New Orleans Halloween: Ghost Tours and Spooky Events

All Hallow’s Eve in New Orleans.  Could there be anything better?

For those who love this spooky holiday, the answer is a definitive, “NO!”  New Orleans absolutely knows how to do Halloween right.

Here you’ll find elaborate costumes, world-renowned parades, family-friendly events, haunted tours through the French Quarter, historic cemeteries, ghostbusting lessons, and everything in between!

Get into the spirit of the season with one of these spooky experiences for a raucous New Orleans Halloween!

Cemetery Tours

BYOB Nightly Cemetery Bus Tour

Are you ready to get a little…spooked?  The BYOB Nightly Cemetery Bus Tour takes you inside some of the Crescent City’s historic cemeteries – at night!  You will enjoy a narrated tour aboard an air-conditioned mini-bus that will make stops at several cemeteries throughout the 2-hour tour.

The NOLA Ghost Riders will share their favorite ghost stories that are guaranteed to leave you feeling a little uneasy! And it’s a BYOB tour, so feel free to bring along whatever drink you like.  May I suggest something that helps you relax? DISCOUNT TICKETS!

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tour

The only way to explore the historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is with a licensed tour guide, and this intimate walking tour is the best way to do that!

Dating back to the 1700s, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  You’ll learn about the cemetery’s famous inhabitants, such as voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, and explore historic crypts.   Nicolas Cage recently purchased a pyramid-shaped tomb here, so make sure to take a look at that too!

Learn more about voodoo, Creole, and some of New Orleans’ burial rituals.  Children are welcome on this tour. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Walking Tours

4-in-1 Tour

Experience four tours at once with the 4-in-1 Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampires, and Witchcraft Tour!

Your energetic guide will take you to visit some of the spookiest sights in the French Quarter, such as the St. Germaine House!  In addition to learning more about voodoo, vampires, and witchcraft, this tour guarantees you will experience spiritual turbulence!  Say what?!

And because I know you wouldn’t want to experience all of this without your family, it is appropriate for children (under 6 are free), and even your leashed dog can join in the fun!  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

5-in-1 Ghost Mystery Tour of the French Quarter

Have you ever wanted to visit vampire killing locations?  How about places where hauntings have been documented?  If yes, the 5-in-1 Ghost Mystery Tour is for you!

This 2-hour walking tour by Haunted History Tours takes you down dark alleys in the French Quarter to learn about ghosts, vampires, witches, voodoo, and unexplained mysteries – all in one tour!

This tour takes place year-round at 5 pm and 7:30 pm, except on Mardi Gras night! Bring your children, your pet, and a beverage as you explore the French Quarter with your guide, and find out why this tour is one of the best!  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Pub Crawl Tour

Let’s get loaded on ghost stories!  The Haunted Pub Crawl Tour combines spirits with spirits!

In addition to visiting the sites of actual hauntings and learning more about the ghosts that haunt the French Quarter, you’ll also make stops at pubs along the way.  Past participants have said they experienced “sensitivity” to the supernatural surroundings on this spooky walk!

You must be 21 to go on this tour, and drinks are not included in the tour price.  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Family Ghost Tour

Exploring the Big Easy isn’t just for adults!  The Spooky Family Walking Ghost Tour is just scary enough.

Kids and adults on this 2-hour tour will hear haunted stories about the French Quarter, while learning a little history about the area too.  You’ll explore spooky sites along the way, like the Andrew Jackson Hotel, and visit some of the most haunted locations in the city.

Family-friendly ghost stories, and stories about unexplained events will make this one memorable experience.  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

American Horror Story: Coven Tour

Fans of the show will love the American Horror Story: Coven Tour, a walking tour that will take you to the actual sites depicted in the show!

Your tour guide will tell you spooky stories about New Orleans’ hauntings, while taking you to important scenes from the show – including St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.   Your guide will also be able to tell you a bit about the actors from the show who bring the ghosts to life for you on TV.

A must-do for any American Horror Story fan! DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Plantation Tours

Laura Plantation

Explore the historic Creole estate, Laura Plantation, by candlelight during this unique history tour.

During the Laura Plantation: Candlelight Confessions Tour, you’ll enjoy wine and light refreshments before touring the home and grounds of the plantation.  True stories of greed and murder will be told, while you walk through the dimly lit mansion, gardens, and slave quarters.

Learn about the four generations of Creole inhabitants in a spooky setting.

You must be 15 and up for this tour. DISCOUNT TICKETS!

St. Joseph Plantation

During the month of October, St. Joseph Plantation offers the Creole Mourning Tour.  Here, you will find the home dressed for “deep mourning,” as was customary in the 18th and 19th centuries when a loved one passed on.

You’ll see black crepe drape and wreath on the front doors, pianos and organs closed, mirrors covered, and more during this special event.  On weekends, live characters will portray what life was like during these mourning periods.

The mourning tour is incorporated into the regular plantation tour in which St. Joseph Plantation family and friends lead the guided tours of the property.  They will be on hand to answer questions about the customs and rituals.  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Bus Tours 

Cities of the Dead Bus Tour

Have you ever wanted to be a ghostbuster?  Now’s your chance!

On this bus tour you’ll explore several New Orleans cemeteries, learn about unique burial practices, and hear stories of legendary crimes.

But the coolest part?!  The Cities of the Dead Bus Tour lets you try your hand at hunting ghosts!  You’ll use tools such as divining rods, thermal guns, and EMF readers!  After this tour, you can confidently claim, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”

This tour also stops at a tavern along the way, in case you need a little extra something to calm your nerves.

You must be 18 and over to go on this one.  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Dead of Night Ghost and Graveyard Tour

Get ready to visit some of the most haunted locations in the French Quarter with the Dead of Night Ghost and Graveyard Tour!

This 2-hour bus tour takes you through the dark streets of New Orleans, where you’ll visit one of the city’s most haunted grounds.  You’ll learn more about local urban legends, and hear stories about murder and betrayal, before touring a cemetery.  And if you think your kids are up for it, they’re invited too!  DISCOUNT TICKETS!

Halloween Events

Halloween in New Orleans!  Just saying those words out loud should get you excited to see everyone dressed up in their best costumes, parading up and down Frenchmen Street.  And you know, New Orleans knows how to do costumes right!

When October 31 rolls around, the living (and maybe the undead?) are ready for an unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re looking to party the weekend away, or want to take your little ones to a unique trick-or-treating experience, here are some Halloween events that you absolutely cannot miss!

Boo at the Zoo

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Audubon Zoo for kid-friendly trick or treating, haunted houses, and so much more!

Here you’ll find a zombie-themed ghost train ride, a “scare-ousel,” inflatables, a maze, live entertainment, and of course – animals!

Boo at the Zoo is a fundraiser for the zoo and for Children’s Hospital New Orleans.  Children under 2 are free.  Don’t forget your costume!  See their website for dates and times.

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

If you know anything about New Orleans, you know about this event!

The Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is held every year over the course of three days at the Festival Grounds in City Park.  Here you’ll big name musical acts from a variety of genres, but you’ll also find so much more.  This event combines music with art, New Orleans cuisine, and a side of Halloween!

You’ll find large-scale art installations, food made by the top chefs in the area (fried duck quesadillas anyone?), Halloween decorations, and even a small theme park!

I promise you’ve never seen anything like this!  See their website for tickets and dates.

Halloween New Orleans

Every year, the gay community in New Orleans has thrown a weekend-long party that is full of fun, festivities, and a whole lot of amazing costumes!

The weekend kicks off with black-tie event, The Lazarus Ball, on Friday night.  Then Saturday, you’ll find the Main Event Costume Party, a huge event where costumes are required, and guests go all out!  I mean, they have to – the costume contest will give you bragging rights for years!  The weekend wraps up with a huge Tea Dance, with paraders marching through the French Quarter.

The best part?  The event raises money for Project Lazarus, an assisted living home for those living with HIV/AIDS.  See their website for ticket prices, dates and times.

Krewe of Boo

You have never seen a Halloween parade like this!

Krewe of Boo became the official Halloween parade for the city of New Orleans in 2007, and it’s been thrilling (and scaring!) guests ever since!

This parade features 3-D paper mache and fiberglass props to go along with the elaborate floats made by Kern Studios.

In order to cut down on the trash that can accumulate after parades, the Krewe of Boo float riders throw out only New Orleans-made food and collectibles to parade-goers, making the throws highly sought-after mementos!  You’ll find throws such as eco-friendly cups, locally-made pralinettes, toys and candy, and limited edition Krewe of Boo t-shirts!

Everyone is invited out to the parade, and you’re guaranteed to have a spook-tacular time!  See their website for dates and times.

Scout Island Scream Park

Every year City Park gets really spooky and hosts Scout Island Scream Park, a Halloween festival that is fun for everyone in your family!

Here you’ll find eight acres of Halloween fun – from a My Blood Homecoming Fright Zone and a Devil’s Swamp Haunted Terror Tour, to carnival rides and so much in between!  You’re guaranteed to have a frighteningly creepy time.

But if you have little ones in your group, don’t worry!  There are activities for them in the scare-free kid’s zone.  You’ll find hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and other activities that won’t give you nightmares.

Scout Island Scream Park is open every weekend in October and, of course, Halloween night.  See their website for dates, times, and ticket prices.

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Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia. After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

Kate Gelsthorpe

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Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia.After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown.She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

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