We love any excuse to dress up in New Orleans, which makes Halloween one of the city's biggest and wildest parties. Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which naturally, gives revelers the whole weekend to wild out. We rounded up some parties and spooktacular events happening around town. Adults only, please.
Halloween New Orleans (HNO)
Oct. 27 – 30
Experience Gay Halloween with four days of events throughout the city benefiting Project Lazarus. The festivities begin with the Lazarus Ball on Thursday and continue throughout the weekend with a neon party at the Civic Theater, the main event at the Contemporary Arts Center and a Sunday brunch and second line on the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler. Visit the website for more event information. Photo courtesy: Halloween New Orleans
Brews and Boos
Jello shots, disco carousel, and an open beer bar are all part of this adult celebration from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at New Orleans City Park. Come out in your best costume to participate in the costume contest for big prizes. $30 general admission includes unlimited rides, an open beer bar, snacks and giveaways. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. More details at the website. Photo courtesy: New Orleans City Park
Voodoo Music + Art Experience
Oct. 28 – 30
Thousands of music fans will pack City Park for one the biggest fall festivals. The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Tool and Arcade Fire are among the artists headlining the three-day fest starting on Friday at noon. Festival organizers hope to improve the overall experience for festival-goers with a few changes this year. Three-day and single-day general admission tickets are still available for purchase. Photo courtesy: Voodoo Fest
If you’re passing on Voodoo Fest this year, Hell’s Gala at Mardi Gras World showcases another dance party filled with EDM acts. Steve Aoki headlines the roster filled with electronic DJ/producers. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit the website for ticket information. Photo courtesy: Winter Circle Productions
Halloween on Frenchman Street
Oct. 28 – 31
The Halloween mecca, Frenchman Street, always presents a free, but crowded, option for spooky festivities. Just throw on a costume and head out. There are also some events at bars along the route. Here are a few we found on the Frenchman Street Live website:
- Baller’s Ball Featuring Mannie Fresh & More at Maison – Oct. 28 at 10.p.m.
- The Graveyard Smash Bash at the Dragon’s Den – Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.
- Halloween Night with DJ Jubilee & More at the Dragon’s Den – Oct. 31 at 10 p.m.
Photo courtesy: Frenchman Street Live
Uptown Halloween Bar Crawl
If you want to stay away from the Frenchman crowd, this bar crawl takes you Uptown. The third annual bar crawl starts at 6 p.m. at the Prytania Bar and visits six bars along the route. Costumes are encouraged. Photo courtesy: The Prytania Bar
Jim Monaghan's Halloween Parade
The annual Halloween parade departs Molly’s at the Market at 7 p.m. and meanders around the streets of the quarter with a stop at Erin Rose where there will be a costume contest. Expect to see plenty of costumes and catch some unique Halloween throws. Photo courtesy: Erin Rose Bar
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