Start weaving ghost stories now so you’re all set for a spooky Baton Rogue Halloween weekend break. Baton Rouge is the perfect place for a getaway with your family. Kids and teens who want a scary haunted house, a real haunted house or a haunted house tour find it in Baton Rouge.
Located less than an hour’s drive from New Orleans, it offers more than just haunted house stories. (New Orleans has its fair share of scares, too.) Baton Rouge has hayrides and pumpkin picking for little ones, plus museums, leaf peeking, corn mazes and more.
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Whoever heard of the 13th Gate in Baton Rouge?
The main attraction for a Baton Rouge Halloween is its famously scary haunted house, The 13th Gate. This scream-arena is highly rated by Hauntworld.com. What makes it special is Louisiana’s active movie industry, which brings 160 actors, more than 40 skilled crew people, and trained special effects makeup artists to work on each year’s production. So expect detailed and realistic frights at more than a dozen — you guessed it! — 13 different themed areas. Think about Jack the Ripper prowling fog-filled streets, grave robbers, creepy clowns, zombie crypts and more.
One of the things that makes the 13th Gate so much fun is its swamp-like setting, perfect to give you the feeling that hungry alligators will follow you around the house’s darkened corridors. The house decor, horror film worthy, is lots of fun, too. Look for a mix of animatronic creatures and live animals. It’s a perfect Halloween treat (or trick) for teens looking for the ultimate scare. You’ll never experience a Baton Rouge Halloween the same way again.
No alligators, right? Right? Did anyone hear an answer?? Get your midway tickets for the Carnevil, pause to listen to live music, get trapped in one of five escape rooms. Just check out this 13th Gate video:
More to be Less Afraid of in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is a cultural Southern city with style and a vibe like no other, not to mention boasting a rich historical background. Take the whole family on a plantation tour complete with guides dressed in period costumes and explore authentic houses — some of which are haunted for real. The very opulent San Francisco Plantation is a nice diversion by daylight. Sadly, the Covid pandemic has forced them to reduce hours and it is currently open summers only.
More contemporary history was made aboard the USS Kidd, a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer known as the “Pirate of the Pacific.” The restored ship serves as a memorial to those who fought in the war, has a nominal admission fee, and also hosts overnight group tour visits for anyone interested in sleeping in a sailor’s bunk, a ghost sailor that is.
A New Orleans Detour for a Haunted Halloween
Any family who has dodged the party crowds on Bourbon Street knows New Orleans — fondly known as “The Most Haunted City in America” — is terrifying year round. Locals accept that their above-ground cemeteries, eerie voodoo shrines and Spanish moss-covered homes are full of previous occupants. Costumes which have been stored since Mardi Gras come out again in October, and the city boasts dozens of big and small events to mark the Halloween holiday.
With so many spooky things to see, we’ve picked out the New Orleans Ghosts, Vampires, Witches and Voodoo Walking Tour” to keep everyone on their toes during this fall season. In two hours, a living guide will expose tour-goers to the French Quarter’s most haunted houses and sites of depravity. There’s only a quick refresh break so bring snacks, especially if the kids in your group tend to get fidgety.
Baton Rouge Animal Attractions
A Baton Rouge Halloween also offers less creepy animal experiences that are easy on the pocketbook. The Global Wildlife Center in Folsom has reticulated giraffes, zebras, camels, bison and other exotic animals that can be observed and fed on a Safari Wagon Tour. The tours allow every member of the family, no matter how big or small, to enjoy the beauty of animals on a special 90-minute adventure across 900 acres of wildlife preserve.
Can you really pack anything else into that weekend of Halloween in Louisiana fun? Baton Rouge also houses a zoo with over 1,800 animals and nighttime safari sleepover. The zoo features lots of fun Baton Rouge Halloween events like the Boo Den with a KidsZoo boardwalk for a completely not scary “haunted habitat”. There’s also a Hay Maze and a fun and spooky train ride. Boo at the Zoo runs for the last two weeks each October.
It’s football season, so of course, the boys might want to watch a game at LSU where the living Bengal tiger mascot, Mike the Tiger, paces the grounds year round. Louisiana folks take their tailgating seriously, and when you have a stadium seating more than 100,000 fans — plus thousands of pickup trucks cooking jambalaya in the parking lot — you can believe that this crowd’s enthusiasm has actually been registered on the Richter Scale! Make a weekend getaway of it and find a great deal on a Baton Rouge Louisiana hotels.
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