8 things to do this weekend: Oct. 26 – 28

It's a busy Halloween weekend with local traditions like Voodoo Fest and some family-friendly spooky events. Check out our weekend planner for the lineup.

We're celebrating the countdown to Halloween with a mix of festivals and spooky-themed activities this weekend. Looking for things to do in New Orleans and the surrounding areas? We narrowed down to eight things to check out.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28

Voodoo Fest organizers announced a big change to its lineup. Travis Scott will replace Childish Gambino as the Saturday headliner, due to doctors orders. Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys and ODESZA are among the big names set to hit the stages for this Halloween weekend tradition. Nearly 70 bands will rock four stages over a three day period in City Park. This year, the fest also celebrates its 20th anniversary. Three-day advance admission to Voodoo Fest is $140, plus taxes and fees. VIP tickets are available at higher prices.

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Boo at the Zoo

Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28

Bring your little goblins to Audubon Zoo for a kid-friendly Halloween event. This annual event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses, a Ghost train, a haunted house, games and entertainment. You’ll find both scary and non-scary activities. Check Boo at the Zoo out on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

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Park-A-Boo Halloween Festival

Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28

Lafreniere Park hosts a Park-A-Boo Halloween festival with some not-too-scary fun. Nearly a dozen treat houses will offer candy. Children can also check out a boo house, get their face painted and meet their favorite cartoon characters. Event hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8, while kids ages 12 and under enter for free.

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Jim Monaghan's Annual Halloween Parade

Friday, Oct. 26

The 23rd annual Jim Monaghan’s Halloween parade rolls at 7 p.m. on Friday. The parade begins and ends at Molly’s at the Market. The New Wave Brass Band, Storyville Stompers, The Bearded Oysters and others are set for the lineup.  A costume contest will be held at the midway point, Erin Rose. Only parade participants will be allowed to compete in the costume contest. Expect to see plenty of costumes and catch some unique Halloween throws.

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FOX 8 Local First Responders Night

Saturday, Oct. 27

FOX 8 honors local first responders with an action-packed night with the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Join us as we pay respect to those everyday heroes making extraordinary sacrifices. The Pelicans take on the Utah Jazz starting at 6 p.m., and the night also includes plenty of prizes. Plus, Lee Zurik and Juan Kincaid will be on the court during halftime as first responders battle it out in a shoot-off. First responders and their friends and family get an exclusive 30 percent off discount. Redeem these exclusive tickets here.

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Oktoberfest in Algiers Point

Saturday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 28

Festival-goers can catch another Oktoberfest celebration before the month ends. Trinity Lutheran Church host its Oktoberfest celebration in Algiers Point on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The fest features authentic German food, beer, wine and live music.

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Boo Fest 2018

Saturday, Oct. 27

North Shore families can check out this kid-friendly Halloween festival. Dozens of trick-or-treat houses will fill Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s park in Covington for Boo Fest 2018. The day includes fall-themed activities, games, music and more. Children are encourage to dress for the fest’s costume contest. There’s also a chili challenge taking place. Gates Open at 9 a.m. for special needs families and 10 a.m. to the general public. Admission is $2. Unlimited chili costs $5.

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Bernie Baxter's Traveling Sideshow

Friday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 27

This is New Orleans’ second-oldest haunt and one of the few free Halloween attractions in the city. Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow opens on Friday and Saturday, then again on Halloween night. This year’s theme will tell the story of Dr. Austin Tisdale, a former psychiatrist who tortured his patients by forcing them to face their worst nightmares until they met their untimely death. Although there are only three days to catch this show, their yard display is featured the entire month of October. Doors open at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., or when the last visitor leaves. Even though it’s a free attraction, they are more than happy to take donations.

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