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13 Things To Do In New Orleans This Halloween

There is no better place to celebrate Halloween than in New Orleans! With over 300 years of death under our belt, we are among the most haunted cities in the U.S. for good reason. But the bad times don't keep us down. Here are 13 ways that New Orleans puts the "fun" in "funeral".


1. Krewe of BOO! Halloween Parade

Just because it isn't Mardi Gras doesn't mean we don't have parades. Go down to the historic French Quarter to get a taste of Carnival time with the Krewe of BOO! The parade will feature decorative floats, marching bands, and dancing krewes.

Oct. 22nd


2. The Anne Rice Vampire Ball: Reign of Osiris

Anytime you read or watch anything about vampires in New Orleans, you can thank Anne Rice. Her debut novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976. The 1994 movie adaptation, starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst, includes many scenes throughout the French Quarter (we know where they are!) This year marks the 34th anniversary of The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club.

Oct. 28-29


3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

New Orleans has no shortage of vampires. Endless Night New Orleans Vampire Ball provides a weekend of unrivaled vampiric decadence. Fangs are even recommended in the dress code.

Oct. 28-30


4. Boo at the Zoo

Bring the kids

To the Audubon Zoo

They all asked for you!

Dress up the boys and ghouls for many kid-friendly activities as this event includes plenty of attractions for the little ones. Boo at the Zoo includes exciting animal experiences and even a nocturnal exhibit with bats.

Oct. 21-23


5. Ghosts in the Oaks

If the kids didn't get enough treats at the zoo, Ghosts in the Oaks also provides good family fun, such as trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and a pumpkin patch. And of course, you can enjoy what City Park has to offer year round, including being surrounded by beautiful oak trees, some of which are nearly 800 years old.

Oct. 20-23


6. Brews and Boos

City Park isn't just for kids. Parents can enjoy some grown-up fun at the one of a kind Brews and Boos. With unlimited beer and a costume contest included within the amusement park, adults are sure to have a good time.

Oct. 28-29


7. Oktoberfest

Yep, New Orleans does this too. Deutsches Haus hosts Oktoberfest for three weekends. You can expect plenty of German drinks and foods, as well as a dog parade and dog costume contest to die for!

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22


8. Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

As haunting as it is beautiful, this ensemble is sure to put you in the mood for the spooky season. Relax in a dark, candlelit venue as you are serenaded by the string quartet, Delachaise Ensemble. This is a must-do. Check out the songs on their program, featuring "This is Halloween" and you will be hooked.

Oct. 13, 27


9. Pagan Pride Day

Another low-key event that will both entertain and inform. You can do a little mystical shopping, hear some great music, and even witness pagan rituals. And don't worry about these witches hexing you. Everyone is here for a good time.

Oct. 1


10. Zombie Run

The Big Easy Rollergirls are on the hunt... and you may be their next meal! Try to outrun these zombie killers during this 2-mile race through the Warehouse District. But this isn't your typical marathon. Leave the sweatpants at home and come flaunt your best biohazard suit, gas mask, or monster costume. And if you make it out alive, you'll be all dressed up for Krewe of BOO! later that day.

Oct. 22


11. Haunted Houses

Two terrifying haunted houses will be available to those who dare traverse them. The Mortuary Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Nightmare both serve as great ways to get your thrills this year.


12. HNO Wonderland

Halloween New Orleans is one of the larger gay celebrations in the city, as well as a fundraiser for Project Lazarus, a charity in support of people living with HIV/AIDS. They are hosting three big events definitely worth a look. This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland!

Oct. 28-30


13. The French Quarter

New Orleans is going to be lit all month long, especially on Halloween weekend. Residents of the city love any excuse to dress up themselves, their homes, and their pets. You can expect a wild Bourbon Street.

And of course, there is our Film and Culture Tour. It happens that several horror projects were shot along our tour's route, including Interview with the Vampire, The Originals, and American Horror Story: Coven. Book right here: Witches and Vampires and Murders, oh my!

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