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8 Spooky Halloween Events in New Orleans

New Orleans comes to life even more so when September comes to an end and is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. Houses are colorfully lit, and some, like the Berger Residence, are famously decorated each year, while haunted houses creek open their doors. The ambiance along the French Quarter is enough to draw spooky spectators, but the calendar of bone-chilling excitement, from parades to haunted funeral homes, intrigues the festive spirit in us all. Check out these top Halloween events in New Orleans.

Krewe of BOO! Krewe of BOO!
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Krewe of BOO!

Krewe of BOO! is an annual Halloween parade in New Orleans—the official one. It takes place later in October and has an artistic allure, unlike any other parades in the nation. Paper mache and other interestingly adorned floats are constructed by the creative minds of Kern Studios. Towering skeletons, ghostly horsemen, and wildly accessorized beauties march through the heart of the city while tossing out eco-friendly dolls, beads and candies. Other associated events, like a royal luncheon, precede or follow closely behind the actual parade.

Official Website
Dates: October 21st, 2023

Zombie Run Zombie Run
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Zombie Run

The Zombie Run is affiliated with Krewe of Boo and is a two-mile escape of makeup-covered zombies and Walking Dead-style characters stomping their way through the Warehouse District. The race takes place in the morning rather than the evening. It’s total mayhem, it’s festive, and it’s so much fun.

Official Website
Dates: October 21st, 2023

Ghosts in the Oaks Ghosts in the Oaks
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Ghosts in the Oaks

Ghosts in the Oaks takes place in New Orleans City Park and is something that the whole family can do. Monsters won’t be jumping out from behind trees; just touches of light-hearted decor here and there set the environment. Unlimited carnival-style rides, crafts, trick or treating and music are just a few of the listed perks of attending. Ticket proceeds go straight back to improving the park.

Official Website
Dates: October 19th, 2023

1850 House Ghostly Gallivant 1850 House
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1850 House Ghostly Gallivant

The 1850 House is one of the city’s phenomenal museums. Particularly focusing on the prosperity New Orleans experienced in the mid-19th century, the home is filled with memorabilia and other visuals to take guests back to that time. A haunted tour departs from the house and heads toward the French Quarter on special days near the end of October. Expect undead characters and an overall fun environment. Get there early to ensure ample time to explore the house.

Official Website

The Mortuary Haunted House The Mortuary

The Mortuary Haunted House

The Mortuary regularly offers ghost tours throughout the year because it was actually a funeral home back in the day and is naturally thought to be quite haunted. During October, they amp up the freaky factor by going “all-out” haunted house. Touted for its Hollywood quality, the animatronics, makeup, and sets are sure to get your heart pumping.

Official Website
Dates: Select Dates from September 16th – November 4th, 2023

New Orleans Nightmare New Orleans Nightmare
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New Orleans Nightmare

Experience complete and total darkness at New Orleans Nightmare on Butterworth Street, a popular haunted house that runs from September through the beginning of November. Creepy zombies will loom over as you walk by, blood-curdling clowns scurry about, and nightmares come alive. It’s an excellent place to get into the Halloween mood.

Official Website
Dates: September 22nd – November 4th, 2023

Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
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Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour

Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour is also known as the Creole Death and Mourning Tour, and it tips a little on the morbid side as it explores the rituals that New Orleans folks would go through after losing someone in the 19th century. Despite the sad origins, it’s an educational history exhibit that you might be able to trick your teen into participating in. It’s important to understand the customs and cultures of the past, and this tour is exclusively held in October.

Official Website
Dates: Tours start September 30th, 2023

Boo at the Zoo Boo at the Zoo
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Boo at the Zoo

Because kids need to have fun, too, without having their nights riddled with nightmares for weeks to come, there’s Boo at the Zoo. Not really unique to any city, zoos do a great job of providing a safe, interactive experience for families. The right amount of spooky exudes from New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo and plenty of activities will keep the kids happy. Bonus—there will be trick or treating.

Official Website
Dates: October 20th-22nd, 2023

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