After delays caused by Hurricane Ida, two New Orleans-area haunted houses set opening dates for the 2021 Halloween season.
In Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Nightmare is set to open to the public on Oct. 1.
The haunt was originally scheduled to open on Sept. 18 but announced plans to postpone operations to next month due to Hurricane Ida.
“Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida, we will be temporarily pausing the haunt operations. We send healing to all affected by the storm and look forward to celebrating with you when it is safe to do so. Stay safe and see you soon, New Orleans,” haunted house producers said in a Facebook post.
New Orleans Nightmare returns for its fourth year since taking over the former House of Shock location near the Huey P. Long Bridge.
For 2021, the haunt will open with three new attractions to freak out horror fans in 2021: The Boogeyman, Operation: Laughing Place and the Spirit of Halloween.
As far as COVID-19 precautions, protective face coverings are required for everyone on-site during the entire experience, and capacity will be limited to encourage social distancing between groups.
New Orleans Nightmare is one of 13 national attractions produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the world’s largest Halloween-inspired entertainment company.
Jeff Borne, owner of the Mortuary Haunted Mansion, says he was also forced to postpone opening his popular Mid-City attraction due to impacts from Hurricane Ida.
The attraction is now set to open on Oct. 8, but it was originally scheduled to open on Sept. 18. Borne says, “with any luck,” he hopes to push the haunted house’s date up to Oct. 1.
Borne said he’s working to repair the Canal Street building, which was actually once a funeral home, after sustaining some wind and rain damage from the storm.
This year, the haunted house explores a new theme called “Inferno,” with the website describing the plot as “a supernatural event leading to the two men’s disappearance over New Orleans.”
The Mortuary says it will follow all safety guidelines established by the City of New Orleans concerning COVID prevention. At this time, that includes proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours. All visitors will also be required to wear a mask inside the attraction.
New Orleans Nightmare opens for tours starting Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Then, the attraction opens again on Nov. 5-6 for blackout nights. See the dates and hours of operation here. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $19.99, plus additional fees for Fast Pass or Skip the Line add-ons.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion opens for tours starting Oct. 8 through Oct. 31, with an additional date on Nov. 6. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $25.00, plus additional fees for VIP Fast Passes or VIP Frequent Fear Passes.
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