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Move over Mardi Gras – it’s time for some New Orleans Halloween fun! We’ve gathered a list of all of the free, family-friendly Halloween events happening around the city.


Friday, October 26

Teen Halloween Party – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library. Come in costume for an after-hours Halloween party and join in the ghoulish silent disco.


Saturday, October 27

Bat Festival – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. What’s more Halloween than bats? Bring the family and create some bat-themed crafts, learn about gardening for bats, get your face painted, and pick up some free Bat Week recipes.

Fall Family Picnic – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fleur De Lis Park. Bring a picnic or enjoy the provided hot dogs and chili, and enjoy the inflatables and DJ. Don’t forget to come in costume for the contest! Sponsored by the LCIA Events Committee.

SHIVERS at Canal Place – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Shops at Canal Place. Bring the kids for trick-or-treating, Halloween crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures, and a fun costume contest!

Boo Dat! A Spooktacular Saturday – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverwalk Outlet Collection. Come in costume to pick up your complimentary trick-or-treat bag, and fill up by trick-or-treating at the select stores. Also, enjoy face painting in the kid play area and a special spooky coloring station.


Sunday, October 28

Not-So-Spooky Halloween – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Main Library. Kids 10 and under, put on your costume and head to the library for a special story time, trick-or-treat in the library, spooky bubbles, and a slime lab.

Family Costume Party – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the East New Orleans Regional Library. Come in costume and have fun making and capturing monsters, take part in the scary laugh contest, play games, and have a snack.


Tuesday, October 30

Teen Tuesday Spooky Silent Disco – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. Teens ages 14-17 should come in costume and enjoy dancing with their friends to music no one else can hear.

Mall-O-Ween Spooktacular – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Esplanade. Participate in the costume contest and dance-off, go trick-or-treating from store to store, play fun games, get your face painted, and more.


Wednesday, October 31

Boo at the View – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clearview Center Court. Trick or treat at the shops, have fun at the dance party, play some fun games, and watch the acrobats. Children three and under can enjoy the Sensory Play Pumpkin Patch, and candy alternatives will be available in Center Court while supplies last.

Mall-O-Ween – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakeside Shopping Center. Come in costume to enjoy trick or treating, take a ride on Frankie’s Flying Monster Train, check out the spooky decorated pumpkins (and vote for your favorite), and have your picture taken.

Trick-or-Treat – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mid-City Library. Children ages 0-12 can drop by in costume for a treat bag and have fun creating some creepy crafts.

Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Library. Come and show off your costume while you enjoy the fun activities.

Halloween Story Time – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Nix Library. Trick-or-treat at the library and enjoy the extra spooky story time. Afterward, stay awhile and make a fun Halloween craft!

Escape Central City Library – 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Central City Library. Teens will have one hour to solve puzzles and find their way out of the area with no obvious exit. Refreshments will be provided by Slice Pizzeria and Raising Cane’s.

Halloween Under the Oaks – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2707 Coliseum. The Garden District Association invites you to trick or treat at designated houses throughout the Garden District! Dress up, fill your treat bags, and enjoy the fun!

Escape Your Haunted Library – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Main Library. Bring your teens ages 11-17 and challenge them to find their way out! Players need to solve a series of puzzles to find the hidden exit.


Looking for more grown-up spooky and fun things to do this weekend? Be sure to check out our Progressive Weekend events!

List compiled by Jenn Bentley.

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