How to Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans
The Crescent City is replete with haunted spots, from dive bars to graveyards, so when the spookiest holiday of the year rolls around, you can bet this town knows how to celebrate.
New Orleans is one of the most unique and spirited places in America, hands down—so it’s no surprise that the city’s Halloween festivities go above and beyond the norm. Here, three events to put on your late October to-do list this year.
Audubon Zoo's Boo at the Zoo
Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween with the whole family? Don your best costumes, and head to the Audubon Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo extravaganza, which includes trick-or-treat houses with candy, a haunted house, a zombie-themed train ride, games, and more. (All treats and games, excluding concessions, are free with admission.)
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The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
During October 27 - 29, music and art lovers flock to City Park for the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a festival that combines music, art, food, and Halloween spirit. Over 70 bands grace the festival’s four stages (this year’s highlights include Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Head and the Heart, and Kehlani), but there’s a whole host of things to do between sets: across the festival grounds, Voodoo features interactive and immersive large-scale art installations, food from local and regional restaurants, and—of course—haunted experiences.
The Krewe of Boo Parade
Typically held on the Saturday before the holiday, the city’s premiere Halloween parade, the Krewe of Boo, transforms the historic French Quarter into a spooky party for people of all ages. Featuring ornate floats constructed by Kern Studios (a float-building company known for its fantastical Mardi Gras creations), this is a party not to be missed.