Kid-friendly Halloween Fun in New Orleans

Ghouls just want to have fun!

We’ve gathered all the Halloween fun for you little ones in New Orleans! From parties to mazes. Want Pumpkin patches? We have those, too!

Oct. 1


Hay Maze Festival   LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. 4560 Essen lane. Find your way out of the maze and enjoy a family event including petting farm, pumpkin painting, hay mountain, hayride and giant sling shot. Admission $10. Free for children 3 and younger. (Every Sat in October from 10 am-5 pm)

Ongoing through October 31st

Lakeside Shopping Center Great Pumpkin and Goblin Express. Goblin Express Train Rides, Pumpkin Patch &  Photos with the Great Pumpkin.  Cost: Train rides are $1.50 each or 10 tickets for $10. (10 am- 8pm) For more info: (504) 835-8000

Oct. 1-31

Lafitte Fire Department House of Horror, 2385 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Lafitte. For older kids who want a bit of a scare. (our best guess- ages 8 and up) The firehouse is transformed with special lighting, noises, smoke, animatronics and more into a spectacular haunted house, with new features added each year. Admission $10. All proceeds benefit the community. Open every weekend in October.

Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

Spooky Tour for Kids, French Quartour Kids, 1100 Chartes St. (meeting location). A spooky tour through the French Quarter, just for kids (ages 5-10), with tricks, treats, spells, and superstitions. The tour is not designed to keep kids up at night but just to make them wonder, “What if…” Last 1.5 hours, $20 per person. (4:30 pm)

Oct. 8

Pumpkin Festival, First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger Dr., Slidell. In the back parking lot. Free admission. Hay dig, pony rides, rock climbing, live alligators, face painting, food and fun. Proceeds benefit the United Way and Rainbow Childcare. (11 am-4 pm)


Oct. 15


Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival, French Market, Dutch Alley. Live music, a petting zoo, miniature golf, photo booth, and take-home Halloween crafts (ideal for 2-10 yr. olds). Trick or treating in the French Market District, pie-eating and costume contest, pumpkin painting and more. Complimentary “Boo Carre” trick or treating bags while supplies last. (10 am-5 pm)

Oct. 15


Monster Mash, Bogue Falaya Park, Covington.

The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center hosts this large festival-style event with lots of unique activities and entertainment for the kids. Plus refreshments, snacks and treats for purchase. Don’t forget to wear your costumes! $15/child, $5/adult; at the gate, $20/child, $10/adult. Members prices are discounted. (10 am-3 pm)

Oct. 22


Krewe of Boo, Starts at Elysian Fields, ends at Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans’ official Halloween Parade, a spectacular krewe featuring stunningly horrifying props and sculptures, monsters and eerie creatures to scare and thrill you. (6:30 pm)

Oct. 21-23


Ghost in the Oaks, Storyland/Carousel Gardens, City Park. Children of all ages, including the young at heart adults, dress in their Halloween best for unlimited rides, airbrush face painting, live music, arts & crafts, balloon animals, a pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treating. For ticket options and costs, call 504.483.9376 or visit friendsofcitypark.com. (Fri. & Sat., 7-10 pm; Sun. 5-8 pm)

Oct. 21-22, 28-29


Boo at the Zoo, Audubon Zoo. For children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, Ghost Train (which can be scary for children and adults), a haunted house, games, entertainment and more. $17 per person; under 12 months of age free. (5-9 pm)

October 28-30

Park-A-Boo, Lafreniere Park, Metairie.  3 day Halloween Festival primarily for children under 13 years to costume and enjoy the Halloween season. Multiple attractions allow a variety of activities that are age appropriate for families to enjoy together.   Boo House, not too scary haunted house, face painting, Halloween story time, Treat Street trick or treating.  Admission:  Adults $8, Kids $6, 2 and under free.  


October 29 & October 30

Crawloween at the Insectarium, 423 Canal St, New Orleans. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, learn about the myths behind some “scary” critters, make a bug craft & enjoy treats. Staff entomologists will talk about myths & legends behind some of the most misunderstood arthropods including roaches, spiders, & maggots.Guests can trick or treat at presentation stations for spider rings and more. Children (ages 12 & under) dressed in a bug-themed costume receive $3 discount off admission. All Halloween activities are included in admission.  (10 am- 5 pm)

Oct. 29

Boo Fest 2016, Lakeview Regional Medical Center.  Trick or treat at over 70 haunted houses, plus pumpkin decorating, face painting, all-abilities games, photo booth, music and more.  $2/person. (9 am for special needs families, 10 am-3 pm for general public)

Night Maze and Bonfire, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Ln. After a day enjoying a petting zoo, hay mountain, corn maze, and more, stick around for the evening bonfire, corn dogs, s’mores and music. Admission $10. Free for children 3 and younger. 225.763.3990. (10 am-9 pm)

October 29

City of Kenner Trunk or Treat, AJ Muss Bertolino Park, 620 Esplanade Ave. Kenner.Join us for a safe family night of Halloween fun. Dress in your best costume and come trunk or treat, play games, take photos in the Halloween Photo Booth and then stay for a movie. Movie starts at 7:30pm.  5:30-9:30

And for the older kids (think tweens and up).. who want a family scare: 

Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 27-31


RISE Haunted House and Zombie Paintball, 10342 Hwy. 442, Hammond. Only for those teens and parents who are seriously committed to being scared. You can choose the terrifying haunted house, or check out the paintball hayride that will take you through a Zombie-infested backwoods to do battle. Paintball, $15, Haunted House, $20.  (7-10 pm, 7-10:30 pm, and 7-11:30 pm, depending upon day)

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