Around Town, Family Life, Holidays, Things To Do

Fun in the Fall

Voodoo. Swamps. Cemeteries. These are just a few things that may come to mind when you think about spooky season in New Orleans, but there is so much more to explore throughout the city during the fall season. Gather your family for a month-long adventure of fall festivals, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, and other eerie events.

Eerie Education
Activate STEAM: Spooky Fun
1611 Fats Domino Ave.,
New Orleans
(504) 596-2695
2020 Jackson Ave., Ste. 139,
New Orleans
(504) 596-3110
Children have the opportunity to experiment, craft, and create a spooky, Halloween-themed project at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Tuesday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. and at the Central City Library on Wednesday, October 4, at 4:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Camp
1719 Toledano St., New Orleans
(504) 390-8399
This continuing collaboration symbolizes how Upturn Arts seeks ways for young artists to find joy in being together and creative. Children ages 4 to 12 will love exploring new or familiar cultural traditions on Monday, October 6.

Halloween Haunts
Field of Screams Halloween Trail
4001 De Porres Rd., Covington
(985) 892-1873
Children and adults of all ages can enjoy thrills and chills as they explore eerily-staged Blue Swamp Creek trails on Saturday, October 12, sunset to 10 p.m.

New Orleans Zombie Run
701 Tchoupitoulas St.,
New Orleans
(504) 669-7655
Escape the zombie apocalypse and the Big Easy Roller Derby during this two-mile race through the Warehouse District.

The 13th Gate
832 St. Philip St., Baton Rouge
(225) 389-1313
From exploring an old, abandoned asylum, to being lost in a dark, zombie-infested cemetery, anything can happen as you journey through the 13th Gate’s 13 nightmarish realms.

The Mortuary
4800 Canal St., New Orleans
(504) 483-2350
Let the thrills begin! Mortals of New Orleans are formally invited to the Blood Wedding of the season at one of the most haunted places in America. Not recommended for children under the age of 11.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall Festivals
23rd Annual Pumpkin Patch at First Presbyterian
5401 South Claiborne Ave.,
New Orleans
(504) 866-7409
Starting Sunday, October 1, you can pick out pumpkins suitable for carving and cooking, or take from the collection of ornamental gourds and decorative corn.

Abita Fall Fest
22044 Main St., Abita Springs
(985) 773-8539
Celebrate the art, music, and culture of Abita Springs at this nonprofit event featuring food and drinks, a Kids’ Zone, the Harvest Market arts and crafts area, and live music from Grammy-
winning artists.

BARKtober Fest
63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville
(985) 626-7997
Celebrate Howl-o-ween with your furry friends and family members at the Barktoberfest on Saturday, October 28 from 2-4 p.m. at Pelican Bark Park. Includes pet adoptions, vendors, costume contests, a photo booth, paw print painting, and tricks for treats.

Barn Hill Preserve
11342 LA-955, Ethel
(225) 286-3003
Dinosaurs and wizards and princesses, oh my! Visit Barn Hill Preserve every weekend this October for a different themed pumpkin patch every week. You can also check out their petting zoo, corn maze, and face
painting station.

CM Farms
252 CM Farms Rd., Dry Creek
(337) 328-8916
You may need more than just one day to explore everything CM Farms has to offer, including its 50+ attractions like pony rides, pumpkin patches, and a 12-acre corn maze.

Fall and Christmas Market
4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner
(985) 966-7863
Experience one of the best arts and crafts shows in Louisiana. Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping while also enjoying all things fall at the Pontchartrain Convention Center, October 14-15.

Fall Garden Festival
5 Victory Ave., New Orleans
(504) 483-9402
Join the City Park Conservancy for plant and garden product exhibits and sales, educational programs, music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and more.

Longue Vue Fall Fest
7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans
(504) 488-5488
Spend a beautiful, fall afternoon making harvest crafts, playing lawn games, and trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 28 from
2-5 p.m.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze
4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge
(225) 763-3990
Join the LSU AgCenter every Friday and Saturday from October 7-28 for a fun-filled day, including pumpkins, sunflowers, hayrides, and, of course, the corn maze.

MCA Holiday Marketplace
7020 Louisville St., New Orleans
(504) 288-7626
Shop local art, crafts, handmade items, and more at the MCA Holiday Marketplace in Mount Carmel Academy’s Mother Thérèse Chevrel Assembly Center at 9 a.m. on October 21.

Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch
11215 Lee’s Ln., Hammond
(225) 567-3493
Mrs. Heather officially invites you to join her at this year’s pumpkin patch through November 5, where you can pick and carve your pumpkin, play with farm animals, or meet your favorite cartoon character.

NOLA Craft Culture’s 3rd Annual Glitter Pumpkin Patch
127 S. Solomon St., New Orleans
(504) 454-8837
This patch plays homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show this year and features handmade glitter pumpkins, local crafters, food vendors and fun!

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
1031 S. Carrollton Ave.,
New Orleans
(504) 866-0123
Through Monday, October 30, you can visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to collect pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, play family games, and win door prizes.

Sugar Roots Farm Pumpkin Patch Festival
10701 Willow Dr., New Orleans
(504) 239-8695
Visit Sugar Roots Farm this fall for vendors, musicians, games, pumpkin patches, face painting, pony rides, hayrides and more. The farm is also selling
pumpkins during its everyday operational hours.

Singing or Screaming?
Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Roussel Hall, 6301 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans
(504) 523-6530
With musical tributes to Batman, Harry Potter, and Michael Jackson, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents familiar tunes for people of all ages, perfect to get anyone in the Halloween mood.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1419 Basin St., New Orleans
(504) 525-1052
Let’s do the time warp again! Visit the Mahalia Jackson Theater for an interactive screening of the original movie-musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a live shadow-cast.

Young Frankenstein
1118 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie
(504) 885-2000
It’s alive! Families will enjoy this zany musical that brings to life the story of mad scientist Frederick Frankenstein, who repeats his grandfather’s monstrous mistakes with monster-sized silliness.

Spooky Celebrations
Boo at the Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans
(504) 861-2537
Calling all little ghosts and goblins! Wear your best costume to trick-or-treat with your favorite animals, get lost in the Halloween maze, explore a haunted house and more at the Audubon Zoo.

Boo Carré Halloween Haunt
916 N. Peters St., New Orleans
(504) 636-6400
The French Market presents Halloween fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, kid’s activities, trick-or-treating in the French Market District, and its Spooky Second Line!

Brews and Boos
1 Palm Dr., New Orleans
(504) 482-4888
Brews and Boos features adult-only access to the amusement park at City Park and a ghastly amount of “boos” for guys and ghouls
ages 21+.

Ghosts in the Oaks
7 Victory Ave., New Orleans
(504) 482-4888
Visit the City Park Carousel Gardens Amusement Park to explore the pumpkin patch, go trick-or-treating, or enjoy a hot dog around the campfire during this spooky outdoor celebration.

Krewe of BOO! Halloween Parade
Rolls from Elysian Fields Avenue & Chartres Street
(504) 233-2831
Let the good times roll during the official Halloween parade of New Orleans! Come prepared to catch plenty of toys, candy, beads and other Halloween-themed throws.

Monsters on Main
409 B West 3rd St., Thibodaux
(985) 413-9886
Bring your mini monsters to Downtown Thibodaux on Friday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m., for a fun (and free) evening of
trick-or-treating with participating businesses.

1700 Moss St., New Orleans
(504) 522-8014
Celebrate German heritage at the Deutsches Haus with traditional music, German folk dancing, cold beer, wine, and liquors, and delectable German cuisine.

Rougarou Fest
7910 Park Ave., Houma
(985) 580-7289
The Rougarou Fest showcases live music, cultural activities, children’s activities, Cajun food, the Krewe Ga Rou parade, and so much more as it celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana.

St. Tammany Monster Mash
213 Park Dr., Covington
(985) 898-4435
Visit the Northshore for the 35th anniversary Monster Mash to experience trick-or-treating, music, cookie decorating, crafts, carnival rides and more.

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