How to Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans
New Orleans is one of the best places to spend Halloween, not only because of its rich haunted history and mystery, but the ample festivities celebrating this spookiest of holidays. If you’re coming to New Orleans to celebrate Halloween, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And because this is the Big Easy, Halloween is celebrated not just one night, but several.
Halloween Festivities in New Orleans
Halloween New Orleans – The annual Halloween New Orleans festival offers four days of fun events and parties. All proceeds go to benefit Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans providing care to men and women living with AIDS. Halloween New Orleans kicks off the night of Thursday, October 30 with the black tie Lazarus Ball at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion at the WWII Museum, including a silent auction, music and food. Friday brings a night of dancing at the Republic. Saturday is the main event with a costume contest and parade followed by a massive dance party at a Marigny warehouse. Halloween New Orleans concludes with a brunch and second line on Sunday at the House of Blues.
Frenchmen Street – Frenchmen Street, located just outside the French Quarter in the Faubourg Marigny, is the unofficial Halloween headquarters in New Orleans. The hip stretch of music clubs, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with people in some of the most dazzling and creative costumes you’re sure to see all weekend.
Haunted Houses – If you’re a thrill-seeker, New Orleans has some of the most terrifying haunted houses to get your scary Halloween kicks. The Mortuary and The House of Shock, the latter of which made Forbes’ list of best haunted houses in the country this year, have some of the most elaborate twists and turns around every corner that will scare event the bravest of souls.
Krewe of Boo – Bring the whole family to the annual Krewe of Boo parade in the French Quarter. In true New Orleans style, the Krewe of Boo Halloween parade has big, elaborate floats that throw candy to the crowd and fun dancing and marching clubs. The Krewe of Boo parade will be held on Thursday, October 30 in the “Boo Carre”.
Boo at the Zoo – A Halloween celebration just for kids, Boo at the Zoo at Audubon Zoo for children up to age 12 features trick or treating, a Ghost Train, scary and non-scary haunted houses, games with prizes, live entertainment, animal exhibits and more! Boo at the Zoo will be open for four nights in October: 10/17, 10/18, 10/24 and 10/25. A limited amount of tickets are for sale for each night, so purchase them online soon!