Looking for a fun Halloween getaway this year? The Big Easy’s got it all — great food, fun for kids of all ages, vampires and even a little voodoo at hotel prices that aren’t so scary.
New Orleans is legendary for its haunted history and a Halloween visit to the city’s French Quarter surely won’t disappoint. Your 90-minute tour begins at 798 Charter St., and covers the historic district’s most famous ghost sightings including the storied LaLaurie Mansion, the Beauregard-Keyes House and The Sultan’s Palace.
New Orleans’ burial grounds are famous for their above-ground tombs and, frankly, all other cemeteries just pale in comparison. Begin your tour at St. Louis Cemetery #1, where you’ll view unique architecture and the final resting place for such notables as French Impressionist Edgar Degas’ family and Marie Laveau, the High Priestess of 19th century New Orleans voodoo. Advance purchase recommended.
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
A trip to the Crescent City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this festival Oct. 27-29, 2017 at New Orleans City Park festival grounds. Gather at sundown and mingle all night with creatively dressed partygoers throughout the park. This year, Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters and The Killers will add to the screaming good times. 1- and 3-day passes can be purchased online.
Krewe of Boo
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a proper parade, and New Orleans’ Official Halloween Parade surely won’t disappoint with 3D papier mâché and fiberglass props designed to spook the French Quarter and Warehouse District Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Bring the family to Audubon Zoo Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28, where every year the zoo transforms into a trick-or-treaters playground, complete with treat handouts, a ghost train, haunted house and games, all free with admission. 5-9 p.m. (zoo closes at 3 p.m.)
Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival
After the zoo, make sure to bring the kids down to the French Quarter Oct. 21, where every child in a costume will receive a free trick or treat bag with local shops handing out free candy, live music and craft booths 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at Dutch Alley, between Dumaine and St. Phillip streets.
Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club
After the sun goes down, the vampires will come out for music and merriment at the 29th Annual Vampire Ball Oct. 27. For nearly 30 years, fans of the famed vampire novel author have traveled from around the world to attend this annual gathering, held this year at The Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St.
Haunted hotels at un-scary prices
Make your stay extra spooky with a stay at one of New Orleans’ legendary haunted hotels.
- Hotel Monteleone. Locked restaurant doors that open and close without explanation. An elevator that stops on the wrong floor and opens to a chilly hallway with apparitions of children playing. These are some of the ghost stories that have risen from one of New Orleans’ most premier 4-star hotels.
- Dauphine Orleans Hotel. Legend has it that alcohol isn’t the only spirit swirling around the hallowed halls of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel bar. Stay at this centrally located hotel, within a 15-minute walk of Jackson Square and the French Quarter, and you might just experience the ghostly sighting of a Creole soldier who once patronized this former bordello.
Or, stay spook-free and snag up to 60% off a Hot Rate® Hotel!