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Costumed dancers and instructor, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, center, dance to several modern pop hits during the annual Thriller Flash Mob held at City Hall.
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New Orleans’s best Halloween events, mapped

From walking parades to mourning tours

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Costumed dancers and instructor, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, center, dance to several modern pop hits during the annual Thriller Flash Mob held at City Hall.
| Eric Craig, Curbed NOLA

Leading up to Halloween Day, New Orleans has several spooky (and fun) events around the city. In fact, roughly four months before Mardi Gras, New Orleans will host its annual Halloween-inspired parade, Krewe of Boo.

Whether you’re looking for a place to snag some candy (for the kids), or a venue to show off your homemade costume, here are several Halloween events you shouldn’t miss.

The event map points below are ordered by date.

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1. Ghost in the Oaks (sold out)

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5 Victory Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 483-9402
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October 20, 21, and 22 - Starts at 6 p.m.

CIty Park’s flagship Halloween celebration at Storyland is sold out for 2017, according to its website. The annual fundraising event will have children’s rides, arts and craft activities, balloon animals, and music.

2. Krewe of Boo

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2200 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

October 21 - Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Ten days before Halloween, New Orleans will have its official, Mardi-Gras-inspired Halloween parade, which will start at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Chartres Street. The parade will pass through North Peters, Decatur, Canal, and Tchoupitoulas streets. The Krewe prides itself in having eco-friendly throws, which include candy, cups, beads, and plush dolls.

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3. 6t’9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s Pumpkin Parade

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1020 Henriette Delille St
New Orleans, LA 70116

October 28 - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

An evening Halloween parade, complete with a walking musical performance by Joseph S. Clark High School Marching band and The Free spirit brass band, will roll though Treme and the Marigny this weekend. The parade starts at the organization clubhouse, located at 1020 Henriette Delille Street and will end on the 2600 block of Royal Street in the Marigny. For a map of the parade, check out its Facebook event page.

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4. Boo at the Zoo

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October 21, 22, 27, and 28 - From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This kid-centric event turns the Zoo into a trick-or-treat playground. The transformed space will have candy houses, ghost trains, and games. If you’re into contest, the Zoo will host costume and wagon decoration competitions. Tickets can be bought on Audubon Zoo’s official website.

5. Teen Council Halloween Dance Party

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5420 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

October 27 - From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

NORDC will host an after-hours party for New Orleans teens, aged 12 to 17, the Friday before Halloween Day. The dance party will have music, a costume contest, and prizes—including a drawing for a bike. A movie screening showing “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will also take place at the Center, starting at dusk.

6. Boo Carre

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700-1010 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

October 28 - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

based in Dutch Alley, official at this child-centered event will point trick-or-treaters to participating stores and vendors across Decatur Street, Jackson Square, and the Farmers Market, that will all have goodies on deck.

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7. 1850 House’s Haunted Tour

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523 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-9118
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October 28 and 29 - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re looking to spice up a historic home tour, the 1850 House has a special haunted event, which include popups from with several New Orleans figures, including Jean Lafitte and Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba. Tickets can be bought on the 1850 House’s official website.

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8. Crawloween

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423 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-2847
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October 28. 29, and 31

For three days, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will have Halloween-inspired exhibits, including spider, scorpion and roach displays, a maggots-in-the-jar guessing contest, and bug-themed trinkets, during regular operating hours.

9. Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Trick or Trunk

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1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 569-9070
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October 28 - From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Central City’s Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center will host its first-even Trunk or Treat event. Held at the center, there will be activities and candy for the kids. 

10. Bernie Baxter's Travelling Sideshow

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44 Vivian Ct
New Orleans, LA 70131

October 27. 28, and 31 - From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

Not intended for young children, this traveling slideshow hosts a free haunted house that explores the story of an unconventional filmmaker. Best of all, admission is free. 

On Halloween, there is trick-or-treat area for young children.

Posted by Bernie Baxter on Sunday, September 11, 2016

11. Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour

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820 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-5661
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Through October 31

This 19th-century-based house tour turns into a specialized event that depicts “mourning habits of the 19th century,” exploring the cultural and religious traditions that New Orleanians practiced during times of loss. The special exhibit will take place during regular tour hours.

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12. Jim Monaghan’s Annual Halloween Parade

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1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-5169
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October 31 - At night

The 22nd annual Halloween Parade will start at Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street, rolling through the French Quarter. This parade is free to spectate and will be a figurative red carpet for Halloween costumes.

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13. Halloween Flash Mob at City Hall

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1300 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA 70112

October 31 - Starts at 12 p.m.

FITNOLA, Flash Mob New Orleans, and NORD have teamed up for their 6th annual Halloween Flashmob held in front of City Hall. Between October 17 and 25, New Orleans youth will participate in a free Thriller Flash Mob dance class and will unveil their spooky performance on Halloween Day. The event is free and open to the public. Check out Curbed NOLA’s coverage from last year’s Mob.

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14. Haloween Spooktacular

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900 N Villere St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 658-3160
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October 31 - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

NORDC centers around New Orleans will host halloween activities, costume contests, and candy giveaways on Halloween Day. Each center’s event is free and open to the public. Here’s a list of all participating locations:

Cut Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St
Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd
Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave
Milne Rec Center, 5420 Franklin Ave
Rosenwald Rec Center, 1120 S. Broad St
Sanchez Rec Center, 1616 Caffin Ave
Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave
St. Bernard Rec Center, 1500 Lafreniere St

15. Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection

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612 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31 - From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This free festival in the French Quarter celebrates the Voodoo religion through presentations, discussions, and crafts. At 7 p.m., the event will close with an ancestral healing ritual.

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16. Ghost Manor

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2502 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Through October 31 - 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The front of this Irish Channel home holds 14 separate Halloween displays, including chilled fog, fast-moving ghost, light shows, and 40 hand-carved pumpkins with coordinated lights. Most interesting, this family does this display for the sake of the holiday spirit—and its free to watch (though, donations are accepted).

On Halloween, the family will give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

17. A stroll down Frenchman Street

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600 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31

If you rather skip the formalities, and enjoy the Halloween culture in New Orleans, drop by Marigny portion of Frenchmen street. While not a structured event, you’ll be bound to to come across a costume worth putting on Instagram.

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1. Ghost in the Oaks (sold out)

5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

October 20, 21, and 22 - Starts at 6 p.m.

CIty Park’s flagship Halloween celebration at Storyland is sold out for 2017, according to its website. The annual fundraising event will have children’s rides, arts and craft activities, balloon animals, and music.

5 Victory Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Krewe of Boo

2200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

October 21 - Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Ten days before Halloween, New Orleans will have its official, Mardi-Gras-inspired Halloween parade, which will start at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Chartres Street. The parade will pass through North Peters, Decatur, Canal, and Tchoupitoulas streets. The Krewe prides itself in having eco-friendly throws, which include candy, cups, beads, and plush dolls.

2200 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. 6t’9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s Pumpkin Parade

1020 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 28 - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

An evening Halloween parade, complete with a walking musical performance by Joseph S. Clark High School Marching band and The Free spirit brass band, will roll though Treme and the Marigny this weekend. The parade starts at the organization clubhouse, located at 1020 Henriette Delille Street and will end on the 2600 block of Royal Street in the Marigny. For a map of the parade, check out its Facebook event page.

1020 Henriette Delille St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Boo at the Zoo

New Orleans, LA 70118

October 21, 22, 27, and 28 - From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This kid-centric event turns the Zoo into a trick-or-treat playground. The transformed space will have candy houses, ghost trains, and games. If you’re into contest, the Zoo will host costume and wagon decoration competitions. Tickets can be bought on Audubon Zoo’s official website.

5. Teen Council Halloween Dance Party

5420 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

October 27 - From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

NORDC will host an after-hours party for New Orleans teens, aged 12 to 17, the Friday before Halloween Day. The dance party will have music, a costume contest, and prizes—including a drawing for a bike. A movie screening showing “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will also take place at the Center, starting at dusk.

5420 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

6. Boo Carre

700-1010 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 28 - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

based in Dutch Alley, official at this child-centered event will point trick-or-treaters to participating stores and vendors across Decatur Street, Jackson Square, and the Farmers Market, that will all have goodies on deck.

700-1010 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. 1850 House’s Haunted Tour

523 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 28 and 29 - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re looking to spice up a historic home tour, the 1850 House has a special haunted event, which include popups from with several New Orleans figures, including Jean Lafitte and Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba. Tickets can be bought on the 1850 House’s official website.

523 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Crawloween

423 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

October 28. 29, and 31

For three days, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will have Halloween-inspired exhibits, including spider, scorpion and roach displays, a maggots-in-the-jar guessing contest, and bug-themed trinkets, during regular operating hours.

423 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Trick or Trunk

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

October 28 - From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Central City’s Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center will host its first-even Trunk or Treat event. Held at the center, there will be activities and candy for the kids. 

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

10. Bernie Baxter's Travelling Sideshow

44 Vivian Ct, New Orleans, LA 70131

October 27. 28, and 31 - From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

Not intended for young children, this traveling slideshow hosts a free haunted house that explores the story of an unconventional filmmaker. Best of all, admission is free. 

On Halloween, there is trick-or-treat area for young children.

44 Vivian Ct
New Orleans, LA 70131

11. Hermann-Grima House Mourning Tour

820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Through October 31

This 19th-century-based house tour turns into a specialized event that depicts “mourning habits of the 19th century,” exploring the cultural and religious traditions that New Orleanians practiced during times of loss. The special exhibit will take place during regular tour hours.

820 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Jim Monaghan’s Annual Halloween Parade

1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31 - At night

The 22nd annual Halloween Parade will start at Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street, rolling through the French Quarter. This parade is free to spectate and will be a figurative red carpet for Halloween costumes.

1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. Halloween Flash Mob at City Hall

1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Photo by Eric Craig/Curbed NOLA

October 31 - Starts at 12 p.m.

FITNOLA, Flash Mob New Orleans, and NORD have teamed up for their 6th annual Halloween Flashmob held in front of City Hall. Between October 17 and 25, New Orleans youth will participate in a free Thriller Flash Mob dance class and will unveil their spooky performance on Halloween Day. The event is free and open to the public. Check out Curbed NOLA’s coverage from last year’s Mob.

1300 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA 70112

14. Haloween Spooktacular

900 N Villere St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31 - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

NORDC centers around New Orleans will host halloween activities, costume contests, and candy giveaways on Halloween Day. Each center’s event is free and open to the public. Here’s a list of all participating locations:

Cut Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St
Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd
Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave
Milne Rec Center, 5420 Franklin Ave
Rosenwald Rec Center, 1120 S. Broad St
Sanchez Rec Center, 1616 Caffin Ave
Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave
St. Bernard Rec Center, 1500 Lafreniere St

900 N Villere St
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection

612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31 - From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This free festival in the French Quarter celebrates the Voodoo religion through presentations, discussions, and crafts. At 7 p.m., the event will close with an ancestral healing ritual.

612 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116

16. Ghost Manor

2502 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Through October 31 - 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The front of this Irish Channel home holds 14 separate Halloween displays, including chilled fog, fast-moving ghost, light shows, and 40 hand-carved pumpkins with coordinated lights. Most interesting, this family does this display for the sake of the holiday spirit—and its free to watch (though, donations are accepted).

On Halloween, the family will give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

2502 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. A stroll down Frenchman Street

600 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

October 31

If you rather skip the formalities, and enjoy the Halloween culture in New Orleans, drop by Marigny portion of Frenchmen street. While not a structured event, you’ll be bound to to come across a costume worth putting on Instagram.

600 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116