It’s finally October! What can be better than pumpkins, boots and all things fall? Check out our monthly guide for all of our favorite family friendly activities taking place in and around New Orleans this month!

This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive event guide {we maintain a full calendar of events right here}. We’ve pulled out a select number of events for your family to enjoy throughout the month. If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

NOLA Moms Need to Know :: New Orleans Activities in October 2019

Oct
16
Craftsnola Paint Night
Sno-La Snowballs
Craftsnola Paint Night is a fun and new painting experience that’s great for all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to sit back, relax and listen to music while creating unique artwork...
Oct
17
Ghosts in the Oaks
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
Join us at the Amusement Park & Storyland for this family friendly Halloween event with trick or treating, rides, arts & crafts, and pumpkin patch! Children of all ages enjoy balloon animals b...
Oct
17
Sukkot Second Line Family BBQ
Goldring-Woldenberg Metairie JCC’s Bart Field
6:00 pm
The entire community is welcome to our Sukkot Second Line Family BBQ! BBQ, children’s activities & jammin’ to True Orleans Brass Band! Adults: $11, Children (3 & up): $9, Family: $...
Oct
17
Mary’s Song Banquet
7:00 pm
The Mary’s Song 11th Annual Banquet will be held October 17th at 7pm in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in City Park. This Fall fundraising event will benefit the ladies in the program. All guests w...
Oct
18
St. Catherine of Siena Parish Fair
St. Catherine of Siena
Join us for the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Fair “SCS: In a League of Their Own” on October 18 – 20. For more information about the fair, visit: https://www.scschurch.com/fair.
Oct
18
SIT-N-SEW
Hobby Lobby Harahan
5:30 pm
Teens & Adults – All levels welcomed, even those who have never sewn! 15 hour course Tuition: $100 An independent study class for the student who needs all the basics, as well as the student...
Oct
18
Scout Island Scream Park
Scout Island Scream Park
6:00 pm
Scout Island Scream Park presented by New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary is an immersive Halloween festival experience on Scout Island in City Park. The 2018 inaugural event brought in more than 5...
Oct
19
Boo Carre Halloween Haunt
Dutch Alley, French Market
Join us for the annual Boo Carre Halloween Celebration in Dutch Alley featuring live music, kid’s activities, and trick-or-treating in the French Market District! Kids in costume are eligible to rec...
Oct
19
2019 Monster Mash
Bogue Falaya Wayside Park
Join the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center for a reimagined presentation of the community-beloved Monster Mash fundraiser presented by Metairie Bank Northshore. With new hours, pricing stru...
Oct
19
Missoula Children’s Theatre: Jack and the Bean Stalk
Columbia Theatre
2:00 am
The little red truck rolls into town to audition, cast, rehearse, and perform this fairytale favorite all in a single week! Come see our talented local children as they perform alongside some of the ...
Oct
19
MCA Holiday Market
Mount Carmel Academy
9:00 am
Shop local art, crafts, handmade items, and more at the MCA Holiday Market on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel Academy’s Mother Thérèse Chevrel Assembly Center (7020 Lou...
Oct
19
Craft Fair at Atonement
9:00 am
Craft Fair at Atonement in Metairie. Saturday, October 19th 9:00am-4:00pm Join us for a day of FUN! Vendors indoors AND outdoors. FREE admission-ALL ARE WELCOME! We have about 75 vendors, delicious co...
Oct
19
SIT-N-SEW
Hobby Lobby Harahan
10:00 am
Teens & Adults – All levels welcomed, even those who have never sewn! 15 hour course Tuition: $100 An independent study class for the student who needs all the basics, as well as the student...
Oct
19
The Nocturnals – Free Storytime Event
Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
11:00 am
In support of Bullying Prevention Month, it’s time to promote kindness, sharing and inclusion. Fabled Films Press partners with Tubby and Coo’s for an extra special storytime featuring the acclaim...
Oct
19
Grand Opening – Code Ninjas Metairie
Code Ninjas Metairie
2:00 pm
Say the words “video game” and your kids are bound to stop and listen. The local owners of a new Code Ninjas, a learning center that opened on October 1, 2019, at 3501 Severn Ave., Ste. 5B, know t...
Oct
20
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
uno lakefront arena
Purchase a VIP Package and become a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special souvenir gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with Ryder and two PAW Pat...
Oct
20
1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk
Big Lake at City Park
9:00 am
OCD Louisiana is pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will take place on October 20th at City Park. Co-hosted by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and its Local Af...
Oct
20
Children’s Dance Workshop at New Orleans Dance Academy – “Coco” October 20!
New Orleans Dance Academy
2:00 pm
“Coco” Children’s Dance Workshop – Read, dance, play! For ages 3-6. Sunday, October 20 | 2:00-4:00pm | $25 Register now: http://neworleansdancelessons.com Is your child new to ...
Oct
20
Halloween Spooktacular
Loyola University
2:00 pm
Enjoy spooky classical favorite’s through the LPO’s own story – “The Phantom of the Superdome.” Join us in costume! * Please note the early start time due to the Saints g...
Oct
21
Stretch & Flow
Wrong Iron on The Greenway
6:30 pm
Yoga + Pilates Fusion at Wrong Iron on the Greenway. An upbeat class at the beer garden in Mid City NOLA. Stretch and flow, then drink up for a fantastic evening.
Oct
22
Mommy & Me Spanish course
NOLA Kidsground
10:00 am
Join local children’s book author, native speaker, and experienced educator: Andrea Olatunji and learn Spanish with your baby. 5 sessions Register at NOLA Kidsground (in Elmwood)
Oct
22
NOAF OutLoud Story Sharing
Glitter Box N.O.
6:00 pm
Join the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Inc. and Glitter Box N.O. for an intimate NOAF OutLoud story-sharing event on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-8 PM. NOAF OutLoud is an initiative of the New Orleans Ab...
Oct
23
An Evening with Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Columbia Theatre
7:30 pm
The star of Die Hard, Top Gun, Matlock, and Walker, Texas Ranger shares his life experiences as a film, television and stage actor. The VIP ticket for this event includes special reserved seating and...
Oct
25
Park-A-Boo Halloween Festival for Kids
Kenner North Kiwanis
Not too scary fun for children 12 & younger. Volunteer opportunities for high school students. Non-profit fundraiser. For more information https://kennernorthkiwanis.portalbuzz.com/
Oct
25
Boo at the Zoo
Audubon Zoo
This annual Audubon Zoo extravaganza that benefits Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Audubon Zoo is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat house...
Oct
25
Beyond the Grave
Victory Fellowship
7:00 pm
Join us at Victory Church for our 2nd Beyond the Grave performance of the season! This multi-media production will take you through the lives of multiple students from their home to their school. In a...
Oct
25
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Romantic German Masters
Columbia Theatre
7:30 pm
Experience Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme” by Haydn and much more in a night full of romantic German classics with conductor Gemma New and featured cellist Lynn Harrell. This performance is sur...
Oct
26
Sprouts
9:30 am
Spark a curiosity for nature in your kids as they play, learn, and grow in the Discovery Garden at Longue Vue. With activities like seed planting, arts & crafts, microscope observation, and storyt...
Oct
26
Bat Appreciation Day
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
10:00 am
Bring the family to the Nature Center to learn how amazing bats can be! Bat Crafts Gardening for Bats “Benefits of Bats” presentation at 3:30pm by Dr. Craig Hood, Loyola University Free Bat Week R...
Oct
26
SHIVERS at Canal Place
Canal Place
11:00 am
Skip the spooky this Halloweekend! Shivers is back to treat your little ghosts, goblins, and ghouls to a day of fun with a costume contest that has to be won! 11:00am-1:00pm at Canal Place – Tri...
Oct
26
Trunk or Treat at Atonement
6:00 pm
Join us on Saturday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00pm for Trunk or Treat! ALL ARE WELCOME! Friendly costumes only please! Over 50 trunks, TONS of candy/trinkets, and food/drink available for purchase. Co...
Oct
27
Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band Present: The Greatest Generation
Columbia Theatre
3:00 pm
Sometimes called “America’s Big Band,” Jazz Ambassadors has performed in all 50 states and around the world, connecting the American people to their Army and honoring our soldiers and veterans a...
Oct
28
Halloween Musical Story Time & Cookies
Kindermusik with Madeline
10:00 am
Kindermusik with Madeline is hosting a (not so spooky) Halloween Musical Storytime for children ages 0-6. We’ll sing, dance, read stories, and decorate Halloween cookies. Costumes encouraged!
Oct
29
Crawloween
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium invites guests to celebrate Halloween “infestivities” at Crawloween on October 29 through October 31, 2019. Guests are encouraged to wear their Hallo...
Oct
30
Halloween Yoga Flow
Free To Be Power Yoga
Thinking Halloween should be fun for adults too? We agree! Join us at all Free To Be Power Yoga Studios on Wednesday, October 30th to treat yourself and create magic in YOUR Halloween! Halloween theme...
Oct
30
Panel Discussion: Determined To Rise: The Civil War & Its Effects on the Women’s Movement
Student Union Theatre
6:30 pm
The Southeastern Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project and the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) join forces to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage. This panel discussion looks at how...
Oct
30
Pups and Poses
Renaissance Arts Hotel
6:30 pm
We’re total animal lovers here at Footprints & love giving back to the community is a part of our mission. “Join The Journey” with us for a pup-tastic time. Get ready for an over...
Oct
31
Boo at the View
Clearview Mall
Come to the Clearview Center for this year’s annual Boo at the View celebration! There will be carnival games, a slime station, center-wide trick-or-treating, face painting and a haunted house fit f...
Oct
31
Tanger Trick or Treat
Tanger Outlets, Gonzales
6:00 pm
Calling all ghouls and goblins – join us for Tanger Trick-or-Treating! Come decked out in your favorite Halloween attire, to enjoy free candy from participating retailers, DJ dance-alongs and MO...
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Jenny is originally from Kenner, LA, and considers herself a New Orleans girl at heart. She moved to Pineville in 2004 to attend college where she met her funny and always entertaining husband Brandon. Together they relocated to Baton Rouge almost 10 years ago and married in 2008. They added their joyful daughter Salem to the crew in April 2014, and blue-eyed son Declan in July 2015 and now live in Zachary. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU and has previously done some freelance writing. She now works full-time for the State of Louisiana. She and her family enjoy spending time together, making each other laugh and being a part of their church community. She loves wandering around Target, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, having people over and making any kind of craft. Read more about Jenny’s family on her blog.

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