Five Spook-tacular Activities to Do This Halloween Season in New Orleans
Oct 13 2020

Five Spook-tacular Activities to Do This Halloween Season in New Orleans

By: Abbey Hebert

It's almost Halloween, and that means murder and blood and dying other scary stuff. And although a lot of the usual Halloween festivities have been put to death this year, that doesn't have to kill all your fun. There are still numerous activities offered throughout New Orleans that practice social distancing and allow you and your family and friends to celebrate Halloween. Read below to learn more about the spooky adventures you can still have this season.

Ghost City Tours

Ghost City Tours offer a wide range of tours, such as the Killers & Thrillers Tour, the Ghosts of New Orleans Tour, and many more. All these tours are pet-friendly and alcohol-friendly. The Killers & Thrillers Tour takes you to the locations around the city where the most infamous crimes have taken place and tell the story of how the events unfolded; tickets are $29.99 for ages 16+. The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour, a tour for the entire family, goes into depth about the French Quarter's paranormal history and visits haunted sites of crimes, such as the LaLaurie Mansion. This tour is free for children below age five, $9.99 for children between six and 12, and $19.99 for ages 12 and up. Visit their website to see other tours offered and to buy your tickets now. 855.999.9026,


Muriel's, a restaurant located in the French Quarter, is home to the ghost of Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, who committed suicide on the second floor—the same location where Muriel's Seance Lounge is today. As stated on their website, "Patrons and employees of Muriel's have also witnessed objects being moved around throughout the restaurant." Jourdan is seen at Muriel's as a "glimmer of sparkly light wandering around the lounge." Most of the paranormal activity comes from the Seance Lounge and most commonly involves knocking against the brick wall. As well as being home to a ghost, Muriel's is also home to signature cocktails, such as the Vampire's Kiss, which has Skyy Blood Orange Vodka, cranberry balsamic gastrique, and lemon; the Pumpkin smash, which has Benchmark Bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, pumpkin puree, and citrus. Come by Muriel's to toast the ghost with a handcrafted cocktail or to enjoy any of the delicious dishes on the menu. 801 Chartres St., (504) 568-1885,

The Mortuary

New Orleanians love The Mortuary, as it has provided horrifying experiences to locals for years, with different themes such as clowns, the seven deadly sins, and more. The mansion that this scary house takes place in was built in 1872 and was used as an actual mortuary for around 80 years. The Mortuary offers private mystery escape rooms for private parties, as well as the general experience of walking through the building into terrifyingly decorated rooms with people (who can chase you) dressed in horrifying costumes. Your adrenaline will be rushing when you participate in the new Battle Rifle Shootout Haunted House Experience, which allows you to shoot zombies using a military laser tag battle rifle in a mock life-or-death apocalyptic experience. Tickets must be bought online, and masks must be worn to the scary house and inside of it. Reserve your tickets now to visit this creepy and interactive haunted house. Get your frights in for Halloween! 4800 Canal St., (504) 483-2350,

Ghosts in the Oaks

Ghosts in the Oaks will be different this year in order to ensure citizens are practicing social distancing. This year, Friends of City Park presents Ghosts in the Oaks: A Haunting at Home, for which families purchase party packages and complete the activities in them at home. Each package costs around $99 for general admission, with a $10 discount for Friends members, and accommodates up to four people. Only 500 packages in total will be sold, so grab yours quickly before they sell out. The party packs include a Halloween baking kit by Acorn Cafe, a balloon-decorating kit by Badass Balloon Co., pumpkin- and mask-decorating kits by NOLA Craft Culture, and other goodies. Packages are available for pickup Saturday, October 24, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 25, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., from the Reunion Shelter in City Park. Grab yours now to ensure a creative and fun Halloween for your family. 1 Palm Dr., (504) 608-6351,

What Doesn't Kill Us + Horror Short Films

On Sunday, October 25, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Screamfest New Orleans is hosting a mini film fest in which the movie What Doesn't Kill Us premieres. This movie follows rehabilitated zombies and focuses on the blatant social inequalities they face in southern Texas—think The Office but zombie-fied. This movie was directed by Jacob Kiesling and Ethan Carwright and was produced, written, and directed by Zach Schlapkohl. There will also be showings of numerous short films after the movie, including The Sheltered Woman, Moment, Endgame, and many more. Click here to watch the trailer, and click here to purchase your tickets for this film fest, which will be held at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. 6621 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, (504) 352-1150,

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