This is Halloween: tricks and treats around town

So maybe you don't like haunted house or taking candy from strangers. There's still lots to do for Halloween.

by Mary Staes
October 24, 2018

Spooky season is in full effect! There are tons of events going on around town for kids and adults alike leading up to Halloween night.

Boo at the Zoo

This event is definitely the thing to do if you’re a parent. All of the kids come in costume, and a lot of attendees do family costumes too. There’s a special section for trick-or-treaters, a mildly scary haunted house and ghost train, and games for kids to play. There’s also costume contests each of the three nights, and wagon decorating contests you can enter. Tickets always sell out, so make sure to grab them before the weekend. They’re $20 per person.

Audubon Zoo - Bus Stop
Getting there
New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

Uptown Houses

So maybe your kids aren’t old enough for a haunted house, or you really don’t trust taking candy from strangers. You can still enjoy a good time Uptown looking at the decorated mansions. A good one is Ghost Manor, located at 2502 Magazine Street. People line up on the sidewalk on the hour for a nightly show at the Victorian mansion, where ghosts  appear in the windows and and skeletons sing along to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

2502 Magazine St
Getting there
2502 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

After that you can visit the skeleton house on St. Charles Avenue and State Street. Strewn across the lawn are skeletons with lots of punny jokes to tickle your funny bone.

6000 St Charles Ave
Getting there
6000 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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It’s Voodoo Fest, and this year there are some killer acts coming to the city. Childish Gambino was replaced Wednesday by Travis Scott due to a foot injury, according to The New Orleans Advocate’s Keith Spera. Others include Third Eye Blind, 21 Savage, A Perfect Circle, and Janelle Monae are just some of the names hitting the stages during the three-day fest.

City Park
Getting there
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA

Brews and Boos

So, you’re not into the crowds at Voodoo Fest. What about an adults-only night at an amusement park, with beer? Sign me up. Tickets to this annual event include unlimited City Park amusement rides, glow necklaces,  jello shots, a DJ, keepsake cup and unlimited beer. And because it’s Halloween, costumes are always a plus.

City Park
Getting there
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA

Halloween at the Jazz Museum

Housed at the old U.S. Mint, bordering the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street sits the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The museum houses the largest permanent collection of instruments played by some of jazz’s pioneers, like a trumpet owned by Louie Armstrong. Anyone in costume can get free admission on Halloween, which is usually $6.

New Orleans Jazz Museum
Getting there
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9am–4pm
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Fright Night at the Metropolitan

The Halloween party at The Metro is always one of the most talked about events at the club, which is one of the largest in the city. Encompassing two floors are three different rooms with 10 bars. Because Halloween happens in the middle of the week, the party is on Saturday, and tickets start at $30.

Metropolitan Events
Getting there
310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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