Halloween for Adults: Top 5 things to do in New Orleans

Angela Chustz-Parent
Special to theadvocate.com
FILE-  This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 file photo shows a large sign in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park welcoming music lovers for the Voodoo Art and Music Experience during Halloween weekend in New Orleans. The three-day festival begins Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at New Orleans City Park, and this will be the first year tent-camping will be available for concert-goers _ a popular stable at European music festivals.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, file)
FILE- This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 file photo shows a large sign in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park welcoming music lovers for the Voodoo Art and Music Experience during Halloween weekend in New Orleans. The three-day festival begins Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at New Orleans City Park, and this will be the first year tent-camping will be available for concert-goers _ a popular stable at European music festivals. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, file)

When it comes to Halloween in New Orleans, there are tons of haunted adventures for adults, such as street parties on Bourbon St. and Frenchman St., as well as, endless amounts of carnival celebrations and costume parties for adult nightlife. Traditional or non-traditional, the Big Easy has it all! The Advocate has created a list of some of the most popular events for adults during this Halloween season for you to enjoy:

No. 1 Voodoo Fest
When: Oct. 26-28
Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: City Park (1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, La,); 504-208-4005
Cost: Single day $90; Three-day weekend General Admission tickets are $175; LOA Lounge VIP three-day pass are $500 and LOA Lounge VIP three-day pass with parking are $550.
Web: http://thevoodooexperience.com/

Voodoo is a music and arts festival held in City Park. This year's event lasts three days and includes nearly 100 musical acts. New to this year's annual musical celebration is on-site camping. Camping options range from Crossroads Camping (general tent camping in a 12×12 plot with basic amenities -- prices start at $150 for two guests) to LOA Grand VIP camping (a luxurious all-encompassing camping experience, where concertgoers have access to move-in-ready 10×13 safari style tents). The LOA Grand Experience includes festival artist credentials, campsite entertainment, snacks and meal options throughout the weekend, plus access to the late night Sony Lounge ($2,500 for two guests).
Musical acts include Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Jack White, along with Justice, Skrillex, AWOLNATION, Nas, Kaskade, The Avett Brothers, K'Naan, Die Antwoord, Silversun Pickups, Gary Clark Jr. and many more.

No.2 House of Shock

When: Every Friday & Saturday in October
Time: 8 p.m. - Midnight (Tickets on sale at 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.). The haunted house closes after all ticket holders have been through the house -- this can range between 11 p.m. and Midnight.
Where: 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson, 734-SHOCK;
Cost: $25 General Admission; $50 VIP Fast Pass or purchase online for $40.
Web: www.houseofshock.com

The House of Shock is celebrating 20 years of terror this year. Eat from the Original Hell's Kitchen, watch pyrotechnics, listen to live music, enjoy the liquid courage of Matt's Punch at the full service bar, and many more bizarre offerings.

List of Live Music for the remainder of October:

Oct. 26 The Topcats, The Reverend B Dangerous Side Show

Oct. 27 The Disciples of Thrash, The Reverend B Dangerous Side Show, The Atone Pain Tribe

Oct. 28 The Kyle Turley Band (Also showing Saints vs. Broncos on the big screen), The Reverend B Dangerous Side Show

Oct. 30 Grunge Factory, The Reverend B Dangerous Side Show

Oct. 31 Jason and the Kruegers, The Reverend B Dangerous Side Show, The Atone Pain Tribe

No. 3 Coors Light presents Hell's Gala 2012

When: Oct. 27
Time: 9 p.m.-Until
Where: The Sugarmill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, La.; 504-881-9060
Cost: Limited Pre-sale General Admission $25; Pre-sale General Admission $30; Limited VIP Lounge Pass $75; VIP Lounge Pass $100; Door TBD; 21 years of age & over
Web: www.encoreentertainmentllc.com/hellsgala/index

Hell's Gala is a one of a kind party at the Sugarmill that features live entertainment and several of the area's hottest DJs. The VIP lounge pass includes a skip the line pass, lounge area with premium viewing and complimentary drinks. There will also be a free Vodka Bar from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
Performers will include Manufactured Superstars, LA Riots, DJ Jive, DJ Kemistry, and DJ Digital.

No. 4 Halloween 29 in New Orleans

When: Oct. 25-Oct. 28
Time: Various times for each event
Where: Ogden Museum, House of Blues, CAC Sheds, Steamboat Natchez.
Cost: Tickets start at $60 and range up to $285 for the four-day weekend pass; Discounted tickets online.
Web: www.halloweenneworleans.com

This event provides funding for Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS. The event provides healthcare and support services for those living at the home.

Halloween 29 in New Orleans starts Thursday, Oct 25 with The Lazurus Ball at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 925 Camp Street, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a black tie event that features live entertainment, food, a silent auction, galleries and much more.
Price: $70 / $65 online.

Friday, Oct 26 is the weigh-in for the The Monster Brawl. This event takes place at the House of Blues at 225 Decatur, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. This is the chance to check out the monster competitors, have a drink, and dance the night away.
Price: $60 / $55 online.

The main event and costume party of The Monster Brawl is on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the CAC Sheds at 900 Camp Street. Costume or exercise clothes required.
Price: $95 / $85 online.

There is also a Halloween Brunch and Champions Cruise on Steamboat Natchez on Sunday, Oct. 28. Boarding is at 2 p.m., and the boat ships out at 2:30 p.m.
Price: $60 / $55 online.

No. 5 Molly's Halloween Parade

When: Oct. 31
Time: Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Parade route begins at Molly's at the Market (1107 Decatur Street), travels up Decatur Street, cuts into the Quarter for a stop at The Erin Rose (811 Conti Street), then rolls straight down Bourbon Street and back home to Molly's.
Cost: FREE
Web: http://www.mollysatthemarket.net/halloween

What's a holiday in New Orleans without a parade? Fortunately, Molly's Halloween Parade has been rolling since 1995 and promises to be a very interesting trip through the French Quarters.