No city celebrates Halloween better than New Orleans, and that’s thanks in (small) part to the city’s restaurants, bars, and hotels. This year, pop-ups, special brunches and dinners, and costume parties abound to complement the revelry, which in this town can be as simple as the excellent people-watching opportunities. Below, check out a roundup of spots celebrating all things Halloween for 2023 — with good food and drinks in mind. If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit with a haunted bar crawl, check out Eater’s guide to New Orleans’s haunted bars and restaurants.
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2601 Royal Street
For the month of October, beloved Marigny dive bar Anna’s is teaming up with The Black Lagoon to create a full-on Halloween-themed pop-up, New Orleans style. Expect cocktails, mocktails, and a totally immersive tropigoth experience, along with special events scattered throughout the month in the lead-up to Halloween. This is sure to be one of the very best Halloween pop-ups in town this year (and one of just 18 pop-ups worldwide), so stop by ASAP.
801 Frenchmen Street
On Halloween night, the wonderful Ayu Bakehouse will be open on a rare evening: From 6 to 11 p.m., the bakehouse’s side door will be open to sling punny wares following the theme Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned. Try a Lorena Babka (cylindrically shaped chocolate babka), Marie Ladough (sourdough loaves), Booooodin Boys, and a witchy cauldron of their Hot ‘Mallow cocoa.
544 Carondelet Street
It’s easy to get in the Halloween spirit at the sexy and dramatic Bar Marilou, which is hosting a Resurrection party until midnight on Halloween night. In addition to specialty drinks like the Blind Serpent and Santa Sangre, Sasha Masakowski will play a late-night DJ set from 9 p.m. to midnight for revelers.
Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29
321 N. Peters Street
Now through Halloween Eve, Latitude 29 is celebrating “New Orleans’s second favorite dress-up holiday” with Beachbum Berry’s Haunted Hut. A special spooky cocktail menu includes season drinks like The Pumpkin King (rums, Grand Marnier, autumnal spices), Applejack Skellington (dark rum, bourbon, Laird’s Applejack) and a returning favorite, the Skeleton Crew (a secret recipe).
Eliza Jane Hotel
315 Magazine Street
The Eliza Jane Hotel is transforming its courtyard into The Ghost Yard this month, where guests can wander through an eerily decorated courtyard featuring two larger-than-life skeletons who are affectionately named “Eliza” and “Jane.” There will be live music every Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout October, and the hotel’s onsite bar, The Press Room, will be mixing up hauntingly delicious cocktails like the Feu Follet with cognac, drambuie, allspice dram, and grapefruit and apple bitters and the Rougarou with pumpkin infused gin, carpano antica, campari, and chocolate walnut bitters.
4206 Magazine Street
This Sunday, October 22, the good-vibes-only dinner spot from the Turkey and the Wolf Team is throwing an ’80s-themed horror dinner, with a special multi-course menu featuring hearts, tongues, tentacles, and “general spookiness.” Special dinners are the only time to snag a reservation at Hungry Eyes, so call 504-766-0054 to save your spot. Photo opps are expected, so wear your costume.
501 Tchoupitoulas Street
The chic and playful bar/restaurant in the Kimpton Hotel is hosting a Halloween costume contest and party on Saturday, October 28 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a performance by Kookie Baker & Friends. The winner of the costume contest, to be announced at 10 p.m., will receive a complimentary one-night stay at the hotel. Reservations are encouraged.
Virgin Hotels New Orleans
550 Baronne Street
The ever-festivr Virgin Hotel New Orleans is hosting two weekends of parties in the leadup to Halloween, from a burlesque brunch to themed bashes. Events include a Krewe of Boo kick-off costume party with DJ Otto at The Pool Club on Saturday, October 21, a spooky burlesque brunch with Trixie Minx at Commons Club on Sunday, October 22, and two Scream-themed parties with live entertainment on Saturday, October 28. For a full list of Halloween-themed events at the hotel, see here.
W New Orleans French Quarter
316 Chartres Street
On Saturday, October 28, the W New Orleans is hosting a full day of Halloween-themed festivities. There’s a Veuve Clicquot Yelloween Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at 6 p.m., the hotel welcomes Kyle Crosby of Louisiana Dread, a cultural project that shares and preserves stories of Louisiana history, culture and folklore. Tickets to the storytelling and movie night event are just $10 (cocktails and small bites are available for purchase).