On any given day, New Orleans offers a bustling social calendar packed with things to do, but with Halloween happening on a Saturday night, you can bet there’s even more to check out than usual. Take a look at our list of Halloween happenings in New Orleans leading up to the spookiest day of the year and beyond.
Krewe of Boo 2015 – A Halloween New Orleans Parade
This year, the Krewe of Boo parade is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Massive papier-mâché floats adorning scowling skeletons, headless horsemen, and angry clowns will roll down the streets of the Vieux Carre. And in true New Orleans style, there will be plenty of festive throws including candy corn necklaces and miniature pralines to shower the crowd by costumed float riders.
This three-day festival kicks off on Oct. 30 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 1. Major headliners like Ozzy Osbourne and Zac Brown Band 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 presents Jim Monaghan’s 20th 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.
Locals are torn 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 to see your little ones don their adorable costumes? Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo! This annual Aubdubon Zoo extravaganza runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. 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 Thursday, Oct. 29- Saturday, Oct. 31. 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.