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Seven Days of Halloween in New Orleans

Celebrate this spooky holiday for a full week in New Orleans

Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Halloween may be on a Thursday this year, but that doesn’t make any difference in New Orleans. The parties and events will still be as large and exciting as ever. Plan a vacation around the holiday with plenty to do leading up to the big day. Shop for costumes, enjoy live music, visit a haunted attraction, and more. New Orleans is full of tricks and treats for Halloween week.

Friday, Oct. 25

Start your day at Tableau restaurant’s Witchy Lunch. Enjoy a four-course meal featuring local cuisine while adorned in your best witch attire. A New Orleans meal isn’t complete without live jazz and libations.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes place all weekend. Kick off Halloween week with good music, carnival rides, and delicious food. Headliners include Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, Beck, and Bassnectar. Many festival-goers will be in costume, so check out a local costume shop for some inspiration.

Head to The Mortuary nearby for the best haunted house in the city. Year-round ghost hunters explore this once real life mortuary, and feature many of the findings on television shows. Come see for yourself why it has been voted one of America’s Scariest Attractions.

Boo at the Zoo (Photo courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute)

Saturday, Oct. 26

If you are traveling with children, Boo at the Zoo is an exciting treat. Enjoy candy, a haunted house, Halloween activities, and a ghost train ride. Costumes are encouraged.

Halloween New Orleans is a legendary New Orleans LGBT event takes place all weekend, but their main costume party is on Saturday. Dance the night away at the Fillmore until 3 a.m. The 2019 theme is Hallowdays.

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Saints in the Superdome (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Sunday, Oct. 27

Fall means Saints football! Be a Who-Dat for the day as the New Orleans Saints play the Arizona Cardinals. Kick-off is at noon, but be sure to see our Guide to Gameday for some tips on pre and post game fun.

Experience a quintessential part of New Oreans culture with a second-line. Grab a handkerchief and buckjump with the Black Men of Labor or the Original Four on Sunday afternoon. For routes and more info, see here.

Monday, Oct. 28

Head to the Smoothie King Center to cheer on the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors. See all-stars Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in action. Let’s dance!

Kermit’s Tremé Mother-In-Law Lounge (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

If you’re a music lover, head to Kermit’s Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge for a live performance from Kermit Ruffins. Monday nights are always more exciting in New Orleans.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Discover the ghosts and vampires of New Orleans’ past with a haunted tour. After all, there aren’t many cities in the US with 300 years of history. A haunted bar crawl is fun for those 21 and older.

You can get rid of your goose bumps with the Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer tour at the Smoothie King Center.

A street performer in Jackson Square (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Make your way to Jackson Square for a tarot card and palm reading. Get a glimpse into your future surrounded by New Orleans history. Afterwards, shop around for unique artwork and admire the various street performers.

Get spooked on the eve of Halloween at Scout Island Scream Park. Eight acres of City Park are transformed into freight and fun. Children can enjoy carnival rides and a scare-free zone, but those who want something darker can brace themselves for the Devil’s Swamp Haunted Terror Tour, My Blood Homecoming Fright Zone, and more.

Voodoo in the French Quarter (Photo: Zack Smith)

Thursday, Oct. 31

Start your day with a visit to a local voodoo shop. Shop for a book of spells, voodoo doll, or special candle. If you’re worried about all the spirits that have surrounded you during your week in New Orleans, a spray is available to rid you from evil. Some shops offer readings as well.

Fuel up for the night ahead at a French Quarter restaurant. You can’t go wrong with beignets from Café du Monde, a muffaletta from Napoleon House, or some warm gumbo from The Gumbo Shop.

Party on Halloween night in New Orleans (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Frenchmen Street hosts the ultimate Halloween block party. Head to the buzzing corridor and join dozens of party-goers decked in costume.

Friday, Nov. 1

Halloween may be over by now, but Day of the Dead is just getting started. Check out Casa Borrega’s Day of the Dead celebration with drink specials, delicious food, and live entertainment.

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