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.
New Orleans Nightmare
Sept. 21 – Nov. 3
New Orleans Nightmare hopes to tap into guests’ “deepest fears” this Halloween season. The new haunted attraction takes over the site previously occupied by the House of Shock, which announced its closing in 2017. New Orleans Nightmare promises Hollywood-caliber sets and top-notch special effects. Visitors can explore three haunted attractions called The Laughterhouse 3D, Museum Macabre and Cursed: Voodoo. Tour dates are Sept. 21-22, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 17-21, Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 2-3.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion
Sept. 22 – Nov. 3
The fact that that The Mortuary Haunted Mansion sits next to a cemetery and was once a funeral home is scary enough. Now, add the creepy clowns and horrifying zombies, and you really have a frightening scene. This year, the Mortuary explores what seems like a very timely purge-like theme titled “The Mortuary Strikes 12.” Tours are offered Sept. 22, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14, Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-31 and Nov. 2-3. The box office and tours open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later. Ticket prices are $30 to $150.
Cajun Country Corn Maze
Sept. 29 – Nov. 25
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 trail in the woods, pallet maze and live zombie shoot.
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
Each year, this Halloween display draws crowds to the corner of Magazine Street and Second Street in New Orleans. Ghost Manor puts on the ultimate audio/visual show, all synchronized to music. Display hours are sunset to 10 p.m. on weeknight and sunset to midnight on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.
Louellen Berger's Skeleton House
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
This Uptown home pokes fun at trending news topics and pop-culture references with a yard of satirical skeletons each year. The residence at St. Charles Avenue and State Street draws spectators to see the new “funny bones” creator Louellen Berger develops.
Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History
Oct. 2 – Oct. 31
The Historic New Orleans Collection will resurrect its special Halloween-themed tour of its 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 to Sunday, Oct. 2–31. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members.
Scout Island Scream Park
Oct. 5 – Nov. 3
New Orleans City Park debuts the haunting, ultimate scream fest, Scout Island Scream Park, on Oct. 5. The new fright festival transforms 14 acres of Scout Island into a free-roaming land of terror during the Halloween season. The park teamed up Jeff Borne, owner of the Mortuary Haunted Mansion to creating the haunting experience. Visitors will find multiple atmospheric fright zones and three haunted attractions around the park, including a self-guided walking tour by lantern.
'Field of Screams' Halloween Trail
Take a spooky walk in the woods during the Field of Screams event at the Covington Recreation Complex. The free public event offers thrills for children and adults. The Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail transforms for the event. The haunted tour starts at 7 p.m.
Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
Celebrate the countdown to Halloween with at the annual Krewe of Boo parade. The spooky-themed parade rolls on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route.
Jim Monaghan's Annual Halloween Parade
The 23rd annual Jim Monaghan’s Halloween parade rolls at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. The parade begins and ends at Molly’s at the Market. The New Wave Brass Band, Storyville Stompers, The Bearded Oysters and others are set for the lineup. A costume contest will be held at the midway point, Erin Rose. Only parade participants will be allowed to compete in the costume contest. Expect to see plenty of costumes and catch some unique Halloween throws.
Columbia Street Halloween Block Party
The final block party of the year is going to have Halloween twist. Costuming is encouraged for all ages. Some shops and classic car owners have candy for trick-or-treaters, a pumpkin carving contest and other activities. Columbia Street from the 200 to 500 block is closed to vehicle traffic after 5 p.m. and reopens at 10 p.m.
Halloween Carnival New Orleans
Oct. 26 – Oct. 28
Halloween New Orleans returns with three events hosted by the local LGBTQ community on Halloween weekend dubbed the Halloween New Orleans Carnival. The weekend includes the Lazarus Ball, Sideshow and Funhouse on the Pier. All proceeds benefit Project Lazarus, an assisted-living home for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Oct. 26 – Oct. 28
This Halloween weekend tradition brings some big names to New Orleans for its 20th anniversary. Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys and ODESZA are among the big names set to hit the stages. Nearly 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 Mortuary Haunted Mansion. See the full day-by-day lineup here.
'Hocus Pocus' returns to select theaters
Oct. 26 – Oct. 31
Just in time for Halloween, the Disney classic film “Hocus Pocus” heads back to the big screen. AMC will bring back the cult classic to select theaters to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. Select AMC Theaters will show “Hocus Pocus” from October 26-31. Tickets will be only $5. CLICK HERE to find a theater near you!
Bernie Baxter's Traveling Sideshow
Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 31
This is New Orleans’ second-oldest haunt and one of the few free attractions in the city. This year’s theme will tell the story of Dr. Austin Tisdale, a former psychiatrist who tortured his patients by forcing them to face their worst nightmares until they met their untimely death. Although there are only three days to catch this show, their yard display is featured the entire month of October. Doors open at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., or when the last visitor leaves. Even though it’s a free attraction, they are more than happy to take donations.
Shivers at Canal Place
Canal Place will celebrate Halloween with Shivers on Saturday, Oct. 27, with entertainment for all ages including a costume contest, trick or treating at participating stores, complimentary candy totes, face painting and balloon sculptures. Activities include a kids’ community mural as well as a virtual reality experience in the atrium, where guests will be able to experience the latest and greatest VR content. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Boo Fest 2018
Dozens of trick-or-treat houses will fill Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s park in Covington for Boo Fest 2018. The day includes fall-themed activities, games, music and more. Children are encourage to dress for the fest’s costume contest. There’s also a chili challenge taking place. Gates Open at 9 a.m. for special needs families and 10 a.m. to the general public. Admission is $2. Unlimited chili costs $5.
Ghosts, Goblins & Gumbo: Halloween in Madisonville
Madisonville pulls out all the stops for its Halloween celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Events start at 5:30 p.m. with trick-or-treating around the area. Head out to Madisonville’s Town Hall for all of the fun including the biggest haunted house in town, chicken and sausage gumbo, cookie decorating and scarecrows.
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, popcorn, fun and lots of candy. The event will be held near the river batture by the amphitheater at 1st Street and Huey P. Long Avenue.
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.
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