8 Not-Too-Scary Ways to Celebrate Halloween with the Kids


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October 1 2018 | Family Travel Tips

Throw Me Something, Monsta! 

Halloween is almost as big as Mardi Gras in New Orleans–whether you're a kid or all grown up! Here are seven fun activities for families. 

Krewe of Boo Parade, October 20

Monster fun awaits at the city’s official Halloween parade, Krewe of Boo in the Boo Carré (of course). The event features scary-cool floats from Kern Studios, the premier float building organization in America. Dracula, the werewolf, Frankenstein…they’ll all be there. Put on your costume and yell “Throw me something, Monsta!” Learn more.

French Quartours Kids Spooky Tours

Let French Quartours take your little ones on kid-friendly ghost hunt in the French Quarter. Children 5-10 will come home raving about ectoplasm, ghost detectors and fascinating New Orleans history. Learn more.

LPO’s Halloween Spooktacular, October 7

Wear your Halloween costume and rock out at The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Halloween Family Concert featuring spooky classical favorites and a narrated tale underscored by Stravinsky's Firebird. Get there 45 minutes early for a chance to interact with their “ghastly and ghoulish musicians” and their instruments. Admission to LPO Family Concerts is FREE for children ages 15 and under. Learn more.

10th Annual Boo Carre Halloween Haunt, October 20th

Attention, princesses, superheroes and goblins of all kinds: Head to the French Market for a Spooky Second Line Parade with the Arrowhead Jazz Band, more live music, and fun kid's activities. While supplies last, get your free Boo Carre Tote Bag and Trick-or-Treat Trail Guide at the festival information booth in Dutch Alley. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the second line at 5:15 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo, October 26-28

They’re all asking for ghouls at Audubon Zoo’s beloved Boo at the Zoo, a New Orleans tradition since forever. This safe Halloween event is for kids up to age 12. Enjoy trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house, games, entertainment and more. All games and treats are free with admission with the exception of concessions. Learn more. For additional savings on Audubon Attractions, click here.

Crawloween, October 27 & 28

Halloween at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is creepy crawly fun! Trick-or-treat for bug-themed trinkets. Enjoy Halloween-themed cookies in Bug Appètit. Enter the “Guess How May Maggots are in the Jar” Contest. Wear your Halloween costume for a discount. Learn more. For additional savings on Audubon Attractions, click here.

Scout Island Scream Park, Select Dates in October/November

Should you really take your kids to a scream park? Yes! While City Park’s brand new Halloween attraction is home to The Devil’s Swamp Terror Tour, the Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, and The Scream Factory Haunted Fun House, there’s also Scare-free Kids Zone for the little ones. Enjoy a Haunted Hay Ride, a pumpkin patch, a maze, face painting, and more fun. Learn more.

Ghosts in the Oaks, October 19-21

Take your little monsters to City Park’s Amusement Park & Storyland for trick-or-treating, carnival rides, arts & crafts, a pumpkin patch, balloon animals, air-brush face painting and musical entertainment. Learn more.

Boo at the View, October 31

On Halloween day, Clearview Mall is a great place to go, y'all. From 2-6 p.m. they're having a dance party, face painting, games, acrobats and a Sensory Play Pumpkin Patch for kids 3 and under. Plus, there wil be trick-or-treating at the shops and healthy options and candy alternatives in Center Court (while they last). 



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