New Orleans for A Child’s Best Halloween

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Trick or Treat New Orleans style

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Halloween in New Orleans is not just a day; it’s a season. After all, any excuse to celebrate should be thoroughly savored.

First, costumes! New Orleanians have a lot of dress up practice, with Mardi Gras and festivals and sometimes just any old Thursday. You’ll want to represent. Get kitted up at Uptown Costumes or check out the selection at Funky Monkey.

Now check out the many activities leading up to Halloween night. For two weekends beforehand, Audubon Zoo sponsors Boo at the Zoo.  Kids up to age 12 can go trick or treating, ride the ghost train, and brave the haunted house (which has spooky and silly options.)

If a trip to the zoo “bugs” you, step over to Crawloween at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. There you can sample chocolate chirp cricket cookies, watch the exhibits chow down on pumpkins, and guess How Many Maggots in the Jar.

Bigger kids may prefer City Park’s Ghosts in the Oaks, taking place at the Carousel Gardens. There’s trick or treating (of course), a pumpkin patch, live entertainment and over 27 rides to keep the whole family busy for hours.

On Halloween night check out some of the decorations around the city. Two of the best ornamented streets are St. Charles Ave. and State St. Dr. Don’t miss the Skeleton House or Ghost Manor, two annual favorites. From there you can go trick or treating (because, more candy!) Remember a turned off porch light means “No candy here.”

If you still have energy the next day take time to experience an old New Orleans tradition. Our city was established by the French and the Spanish, both of which are primarily Catholic. November 1st in the Catholic calendar is All Saints’ Day, when families remember dead loved ones by visiting and tending their graves. New Orleans, of course, adds an element of fun to everything. Be prepared for picnics and even barbecues with perhaps a beer set aside for the dear departed. Two Chicks Walking Tours and Gray Line Tours offer packages to guide you through the New Orleans Cities of the Dead for this annual event. This is a perfect, relaxed and solemn way to finish off your Halloween season, New Orleans style.

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