A Haunting Halloween in New Orleans: 2020

A woman dressed in a Halloween costume, Andrew Jackson Hotel

The Mortuary -- How about going to a haunted house, in a real haunted house? That’s right, The Mortuary is reputed to be inhabited by real ghosts, located in a former funeral home (well, why not, right?) with an annual haunted attraction that changes its chilling theme each year. In 2020, daring visitors can try their hand at fighting off forces of zombies throughout the mansion.  You must make reservations and wear a mask at all times.

Haunted History Tour -- What better time to hear tales of NOLA’s dark past and haunted legends than during the Halloween season? Although these tours are available all year round, they’re extra spooky and fun at Halloween. You can choose from several guided tours, including the French Quarter Ghosts and Legends Tour, the Cemetery Tour, the 5-in-1 New Orleans Ghost and mystery Tour, and many more!

The New Orleans Nightmare -- This frightful experience is up and running and ready to scare you out of your wits with classic movie monsters of the past and chilling reflections. You must purchase tickets in time blocks with a reservation, and make sure to wear your mask.  Bar13 will be available before and after your visit to the haunted house if you want to get a cocktail, but be mindful of any current COVID guidelines that might be in place when you go. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more family-friendly, and a little less terrifying, check out these fun Halloween treats:

Candy Cruise at City Park -- On October 27th,  from 5-8 p.m, Fox8 is partnering with City Park for their first Candy Cruise! You can drive through a special route starting at Marconi Drive and moving along Roosevelt Mall Street. You’ll pass several stations along the way where you can gather up some fun candy and treats. 

NOLAween at Mardi Gras World -- Mardi Gras World isn’t just for Mardi Gras! There’s a new exhibit ready to go, with a collection of fun Halloween props to interact with and enjoy. Kids can also participate in a scavenger hunt and get a fun treat! This Halloween display is included with your regular tour admission to Mardi Gras World. Face masks are required and costumes are encouraged. 

Of course, if you want a more laid back Halloween experience, you can always spend some time driving around the city and looking at the many houses and mansions decorated to the nines, Halloween style. Or, you could opt to stay in a haunted hotel. Book your stay at the Andrew Jackson Hotel, and you might not have to go any further than your hotel room to catch sight of a ghost or two! The Andrew Jackson is one of the most haunted hotels in the city, with multiple ghostly residents ready to welcome you home.