Dates: October 25-27. 5pm-9pm Friday and Saturday, 4pm-8pm Sunday.
Maybe you hate jump-scares. Maybe you’re six years old. Maybe you just really, really like animals. For whatever reason, if you’re looking for a non-scary Halloween experience, Boo at the Zoo is for you. It features trick-or-treat houses, a zombie-themed train, laser tag, a maze, a haunted house, costume contests, and live entertainment. No one’s judging you for being a scaredy cat, least of all the crying toddler in a pumpkin onesie. Additionally, ticket proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, so despite the sinister season, your scares are for a good cause here.
Price: GA tickets start at $27 and vary by day, with additional fast pass and skip-the-line options
Dates: Thursday-Sunday 7pm-12am, with more dates and extended hours through October
Opened last year on the site of the former (and legendary) House of Shock, Nightmare is one of New Orleans’ newest haunted houses, and it's already proving itself. Attractions include mini escape rooms, a sensory overload maze, a bar, and themed sections with names like “Darkest Dreams,” “Rise of the Dead,” and one simply titled, “Clown,” which honestly seems the scariest. If you've been through the House of Shock in the past, expect to recognize some of the familiar props and costumes from that house too, along with the long lines.