Celebrating Halloween in New Orleans 2016

Did you know that we celebrate Halloween in New Orleans on for over a week? Halloween in New Orleans can easily be listed as one of the most popular holidays and events in the Big Easy. This comes behind Mardi Gras, of course, and Jazz Fest, but you’ll find Halloween right up there as well. Not only does Halloween bring tourists to the city to not only celebrate the holiday in costume, but the second largest New Orleans music festival, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (otherwise known as Voodoo Fest), also happens the weekend closest to Halloween every year. Residents and tourists alike will ascend upon City Park in Mid-City to celebrate some of the largest global musicians and artists.

Halloween Activities in New Orleans

Why is Halloween so popular in New Orleans? Well, not only are the houses in the French Quarter haunted, but it’s also a hub for all things voodoo and witchcraft. New Orleanians also love to dress in costumes (for almost every occasion) and love to party, so naturally Halloween is going to be a popular holiday. With that said, there are a ton of events to look out for; some of which have already started!

Krewe of Boo Parade

New Orleans’ Official Halloween Parade will be held this Saturday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. through the Marigny, French Quarter and Central Business District. In true New Orleans fashion, this parade will include some great floats, funky bands and costumes, costumes, costumes! An excellent choice to bring the kids!

Boo at the Zoo

Another family event, held at the Audubon Zoo, from October 21 – 29 from 5-9 p.m. Bring the kids to go trick-or-treating at the zoo including a haunted house, games, entertainment and more!

Gay Halloween New Orleans (HNO)

The annual Gay Halloween experience held over the course of the October 27-30th weekend includes a costume contest, second-line and brunch and is a big fundraiser for Project Lazarus, a New Orleans home for men and women with AIDS.

Halloween Night on Frenchmen Street

In true New Orleans fashion, Halloween is a big night of costume-filled partying and there’s no better place to be than right on Frenchmen Street in the Marigny neighborhood. It’s literally a party on the street and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Just remember if you’re going to BYOB, make sure not to bring any glass bottles to the streets!

Voodoo Fest in New Orleans 2016

Halloween weekend, this year October 28-30, always marks the annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park New Orleans and the crowds come out in droves. Some of the best musical acts in the world combine with stellar art and delicious food to make up one of the largest and most popular festivals in New Orleans. Tickets for Voodoo Fest are available as a 3-day pass or single day general admission passes and can be purchased by clicking here.

Who Will Be Performing at Voodoo?

This year, the headlining musical acts at Voodoo Fest include Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Cage the Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Kevin Gates, Porter Robinson, Die Antwoord, Rebelution, Band of Horses, Gramatik and many more. Local act Preservation Hall Band will also be performing on Sunday, October 30th. The full musical lineup is available here.

The Experience at Voodoo Fest

In addition to the music, concert-goers will experience an electric atmosphere decked out with interactive art installations, sponsor areas with unique experiences and giveaways, carnival games, a Craft Beer Garden and of course local New Orleans food vendors. The Forked Up Food Court will include some of the most popular food vendors in the city such as Dat Dog, Blue Oak BBQ, Bud’s Broiler, Boucherie, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, The Big Cheezy, Ernst Cafe and more. For a list of sponsor areas offering unique activities and giveaways, click here. Additionally, make sure to spend some time visiting the Art Market. You will surely find something that fits your taste.

Your Safety at Voodoo Fest

For your safety, you should always listen to law enforcement and security at the festival. The following items are prohibited from being brought into the gates of Voodoo:

  • Weapons, fireworks and explosives of any kind
  • Illegal and illicit substances, drugs or paraphernalia
  • Outside food or drink, including alcohol and coolers, except for 1 factory-sealed bottle of water
  • Professional photography, audio, video recording equipment
  • Drones of any other flying devices
  • Chains and / or spike jewelry
  • Umbrellas (!), selfie sticks, framed backpacks or totems Pets (except service animals)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any other motorized vehicles

If you plan to drink alcohol before, during or after Voodoo Fest, you should not drive. You should not get in the car with anyone who has drank alcohol. There are other options on how to get to Voodoo Fest. You can take the Voodoo Fest Shuttle from the Hyatt Downtown straight to the festival grounds each day. Buy your tickets for the shuttle here. You can take the Canal Streetcar from anywhere on Canal Street straight to the New Orleans Museum of Art (Museum), which is adjacent to the festival. You can also take the RTA Bus System from your location. You can view the maps and schedules here.

What to Do if You’re Arrested in New Orleans on Halloween

If you find yourself or one of your friends partying too much during the Halloween weekend and you’re arrested for a crime such as public intoxication, lewd behavior, disturbing the peace, a DWI, underage drinking, criminal damage to property or a number of other crimes, then you should call a criminal defense lawyer in New Orleans immediately. An experienced and trustworthy attorney such as Crescent City Law Firm is available to take your call nights, weekends and can meet you off-site. Crescent City Law wants to make sure that your life is not interrupted and your rights aren’t violated. Crescent City Law offers free initial consultations and is just a phone call away at (504) 264-9492 or you can e-mail us here. Happy Halloween!

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