Written by: Nicholas Peddle
It’s October in New Orleans, which (finally!) means cooler weather, LSU and Saints games, and of course, Halloween. As New Orleanians, we’re especially prepared for Old Hallow’s Eve: we celebrate anything and everything, and we talk about, design, create, and wear costumes all year round. And the best part is, New Orleans Halloween has something for everyone.
For the Music Lovers
Now in its twentieth year, the Voodoo Arts + Music Experience, or simply Voodoo Fest, is a three-day celebration in City Park and a New Orleans Halloween staple. This year’s festivities run from October 25-27, and headliners include Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, and Beck. A day’s admission starts at $85 and three-day passes start at $155.
For those Looking for a Scare
With our city’s storied history and our above-ground cemeteries, it’s not surprising that there are many among us who want their adrenaline pumping. Fortunately, there are several haunted houses around town—the Mortuary and the New Orleans Nightmare among them. For a more historic scare, there are haunted history tours and cemetery tours.
For the Night Owls
Any night Frenchmen Street promises live music, people-watching, and perhaps a cocktail or two. Halloween on Frenchmen Street offers of this to the thousandth degree—plus costumes. If you plan to visit Frenchmen Street on Halloween, we offer the following advice: don’t make early plans the next day, and expect the unexpected. Don’t be surprised if you see the Tin Man dancing with Minnie Mouse on the hood of a car at 3:00 in the morning. Also, stay hydrated.
For the Kids
Like much of the culture in New Orleans, Halloween is an all-ages occasion. Canal Place is hosting Shivers, its annual trick-or-treat event and costume party on Saturday, October 26. Pro tip: the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a stone’s throw away, so you can park once achieve double family fun. The New Orleans Public Library is also hosting events across town, including a Family Halloween Party on October 27 in New Orleans East, Halloween Story Time and Party on October 27 in the Seventh Ward, and Trick or Treat at the Library on Halloween in Mid-City.
Wherever your plans take you, we wish you the safest and happiest of Halloween. Have fun, look after each other, and don’t drink and drive.
Happy Halloween, New Orleans!