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What to Do On Halloween Night in New Orleans

You picked the best city to celebrate.

Put on your wig/giant animal head/fishnet tights/glitter or otherwise unruly outfit and get ready for a wild Tuesday night out. Though Halloween falls on a weekday this year, and arguably not everybody will be able to— shall we say— go trick-or-treating, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate this year. The weekend preceding Halloween will be chock-full of events— including Voodoo Fest, the Endless Night Vampire Ball, bar crawls, as well as the more family-friendly Boo at the Zoo. But, if you are itching to do some gallivanting around town on All Hallow’s Eve proper, there is something for everyone.

Halloween in New Orleans

Frenchmen Street

As has been the trend, general merriment and revelry ensues along Frenchmen Street for Halloween celebrations. Frenchmen Street’s numerous bars and music venues attract a large and diverse costumed crowd. There is bound to be some good people watching and interesting costumes to be found even on a Tuesday night on Frenchmen. Maison, d.b.a., and other music clubs are hosting live shows for Halloween evening.

Halloween revelers (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Quintron and Miss Pussycat at One-Eyed Jack’s

For those who like a little more structure in their Halloween evening, catching a music show is a great option. The famous NOLA duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat will be joined by Delish Da Goddess and a host of special guests for this Halloween night show. If you’ve not experienced a Quintron and Miss Pussycat show before, you’re in for a special treat — shows include dance music, maracas, and puppets. One Eyed Jack’s intimate space coupled with the interactive musical stylings of this duo provides one of the most unique and entertaining shows happening on Halloween night.

Scenes from Halloween night (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Haunted Houses

What’s Halloween in New Orleans without a haunted house? Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Side Show is free and located across the river in Algiers. This year’s theme is Frederick’s Flicks and plays on the mad scientist theme. Entry is free. Another favorite local haunted house is The Mortuary, located in the old mortuary on Canal Boulevard. This year’s theme is phobias, so if you have any of the following phobias (or one of several others), you will likely have an exceptionally frightening experience: arachnophobia, claustrophobia, taphophobia (fear of being buried alive), or coulrophobia (fear of clowns). General admission tickets are $30.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prytania Theatre

For those who prefer to stick to more traditional Halloween events and happenings, check out the 10:00 p.m. or midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prytania Theatre in the Uptown neighborhood. A shadow cast will be on hand to guide participants through this musical movie experience. If you can’t make it out to the showing on Halloween night, the theater is holding viewings on Friday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 29 at midnight. Come as you are or wear a costume. And don’t forget the props!

Jim Monaghan Annual Halloween Parade

New Orleans can scarcely celebrate a holiday without a parade. Though the annual Krewe of Boo parade happens prior to Halloween, Jim Monaghan’s annual parade takes place on Halloween evening in the French Quarter. Starting at 6:00 p.m. at Molly’s at the Market, the parade meanders through the French Quarter stopping at Erin Rose on Conti Street for the annual costume contest. The parade ends back at Molly’s where the party continues late into the evening.

Dante’s Disco Inferno Fantastique

The Music Box Village, located on a wooded lot tucked against the Industrial Canal in the Bywater, features its Dante’s Disco Inferno Fantastique Halloween party. The night boasts Cauche Mar, DJ Rotten Spooky Milk and is, apparently, hosted by Satan. “Brave children” are welcome from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. before the party devolves into a demonic disco party from 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $24 at the door. Themed costumes are required!

St. Roch Cemetery (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)


Cemetery Tour.

If you want to get in the spirit, but without the late night reveling, schedule a cemetery tour during the day with Save Our Cemeteries,where you will get a good dose of history whilst walking amidst the dead.

Thriller Flash Mob

Each year on Halloween, the Thriller Flash Mob shows off their creepy dance routines in front of City Hall. They will be flash-mobbing the seat of local government between noon and 3:00 p.m., and it is free to watch.

If you still aren’t sure where you want to spend your time on Halloween, or if you seek a more true-to-life experience, venture over to one of these haunted locations throughout the city. And while you’re at it, check out some of the best costume shops for Halloween threads in the city as well (use our New Orleans costume guide for ideas). A safe and happy Halloween to all!

Emily Ramírez Hernández is the child of New Orleans natives whose families have been in the city for generations. Emily's earliest memories of New Orleans include joyful car rides over bumpy streets, eating dripping roast beef po-boys at Domilise's, and catching bouncy balls during Mardi Gras parades with cousins. An urban planner by day and freelance writer by night, when she is off the clock she enjoys biking around town, belly dancing, and catching nerdlesque shows.

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