New Orleans loves Halloween. The city's storied history of voodoo and vampires brings a special twinge of fear to the air around All Hallow's Eve, as children and adults alike don costumes and head out into the dusky nights of autumn. The city celebrates in many ways, from haunted houses engineered to reduce the most hardened horror film junkies to tears, to family-friendly festivals and trick-or-treating events. And what would a New Orleans holiday be without a parade or two? Here are but a few of the Halloween happenings coming to the city this October.
The First Annual Adult Trick or Treat Ride
October 21, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
This event, presented by NOLA Social Ride, will be kicked off at the Bayou Beer Garden on North Jefferson Davis Parkway in Mid-City, and will journey to many different houses where bicycle riders will be able to re-live their childhood and collect candy and/or alcoholic beverages from volunteers who designate their houses as stops for the cause! According to their website, riders are asked to "Please be sure to bring along some beverages and bike tools for the journey, and don't forget to bring a pillowcase/bucket/bag for all the treats that you collect!" There will be gift cards to Spirit Halloween given away to those with the best costumes, and also for the best volunterr stops.
Ghosts in the Oaks 2016
This two-night fundraising event is hosted by the Friends of City Park and will offer non-scary fun for the entire family! Enjoy unlimited rides in the Carousel Gardens, trick-or-treating in Storyland, while having the knowledge that all proceeds go to improving both locations in City Park.
Every Thursday through Sunday in October
4800 Canal St.
If you think you’re brave enough to take on New Orleans’ most authentic haunted house, step into The Mortuary. This year, they are celebrating their 10th year of fear. For this year’s theme, The Mortuary is taunting you with the idea that “there is nothing scarier than what you conjure up in your own imagination.” At night, there is only your fear and the darkness. Try to survive a night of terror where your only hope is to escape the legends of the Mortuary.
Krewe of BOO!
October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Starts at Elysian Fields Ave. and ends at Mardi Gras World
Since 2007, the Krewe of Boo has been scaring and exciting the people of New Orleans with top-notch floats and festivities every Halloween. Under the supervision of Brian Kern, the floats come to life with 3D fiberglass and papier-mâché props that excite and frighten parade-goers with their imaginative artistic style. Don’t forget that the party doesn’t stop at the parade; the Monster Mash after-party starts at the Howlin’ Wolf as soon as the parade is over (costume required). General admission is $25 while VIP tickets are $100, which includes an open bar and private seating. Visit kreweofboo.com to get yours.
Monster Mash Krewe of Boo Costume Party & Concert featuring Dumpstaphunk and Sexual Thunder
Saturday Oct 22, 8pm - 2am
The Howlin' Wolf
After the fun of the parade, this Krewe of Boo afterparty held at The Howlin' Wolf will feature the music of the popular and talented funk bands, Sexual Thunder and Dumpstaphunk!
Hell’s Gala 2016 featuring Steve Aoki and more
Saturday October 29, 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Mardi Gras World
Steve Aoki will headline this year’s Hell's Gala at Mardi Gras World! If you want to do the gala in style, opt for a VIP ticket, which the website explains will include: "premium open bar all night, acces to the VIP Mansion featuring VIP-only indoor climate-controlled restroom facilities, exclusive VIP performances, and a VIP-only entrance so you can skip the GA line."
Brews and Boos
Friday October 28, 11pm - 2am
The event will be held at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in City park, which will be fully decked out in Halloween decorations. General admission is $30 and includes unlimited rides, an open beer bar, snacks and giveaways. You must be 21 years old or older to attend, and the rain date is Saturday, October 29, 2016.
Uptown Halloween Bar Crawl
Saturday October 29, 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Starts at The Prytania Bar
3445 Prytania St.
This third annual bar crawl will start at 6 p.m. at the Prytanis Bar, then follow an Uptown route, hitting such places as the Mayfair Lounge, The Columns Hotel, and Fat Harry's on St. Charles Avenue.
Jim Monaghan’s 20th Annual Halloween Parade
October 31, 6 p.m.
Begins at 1107 Decatur St.
Gathering at Molly’s at the Market at 6 p.m. and stepping off at 6:30, the parade will proceed through the French Quarter to The Erin Rose bar at 811 Conti St. via Decatur, Bienville, and Burgundy Streets. The parade will pause at The Erin Rose to refill drinks and conduct a no-holds-barred costume contest. From there, it’s a straight shot through the heart of the French Quarter’s world-famous Bourbon Street and back to home base at Molly’s.
Annual Halloween Street Party on Frenchmen Street
Put on your best costume and come out to Frenchmen Street for their annual Halloween party. Touted as one of the biggest Halloween shindigs in all the world, there will be plenty of fun and creepy events for you and tens of thousands of your Halloween-loving friends. For a list of all the many goings-on on Frenchmen Street this year, check their website.