Bernie Baxter, longtime neighborhood haunt, returns this Halloween after three years

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - 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.

“After three years of forced closure due to circumstances beyond our control, we are proud to announce the triumphant RETURN of Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow this October,” the co-founders said in the post.

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.

Bernie Baxter was forced to close in 2020 and 2021 after saying they could not determine a safe way to open during the pandemic within City and State guidelines at that time. In 2019, road construction also forced the haunt to shut down out of an abundance of caution.

Since 2005, Bernie Baxter’s Travelling Sideshow, located at 44 Vivian Court, has scared fright fans inside the small neighborhood haunt in Algiers. The free haunt is also one of Algiers’ longest-running Halloween traditions.

Visit the Facebook page for updates.

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