Halloween 2016: 8 Family-Friendly Events

If you're looking for some Halloween-themed events that cater to your little ones, here are some family-friendly happenings around town.

Jazz in the Park Halloween Party

Thursday, Oct. 27

Thursday’s weekly party at Armstrong Park adds a Halloween twist. Costumes are encouraged. The event kicks off with a second-line at 4 p.m. The Wild Magnolias and Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield hit the stage for performances. Photo courtesy: Jazz in the Park

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Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Boo at the Zoo

Friday, Oct. 28 & Saturday, Oct. 29

At the Audubon Zoo, kids 12 and under can visit trick or treat houses, ride a zombie-themed ghost train, explore a haunted house and participate in a dance party.  The $17 entrance fee is for a good cause, benefiting Children’s Hospital and the Audubon Zoo. Hop on this quick if you want to enjoy this year’s event. Tickets are going fast! Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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Photo courtesy: Cajun Country Corn Maze

Cajun Country Corn Maze

Open weekends until Nov. 27

For those to looking to entertain the little ones with a full day of activities, take a road trip to Pine Grove, La., and visit the Cajun Country Corn Maze. The activities here seem endless. Kids can explore the corn maze, go on hay rides, hop on cow train rides or jump on a giant inflatable pillow. There are also other haunted activities: A haunted train in the woods, haunted pallet maze and live zombie shoot. Photo courtesy: Cajun Country Corn Maze

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Spooky Kids Tour

Oct. 28 – 31

For the brave 5-  to 10-year-olds there is the Spooky Tour hosted by French Quartour Kids. Kids will search for mischievous spirits and maybe even get some treats from one. It’s a fun tour full of tricks, treats, spells and superstitions. Advance bookings required. Visit the site for more details.

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Photo courtesy: The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk

Boo Dat: A SPOOKTACULAR Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 29

Who Dats of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly event hosted by The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk from noon to 2 p.m. The event features trick-or-treating at participating stores. Visit the kids’ play area for complimentary face painting. Photo courtesy: The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk

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Crawloween

Saturday, Oct. 29 & Sunday, Oct. 30

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium entertains kids with bug themed trick or treating, Halloween cookies, pumpkins that double as animal exhibits and a “Guess How Many Maggots are in the Jar” contest.  Kids will also get to see scary critters like spiders, scorpions and roaches. Kids wearing a Halloween costume get a $3 discount on admission. Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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Boo Fest

Saturday, Oct. 29

Kids on the North Shore can go trick-or-treating, play ghoulish games and participate in other Halloween-themed activities at Boo Fest. The party at Lakeview Regional Medical Center starts for 10 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. for special needs families. Admission is $2. Photo courtesy: Access Louisiana

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Photo courtesy: Stella Plantation

The Pumpkin Patch at Stella Plantation

Sunday, Oct. 30

Down in Braithwaite, kids can shoot corn cannons, go on hayrides and pick out their perfect pumpkin as well as other kids activities. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy: Stella Plantation

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Interested in something for adults instead? Check out this list.