Get Spooked on Halloween in New Orleans

Big Easy Does It Up for Holiday of Revelry

Ghosts in the Oaks
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Bourbon Street is always wild, and from the weekend before the holiday known for revelry through Halloween, it's wild even by Bourbon Street standards. Wear your favorite costume and go on down to see the sights. But Bourbon Street isn't the only place in New Orleans that's a lot of fun on Halloween. Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, with its live music, restaurants, and bars, is also a place to be, especially if you're in costume. And if you want a full-on Halloween experience in the Big Easy, stay at one of these haunted hotels.

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    2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - Day 1
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    The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes place in New Orleans on Halloween weekend in City Park and lasts for three days. It wouldn't be New Orleans if there wasn't great music on the scene, and there will be, with several main stages where a long list of performers will keep the tunes flowing. There's art and a food court, chocolate, and wine, along with a marketplace for a little shopping. All in all, it's decadent fun.

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    Lafayette cemetery in New Orleans
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    What could be scarier than a tour of an old cemetery, complete with above-ground tombs? New Orleans has several old cemeteries that date back to the late 18th century, and they include Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District, which has been used in several movies.

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    Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
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    This parade, which became the official New Orleans Halloween parade in 2007, has scary, three-dimensional props and floats designed by the renowned Kern Studio. On Halloween night, monsters rule. The parade begins at Elysian Fields in the Marigny, goes through the French Quarter, down Canal Street, and ends at the National World War II Museum 

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    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
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    For the kids, there's Halloween fun every year at the Audubon Zoo. In October the zoo holds its annual Halloween extravaganza with games, a haunted house, the ghost train, and, of course, trick-or-treating. 

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    The Gallier Historic House Museum on Royal Street in the French Quarter is fun to visit any time of the year to see how the Creoles lived in early New Orleans. But during October, the historic house is in mourning, with displays of funeral clothing and mourning articles of the Victorian era. 

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    Ghosts in the Oaks
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    Ghosts in the Oaks takes place annually in late October in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and includes trick-or-treating, rides, and a pumpkin patch. Each year it acts as a fundraiser for a City of New Orleans entity, so you'll be helping to make add quality to New Orleans while you and your kids are having Halloween fun.

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    Endless Night Vampire Ball
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    If you have always thought a masquerade ball would be loads of fun, check out this annual event on Halloween weekend in New Orleans. Costumes are the point, so go all out and dress up like you're a kid and then join in the revelry at this prime Halloween event.

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    Ghostly Galavant takes you on a tour of some of the best haunted sites in New Orleans, and the guide will give you all the scary details. This bona fide Halloween experience will really get you in the mood for a spook-filled night.