Halloween in New Orleans

Here’s a list of what’s happenin in town this weekend:

Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival, October 22 – 24, 2010, Music, costume party and contests, trick-or-treating as well as pumpkin painting and carving. French Market, New Orleans, Official site

Boo at the Zoo, October 22-23 and 29-30, 2010, 5 p.m., Audubon Zoo, New Orleans. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Audubon Zoo this year for Boo at the Zoo! This annual Zoo extravaganza is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, the Mombassa Ghost Train, a haunted house, games with prizes and entertainment. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission.

All Saints Soiree, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8 p.m., Metairie Cemetery, Metairie, La., Website

Barktoberfest: Canine Costume Contest and Trick or Treating, Saturday, October 23, 2010, Canine Culture, 8110 Hampson St., Food and drinks also available for a donation. Call 373-5141 for more information.

Monster Mash Fall Family Festival, October 23, 2010, Food, music, crafts, auction, games, inflatables, rock wall climbing, vendors and entertainers. Bogue Falaya Park, 100 Park Drive, Covington, 985.898.4171.

Pumpkin-Palooza, October 23, 2010, Pumpkin cooking and decorating contests, costume contests, games, prizes, cake walk. 3412 Haring Road, Metairie, 504.887.4801.

Memnoch, October 29, 2010 at The Republic, New Orleans, La. Anne Rice’s annual gathering of the coven. Official site

Voodoo Fest Music Festival, City Park, Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31, behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Huge music festival with six stages, more than 100 bands, including headliners Ozzy Osbourne, Muse, Weezer, Metric with food booths, a children’s tent, interactive games and an art market, 10 a.m.-11 today-Sat; 10 a.m.-10 Sun. Tickets are $85 at the gate, free for children 10 and younger with a paid adult.

Krewe of Halloween Parade October 30, 2010, Begins on Elysian Fields Avenue, 6 Sat., turns onto N. Peters Street, right on Canal Street, U-turning at Dauphine, down Canal to Tchoupitoulas Street, to Julia, right on Convention Center Boulevard, left on Henderson, ending at Mardi Gras World East Bank for an afterparty, “The Monster Bash,” at 8. Tickets are $55, $100 per couple. Costumes are encouraged. Call 304.3438.

Jim Monaghan’s 15th Annual Parade, October 30, Begins at Molly’s at the Market, 1107 Decatur St. Costumed riders in horse-drawn carriages dispense beads and Halloween-themed trinkets, led by the Storyville Stompers Marching Band and the Kazoozie Floozies , 5:30 Sun. The parade travels up Decatur to Bienville Street, to Burgundy, Dauphine, to Conti. It will halt for about an hour in front of the Erin Rose, 811 Conti, for a costume contest, then continue to Bourbon Street, Gov. Nicholls and end in front of Molly’s. Call 296.6683 or 525.5169.

Ghostly Gallivants Tours, Saturday, October 30, Depart from and end at the 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1:30 Sat. The Friends of the Cabildo sponsor the Halloween-themed tours with “live” ghosts of historical figures telling their stories. Tickets are $15, $10 students, free for children 12 and younger. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to tour time. In conjunction with this event, author Victor C. Klein will sign “New Orleans Ghosts,” noon-2. Call 524.9118.

Abita River Chili Cook-off, October 30, 2010, Music, dancing, crafts, Halloween costume contest and a cook-off. Abita Springs Park, Abita Springs, 985.360.5087, 985.264.2177.

Children’s Halloween Party , Saturday, October 30, New Orleans Public Library, Main Branch, 219 Loyola Ave. The party features scary ghost stories, Halloween songs, crafts, games and treats, 2-4 Sat. for school-age children up to age 12. Children younger than 11 must be accompanied by a caregiver 16 years or older. Free. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Call 596.2588.

Children’s Castle, Saturday, October 30, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner.11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Wear your costumes. Candy treats for everyone. Tickets: $5. Call 468.7231.

Trickin’ & Treatin’, Saturday, October 30, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Children of all ages will be “treated” to creative face-painting, beginning at 10 a.m. Sat. and an original Halloween tale, “T Petit and the Loup Garou,” presented by Frank Levy’s “Stories in Motion.” After the performance, costumed children up to age 12, are invited to parade across the stage. Prizes will be given in several categories, including cutest, scariest and most original. Free. Call 985.892.1873.

Spooky Science Saturday, Saturday, October 30, Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St.Learn how to make your own slime, make a dancing bat and other spooky crafts,11 a.m.-3 Sat; the Museum Mash takes place, 5-7 with a dance party, trick-or-treating in the museum, and Halloween activities. $5 admission, $2 for members for this event. Wear your costume. Regular museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 Tues.-Sat; noon-4:30 Sun. $7.50, members free. Call 523.1357. Maple Street Book Shop 7523 Maple St. Call 866.4916.

6t’9 Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s Halloween Parade, Saturday, October 30, 6-9 p.m. Parade begins at the corner of Ursuline and St. Claude avenues, proceeds on St. Claude to the following streets: Annette, N. Villere, St. Anthony, Urquhart, St. Bernard Ave., N. Villere, St. Philip, Decatur, Frenchmen, Chartres, Franklin Ave. The parade disbands at Mimi’s in the 9th Ward. More

Halloween Puppet Show, Saturday, October 30, Sunday, October 31. Callioppe Puppet Center, 623 Vallette St. The players present two spooky tales from the deep swamp “The Hand of Joe Theriot,” and “The Talking Eggs,” 6:30 tonight; 2 and 6:30 Sat; 2 Sun. Tickets are $5 per person. Call 913.8486 for reservations.

Children’s Halloween Tea, Saturday, October 30, Sunday, October 31, Fairchild House Bed & Breakfast, 1518 Prytania St. Crafts, cookie decorating, ghost stories, trick-or-treating and gruesomely good treats for children ages 12 and younger, 11 a.m. and 2 Sat; 11 a.m. Sun. $28 adults, $18 children. Call 524.0154.

Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carre, Saturday, October 30, Sunday, October 31, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St. A Halloween-inspired tour of the Louisiana History Galleries, 2 today-Sat; 11 a.m., and 2 and 3 Sun. Admission $5; free to members. Intended for an adult audience.

Halloween on Frenchmen Street, Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m. Lower Decatur Street and Frenchmen Street. Frenchmen Street has become the place to see and be seen on Halloween night. Live music in the clubs and on the streets and costumed revelers everywhere.

Bounty on the Bayou, Sunday, October 31, Alcee Fortier Park at Esplanade Avenue and Grand Route St. John. A free festival of Halloween fun organized by the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association and the Pirates of Fortier Park, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Halloween Hayride & Hoopla, Saturday, October 31, Fairview-Riverside State Park Louisiana 22, one mile east of Madisonville. Hayrides with guided mystery walks through the swamps take place, 5:30-7:45 Sat. departing every 15 minutes. Other activities include a puppet show, at 6, apple dunking, a children’s costume contest (judging at 7:30) and a carved pumpkin contest. Free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4-61. Free for children younger than 3 and seniors. Concessions sold. Call 985.792.4652 or 888.677.3247.

All Saints’ Day, Monday, November 1, 2010, in Holt Cemetery and Lafayette Cemetery No.1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in St. Louis Cemetery No.1 and St. Louis Cemetery No.2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Security will be provided.

New Orleans Haunted Houses:

House of Shock, 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson. The intense haunted house opens at 8 tonight-Sun. (tickets go on sale at 7). The box office closes at 11, and the house closes once final guests make their way through it. Tickets are $25 at the box office and also can be purchased online at http://www.houseofshock.com, where a $40 VIP Fast Pass also is available.

Chamber of Horrors, 702 E. Airline Highway, LaPlace. The haunted house is open 7:30-midnight tonight-Sat. Admission is $12, free with blood donation to The Blood Center.

The Mortuary, 4800 Canal St. Scary haunted house, not suitable for young children. Hours are 7-11 tonight-Sun., Tues.-Thurs. Admission is $25, group discounts available. Call 483.2350.

Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow, 44 Vivian Court. Bernie Baxter presents a neighborhood haunt experience. The traveling sideshow is a relatively small haunted attraction, it will only take a few minutes for most to go through, that is, those who make it through at all. Most visit it while trick or treating or traveling to other festivities. All in all, set aside about 20 minutes of your night for time in line, talking to Bernie and going through. Official site

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