Halloween in New Orleans - A Local's Guide
Here in New Orleans, you are never truly far from the morbid mystery of the Halloween Crescent City. It is with great pride that the “Most Haunted City in America” morphs with its frightening festivities as fall settles in. Here is a guide to fun stuff around the city no matter what types of tricks or treats you prefer:
Classic French Quarter Scares
The French Quarters offers a unique supernatural experience for the whole family with a selection of walking tours. Finding inspiration from the Haunted History of New Orleans with its vampires, Voodoo the world famous tale Madame LaLaurie, now is a great time to not only learn about the history of New Orleans but also enjoy some fantastic street entertainment performed by actors eager to spook, speculating on what sets this city apart from every other. Children are encouraged to ask questions and become involved as you journey back through time in the picturesque Quarters.
In keeping with New Orleans traditions, make sure you are a step ahead of the trend-kill and plan your fancy dress costume in advance – local residents have been working on theirs for months! Whether you decide to create a unique design at home or hire one from one of the many macabre costume shops in the French Quarters, arrive frightfully fashionable to all of the October excursions. After all, you never know who you may run into. Perhaps a werewolf, a vampire or a high-power priestess.
And what better way to enjoy the Halloween season than visiting one of the many above-ground cemeteries throughout the city, where you can literally walk amongst the dead? Truly terrifying! And if you would like to step away from the Quarters, Frenchman Street is the place to be in October where you are invited to join local residents in an array of street parties and celebrations!
Kid friendly Halloween Activities
So not everyone is quite so brave at Halloween, and parents are often looking for fun things to do for their little ones that won't produce nightmares! The Audubon Zoo has been busy preparing for its annual 'Boo in the Zoo'celebrations with trick-or-treating, storytelling and a haunted mansion. The Louisiana Children Museum is also hosting a 'Spook Saturday,' from 11am to 3pm on October 29th both orientated for younger patrons.
Top Rated Haunted Houses
If you are looking for the ultimate trick-or-teat experience, look no further! Why not try knocking on the door of the Number 1 Haunted House of New Orleans – a legendary haunted attraction with over twenty years of international acclaim. Prepare to be thrilled, chilled and spooked as all ages are welcomed to venture through a gruesomely themed, interactive mansion complete with zombies, bloodshed and cattle prods, oh my! With free on-site parking, a fully licensed bar, daring outside entertainers and intermittent entertainment shows, as well as cuisine available for sale from the famous Hell's Kitchen revolting themed restaurant, there's plenty to do and see for everyone.
Don't forget the Arts
The amazing Acro-Cats return to New Orleans and The Shadowbox Theater with a special Halloween treat. Samantha Martin and her group of performing cats are set to wow crowds with rolling pumpkins, jumping tombstones and other cat-marish tricks. There will also be a special musical performance by Tuna and the Skele-Cats, where the cats actually play the instruments! This is the world's only cat band and will be playing seasonal hits such as, “Don't purr the reaper,” an unusual experience not to be missed!
The Shadowbox, in the Bywater/Marigny area, are also hosting a Halloween Fundraiser, a night of Gourd Stories on the 23rd of October. Come celebrate with local artists as they carve pumpkins and then star opposite them in a macabre performance sure to get you in a ghoulish mood.
Don't forget to buy your tickets to the Voodoo Musical Experience Festival (children under 10 go free with a paying adult) to round off the Halloween season. The Voodoo Fest is a three day musical extravaganza that will have residents and visors jamming around the clock to international headliners in true New Orleans style.
Whatever it is you decide to do over the upcoming weeks, be sure to be safe and have a spooktacular time. Don't forget to shop at one of the many authentic Voodoo shops across the French Quarters and pick up a souvenir or two to regale your tales.