Adults looking for some spooky New Orleans Halloween fun this weekend will find plenty to do in a city known for its parties and its haunted history. Those who frighten easily can find plenty of ever-so-slightly scary things to do in the city, but the braver souls can indulge in some truly terrifying adventures. New Orleans is, after all, one of the most haunted cities in the world. Boo!
The Vampire Ball – Generations Hall – October 30
Devotees of author Anne Rice gather for this gala celebrating the Vampire Lestat, one of Ms. Rice’s popular characters. Doors for the event open at 8:00 and the show begins at 9:00. Tickets are $75. You might want to have some garlic on hand for this one!
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience – City Park – October 29-31
City Park gets loud and a little eerie when festival goers, many in costume, unite to experience great music and interesting crafts. This year’s musical guests include Ozzy Osborne, Jane’s Addiction, Zac Brown Band, Florence and the Machine, Deadmau5, and many others. Gates open at 10:30 a.m., and the final bands end at 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 9:00 p.m. Sunday night. Admission is $99 per day or $235 for a weekend pass. Pack your poncho and your rain boots! http://worshipthemusic.com/
Halloween Pub Crawl – Bourbon Street -October 29-31
Those looking to take their party on the road might enjoy the the Halloween Pub Crawl. Party-goers can purchase tickets for any of the three nights or a weekend package, good for all three nights. Maps and Mardi Gras beads will be given at the first location. Umbrellas will most likely be needed for this event, as crawlers will be walking up and down Bourbon Street. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m. http://pubcrawls.com/events/halloween/halloweekend-pub-crawl-new-orleans.php
Molly’s at the Market Halloween Parade – Decatur Street – October 31
While this parade is sold out for riders, those spending Halloween in the French Quarter can still enjoy being spectators and getting some fun parade goodies. Molly’s has a costume contest, as well. The parade rolls at 6:30.
Not just for Halloween, New Orleans offers haunted tours year-round. Hear the stories that make New Orleans uniquely spooky, and maybe even visit a cemetery or two. Check out Haunted History Tours, Ghost City Tours, Haunted New Orleans Tours, Strange True Tours, or just try Google or Yelp to see which tours appeal to you. There’s sure to be an added creep factor for Halloween.
Book a room in one of New Orleans’ haunted hotels, or just take a walk through some of the lobbies and see if anything out of the ordinary catches your eye. Many of these hotels will have a written account of strange occurrences that you can read or take with you. Do your hotel exploring at your own risk…the ghouls might be extra adventurous on Halloween. http://www.hauntedneworleanstours.com/toptenhaunted/toptenhauntednolahotels/