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


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October 1 2019 | 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 six fun activities for families. 

Krewe of Boo Parade, October 19

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!” Because of closures on Canal Street as a result of the Hard Rock Hotel accident, the route has changed for 2019. For an updated parade route, go to

LPO’s Halloween Spooktacular, October 20

Put on your Halloween costume at head to The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Halloween family concert. There will be spooky classic favorites and the telling of the LPO's own story–The Phantom of the Superdome. The fun starts at 2 p.m., but 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.

11th Annual Boo Carré Halloween Haunt, October 19

Attention, princesses, superheroes and goblins of all kinds: Head to the French Market live music, fun kid's activities and trick or treating starting in Dutch Alley between St. Phillip and Dumaine streets and throughout the French Market District. The celebration lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the second line at 5:15 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo, October 25-27

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.

Scout Island Scream Park, Select Dates in September/October/November

Should you really take your kids to a scream park? Yes! While City Park’s Halloween attraction is home to The Devil’s Swamp, Zombie Combat,Scream Factory, Cirque du Fear Fright Zone, the Horseman's Fright Zone, the Kraken Beer & Spirit's Pirate Club, the Paranormal Experience, and carnival rides. There’s also scare-free Kids Zone for the little ones. Enjoy a tractor-pulled hay ride, face painting, a Haunted Mansion Bounce House, and the brand new BOOGIE SPOOKTACULAR, an animated musical adventure. Learn more.

Ghosts in the Oaks, October 17-20

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.


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