NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31:  Atmosphere during Voodoo Fest at New Orleans City Park on October 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Weekend Picks: Here for the boos!

It's the last weekend before Halloween and there's so much going on to put you (and the kiddos) the spooky spirit!

by Mary Staes | October 23, 2019

It’s the last weekend before Halloween and there’s so much going on to put you (and the kiddos) the spooky spirit!

Here are out weekend picks for Oct. 25 – 27:

Fri. Oct. 25, 2019

What: Boo at the Zoo
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Audubon Zoo
Price: $20

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo, a family-friendly Halloween event benefitting Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo with fun activities targeted for children up to age 12. The party happens every night this weekend, so if Friday is sold out, try for tickets Saturday or Sunday. Pro tip: family costumes are encouraged! Click here for more information and tickets.

Audubon Zoo
Getting there
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Mon 10 AM – 5 PM
Tue Closed
Wed-Sun 10 AM – 5 PM
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What: Brews and Boos
When: 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Where: New Orleans City Park
Price: $30 pre-sale, $40 day of admission

A spook-tacular Halloween fundraising event for adults in City Park. Beer, rides and a costume contest kick off a night of fun in the carousel garden, sans kids. The carousel with smoke and black lights? Count us in. Click here for more information.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
Getting there
7 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 11 AM – 8 PM
More Info
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What: Voodoo Music Fest
When: Gates open at noon
Where: City Park Festival Grounds
Price: Tickets start at $80

Headliners at this 3-day festival include Post Malone, Beck and Guns N’ Roses. The fest even includes a haunted house experience by The Mortuary, and of course, costumes are always encouraged at this fest. Click here for more information. 

City Park Festival Grounds
Getting there
Henry Thomas Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA

Sat. Oct. 26, 2019

What: Bat Appreciation Day
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
Price: Free

The whole family can learn about bats at this free event including crafts, gardening for cats, food trucks and concessions. Click here for more information.

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
Getting there
11000 Lake Forest Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70128, USA
Mon-Sat 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Sun Closed
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What: Boo Dat
When: Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk
Price: Free to participate

This is a family-friendly affair offering trick-or-treaters a safe, fun, and air-conditioned environment with seasonal activity stations. Participating stores can be identified by the trick-or-treat sign posted at their entrances. Click here for a list of stores and more information. 

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Getting there
500 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sat 10am–7pm
Sun 10am–6pm
More Info

Sun. Oct. 27, 2019

What: City Putt Halloween
When: 2 p.m.
Where: City Putt at City Park
Price: $9 per adult, $7 per child

So, City Putt is already fun, but add in creepy decorations, sweet treats, candy, crafts and raffles and it’s even better. Click here for more information.

City Putt Miniature Golf Course
Getting there
33 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Fri 3 – 9 PM
Sat-Sun 10 AM – 10 PM
More Info

What: The Color Purple
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Mahalia Jackson Theater
Price: tickets start at $49

Just because the Saenger has been shut down due to the Hard Rock collapse doesn’t mean you have to miss out on great shows. Sunday is the last New Orleans showing of “The Color Purple,” so make sure you get to see it while it’s in town. Click here for tickets and information.

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Getting there
1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
More Info
Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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 we're natives or not.

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