New Orleans Halloween Checklist

Halloween in New Orleans is a special thing, thanks partly to a rich history (and all the reported hauntings that go along with that), but also because the city just plain likes to have fun. Here are some tips for enjoying Halloween in the Crescent City.

Dress Up.

If there’s one thing New Orleanians love doing, it’s playing dress up.  From Mardi Gras to your average weekend on Bourbon Street, any excuse will do.

Halloween is a heck of an excuse.  Here are some makeup tips with a Pokemon theme but can be applied in other contexts, and here are some basic dress-up ideas from some Saints super fans.

Enjoy Voodoo.

Nah, not that kind of Voodoo (though in New Orleans, that’s always an option). Halloween weekend in New Orleans has become synonymous with the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience. The fest runs Friday through Sunday, and this year’s headliners include G-Easy, Tool and Arcade Fire.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Make the Kids Happy. (Or Don't.)

New Orleans has a wealth of family-friendly options for Halloween. From Boo at the Zoo to the Cajun Country Corn Maze, a variety of events in several different locations promise to offer something for everyone.

And if you’d rather leave the kids at home, New Orleans has that covered too.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

Take a Haunted Tour.

New Orleans has more than its fair share of haunted spaces and spooky stories, including some pretty big ones.  (You might be surprised to learn that Napoleon House is included in that number.)

A walking tour –self-guided or run by tour guides — can offer some special insight into the city. So can a haunted carriage ride, for that matter.

Get Creative in the Kitchen.

Using pumpkin in creative ways is an annual fall tradition. Iced pumpkin cookies are a great choice, as is a homemade pumpkin spice latte.

Switching gears, what does one do with all of that leftover Halloween candy after the fact? We have answers right here.

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