NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Halloween season creeps back in New Orleans with creepy clowns, terrifying zombies and menacing monsters ready to shock thrill-seekers.
One of New Orleans’ biggest Halloween events, Voodoo Fest, won’t return for the third year in a row. But the downtown Krewe of BOO! parade will roll again to kick off Halloween week in New Orleans on Oct. 22.
New Orleans-area haunted attractions are opening for screams, including a new, interactive zombie-themed experience heading to the West Bank.
We compiled a list of haunted houses and Halloween attractions open for the season around and near the New Orleans area. Check back for updates as we get them.
New Orleans Nightmare
Opening date: Sept. 23
In Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Nightmare returns to haunt fright fans for its fifth year near the Huey P. Long Bridge.
For 2022, the haunted house features three new attractions to freak out horror fans: Outcast Carnival, The Bloodrite and Chop House.
In Outcast Carnival, guests will get spooked by rabid sideshow performers, while the Bloodrite features voodoo-inspired themes, haunted house producers say. The third attraction, Chop House, will bring guests face-to-face with a chainsaw-wielding criminal outcast inside an old meat processing plant.
New Orleans Nightmare opens for tours on Sept. 23, 24 and 30. Then, the attraction opens Oct. 1-2, Oct. 6-9, Oct. 13-16 and Oct. 19-31. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $24.99, with pricing subject to change and with additional fees for fast pass, skip-the-line and VIP add-ons. See the dates and hours of operation here.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion
Opening date: Sept. 24
This year, the Mid-City attraction, the Mortuary Haunted Mansion, which was actually once a funeral parlor and crematorium, marks a 150th-anniversary milestone. Since converting into a haunted house in 2007, the grand Victorian mansion at the end of Canal Street, owned and operated by special effects expert Jeff Borne, has grown into a New Orleans Halloween tradition.
For 2022, the haunted house debuts a new theme called “The House That Fear Built.”
“Now, the house is alive as ancient and evil spirits that have lain dormant for so long begin to stir once more,” the website says in reference to this year’s plot.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion opens for tours on Sept. 24 and 30. Then, the attraction opens Oct. 1, Oct. 7 - 9, Oct. 13 - 16, Oct. 20 - 23 and Oct. 25 - 31, with an additional blackout night on Nov. 5. General admission tickets start at $25 before 7 p.m. or $30 for tours starting at 7 p.m. or later. Pricing is subject to change based on demand, and there are additional fees for VIP fast passes or season passes. See the complete schedule of dates and hours of operation here.
Zombie Paintball Hunt
Opening date: Oct. 1
For the first time, NOLA Motorsports Park partners with New Orleans Nightmare for a new zombie-themed experience called Zombie Paintball Hunt.
The interactive experience lets guests shoot at different zombie stations and targets while riding a bus. Each guest gets assigned a spot on the bus with a paintball gun mounted to the window.
Organizers say the experience is family-friendly and runs about 15 to 20 minutes. Children ages 12 and under must ride with an adult.
Dates for Zombie Paintball include Oct. 1–2, Oct. 6-8, Oct.13-15, Oct.20-22, and the entire week of Oct. 26 to 31. Hours of operation for the attraction will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests must purchase tickets by 9 p.m. as regular box office hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
General admission costs $25 per person and includes a Zombie Paintball hat, rental gun and safety glasses and 150 rounds of ammo. There are also other packages available. To purchase a ticket, visit Nolamotor.com/zombie-paintball/ or swing by the box office. A limited number of tickets will be available each day. Food and alcohol will be available for purchase on the second floor of the Karting Lobby.
RISE Haunted House
Opening date: Oct. 1
RISE Haunted House, the attraction in Tickfaw, Louisiana, near Hammond, is known for its multi-faceted, terrifying attractions.
Inside the RISE Haunted House, guests will wander through an endless maze designed as an abandoned bed and breakfast where awakened dead souls lurk around every corner. The site also features a Haunted Hayride and Risewell Asylum. In the asylum, guests are immersed into the dark world of alternative medical techniques.
The attraction opens starting Oct. 1 and runs weekends through Oct. 23. Then, on Halloween week, the attraction opens Oct. 27 to Oct. 31. The haunted house also opens again on Nov. 5 for a Lights Out Night. See the list of dates and times here.
Single attraction tickets cost $25 for the Risewell Asylum, $30 for the haunted house and $20 for the haunted hayride. Upgrades for fast passes or combo tickets are available for additional fees.
The 13th Gate
Opening date: Sept. 30
Top-rated haunted attraction in Baton Rouge, the 13th Gate, brings back its ultra-realistic nightmares this Halloween season.
Hauntworld Magazine, the world’s largest directory of haunted houses and horror attractions, just announced the top 13 most horrifying haunts in the U.S. and 13th Gate made the list as No. 2.
Only the bravest will find their way through 13 nightmarish realms where your worst fears come true, and anything can happen.
The attraction opens on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Then, it opens Thursday through Sunday from Oct. 6 to Oct. 30 and on Halloween. The haunt opens again on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 for special flashlight fright nights. General admission starts at $35, with additional fees for VIP tickets and other add-ons. See full details at the website.
Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow
Opening date: Oct. 28
Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow, a neighborhood haunted house operating in Algiers, announced it will reopen this Halloween season for the first time in three years.
Haunted house operators said the haunt will open for three nights from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, according to a post on Facebook.
Halloween enthusiasts can look forward to a theme called “Rotti’s Repossessions” for 2022, with “guaranteed screams” in the haunted house. The haunted house will operate from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. While entry to the neighborhood attraction is free, operators are accepting donations, they said.
Bernie Baxter will also offer trick-or-treating for kids on Halloween night.
Visit the Facebook page for updates.
Terror on the Coast
Opening date: Sept. 17
While this haunted house isn’t located in Louisiana, it’s known as “the largest haunted house on the Gulf Coast.” Terror on the Coast dares thrill-seekers to visit the Gulfport, Mississippi attraction for a fearful night of frights.
The attraction boasts 86,000 square feet of scares, thrills and ghoulish Hollywood movie props.
The Hollywood-style haunted attraction opens every Friday and Saturday from Sept. 17 through Halloween. General admission tickets are $25, and Fast Fear passes are $40. Visit the website for more information.
Opening date: Sept. 23
Formerly known as The Terror Test, Chuckles Playhouse opens as a new attraction under new ownership in Lumberton, Mississippi, which is right outside the Pearl River County border.
The owner says the clown-themed haunt will feature indoor and outdoor sets. The attraction opens from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween. Starting Oct. 16, the Chuckles Playhouse will also open on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
General admission tickets are $25, and VIP skip-the-line tickets cost $35. Visit the website for more details.
If you know of any other Halloween happenings, contact us to let us know.
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