NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Halloween creeps back onto the New Orleans calendar this week. This year, fright fans and families can pick from several events to celebrate the holiday.
We’ve rounded up a list of Halloween and Day of the Dead activities and events happening this week leading up to the holiday. Check back for updates as we get them.
Do you know about other Halloween events in the greater New Orleans area? Let us know about them here. Check back for updates as we get them.
The Mortuary Haunted Mansion: Oct. 25 - 31, This year, the Mid-City attraction, the Mortuary Haunted Mansion, which was actually once a funeral parlor and crematorium, marks a 150th-anniversary milestone. For 2022, the haunted house debuts a new theme called “The House That Fear Built.” “Now, the house is alive as ancient and evil spirits that have lain dormant for so long begin to stir once more,” according to the website. General admission tickets start at $25 before 7 p.m. or $30 for tours starting at 7 p.m. or later. Pricing is subject to change based on demand, and there are additional fees for VIP fast passes or season passes. See the complete schedule of dates and hours of operation at the website.
New Orleans Nightmare: Oct. 25 - 31, For 2022, New Orleans Nightmare features three new attractions to freak out horror fans: Outcast Carnival, The Bloodrite and Chop House. In Outcast Carnival, guests will get spooked by rabid sideshow performers, while the Bloodrite features voodoo-inspired themes, haunted house producers say. The third attraction, Chop House, will bring guests face-to-face with a chainsaw-wielding criminal outcast inside an old meat processing plant. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $24.99, with pricing subject to change and with additional fees for fast pass, skip-the-line and VIP add-ons. See the dates and hours of operation at the website.
Zombie Paintball Hunt: Oct. 26 - 30, A new Halloween experience at NOLA Motorsports Park, called Zombie Paintball Hunt, lets guests shoot at different zombie stations and targets with a paintball gun while riding a bus. The guided tour takes zombie hunters through eight different scenes for some frights, and some fun, on the outskirts of the racing facility. Organizers say the experience is family-friendly and runs about 15 to 20 minutes. General admission costs $25 per person and includes a Zombie Paintball hat, rental gun and safety glasses and 150 rounds of ammo. There are also other packages available at the website.
Day of the Dead Altar at City Park: Oct. 26 - 30, Local artist and Casa Borrega owner Hugo Montero unveils a Day of the Dead altar in the Conservatory at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park. The altar will be on display from Oct. 26 - 30, and entry to the Botanical Garden is free for Louisiana residents on those days. A special altar reveal happens in conjunction with the last day of Evenings with Enrique on Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Find more details at The Helis Foundation website.
Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow: Oct. 28 - 31, Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow, a neighborhood haunted house operating in Algiers, announced it will reopen this Halloween season for the first time in three years. Halloween enthusiasts can look forward to a theme called “Rotti’s Repossessions” for 2022, with “guaranteed screams” in the haunted house. The haunted house will operate from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. While entry to the neighborhood attraction is free, operators are accepting donations, they said. Bernie Baxter will also offer trick-or-treating for kids on Halloween night. Visit the Facebook page for updates.
Top Taco: Oct. 27, The annual taco and tequila-centric festival kicks off Halloween weekend festivities with a Day of the Dead theme at Lafreniere Park. The event features restaurants serving up creative tacos. Three stages of live music feature James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars, Otra, Muevelo and Bogue Chitto. For more information, visit the Top Taco website.
Dia de los Muertos Fiesta: Oct. 28, Casa Borrega will host a Day of the Dead celebration featuring music by psychedelic cumbia-based band Tremolo Kings and the Afro-Cuban jazz group OTRA. The Mexican restaurant on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard recently opened for Friday night Latin music. Admission is $20 or $10 with costume. Visit the Casa Borrega Facebook page for updates.
Brews and Boos: Oct. 28 - 29, New Orleans City Park hosts the adults-only Halloween party, Brews and Boos, from 9 p.m. to midnight at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Admission comes with unlimited amusement-park rides and special themed giveaways. All tickets will be sold online and in advance. For more information, visit NewOrleansCityPark.com.
Haunted Haus: Oct. 28, Don your costume and dance your way into Halloween weekend at Toulouse Theatre with a party featuring Kylie Sonique Love, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race AllStars 6. Music will be provided by Legatron Prime, Bouffant Bouffant and DJ Nice Rack, and there will be appearances by Candy Snatch, Jackie Trouble, Slenderella and other special guests. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are available via the website, toulousetheatre.com.
Halloween New Orleans: Wonderland: Oct. 28 - 30, Halloween New Orleans, a celebration for the LGBTQ+ community, raises money for Project Lazarus. This year’s theme is “Wonderland” and features events during Halloween weekend — The Queen’s Ball, a Nightmare in Wonderland costume party and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Dance. Find all the details at the website.
The Hangout NOLA: Halloween Hangout: Oct. 28 -31, New Orleans East game lounge The Hangout NOLA hosts several Halloween-themed events over the weekend. The spot will host a teen costume party on Friday, a trunk-or-treat on Saturday and a haunted house from Saturday to Monday. Find details and admission prices on the Instagram page.
6t’9 Social Aid & Pleasure Club Pumpkin Parade: Oct. 29, The family-friendly foot parade hits the streets on Saturday with the theme “Safety Sixth.” The Halloween-themed begins at 1020 Henriette Delille St. in Treme at 7 p.m., and participants will toss trick-or-treat candy to kids along the route. Find information on the Facebook page.
Hell’s Gala: Oct. 29, The Hell’s Gala Halloween dance party returns for its 13th year at Mardi Gras World. This year’s theme is “Death by Disco” and features a costume contest, performers and food trucks. Tickets start at $45 on sale at the website.
Pell-O-Ween!: Oct. 29, New Orleans rapper Pell hosts a Halloween party in the beer garden at Zony Mash Beer Project. The night features Pell’s first headlining show in New Orleans in more than three years. The rapper will also debut his new single and music video for “Cruel.” The concert includes performances and sets by Antwigadee!, Dear Silas, lil jodeci, XO Boyfriend and glbl wrmng members LeTrainiump, $leazy EZ, Kr3wcial. An afterparty follows at The Rabbit Hole with DJ Sasha Marie. Tickets are $25 advance or $30 day of via the Zony Mash Beer website.
Happy Feelins at Ace Hotel: Oct. 29, DJ RQ Away hosts a night of jams, drinks and new friends for young Black creatives and professionals at Ace Hotel. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the hotel’s lobby.
Lil Weezyana Fest: Oct. 29, Originally scheduled in August, New Orleans native and rap legend Lil’ Wayne returns home for Lil Weezyana Fest at Champions Square. Moneybagg Yo, Coi Leray, BabyFace Ray, Rob49 will perform, along with Wayne as the headliner. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $75.50 via champions-square.com.
Anne Rice Vampire Ball: Oct. 29, Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club hosts its 34th annual masquerade ball from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Elms Mansion. The event features dinner, a premium open bar, silent auction and entertainment. Find more details and tickets at the Eventbrite page.
Spüktopia Halloween Party: Oct. 29, This Halloween weekend, Spüktopia brings what they’re calling “an extraterrestrial experience” to Cafe Instanbul. The costume dance party features DJ sets from DJ Hunny Bee, D1ME and Kush.trim. Also, singer and visual artist BLÜ and hip-hop artist and member of the glbl wrmng collective $LEAZY EZ are both scheduled to perform. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Eyes Wide Shut Halloween Costume Bash: Oct. 30, Big Stan’s annual costume party returns to the Metropolitan nightclub. Sounds are provided by DJ Keith Scott, DJ Captain Charles and DJ Poppa. The event is for ages 21 and older from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite.
Boo Bash: Oct. 30, On the North Shore, the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany hosts Boo Bash, a family-friendly Halloween event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is staged at the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members and include museum admission. Visit the website for more details.
Halloween Costume Party at Treehouse: Oct. 30, Central City day party hot spot Treehouse throws a Halloween costume party, including a costume contest with a prize of $5,000 for the best dressed. Find details at the website.
Afrobeat Halloween Block Party: Oct. 30, Ethiopian restaurant Addis NOLA hosts a special lineup of events ahead of the grand opening of its new location at 2514 Bayou Road. One of the events is an Afrobeat Halloween Block party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with a donation.
Day of the Dead/Fete Gede Celebration: Nov. 1, The New Orleans Healing Center and La Source Ancienne Ounfo partner for a Day of the Dead/Fet Gede to honor both Latin and Vodou traditions of remembering loved ones who’ve passed on. The traditional celebration takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the lobby of the New Orleans Healing Center. The event is free and open to the public. Visit neworleanshealingcenter.org for details.
Dia de los Muertos Procession: Nov. 2, For the fifth year, the Krewe of Mayahuel leads a Dia de Muertos foot parade to honor departed ones on Day of the Dead. Prior to the procession, the krewe gathers for a block party at Mickey Markey Park at 4 p.m., with food vendors, children activities and face painting artists. Then, at 7 p.m., the procession starts at Beanlandia, 3300 Royal St., and ends at St. Roch Cemetery No. 1. Visit the krewe’s Facebook page for updates.
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