Halloween weekend brings on trick-or-treating, haunted houses, spooky screenings: See the list of events

From trunk-or-treats to scary movies, here are some local events happening during Halloween weekend.

This Halloween won’t feel like the big spooky holiday New Orleans has become known for in recent years. Luckily, there are still several ways to safely celebrate.

From trunk-or-treats to scary movies, here are some local events happening during Halloween weekend.

Artsy Halloween attractions

Source: La Adorna’s House of Eclectic Souls

NOLAween At Mardi Gras World – Mardi Gras World debuts a new attraction that transforms float props usually seen in parades, like the Krewe of BOO!, into a family-friendly, Halloween-themed experience. NOLAween creates memorable moments for photo ops in a socially-distant setting. Visitors can post for selfies at 15 Halloween-themed sets including supersized skeletons, witches, jack-o’-lanterns and other newly-built Halloween props, some as tall as 14 feet high. In addition, children can take part in a scavenger hunt and receive a Halloween treat when complete. Face masks are required, but you are welcome to arrive in costume. Admission to the NOLAween is a free add-on to the regular Mardi Gras World self-guided tours. Tours run daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for military and seniors and $14 for children. The attraction opens through Oct. 31.

La Adorna’s House of Eclectic Souls at JAMNOLACurrently, JAMNOLA is still without power after Hurricane Zeta; they are continuing to monitor when they can reopen for tours. Contact info@jamnola.com to rebook. New Orleans’ first experiential museum, JAMNOLA, gets ready for Halloween with a special pop-up tour at the Marigny attraction. Costumer and makeup artist La Adorna hosts a “House of Eclectic Souls,” transforming the space into an “enchanting journey of glittery ghouls…and avant-garde apparitions.” The “hauntingly-beautiful” guided tour includes a curated playlist, artist appearances, a costume contest with prizes, goodie bags and a cool photo-op.  Guests must register in advance for timed tours. Ticket prices for Oct. 27–29 are $40 for adults; $25 for children. Kids under two are free. Ticket prices for the experience Oct. 30–31 are $50, for ages 16 and older only.


Haunted Houses

Source: New Orleans Nightmare

The Mortuary – Guests can take out their pandemic frustrations on virus-infected zombies in and “undead battleground.” This year, the Mortuary invites guests to a laser-tag haunted house experience called “Rift War.” Owner Jeff Borne says the experience is like being inside of a video game, but spookier. All admission tickets are timed, reservation-based to reduce wait times in line and limit attendance. Masks are required. General admission tickets are $32.50, with “VIP Fast Pass” tickets for $52.50. Group discounts are available. Most ticket times range from 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

New Orleans Nightmare – In Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Nightmare returns for its third year since taking over the former House of Shock location near the Huey P. Long Bridge. For 2020, haunted house themes feature classic monsters from horror movies and a riff on the Bloody Mary urban legend, the website says. Only small groups are allowed to enter at a time with their immediate group. All admission tickets are timed, reservation-based to reduce wait times in line and limit attendance. Masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available before entering the haunted house. General admission tickets vary based on day, with prices ranging from $24.99 to $29.99, plus taxes and fees. Fast pass and “Skip the Line” tickets are available for additional fees.

RISE Haunted House – In this haunted house in Tickfaw, La., near Hammond, guests will wander through an endless maze designed as an abandoned bed and breakfast where awakened dead souls lurk around every corner. Similar to other haunted houses RISE will implement online ticketing and a virtual queue line system to allow for social distancing and manage crowd sizes. Everyone on-site will be required to wear face coverings. Additionally, guests will have to undergo temperature checks before entry. Guests will enter the haunt with only their immediate group on a timed schedule to allow for proper social distancing. General admission is $25, and a fast pass option is available for $43.


Scary Movie Screenings

Source: Broad Theater/Brian Knighten

The Broadside – Spooky movies will screen at the Broad Theater’s new outdoor space, The Broadside at 600 N Broad Street. Grab a seat outdoors for movies like “Monster House” at 7 p.m. and “Night of the Living Dead” at 9:30 on Friday, Oct. 30. The venue will host a Kid’s Halloween Show from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Billy Iuso brings on the Halloween jams Saturday night at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at the website for these events.

Prytania TheatreCurrently, Prytania Theatre is still without power after Hurricane Zeta, but the owner says business will resume as soon as power returns to the building. This weekend, Prytania Theater wraps its month-long series of spooky screenings called “Nightmare on Prytania.” Popular Halloween classics will screen like “Casper” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Due to COVID-19 masks are mandatory, and the theater will host limited-capacity screenings from noon to midnight from Friday, Oct. 30 to Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets start at $8.


Trick-or-Treat Events

Halloween Trick-or-Treat at the Park – At Fontainebleau State Park, the road in the campground will be closed to cars and golf carts between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating. Participants should wash hands and disinfect before make individual bags for trick-or-treaters. Also, guests should wear masks while giving and receiving candy. Organizers say they will also give a prize to the best-decorated campground site. Admission is $3 per person.

Boo Carre Halloween Haunt – The annual Boo Carre Halloween Haunt returns as a modified event this year due to COVID-19. Children can participate in four activities and trick-or-treating at shops and vendors in the flea and farmers markets. Participants must register online in advance of the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Pre-registration will be used at event check-in for kids to receive a bag of treats. Activities will be socially distanced and masks will be required for adults and children. This event is free.

Household of Faith Family Worship Church – Household of Faith will celebrate Halloween New Orleans-style with a drive-thru Float-A-Treat event. With lit floats on their lots, families can drive through and still experience the excitement of Halloween, with candy bags filled with goodies for kids. Candy will be handed out at the Westbank location, 2074 Paxton Street in Harvey, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. A second drive-thru will happen at the New Orleans East location from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. No walk-ups; drive-thru only.

**CANCELLATIONS**

  • NORD Halloween Drive-Thru event, originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, is canceled due to power outages and damage caused by Hurricane Zeta. Those Halloween events were scheduled to take place at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East, Behrman Park in Algiers and Lafitte Greenway in Treme.
  • Lafreniere Park announced its Trunk or Treat event originally scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 30 will be postponed due to numerous trees down and no power in the park from Hurricane Zeta. A new date will be announced later.
  • Treats and Beats, an event organized by the Youth Empowerment Project, is postponed indefinitely, a spokesperson announced. The celebration was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30 at YEP’s Youth Center in Central City.

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