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NOLA Recommends: Top 5 Things to do This Weekend

It’s here!  Halloween weekend is finally upon us, and the city is busting at the seams to celebrate!  Bet you can feel it too, huh? GoNOLA has gathered its top 5 picks for your All Hallows Eve pleasure–and whether you’re a visitor to New Orleans or a longtime local, you’re sure to find an event that’s full of tricks and treats! And, once you’ve partied yourself out and scared yourself silly, come back on Monday for our picks for next week!

Thursday, October 28

House of Shock
This weekend marks your last chance to visit the New Orleans area’s most famous haunted house! Since 1993, House of Shock has been scaring the pants off its victims–er, visitors–and it’s been lauded on the Travel Channel, VH1, and in Rolling Stone. The production features a fright-filled multimedia stage show which performs 2-3 times nightly, entertaining the guests in line. Expect a very hellish, very metal, good time. $25. Tickets go on sale at 7:00 pm, doors open at 8:00 pm. Box office closes at 10:00 pm Thursday and Sunday, 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets also available online.
House of Shock
319 Butterworth St.

Halloween in Underland at Pravda!
All weekend, Pravda! Bar and Absinthe Lounge presents “Through a Looking-Glass, Darkly,” with a whole slew of festive events on its richly-Russian-themed property. On Thursday at 8:00 pm, you can compete in a pumpkin-carving contest and listen to “Tales of Dread” by local actor/writer/director Jim Fitzmorris. Friday features Movies of Mayhem all afternoon and Films of the Macabre all night in the courtyard. Saturday will feature films during the day and fire artistry in the evening, and Halloween will offer more horror flicks and the sounds of DJ Brian Smith. You’ll only pay for any of it on Thursday: Pumpkin carving is $10, and just hanging out is $5.
1113 Decatur St

Friday, October 29

Widespread Panic
They might be competing with Voodoo Music Experience this weekend, but Widespread Panic doesn’t seem to be too worried–after all, they’ve had a long-standing tradition with Halloween weekends at UNO’s Lakefront Arena. The much-beloved jam/rock band often performs in costume during these marathon weekends, and the set list often features unexpected covers. And don’t forget the openers, which include Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band!  Tickets for each night are $49.50, and can be purchased online. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm.
UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Ave

Saturday, October 30

Krewe of Halloween Parade
Krewe of Boo is operating under a new name this year–but it’s still the annual parade you know and love! The route begins on Elysian Fields and ends at Mardi Gras World Eastbank. But wherever you catch it, don’t miss this Blaine Kern (creator of Mardi Gras World and NOLA’s most famous floats) extravaganza! The floats and throws are sure to be top-notch, and will feature your favorite Halloween characters and spooky themes. Free, beginning at 6:00 pm.
See the Krewe of Halloween’s Facebook Page for Parade Route.

Sunday, October 31

Saints vs. Steelers
No matter how much Halloween spirit we might have, when our Superbowl champs face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, you know the city will stand still for at least a few hours. Even if you don’t have tickets to the ‘Dome, you can still watch the action at one of the countless bars that will be showing the game throughout the city. Uptown, stop by Bruno’s Tavern (7538 Maple St), Cooter Brown’s (509 S. Carrolton Ave), or Tracey’s (2604 Magazine St). Mid-City, check out Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks St) and Mid-City Yacht Club (440 S. Saint Patrick St). In the CBD, the place to be is the Ugly Dog Saloon (401 Andrew Higgins Blvd). And if downtown is your stomping ground, head to Harry’s Corner (900 Chartres St) or Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie (501 Esplanade Ave). Pat O’ Brien’s (718 Saint Peter St) will even hold its annual costume contest right before the game. Kickoff is at 7:30.  Who dat!?

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