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Halloween Activities in New Orleans

Updated on July 13, 2011
New Orleans Halloween parade credit: richmanwisco @flickr
New Orleans Halloween parade credit: richmanwisco @flickr

Choose From Many Halloween Activities in New Orleans

There is never a lack of Halloween activities in New Orleans, whether for kids or adults. New Orleans could well be the Halloween capital, with its nickname as The Most Haunted City in America.

If you're lucky enough to be in New Orleans during Halloween, the following are some popular things to do in New Orleans on Halloween and during the month of October. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the internet, ask around, and look in the newspaper for many more spooky and fun Halloween activities in New Orleans.

The Mortuary New Orleans Haunted House

New Orleans Haunted Houses and Other Adult Halloween Activities in New Orleans

If you like Halloween, you probably also enjoy haunted houses. New Orleans has more than its fair share of haunted houses to explore. Below are some of the more popular ones:

The Mortuary haunted house on Canal Street in New Orleans is not to be missed if you like to get scared out of your mind! This New Orleans haunted house is one of its most popular. Get ready for actors in a variety of spooky costumes and very realistic and gory special effects. Don't bring young kids here.

The Chamber of Horrors haunted house is also very realistic and scary. Lots of actors and spooky special effects here as well. The Chamber of Horrors opens every weekend evening the entire month of October. It is open every night the entire week of Halloween.

The House of Shock is another extremely popular haunted house close to the New Orleans area. It, too, has actors all dressed up to scare the living daylights out of you. The special effects even include pyrotechnics for true fear. There are even live bands to make an even more fun night.

Halloween on Frenchmen Street is a New Orleans Halloween tradition that shows no signs of slowing down. Come dressed in your Halloween costume, and join the Halloween party that runs along Frenchmen Street and Decatur Streets. The clubs along the route pipe their music out so that you can hear as you stroll along.

Halloween Activities in New Orleans for Kids and Families

Fun for all ages at Halloween in New Orleans is the Halloween parade. This has quickly become one of the traditional Halloween activities in New Orleans for many natives. It is complete with floats, marching bands, dance teams, beads, and Halloween candy. It runs the same route as the Mardi Gras parade.

New Orleans doesn't forget the kids at Halloween, either. There are lots of fun Halloween activities for kids in New Orleans each year. Many parents prefer taking their kids to these events as safe alternatives to trick or treating.

Boo at the Zoo in New Orleans is very popular with families. Kids up to age 12 can enjoy an evening of Halloween fun with a tame haunted house, games, train ride, prizes, and trick or treating activities.

Take the youngsters to Ghosts in the Oaks and help out a good cause at the same time. Friends of City Park put on this Halloween fundraiser each year to raise money for the city park, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina. It's a Halloween party just for the kids that features lots of fun entertainment and activities, including music, food, and rides. It's a good time for everyone.

The Ghostly Gallivant is fun for the whole family, but not so scary that young kids won't enjoy it. This Halloween event is a tour of the French Quarter as you have never seen it. Go along with your ghostly tour guides. Learn all about the French Quarter's spooky past and some of its colorful inhabitants from long ago.

So there you have it- a nice round-up of Halloween activities in New Orleans to get your appetite whetted to find out more. And there are more, lots more!

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      Angela Harris 7 years ago from Around the USA

      Anim8ed, thanks for the correction. Yeah, you're right. It's been awhile since I've been in New Orleans. We went around Halloween a few years back, and I remember visiting those haunted houses. For some reason, I had remembered The House of Shock as being there, too.

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      I Love Love Love stuff like this. Thanks so much for all the information. Yay! And rated up!

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      ftclick 7 years ago

      yeah, it does seem like an exciting city with what goes on there during the year. I remember an extremely tall bridge is that the Huey Long bridge?


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your enjoyable hub about Halloween in New Orleans. I city I would love to visit.

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      Anim8ed 7 years ago

      Nice article on Halloween 'to-dos' in New Orleans.

      One caveat though...

      The Mortuary is indeed in New Orleans. The House of Shock is out in Metarie and under the Huey P. Long Bridge. It's almost Kenner/Harahan and most certainly not in New Orleans. It's out almost 2 parishes out of New Orleans. The people at "HOS" need to start publicising it's actual location. The Mortuary rules New Orleans' Haunts.