Frightfully Fun Halloween Happenings in New Orleans

A dozen ways to scare up a good time in "America's most haunted city."

It's easy to understand why the Big Easy consistently ranks among the nation's top Halloween destinations. In “America’s most haunted city,” Halloween isn’t just kid stuff but a huge draw for adults as well.

Halloween in the French Quarter (©Shawn Fink)

Among our favorite haunts and happenings:

Boo at the Zoo

Little goblins are treated to big fun during this annual Audubon Zoo affair Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Haunted houses, a ghost train and monster maze, interactive games and live entertainment on two stages are featured. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.

The Boo at the Zoo festival at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana

Brews and Boos

Big kids are catered to with Jello shots, an open bar and other tricks and treats during this late-night event at City Park Oct. 28. City Park, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

The Mortuary

You’re gauranteed to get big thrills—and chills—at this former funeral home-turned-haunted house. Accessible via the Canal streetcar line; board cars marked “Cemeteries,” naturally. The Mortuary, 4800 Canal St.

The Mortuary haunted house in New Orleans, Louisiana. (©The Mortuary)

House of Shock

Named the “most intense haunted attraction” by the Travel Channel, this long-popular fear factory celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new House of Wax exhibit. The high-tech, 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor venue promises “more scares per foot than any other attraction.” 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson

Museum of Death

Serial killer collectibles, body bags, embalming tables, morgue photos—it’s just another day in the life at this museum of the macabre. 227 Dauphine St.

A "mourning doll" from the Museum of Death in New Orleans, Louisiana. (©Shawn Fink)

Ghostly Gallivant

Long-gone Crescent City historical figures (pirate Jean Lafitte, Baroness Michaela Pontalba, etc.) are brought back to life Oct. 28-29 during these French Quarter courtyard tours. Five properties are featured; tours depart every half hour from 10 am to 3 pm. 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St.

Tombs by Twilight

Think the city’s aboveground tombs are spooky during the day? Try an evening excursion through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Oct. 28.

The Italian Benevolent Society tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana (©Shawn Fink)

Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History

Delve into the dark side of the Crescent City with the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Danse Macabre tour. From yellow fever to serial killers, the hour-long overview explores gruesome, fact-based local lore Oct. 24-31. 533 Royal St.

Krewe of Boo Parade

This spirited, kid-friendly parade rolls through the streets of the French Quarter Oct. 21. The fun kicks off at 6:30 pm from Elysian Fields Avenue and North Peters Street, and is followed by a Monster Bash at Mardi Gras World. 

The Krewe of Boo parade passes in front of Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Vampire Lestat Ball

Fans of vampire novelist Anne Rice rise up, put on their bloody best and party until dawn Oct. 28 during this annual event, which pays homage to the "Interview With the Vampire" author. Republic New Orleans, 828 N. Peters St.

Jim Monaghan’s Halloween Parade

What’s really scary about New Orleans is how creative its costumers are. Throw on your own ghoulish getup and join in this All Hallow's Eve procession Oct. 31 at 6 pm. Decatur and Ursulines streets

Voodoo Fest

No, not the one in City Park. This free French Quarter gathering celebrates the hold voodoo has on the city with daylong demos, discussions and rituals Oct. 31. Voodoo Authentica, 612 Dumaine St.

A voodoo doll in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana