Family-friendly Halloween events

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Just in time for Halloween weekend, here are a few kid-friendly options for you, courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau:

The Music Box Village

October 28 – 30, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Music Box Village
  • Address: 4557 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Times: 12PM-6PM
  • Admission: $5 for LA residents / $12 for out of state visitors / Free for kids 12 and under
  • Contact: New Orleans Airlift
  • Email: info@neworleansairlift.org
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Art collective New Orleans Airlift opens their flagship project The Music Box Village to the public as a permanent installation of musical architecture in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. This locally loved and internationally celebrated project that has been roaming the city and beyond since 2011, has now found a home in a magical downtown forest! The ever-evolving musical village will grow for years to come, employing collaborative imagination and ingenuity to create new interactive, playable structures with the help of artists, architects, inventors and builders. Founded by Delaney Martin, Swoon, Taylor Shepherd and Jay Pennington, The Music Box has over 80 worldwide artistic collaborators to date, with over 300 musicians performing among its “musical houses”, including Thurston Moore, Wilco, Solange Knowles, Mannie Fresh, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Arto Lindsay and Andrew W.K. to name just a few. DEBUT WEEKEND PUBLIC HOURS: Friday, October 28th to Sunday, October 30th: 12-6pm Come play! Surprise pop-up performances and hands-on exploration time for all ages. Admission: $5 for Louisiana residents (w/ ID or proof) / $12 for out of state visitors / Free! 12 yrs and under

Boo at the Zoo 

October 21 – 29, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Audubon Zoo A Facility of Audubon Nature Institute
  • Address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Times: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Phone: 1-800-774-7394

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan Subaru! This annual Audubon Zoo extravaganza is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, Ghost Train (which can be scary for children and adults), a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission.

El Dia De Los Muertos at Southern Food & Beverage Museum 

October 29, 2016
  • Address: 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Times: 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Admission: $10.50 for adults, $5.25 for children over 3 and seniors over 50
  • Venue: Southern Food & Beverage Museum

In partnership with Ochsner’s Eat Fit NOLA Program and the New Orleans Consulate of Mexico, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) will host a celebration of El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) on Saturday, October 29 from 11AM-3PM. Adults and children are invited to attend a day of activities and food in celebration of the lives of their departed loved ones. The museum will be transformed into an interactive Mexican market. The Mexican Consulate will provide coloring books for children, and there will be stations for cutting out Papel de Picados (paper lace decorations), as well as constructing of colorful papier mache masks. In the museum’s beautiful, spacious test kitchen guests will enjoy a taste of the culture. Demonstrations and tastings will show how to prepare traditional treats and snacks associated with the holiday. For adults only, there will be a tequila tasting and Chef Greg Reggio of The Taste Bud and Mizado Cocina will prepare and share a Black Widow cocktail (Maestro Dobel Reposado tequila, Malbec, triple sec, orange and lime juice with black cherry puree) in a commemorative glass rimmed with black salt. All ages will enjoy demonstrations and samplings of calabaza en tacha (candied pumpkin), champurrado (chocolate atole – a drink similar to hot chocolate), and pumpkin tamales.