On any given day, New Orleans offers a bustling social calendar packed with things to do, but with Halloween happening on a Friday night, you can bet there’s even more to check out than usual. Take a look at our list Halloween happenings in New Orleans – both on the day of and throughout the weekend.
This three-day festival kicks off on Halloween and runs through Sunday. Major headliners like Outkast and the Foo Fighters are sure to draw substantial crowds to the City Park festival grounds. Expect vivacious live music, installation art studding the venue, and an arts market with jewelry and other handmade wares. “Foodoo” is also available for hungry revelers: choose dishes from restaurants like Bratz Y’All, Woody’s Fish Tacos, and Antonio’s Italian Restaurant.
French Quarter bar Molly’s at the Market will host its 19th annual Halloween Parade, cruising down Decatur at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. The Irish bar, also on Decatur, is famous for its Frozen Irish Coffee and (perhaps more appropriately for Halloween) its Bloody Mary. Krewe of Boo parades through the Quarter the night before at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.
Locals are split on which is scarier, but both The Mortuary Haunted House and House of Shock are prime choices if you’re looking for a horror-filled haunt. The Mortuary, housed in a real, 100-year-old house, has a zombie theme while House of Shock combines elements of pyrotechnics and live entertainment for an incredibly believable scare in its final year.
Can’t wait until Halloween? The next few days present several chances to don your costume. Boo at the Zoo runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Audubon Zoo on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26. Kids and families can enjoy trick-or-treat houses, a ghost train, concessions, and candy at the event. The Audubon Society will also host Crawloween at the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. This event will feature plenty of creepy crawlies, pumpkins filled with insects, and a “Guess How Many Maggots are in the Jar” contest.
Our location in the French Quarter offers quick, seamless access to several of these events: the parades and Crawloween are within walking distance, and Voodoo Experience is accessible via street car. Book now to experience a New Orleans Halloween at one of the city’s most iconic hotels.