
Olde Towne Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkins are just the tip of the iceberg at this family-friendly festival. There’s tons to do including big wheel races, ponies, hay rides, a costume parade, inflatables, face painting, delectable food and savory sweets. The event happens on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Some activities will have an extra charge. Photo courtesy: Olde Towne Pumpkin Festival via Facebook
Ghosts in the Oaks
October 20 – 22
City Park’s Amusement Park and Storyland hosts an evening of trick or treating, rides, arts, crafts and a pumpkin patch. Balloon animals and face painting will also be available. At the time of this posting all 3 days were sold out but perhaps you can find a friend with an extra ticket. Photo courtesy: Friends of City Park
Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival
Kids can get an early start on trick or treating by visiting participating vendors and shops in the French Market District. The kid-centric event begins in Dutch Alley and extends through the French Market District on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costume wearing kids will receive a complimentary trick or treating bag as long as supplies last. Other activities include craft-making, book signings and live music. Photo courtesy: Boo Carre
Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
Celebrate the countdown to Halloween with the Krewe of Boo parade this weekend. The spooky-themed parade rolls on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny. A “Monster Mash” after party happens on Saturday at the Generations Hall. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route. Photo courtesy: Krewe of Boo
Monster Mash Fun Fall Family Festival
Head out to Bogue Falaya Park for the family festival featuring a trick-or-treat village, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, live music, games, the Not So Scary Spook House, food, shopping crafts and more. Tickets in advance are $15 for kids and $5 for adults. At the gate, it will cost an extra $5. Children 11 months and under are free. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo courtesy: Monster Mash Fun Fall Family Festival
HNO 34 Boogie on the Dance Floor
October 21 – 22
The House of Blues will be transformed into Studio 54 for HNO’s fundraising party. Channel your inner Andy Warhol, Elton John, David Bowie and Grace Jones for this one of a kind party. Awards will be given for Best in Show, Best Group Costume, Best On Stage Performances as well as other categories. All proceeds benefit Project Lazarus.
Treats @ the Track
People with disabilities from ages 5 to 22 and their families are invited by the HOPE Buddy Organization to come and partake in a fun evening at this free event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Catholic High School track. This social gathering provides a place for people with disabilities to have an awesome time trick or treating in their costumes, playing games and making friends with others who have special needs.
La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History
October 24 – 31
For one week only, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host Halloween-themed tours in their Louisiana History Galleries. The tours will explore the darker legends of the city including executions and cemetery relocation. Tours will be available at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Photo courtesy: The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Foundation Room is hosting a “Gypsy Carnival” complete with belly dancers, indie blues and gypsy jazz music and tarot card readers. Costumes are encouraged so if you are looking to continue your post Voodoo fest party strut your costume over here. Entrance is free for Foundation Room members, $10 for everyone else. Party starts at 10pm.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 27 – 29
This Halloween weekend tradition brings some big names to New Orleans like Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and DJ Snake. More than 70 bands will rock four stages over a three-day period in City Park. The festival keeps the Halloween theme going with an interactive graveyard by the creators of the Haunted Mortuary.
Halloween on Frenchman Street
October 27 – 31
The Halloween mecca, Frenchman Street, always presents a free, but crowded, option for spooky festivities. Just throw on a costume and head out. There are also some events at bars along the route. We’ll keep you updated with Halloween happenings. Photo courtesy: Frenchman Street Live
Trickin' and Treatin' at the Covington Trailhead
Kids of all ages can wear their favorite costume and grab their best-carved pumpkin for this event. Head to the Covington Trailhead for a morning of Halloween fun. There will be an award given for the child that brings the most creative carved pumpkin. There will also be an interactive performance of the “Wizard of Oz” and an opportunity to trick-or-treat. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m.
BOO DAT: A Spooktacular Saturday
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts “BOO DAT: A Spooktacular Saturday” for all ages. Bring your family and friends to trick-or-treat at your favorite Riverwalk stores with trick-or-treat signs from noon to 3 p.m. Trick-or-treat bags will be provided, and cookie decorating and complimentary face painting will be provided at the food court for even more amusement. Photo Credit: The Riverwalk
Jim Monaghan's Annual Halloween Parade
The annual Halloween parade departs Molly’s at the Market at 7 p.m. and meanders around the streets of the quarter with a stop at Erin Rose where there will be a costume contest. Expect to see plenty of costumes and catch some unique Halloween throws. Photo courtesy: Erin Rose Bar
Gretna Goblin Night
The City of Gretna hosts a goblin night on Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for children ages 10 and under. Little goblins can enjoy music, games, food, fun and lots of candy. The event will be held on the river batture by the amphitheater.
French Quartour Kids Spooky Tour
Kids ages 5 to 10 years old will explore the streets of New Orleans while using cutting-edge technology to engage with famous 19th century French Quarter residents. Some treats (or tricks) may be in order if they find them. The tour is designed to teach kids about history and culture without frightening them. Tickets are $20. Photo courtesy: French Quartour Kids Spooky Tour