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Halloween is one of the largest parties in the Crescent City and it makes for a spooky, wild and crazy night offering something for kids and adults alike! From ghost tours, Voodoo festivals and fancy dress street parties, New Orleans welcomes all to enjoy Halloween in the "The Most Haunted City in America." 

Haunted Tours

New Orleans' everyday life co-exists with the spirits of the past.... the paranormal, hauntings and hair-raising events that permeate the city have created lots of opportunities for a paranormal experience. To scare yourself silly, explore New Orleans with a guided tour but it's probably best suited for the adults.

  • Bloody Mary Tours & Soiree- Explore the dark side of New Orleans from the supernatural to the full-blown paranormal on this unique tour.  Tours are given by Bloody Mary herself who has years of experience and research into the history behind the hauntings.

  • New Orleans Ghost Tour - Creep around the city revisiting the most haunted, bone-chilling stories, voodoo legends and blood-sucking tales that have long shaped the culture of New Orleans.

  • Haunted History Tours- Did you just see a ghost? It's quite likely you did! Choose to scare yourself around New Orleans with the following tours:  haunted sites, creepy cemeteries, voodoo happenings or the supernatural vampires that lurk in the French Quarter and Garden District.

Krewe of Boo 

Don't miss the annual tradition Krewe of Boo! It is the official Halloween parade of New Orleans and they provide a spooktacular event for all in attendance. The parade floats are alive with creatures and ghouls while tons of American treats are thrown from the floats. Next year's event takes place on Saturday 24th October 2020 so get planning!

Street Parties- Dress to Scare!  

Grab your best costume and head to Frenchman Street to find the biggest Halloween celebration in town.  Thousands of costumed tourists and locals flaunt their incredible Halloween costumes while drinking and dancing in the streets. Beware of the ghosts and vampires that mingle in the might not be able to tell who's real!

Endless Night Vampire Ball

If you are looking for an insanely alternative event where the "vampires" unite for a night of ceremonial dance, music and aesthetic expression then the Endless Night Vampire Ball is for you! The event on has been described as "a Venetian Masquerade Ball, mixed with a Vampire Court, topped off with the energy of a rock concert and the elegance of a burlesque cabaret." The venue for this bloody ball is the House of Blues! The name comes from the William Blake poem "Ages of Innocence " in which he states, "Some are born to Sweet Delight, Others are born to Endless Night." 

VooDoo Music Festival

Voodoo Music Festival, over Halloween weekend, is a perfect way to celebrate the Halloween spirit! Past headliners have included Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, Brand New, The Head and the Heart and many more.  "New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience has become a Halloween weekend tradition, bringing some of the biggest artists on the map to the Big Easy for a three-day throwdown" wrote Spin Magazine. You really should join the ritual one year!

Halloween New Orleans

Halloween New Orleans, is a benefit weekend for Project Lazarus (a New Orleans home for men and women with HIV/AIDS) with several different events. Costume parties and incredible dance parties harness the Halloween spirit while also benefitting a good cause.

Boo at the Zoo 

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween treat hosted by the Audubon Zoo.  The Zoo stays open for evenings of trick-or-treating, entertainment, food and kid-friendly "scary" stories plus a haunted house. For children up to the age of 12 and their parents, be sure to ride the Ghost Train and visit the haunted house (you can choose between scary or non-scary) with some trick or treating also thrown in!

This material has been reproduced for promoting New Orleans. Story attributed to New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

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