New Orleans is steeped in colorful and creepy history, so you know there’s plenty of spooky places to explore and haunted tales to uncover in the city around Halloween. But for thrill seekers and horror fans, only a proper haunted attractions will do. All across the city you’ll find everything from haunted houses to family-friendly experiences to wonderfully spooky decor. Grab your friends or brave it alone – just don’t miss out on these haunted attractions this Halloween in New Orleans.
Scout Island Scream Park
With a seemingly endless amount of haunted attractions, Scout Island Scream Park is the ultimate Halloween festival. Spread across 50 acres within New Orleans City Park and created by the same people behind the Mortuary, Scout Island Scream Park is the can’t-miss scary experience of the season. You can expect carnival rides, multiple 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!
Location: New Orleans City Park, 1034 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
Price: Tickets to the festival are $20; Tickets including access to fright zones start at $49
Dates: September 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 29-31; November 1-2; Check website for hours
New Orleans Nightmare
New Orleans Nightmare is back. It’s the newest and largest haunted house in New Orleans, promising thrills along your journey through the structure. World-class makeup and special effects will make you feel like you’re the star of your own horror film. New attractions inside the haunt this year include “Complete Darkness” where guests will be submerged in total darkness and have to rely on their five senses to escape.
Location: 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson, LA 70121
Price: Tickets start at $19.99 with special $13 pricing on Friday, Sept. 13
Dates: September 13, 20-21, 27-28; October 4-6, 10-13, 16-20, 23-31; November 1-2; Check website for hours
If you’re into real haunted history but also the horror-movie feel of a haunted attraction, The Mortuary in Mid-City has a little bit of both. Claiming to be “actively haunted,” this manor located on Canal Street – not too far away from a cemetery – once functioned as a funeral home. The house offers tours for “ghost hunters” outside of Halloween season. But during Halloween, the Mortuary hosts a haunted attraction beyond the regular paranormal experiences the house supposedly offers.
Location: 4800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119
Price: $30 general; $40 express admission; $50 VIP fast pass; $125 VIP season pass
Dates: September 13, 21, 27-28; October 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 29-31; November 1-3; Box office and doors open at dusk
Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow
Known as the longest-running free haunt in the city, Bernie Baxter’s offers something the other attractions don’t. Each year, the show is based around a different theme. Stay tuned for this year’s theme.
Location: 44 Vivian Ct., New Orleans, LA 70131, Algiers
Price: Free; donations accepted
Dates: October 25, 26, & 31; 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (or when last guest leaves)
Boo at the Zoo
This family-friendly event at Audubon Zoo is a safe, fun Halloween-themed extravaganza that spans Halloween weekend. At Boo at the Zoo, kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, take a ride on the train, and participate in other Halloween activities.
Location: Audubon Zoo
Price: $20 per person (those under 24 months of age free)
Dates: October 25-26; 5-9 p.m.; October 27; 4-8 p.m.
Fifty skeletons find their way onto the lawn of the Berger Residence every October. Though these decorations have been a tradition for years, the skeletons change each year to reflect the political and cultural climate of the year at hand. Your funny bone will surely be tickled.
Location: The corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street
Dates: All of October
Ghost Manor on Magazine Street
Who says lights displays are only for the holidays? Ghost Manor on Magazine Street has us seeing ghosts. 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.
Location: The corner of Magazine and Second Street
Dates: The display runs starting in October through Halloween night beginning at sunset seven days a week.