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New Orleans Halloween events 

Get your tricks, get your treats at these kid- and adult-friendly events around town

click to enlarge Costumed revelers prepare for Jim Monaghan's Halloween Parade.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Costumed revelers prepare for Jim Monaghan's Halloween Parade.

Bernie Baxter's Haunted House. Bernie Baxter's Haunted House, 44 Vivian Court; — Villains of Halloweens past reunite at this year's edition of the neighborhood haunted house. There's trick-or-treating and kids' activities on Halloween night. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Crawloween. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., (504) 410-2847; — Kids can wear costumes, learn about insects and arthropods, enjoy Halloween cookies and play "Guess How Many Maggots Are in the Jar." Free with regular insectarium admission; kids in bug costumes receive a $3 discount. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Day of the Dead/Fet Gede Celebration and Ceremony. Ashade Meadows Peristyle, 3319 Rosalie Alley — Sallie Ann Glassman hosts a potluck supper and ceremonial procession. Call (504) 948-9961 for details and RSVP. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta. Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., 504-292-3705; — The fiesta features Hugo Montero's traditional Day of the Dead altar, music by Fredy Omar con su Banda and dancing. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Endless Night: New Orleans Vampire Ball. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; — The annual Halloween event features a banquet, a ball masque and music by Rasputina. The theme is "Penny Dreadfuls." Tickets start at $75. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Gretna Goblin Night. Gretna Riverfront Amphitheater, Huey P. Long Ave. at First Street, Gretna — Kids can collect treats, make crafts and bounce on inflatables at this Halloween celebration for children age 10 and under. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween Bash. IDIYA, 2705 S. Broad St., 504-252-9327; — The family-friendly party features demonstrations of 3-D printers and scanners, food, drinks, a magic performance, a costume contest and music by Klyde Casey. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Hallowe'en in the Park. Bogue Chitto Park, 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, (888) 677-7312 — Kids can trick-or-treat at the campground and take hay rides around the park. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Jim Monaghan's 20th Annual Halloween Parade. Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; — The annual parade circles the French Quarter, featuring costumed riders in horse-drawn carriages and Halloween-themed throws. 6 p.m. Saturday.

A Night for the Dogs. Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., (504) 835-2903; — The Halloween-themed benefit for NOLA Lab Rescue features a buffet, open bar, costume contest, silent auction, raffles and dancing. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

Not So Haunted Library. St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 893-6280; — Halloween stories come to life on a not-too-scary walking tour at the library. There's also a scary display in the adult and teen area. Costumes are encouraged and cider and doughnuts are served. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Pan American Connections: Spiritual Journeys. Old Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres St., (504) 529-3040; — Writer Lori Marie Carlson, scholar Horensia Calvo and photographer Josephine Sacabo discuss 17th century poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz at the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's All Saints' Day reception. Free; donations accepted for the Bishop Perry Center. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Pumpkin Patch Bash. Behrman Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.; — The Life Center Cathedral's Halloween party features "trunk-or-treating," food, music, games, crafts, face painting, inflatables and family photo opportunities. Free admission with the donation of a canned good to Second Harvest Food Bank. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Scarium at the Aquarium. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 581-4629; — The aquarium celebrates with underwater pumpkin carving, special educational programming, a marine animal costume contest for humans and Halloween-themed games for animals. There's trick-or-treating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors in costume receive $3 off admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Smashed Pumpkin. Bayou St. John, at Orleans Avenue and N. Jefferson Davis Parkway — Mid-City Volleyball hosts a Halloween tournament and costume contest for all skill levels. Drinks are served. Entry costs $5. Noon Saturday.

Trickin' and Treatin'. Covington Trailhead, 419 N. Hampshire St., Covington — The Halloween morning party features pumpkin decorating, games, face painting and the Audubon Nature Institute's Wetland Express mobile educational program. Costumes are encouraged. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Trunk or Treat at the Trailhead. Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3147; — There's trunk-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., a costume contest at 6 p.m. and live music by The Phunky Monkeys from at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

UndeadCon. Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center, 1001 S. Peters St., (504) 525-0044; — The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club hosts a conference for fans of supernatural fiction with author panels, a Q&A reception with Anne Rice, a Vampire Ball and a "Bizarre Bazaar" of vendors. Tickets vary. Thursday-Sunday.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888; — The three-day festival draws costumed revelers looking for a musical performances on several stages. Headliners include Ozzy Osbourne, Florence and the Machine, Modest Mouse and others. There also are food booths, an arts market and more. Three-day general admission $150, VIP $350, free for children 10 and under. Friday-Sunday. See cover story for more.

Voodoofest. Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans, 612 Dumaine St., (504) 522-2111; — The free festival features opening and closing rituals, live music, storytelling, book signings and lectures about the origins and practice of Voodoo. Donations accepted. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.


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