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What to Do On Halloween Night in New Orleans

You picked the best city to celebrate.

Ghost Manor on Magazine Street is a must-see on Halloween night (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

Put on your wig/giant animal head/fishnet tights/glitter/otherwise unruly outfit and get ready for a wild Thursday night out. Though Halloween falls on a weekday this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate like we do every year. The Halloween season will be chock-full of events— including the Krewe of Boo parade, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, the Endless Night Vampire Ball, and the more family-friendly Boo at the Zoo and Crawloween. But, if you are itching to do some gallivanting around town on All Hallow’s Eve proper, there is something for everyone.

New Orleans Nightmare (Photo credit: Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group)

Halloween in New Orleans

Haunted Houses

What’s Halloween in New Orleans without a haunted house? One favorite local haunted house is The Mortuary, located in the old mortuary on Canal Boulevard. General admission tickets are $30. New Orleans Nightmare is another local favorite with a new attraction called “Complete Darkness” where guests will be submerged in total darkness and have to rely on their five senses to escape. Tickets are $20.

Scout Island Scream Park

Scout Island, in City Park, is a 50-acre piece of land with swamp and woodlands. Returning for its second year, Scout Island Scream Park bills itself as a Halloween festival. There is a lot packed into this frightening attraction: multiple outdoor fright zones, a scare-free kids zone, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and more. As night descends on Scout Island Scream Park, the creatures of the night emerge, so make sure to bring your little ones early in the evening! Scream Park is open throughout October, including Halloween night, and the first weekend of November. Tickets are $20.

Ghost Manor on Magazine Street (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

Other Haunted Attractions

Swing by Ghost Manor where Magazine meets Second Street on Halloween Night. This show creates more than a dozen different spooky scenes all timed to music. The house itself was built in 1892, making it the perfect backdrop for a show like this. Watch in awe of the spectacle from the sidewalk. Shows run every few minutes from sunset to 10 p.m. For even more Haunted Attractions, see here.

The NOLA Project presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Back for their tenth collaboration with NOMA, the NOLA Project theater company returns with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with performances throughout October, including on Halloween Night. This outdoor, spooky, immersive production features Ichabod Crane and the infamous Headless Horseman. Held in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, food trucks and a fully-stocked bar will have food and drink available for purchase. The performance is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 ($15 for those under 21).

The Prytania Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prytania Theatre

For those who prefer to stick to more traditional Halloween events, check out the 10 p.m. or midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prytania Theatre Uptown. 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 also screening the classic on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at midnight. Come as you are or wear a costume. And don’t forget the props!

The Iceman Special + VooDoo Visionary 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. One Eyed Jack’s Halloween Night show features The Iceman Special + VooDoo Visionary for a fun and funky performance. One Eyed Jack’s intimate space coupled with the interactive musical stylings of these artists provides one of the most unique and entertaining shows happening on Halloween night. Catch the show at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tickets are $15.

Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph + Motel Radio at Tipitina’s

Local funk-jazz-blues band Galactic often takes the stage at Tipitina’s for sets that continue into the wee hours. This Halloween, Galactic is celebrating the release of their new studio album, the first in three years. Don your favorite costume and jam out all night long. The show starts at 10 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.), and tickets are $44.

LPO: Ancient Spirits – An All Hallow’s Eve Performance

This special Halloween Night performance from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will leave you feeling spooked. The program leads with a vivid depiction of revenge in Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, and moves quickly into despair with Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta. The ending, Petrushka tells a story full of mischief, mayhem, and of ill-fated love. Tickets start at $20, and the performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

st roch cemetery
St. Roch Cemetery (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Lagniappe

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. Maison, d.b.a., and other music clubs are hosting live shows for Halloween evening.

St. Claude Corridor

If you have spent your share of Halloween nights bouncing up and down Frenchmen Street, switch up the scenery a bit by migrating to St. Claude Avenue. Bar hop along the corridor to establishments like Kajun’s Pub and the Hi-Ho Lounge.

Cemetery Tours

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

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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