While Halloween offers plenty of fun and scary activities for adults, the holiday built around costuming and acquiring candy is inherently kid-friendly. We rounded up a list of Halloween activities in New Orleans that kids will love but adults should enjoy, as well. Events include traditional Halloween activities, a fundraiser, a haunted house on the water and even a dog-friendly affair — there’s truly something for everyone.
Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in New Orleans
One of New Orleans’ favorite Halloween events is the Audubon Zoo’s two-weekend-long Halloween festival for kids up to age 12. There’s plenty of activities — including a zombie-themed ghost train ride, trick-or-treating and both scary and non-scary haunted houses — and also some special guests, like bands The Imagination Movers and The Matthew Davidson Band, Star Wars characters, and New Orleans Pelicans players. Oct. 17-18 and Oct.24-25.
The French Market hosts an action-packed day of Halloween fun. The event includes trick-or-treat stations from Jackson Square to the farmers market at the French Market, arts-and-crafts, a petting zoo, mini golf and other free activities in the heart of the French Quarter. Oct. 19.
Admission gets you unlimited rides at City Park’s Carousel Gardens, plus trick-or-treating in Storyland, arts and crafts, face-painting, music and more. Oct. 24-25.
There’s no candy at this event due to a health initiative by the museum, but this costume and dance party with games and other activities at the Louisiana Children’s Museum is still pretty sweet. Oct. 25.
For a Halloween event benefiting a great cause, Children’s Hospital surgeons will use their skills to carve pumpkins for an auction at this event at the Shops at Canal Place. Shops will be open for trick-or-treating, and there will be arts and crafts activities. Oct. 25.
There’s no reason for your dog to be left out of Halloween fun. This event at the dog store/boarding facility features trick-or-treating for kids and canines, a costume parade, rubber duck derby, live music and more to benefit the LA/SPCA. Oct. 25.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts a Saints themed event that offers trick-or-treating to any attendees wearing black and gold or a Halloween costume. There’s also gift card giveaways. Oct. 26.
The whole family can enjoy the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert of holiday-appropriate selections, including songs from the Harry Potter movies, Phantom of the Opera and Ghost Busters. Kids under 12 get in for free, and the LPO encourages guests to come in costume and show up early to meet the musicians check out their instruments. Oct. 26.
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium hosts some creepy-crawly fun for Crawloween, which includes trick-or-treating for bug-themed trinkets, a “guess how many maggots in the jar” contest (seriously) and Halloween-themed cookies in the Bug Appetit bug cafe. Kids in bug-themed costumes get a discount on admission. Oct. 29-31.
This inaugural event by Krewe of KOLOSSOS, the same group that hosts a floating 4th of July parade on Bayou St. John, is billed as a “haunted house on the water.” Guests can rent kayaks and paddleboards to get it on the fun, and there will be performers, storytellers and a costume contest. Oct. 31.