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Halloween events in New Orleans

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TUESDAY

Beatnik Burlesk. Bud Rip's Old 9th Ward Bar, 900 Piety St., (504) 945-5762 — The post-punk, neo-burlesque performance has a Halloween theme. Cherry Bombshell, Darling Darla James and Laveau Contraire peform. Free admission. 10:30 p.m.

La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., (504) 523-4662; www.hnoc.org — The one-hour tour discusses gruesome historical records in New Orleans. Admission $5. 11 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

 

WEDNESDAY

Candlelight Tour. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, 514 Chartres St., (504) 565-8027; www.pharmacymuseum.org — The small museum, which features drugs, medical equipment and surgical instruments from early American pharmacies and doctor's offices, offers a candle-lit tour for Halloween. The tour focuses on gorier ideas and practices of 19th-century medicine, such as black vomit and bloodletting. There also are discussions of New Orleans lifestyles and superstitions during that period. Specialty cocktails are served at the event and Blato Zlato performs. Tickets $10. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

DRAGged from the Grave. The AllWays Lounge & Theater, 2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.net — The drag show has an "unapologetically Halloween" theme. Gayle King Kong, LibeRaunchy, Annie Bacterial and others perform. Tickets $5. 9 p.m.

New Orleans Musicians and the Cemeteries in Which They Rest. Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., Algiers, (504) 322-7479; www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org — Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation discusses the final resting places of New Orleans musicians. 6:30 p.m.

 

THURSDAY

All Saints Soiree. St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave. — The Save Our Cemeteries gala takes place on the cemetery grounds and features tours and auctions. Courtyard Kings performs. Visit www.saveourcemeteries.org for details. Tickets start at $150. 6:30 p.m.

Unreliable. The New Movement, 2706 St. Claude Ave., (504) 302-8264; www.newmovementtheater.com — The storytelling show's theme is "Spirit." 9:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

Bernie Baxter's Haunted House. Private residence, 44 Vivian Court, Algiers — The annual haunted house tells the tale of "Frederick's Flicks," about a mad filmmaker. Free admission. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday.

Boo at the Zoo. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629 — The Halloween event for children ages 12 and younger features trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a "ghost train," games and entertainment. Tickets $17, babies (under age 1) free. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Brews and Boos. Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 259-1509; www.neworleanscitypark.com — The adults-only party at the amusement park features rides, Halloween activities and free beer. Tickets $30-$50. 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Creatures of the Night Bat Program. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 589-3882; www.nps.gov/jela — Craig Hood leads the bat-spotting outing with special bat-sighting equipment, and children make a bat craft. Call (504) 689-3960 ext. 10 to register (required). Free admission. 6 p.m.

Endless Night Vampire Ball. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/restaurant — The annual vampire festival features several events leading up to the ball, and there are rituals, music and dance performances. Visit www.endlessnight.com for details. Tickets start at $80. Friday-Sunday. There's also closing party with DJ performances at Bar Mon Cher (817 St. Louis St.) at 7 p.m. Monday.

Gypsy Carnival. House of Blues (Foundation Room), 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.hob.com — There are belly dancers, tarot card readers and gypsy jazz music at the party. Bon Bon Vivant performs. Tickets $10. 10 p.m.

Owl Prowl. Woodlands Conservancy, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 433-4000; www.woodlandsconservancy.org — The nighttime nature walk has a Halloween theme, and participants will look for owls. Bring a flashlight. 6 p.m.

Tit. Valiant Theatre & Lounge, 6621 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, (504) 298-8676; www.valianttheatre.com — The burlesque parody of Stephen King's It features the Losers Club battling Pantywise the clown. Tickets $15. 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Trunk or Treat. Johnny Jacobs Playground, 5851 Fifth Ave., Marrero — There's a movie screening at this Halloween and trick-or-treating event. Concessions are sold. 5 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

6t'9 Pumpkin Parade. Treme, Henriette Delille Street — The 6t'9 Social Aid & Pleasure Club's annual Halloween parade marches from the 6th Ward to the 9th Ward. 6 p.m.

Bloodbath. The New Movement, 2706 St. Claude Ave., (504) 302-8264; www.newmovementtheater.com — The improv show has a Halloween and murder theme. Tickets $7. 9 p.m.

Boo Dat: A Spooktacular Saturday. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place; www.riverwalkneworleans.com — The family-friendly Halloween event offers trick-or-treating inside the mall. There's also cookie decorating and face painting. Noon.

Boo Fest. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 E. Judge Tanner Drive, Covington, (985) 867-3800; www.lakeviewregional.com — The Halloween party is for children of all abilities and features trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, face painting, a photo booth and more. Costumes encouraged. Admission $2. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family Fall Picnic. Fleur De Lis Park — Lakeview Civic Improvement Association hosts the picnic. There are inflatables and DJ performances, and hot dogs and chili are served. 11 a.m.

Ghostly Gallivant Living History Tours. 1850 House, 523 St. Ann St., (504) 568-6968; www.crt.state.la.us — Friends of the Cabildo's Halloween tours focus on New Orleans' haunted history. Admission $25, students, seniors and military $15. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The Great Gatsby Halloween Costume Party. Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-2951; www.eiffelsociety.com — Participants wear 1920s costumes to the Halloween party. Tickets $20. 9 p.m.

Halloween Costume Boo-tique. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 948-9961; www.neworleanshealingcenter.org — Designers, hatters and mask-makers sell Halloween costumes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shivers at the Shops. The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., (504) 522-9200; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com — The family-friendly Halloween event offers trick-or-treating, a costume contest, face painting, balloon animals and a virtual reality experience. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

SUNDAY

Hallow-weird Cabaret. Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com — Tsarina Hellfire produces the burlesque and variety show with a Halloween theme. Tickets $10. 9 p.m.

Harvest Festival. Crescent Park, 1008 N. Peters St., (504) 522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org/crescentpark — The inaugural fest has live music, an art market and kids' activities. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Noon to 6 p.m.

Le Masque Noir Masquerade Party. Bar Mon Cher, 817 St. Louis St., (504) 644-4278; www.barmoncher.com — The masquerade party features DJs, a costume contest and a silent auction. Free admission. 9 p.m.

New Canal Haunted Lighthouse. New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 282-2134; www.saveourlake.org — There's a spiderweb maze, games, storytelling, magic and more at the annual Halloween party for kids ages 12 and under. Admission $5. 4 p.m.

 

MONDAY

Halloween Fun. St. Tammany Parish Library — All 12 branches of the library offer Halloween activities, including jack o' lantern crafting, bat lectures, spooky stories, trick-or-treating and more. Visit www.sttammany.lib.la.us for details.

 

HALLOWEEN

Dante's Disco Inferno Fantastique. Music Box Village, 4557 N. Rampart St. — The Halloween party features kids' trick-or-treating at 6 p.m. and an adult party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There's a "demonic disco" theme, and costumes are required. Cauche Mar and DJ Rotten "Spooky" Milk perform. Tickets $18-$24, kids $8.

Gretna Goblin Night. Gretna Riverfront Amphitheater, Huey P. Long Ave. at First Street, Gretna — There's music, activities, food and candy at the Halloween event for children ages 10 and under. 6:30 p.m.

This Is Halloween. Bar Mon Cher, 817 St. Louis St., (504) 644-4278; www.barmoncher.com — The Halloween party features a costume contest, and DJs Mange and Emily Anne perform. Free admission. 10 p.m.

Thriller Flash Mob. New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., (504) 658-4000; www.nola.gov — Dancers present the choreographed routine from Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Noon.

Voodoofest. Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans, 612 Dumaine St., (504) 522-2111; www.voodooshop.com — Practitioners and priests discuss Voodoo, and there's a closing ritual. Free admission. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

ONGOING

House of Shock. House of Shock, 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson; www.houseofshock.com — The annual Halloween event features three haunted houses, music and entertainment. Admission $30, VIP $55. 7 p.m. Thursday-Monday.

Mortuary Haunted Mansion. The Mortuary, 4800 Canal St., (504) 483-2350; www.hauntedmortuary.com — The annual haunted house's theme is "Phobia." Tickets $30. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Tuesday.

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