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Preview: Halloween in New Orleans 

From parties to haunted houses, activities for kids and adults during the spookiest week of the year

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House of Shock.
The end is near. Dark lord and overseer Ross Karpelman (pictured) announced 2014 is the final chapter for the heavy metal-inspired house of horrors. The labyrinth full of gory and occult sights and satanic minions opens at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and its final weekend run is from Wednesday Oct. 29 to Saturday, Nov. 1. There also are heavy metal concerts outside the maze. Visit for details.

Canine Connection, 4920 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 218-4098; — Dogs and kids enjoy trick-or-treating, a costume contest, games, snacks and live music at this event benefitting the Louisiana SPCA. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Boo at the Zoo
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629; — The Halloween celebration for children 12 and younger features a haunted house, entertainment, train rides, games and prizes. Admission $17, free for children under 1. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Boo Fest
Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 E. Judge Tanner Drive, Covington, (985) 867-3800; — This Halloween event prioritizes children with disabilities and includes crafts, games, a costume contest and wheelchair-accessible trick-or-treating on the hospital grounds. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Don't Cross the Streams: A Ghostbusters Quiz
Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114 — Geeks Who Drink celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic film with a Halloween trivia event in 25 cities. Admission fee $5. 7 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Ghosts in the Oaks
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896; — The two-night Halloween event features amusement park rides, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, crafts, music and children's activities. General admission $15. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Ghostly Gallivant Weekend
Louisiana State Museum Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., (504) 568-6968; — Guests encounter the ghosts of historic New Orleans figures on tours organized by the Friends of the Cabildo. Tours start at 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Good Night, Sleep Tight Halloween Story Hour
Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., (504) 899-7323; — Kids wear costumes and pajamas as Jeffrey Sigler reads spooky bedtime stories. 5 p.m. Friday, October 24.

Halloween Costume Boo-tique
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 948-9961; — Local designers, hatters, costumers and mask-makers show off their creations at the annual sale of wearable Halloween art. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 26.

Danneel Playground, 5501 St. Charles Ave. — Audubon Charter School hosts a fall party with live music, games, inflatables, food and a costume contest for kids. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Haunted Swamp Trail
Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, (504) 736-7140; — Participants go on a hayride, travel a haunted trail through the swamp and trick-or-treat in the campground. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

House of Shock
319 Butterworth St.; — The heavy metal house of horrors opens at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Metal band 90 to Nothing performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Chicago doom metal band Trouble performs at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mermaids & Mayhem
Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; — The Sirens of New Orleans Mardi Gras dance crew host a Halloween party featuring DJ Quickie Mart and benefitting APEX Youth Center. 8 p.m. Friday, October 24.

Mortuary Haunted House Blood Drive
Mortuary Haunted House, 4800 Canal St., (877) 669-3327; — The Mortuary partners with the Blood Center to collect blood donations. Donors receive a free VIP pass to the haunted house. Visit for more information. Starts Friday.

Museum Mash
Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; — Kids dress in costumes, play spooky games, and dance the "Monster Mash" at the Children's Museum's indoor Halloween party. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Operation Pumpkin
Shops at Canal Place, (504) 522-9200; — Surgeons carve and sell Jack-o-lanterns to benefit Children's Hospital. There's trick-or-treating in the shops and mask making and pumpkin decorating with RHINO., 10 a.m to 1 p.m, Saturday, October 25.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular
East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; — Kids enjoy crafts, games, candy, and costume and dance contests at this Halloween party. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Trickin' & Treatin'
Covington Trailhead, 419 N. Hampshire St., Covington — Kids wear costumes and enjoy storytelling, crafts and trick-or-treating at this daytime Halloween party. Please bring a nonperishable food donation. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25.

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