Technically, Halloween is on a Monday (how 2016 is that?), but fortunately the weekend brings plenty of chances to get your fright on, your fest on, and your fun on. Keep reading for all of our top picks!
1. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience — Headliners include The Weeknd, Tool, and Arcade Fire plus major acts like G-Eazy and so, so many more. As if that’s not enough reason to go? We’ll be there with a tent and a dedicated information tower (see below for the map!). Tickets from $79 online.
2. Halloween New Orleans — LGBT event programming where costumes are seriously encouraged. This year’s theme is “Pirates’ Revenge: The Curse of Jean Lafitte.” Prices vary.
3. Day of the Dead Events — Technically celebrated from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, El Día de Los Muertos-themed events are also happening throughout the weekend. Try a special menu at Mizado, located right across the street from Metairie Cemetery, with a Day of the Dead altar (proceeds benefit local charities); scope out the altars at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art or International House Hotel; and attend a family friendly Mexican market at Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Saturday.
4. La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History Tour — The Historic New Orleans Collection hosts this spooky daily tour at 11 a.m. through Sunday, Oct. 30. View the permanent collections through a ghastly (and realistic) lens: topics include mosquitos, serial killers, unlawful assembly, and colonialism. Admission is $5.
5. 6t’9 Pumpkin Parade — After three years doing without, the 6t’9 Social Aid & Pleasure club “resurrects” its Halloween Pumpkin Parade on Saturday at 6 p.m. This family-friendly event rolls until 9 p.m. Join the membership ranks for $69 (appropriately) — members’ children roll for free. Or, come as a spectator: the parade starts at 1020 St. Claude Ave.
DJ ?uestlove at Tipitina’s — The Roots drummer hosts a post-Voodoo fest set along with DJ Soul Sister at Tipitina’s late Friday night (technically early Saturday morning!) starting at 1 a.m.: stay caffeinated with these picks. Tickets are $32.