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.
Lafitte Fire Department House of Horror
Now – October 31
The good men of the Lafitte Fire Department are raising money by scaring the dickens out of you. Every Friday and Saturday in October and Halloween night, you can explore their maze of mayhem for just $10. Photo courtesy: Lafitte Fire Department of House or Horror via Facebook
La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History
Now – October 31
For one week only, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host Halloween-themed tours in their 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 through Sunday. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Photo courtesy: The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion
Now – November 4
Located in the perfect creepy location near the Canal Street cemeteries, the Mortuary explores a theme of phobias in this year’s haunted attraction. The haunted house opens on Sept. 29 and continues tours initially on weekends, then pick up a more accelerated schedule nearing Halloween. Tours are offered Sept. 16, 22-23, 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-31, and Nov. 3-4. The box office begins selling tickets at 6:30 p.m., with tours from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 to $50.
House of Shock
Now – October 31
This moral-rattling, haunted attraction in Jefferson celebrates 25 years. A haunted wax museum brings a new element this year. Tours take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Halloween; and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays on Sept. 30, and Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-22, 26-31. Stage shows take place at approximately 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 to $55. Photo courtesy: House of Shock via Facebook
Cajun Country Corn Maze
Now – November 5
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 pallet maze and live zombie shoot. Photo courtesy: Cajun Country Corn Maze
Chamber of Horrors
Now – October 31
This haunted Harahan attraction turns a shopping center into a house of horror. The chamber opens every Friday and Saturday in October and Sunday, October 29 through October 31. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $18. Photo courtesy: Chamber of Horrors
The Foundation Room is hosting a “Gypsy Carnival” complete with belly dancers, indie blues and gypsy jazz music and tarot card readers. Costumes are encouraged so if you are looking to continue your post Voodoo fest party strut your costume over here. Entrance is free for Foundation Room members, $10 for everyone else. Party starts at 10pm.
Trunk or Treat
If you’re on the West Bank, head to Johnny Jacobs Playground in Marrero for a fun evening of Trunk or Treat and Movie Under the Stars. The event kicks off on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Costumes are welcome. Concessions will be sold. Bring your chairs and blankets!
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 27 – 29
This Halloween weekend tradition brings some big names to New Orleans like Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and DJ Snake. More than 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 Haunted Mortuary.
Bernie Baxter's Traveling Sideshow
October 27, 28 and 31
This old haunt is one of the few free attractions in the city. This year’s theme is the story of Dr. Fred-N-Stein, a murderous show host who has re-emerged from hiding. Although there are only three days to catch this show, their yard display is featured the entire month of October. Even though it’s a free attraction, they are more than happy to take donations.
Halloween on Frenchman Street
October 27 – 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. We’ll keep you updated with Halloween happenings. Photo courtesy: Frenchman Street Live
Trickin' and Treatin' at the Covington Trailhead
Kids of all ages can wear their favorite costume and grab their best-carved pumpkin for this event. Head to the Covington Trailhead for a morning of Halloween fun. There will be an award given for the child that brings the most creative carved pumpkin. There will also be an interactive performance of the “Wizard of Oz” and an opportunity to trick-or-treat. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m.
Boo Carre' Halloween & Harvest Festival
Kids can get an early start on trick or treating by visiting participating vendors and shops in the French Market District. The kid-centric event begins in Dutch Alley and extends through the French Market District on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costume wearing kids will receive a complimentary trick or treating bag as long as supplies last. Other activities include craft-making, book signings and live music. Photo courtesy: Boo Carre
BOO DAT: A Spooktacular Saturday
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts “BOO DAT: A Spooktacular Saturday” for all ages. Bring your family and friends to trick-or-treat at your favorite Riverwalk stores with trick-or-treat signs from noon to 3 p.m. Trick-or-treat bags will be provided, and cookie decorating and complimentary face painting will be provided at the food court for even more amusement. Photo Credit: The Riverwalk
Ghostly Gallivant: Living History Courtyard Tours
October 28 – 29
This two-day event leads guests on a haunting and hilarious tour of the French Quarter featuring ghosts stories and examples of mourning rituals. Tours begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.
Jim Monaghan's Annual 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
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, food, fun and lots of candy. The event will be held on the river batture by the amphitheater.
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. Photo courtesy: French Quartour Kids Spooky Tour