From the North Shore to the South Shore, from the little ones to the adults, we've got your ultimate Halloween events 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
Sept. 13 – Nov. 2
The fact that that The Mortuary Haunted Mansion sits next to a cemetery and was once a funeral home is scary enough. Now, add creepy serial killer characters, and you really have a frightening scene. This year, the Mortuary explores a new theme titled “The Cult of 13” that explores 13 crimes of the Black Zodiac — a deceased group of homicidal mass murders and serial killers. This year’s grand opening is set for Friday, Sept. 13. Tours are offered Sept. 13, Sept. 21 , Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-13, Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. The box office and tours open from dusk until. Ticket prices are $30 to $125.
New Orleans Nightmare
Sept. 13 – Nov. 2
New Orleans Nightmare hopes to tap into guests’ deepest fears this Halloween season. Back for its second year, the haunted attraction takes over the site previously occupied by the House of Shock, which announced its closing in 2017. New Orleans Nightmare plays up three new attractions for 2019 called Rise of the Dead, Darkest Dreams and Clown. The haunted house will also feature a mini escape game and a Phobia Sensory Overload. Tour dates are Sept. 13, Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 10-13, Oct. 16-20, Oct. 23 – Nov. 2. General admission begins at $19.99 and VIP options allowing patrons to bypass the line start at $29.99.
Scout Island Scream Park
Sept. 27 – Nov. 2
New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary Haunted Mansion team up for the second annual fright festival Scout Island Scream Park. Scout Island, a wooded area located in City Park, transforms into a land of terror. New this year, Scout Island adds Boogie Spooktalular, a unique scare-free attraction for younger kids. City Park also debuts new thrilling haunted attractions and spooky themed-areas like The Devil’s Swamp, Zombie Outbreak Battlefield and others. The seasonal City Park event also features live music, carnival rides and food and drinks available for purchase. The park opens weekends starting Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27. Then, closer to Halloween it opens Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Ticket prices range from $20 to $79. Guests can also opt to experience add-on attractions for an extra charge.
Cajun Country Corn Maze
Oct. 5 – Nov. 24
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.
St. Bernard Parish Trunk or Treat
St. Bernard Parish Government Leisure Department will host the 4rd Annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will take place in Sidney Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette and is FREE and open to the public. The Leisure Department is in need of volunteers, donations as well as participation from businesses, clubs, individuals, families, churches, organizations to make this another great year.
Covington 'Field of Screams' Halloween Trail
Take a spooky walk through a maze on the nature trail during Covington’s Field of Screams event at the Covington Recreation Complex. The free public event offers thrills for children and adults. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The haunted tour starts at sunset and lasts until 10 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. 19 at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route.
Boo Carre Halloween Haunt
Head to Dutch Alley in the French Market District for the annual Boo Carre Halloween Haunt on Oct. 19. The free one-day kid-centric event draws a diverse costumed crowd and will feature live music, children’s activities, a Spooktacular Second Line, and trick-or-treating. Children wearing a costume are eligible to receive a free Boo Carre tote bag for trick-or-treating in the French Market District. One per child, while supplies last. The event happens from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monster Mash Fun Fall Family Festival
This large festival-style event on the Northshore offers families a Halloween-themed event in the park. Head out to Bogue Falaya Park for the family festival featuring a trick-or-treat village, rides, custom crafts, live music and a Monster Mash Parade. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Halloween New Orleans
Oct. 25 – Oct. 27
For more than 30 years, Halloween New Orleans has raised money for Project Lazarus, an assisted-living home for those with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. This year’s theme is Hallowdays and features events during Halloween weekend — The Lazarus Ball, Main Event Costume Party and Sunday Tea Dance.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Oct. 25 – Oct. 27
This annual Halloween weekend tradition brings some big names to New Orleans. Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone and Beck headline the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2019. More than 65 will rock on four stages for three days 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.
Park-A-Boo Halloween Festival
Oct. 25 – Oct. 27
The Kenner North Kiwanis Club hosts its annual Park-A-Boo Halloween Festival, a three-day event primarily for kids age 12 and under at Lafreniere Park. Kids can experience not-too-scary Halloween fun at the event. Activities include face painting, games and a Boo House. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes.
Bernie Baxter's Traveling Sideshow
Oct. 25, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31
This small neighborhood haunt is one New Orleans’ oldest haunted attractions. Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow is also one of the few free attractions in the city. This year’s theme is Rotti’s Repossessions. 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.
Madisonville All-Around-the-Town Trick-or-Treating
Madisonville pulls out all the stops for its Halloween celebration on Oct. 31. Businesses and residents are encouraged to participate and hand out candy. A house decorating contest will also be included with prizes to the top three houses. The Chamber will provide maps listing all the participants, so plan to pick up your map in front of Town Hall starting at 5 p.m. and hit the streets.
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