Below are haunted houses, Halloween parties and special trick or treating events in the New Orleans area.
ACCESS BOO FEST
Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 E. Judge Tanner Drive, Covington, (985) 867-3800; www.lakeviewregional.com — Adapting and Changing Children's Environments with Successful Solutions, the nonprofit that raises funds to help support families of children with disabilities, hosts a wheelchair-accessible trick-or-treating event and fundraiser. The event also includes pumpkin decorating, face painting, a DJ, a jambalaya cook-off, an appearance by the New Orleans Hornets Honeybees and more. Call (985) 875-0511 for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
ALTERNATIVES LIVING COSTUME BALL BENEFIT CRUISE
Creole Queen Paddlewheel Boat, Spanish Plaza, 524-0814; www.neworleanspaddlewheels.com/cruise_dinnerjazz.html — The organization that provides services to the homeless and people living with mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical and medical challenges hosts a costume party aboard the Creole Queen. The event also features live music, an open bar, food, a costume contest and a silent auction. Call 400-3580 or visit www.alternativesliving.org/costume-ball-benefit-cruise.html for details. Admission $75. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
BERNIE BAXTER'S HAUNTED HOUSE
44 Vivian Court, Algiers — The haunted house has a medical theme this year and features trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Call 273-2691 or visit www.berniebaxter.com for details. Free admission. 7 p.m. Friday-Monday.
BOAT RIDES OF TERROR
Jean Lafitte Swamp and Airboat Tours, 6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Pkwy., 587-1719; www.jeanlafitteswamptour.com — The tour through the swamps of Crown Point transforms into a haunted experience. The tour site will also have live music, food and drinks for the haunted tours, and costumes are welcome. Call 529-4567 or visit www.nop-rhs.com for details. Tickets $25 general admission, $12 children ages 6-12. Tours run continuously from 7:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
BOO AT THE VIEW. Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 482-1890 — The mall hosts a safe Halloween night with entertainment, games, and prizes, trick-or-treating and costume contests for kids and pets. Call 382-1788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
BOO AT THE ZOO
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org — The zoo's Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treating, a "ghost train," scary and non-scary haunted houses, games and entertainment. Visit http://www.auduboninstitute.org/boo-zoo for details. Admission $16. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Audubon Insectarium, 423 Canal St., 410-2847; www.auduboninstitute.org — Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes at the event featuring trick-or-treating, bug crafts and staff entomologists discussing misunderstood arthropods including roaches, spiders, and maggots. Free with Insectarium admission. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
DIRTY COAST HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
Studio 3, 3610 Toulouse St. — Dirty Coast's annual party features DJs, live music and a costume contest. Admission $10 (includes drinks). 9 p.m. Friday.
ENDLESS NIGHT VAMPIRE BALL
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com — The masquerade ball where elaborate costumes are highly encouraged features burlesque and belly dancers, DJs and live bands. Visit neworleansvampireball2011.eventbrite.com for details. Tickets start at $40. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
GHOSTLY GALAVANT FUNDRAISER & WALKING TOURS
Louisiana State Museum Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., 568-6968; www.lsm.crt.state.la.us — The Friends of the Cabildo hosts a weekend of activities that includes a fundraiser (8 p.m. to midnight Friday), which features food from local restaurants, DJs and an estate sale, and hourly French Quarter tours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday). Call 523-3939 or visit www.friendsofthecabildo.org for details. Fundraiser admission $35 in advance, $45 at the door; tour admission $12 ages 21 and older, $10 students and children. Friday-Sunday.
HALLOWEEN FUN HOUSE
AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.com — Favorite AllWays Lounge performers including Cripple Creek Theatre, Nari Tomassetti, Dennis Monn, Ratty Scurvics, Mudlark Puppets and Ooops the Clown transform the theater into a haunted maze. Admission $7 (includes a drink). 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Monday.
HOUSE OF SHOCK
House of Shock, 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson, 734-SHOCK; www.houseofshock.com — Besides a haunted house, Phil Anselmo's legendary attraction also features live music from local and national acts, a bar, food and a multimedia stage with live actors, stunts and pyrotechnics. Visit www.houseofshock.com for details. Haunted house admission is $25, $50 VIP tickets. 8 p.m. Friday-Monday.
Times Grill, 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com — The dog-friendly benefit for the St. Tammany Humane Society features live music from Supercharger and Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, a dog costume contest, adoptable dogs and more. Tickets $5 general admission, $2 children. 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Haunted Mortuary, 4800 Canal St., (877) 669-3327; www.hauntedmortuary.com — The haunted house is located in the former P.J. McMahon funeral home. Visit www.themortuary.net for details. Admission starts at $25. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday.
PARK-A-BOO. Lafreniere Park
3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie — The family-friendly event features a (semi-scary) haunted house, a maze, trick-or-treating, face painting, costume contests, live entertainment and more. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 children ages 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Visit www.park-a-boo.com for details. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
PUMPKIN PATCH BASH
Life Center Cathedral, 1 Life Center Drive, 362-7034; www.lccnola.org — The family-friendly Halloween event features "truck-or-treating," a petting zoo, face painting, magicians, food, prize giveaways and more. Guests should bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate. Free admission. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans, 612 Dumaine St., 522-2111; www.voodooshop.com — The annual festival celebrates Voodoo's contributions to New Orleans traditions with presentations, book signings, art, healing rituals and more. Visit www.voodoofest.com for details. Free admission. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.