Northshore Fall Guide

Halloween Activities on the Northshore

We are updating this list for 2021 as soon an information becomes available! Please double check with the venue before heading out–with covid-19 things are in flux and may change after publication.  Is your fall calendar is full as ours? It seems like once the temperature drops just a little bit, everyone comes out to…

Pumpkin Patches on the Northshore

This post is updated for 2021. As new information becomes available, we will update.  Bush Pegasus Equestrian Center 78261 LA-1083, Bush, LA 70431 October 9th & 10th, Noon-6PM. Tickets include magic show, music, kids’ area, and petting zoo. Tickets are $5/child and $10/adult. Children four and under get in free. Buy in advance and receive…

Jim’s Pumpkins

  Jim’s Pumpkins in Mandeville is located on Highway 59. In this short video we give you a little peek at the photo areas and tell you why we like this particular patch.   Looking for a different Northshore Pumpkin patch? We’ve got a big list for you right here and lots of reviews so…

Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch {Know Before You Go}

While it may not feel like fall yet here in Louisiana, it will be before you know it! If you are looking for fun fall activities to do with your little ones, be sure to check out Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin & Strawberry Patch. It is located at 11215 Lees Ln, Hammond, LA 70401. The amount…

Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch {Worth the Drive}

In my opinion, the Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch is 100% worth the drive. Located in Ethel, Louisiana, the Preserve is about an hour and a half to two hour drive, depending on where you live on the Northshore. I know that sounds a big daunting, especially if your kids are younger, but you really…

Brushy Branch Pumpkin Patch {An Honest Review}

Halloween is less of a holiday in my household and more of a lifestyle. I’ll be the first to admit that the autumn season in general gets preferential treatment. I’m lucky if I don’t slide into Thanksgiving, Christmas, or literally any other holiday by the absolute skin of my teeth every single year, but by…

Liuzza Land Fall Public Days {Worth the Drive}

Most people on the Northshore know Liuzza Land–a local farm that’s open to the public in the Spring for strawberry picking season. What not everyone knows is that Liuzza Land also does a couple of open days in the Fall during pumpkin season. I had heard about these days last year, but decided my kids…

Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest {Worth the Drive}

Fall is finally upon us, though you might not be able to tell because the great thermostat in the sky hasn’t been lowered enough yet. But September is behind us, and we are firmly rooted in October, which means (among other things) it’s time for Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest. Jillian and I took our little one,…

Family-Friendly New Orleans Ghost Tours {An Honest Review}

If you know me in real life then you know that I adore all things haunted and spooky. I’m also a TOTAL CHICKEN but that doesn’t stop me from attempting to check out all the scary, haunted things in the area. So when I saw an ad for family-friendly ghost tours, I was intrigued. I…

Boo at the Zoo {Know Before You Go}

Are you ready for Boo At The Zoo? The long-running annual event, held at the Audubon Zoo, has become a Halloween tradition for Southshore and Northshore families alike. With limited dates and consistently sold out tickets, those lucky enough to go will want to make the most of their night. If this is your first…

Boo Fest

  These details are from 2019. We will update for 2021 as soon as information is available. Boo Fest. October 26th. 10AM-3PM. Lakeview Regional Hospital, Covington. Come Trick or Treat at over 60 haunted houses at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, on the Green; gates open at 9AM for special needs families. Open to the general public…

Monster Mash

A fundraiser in support of the STHS Parenting Center, Monster Mash features a fun and safe Halloween experience, complete with trick-or-treating, music, cookie decorating, crafts, carnival rides and so much more. To buy tickets or bid on silent auction items, please see their website. 

Abita Springs Annual Halloween Party

The entire town of Abita Springs will be celebrating Halloween at the town hall and around downtown with music, games, trick or treating, and food.

Family Fun at Southern Promiseland Farm and Corn Maze

My entire life I’ve heard about corn mazes, but I had never heard of one in Louisiana. I assumed it was a northern or a midwest thing and resigned myself to a life without corn mazes. That is until a few weeks ago when someone in one of my mom groups shared a flyer from…

Olde Towne Pumpkin Fest

Please join us for some amazing FAMILY FUN! You don’t want to miss this year’s line-up: A Big Wheel Race,, Ponies, Hay Rides, Costume Parade, inflatables including a sticky wall, face painting, KIDentrepreneurs, Pumpkin Chunkin, Delectable food and sweets and so much more!!! Admission is free!! There are ticketed activities that range from $1 -$5.…

Haunted Houses on the Northshore {and Beyond}

This post is updated for 2021 and will continue to be updated throughout the season.  As a parent, perhaps you feel you are getting too much sleep at night. If that is the case, try one of the many spooky options around south Louisiana that are sure to keep you awake with paranoia about paranormal…

RISE Haunted House + Haunted Hayride {An Honest Review}

When I was a teenager I’d spend the month of October checking out all the haunted houses in the area. There were so many! I’d spend more time in line than in the haunted house, but I was teenager and had nowhere else to be. It was a great time. So as we look to…

The Myrtles Plantation {An Honest Review}

October is almost upon us and if you’re me, your thoughts are turning to the spooky and the haunted. And if you live in south Louisiana, you’ve probably heard of our most-haunted house: The Myrtles Plantation. Now, The Myrtles is not one of those productions where someone people jump out an scare you. The Myrtles…

Which Northshore Neighborhoods Trick or Treat?

This list was crowd-sourced on our Facebook page. I had a great question here on the site the other day and I couldn’t answer it despite having been in business over four years. Her question? Which neighborhoods around here trick or treat? It was one of the first questions I asked when I moved into…

Halloween with Food Allergies

Halloween is a time for ghosts and goblins and haunted houses. But, for parents of a child with food allergies, Halloween is extra scary. It’s a holiday all about candy – candy that is, for the most part, laden with nuts, dairy, soy, and even wheat – part of a group of allergens known as…

How To Get Older Children Involved in Halloween

A few days ago I mentioned on Facebook that my kids have yet to discuss Halloween costumes with me. Normally the kids have chosen their costumes and are itching to get them on at this point. Between Halloween parties, themed birthday parties, and trunk or treats at local churches we normally get our monies worth…

COVID-friendly Halloween Celebrations

We’re in month (or is it year?) seven of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s almost Halloween and while you’re at the point where you aren’t bleaching your groceries anymore, you’re still not comfortable with groups of people and going door to door to homes where people will likely greet you unmasked. If you’re one of the…

Rainy Day Halloween Activities

Please note: this post is from 2018. If you are looking for pumpkin patches, we have a list here. Well the weather forecast for Saturday isn’t great, so I’ve put together a little list of activities happening on the Northshore for those of you hoping to avoid the weather. October 30th, 2018 Family Fall Festival.…

What Should You Do with Leftover Halloween Candy?

You might be thinking, “Leftover Halloween Candy?  I’ve never heard of such a thing!”  But as our family has grown, so has our Halloween booty (and my regular booty).  Although we try to monitor what they consume in the days following Halloween to ensure they don’t go into a total sugar shock, it would be…

Northshore Thanksgiving Events

This listing has been updated for 2019. Thursday, November 21st Thanksgiving Family Storytime. 6:30-7:15PM. Madisonville Library. Thanksgiving stories, music and a craft! All ages are welcome and no registration is required! Please note that food may be used as a craft material. Please call the branch for details. Thursday, November 28th Northshore Turkey Trot 5K…

The Best Store-Bought Pie

A few days before Thanksgiving I decided that it might be nice to buy a pecan pie. The only problem? I had no idea who had the best pies. I asked Facebook and got a TON of answers and very few people agreed. This sent me off on a crazy mission to find out who…

Ready to Go Thanksgiving

We don’t always have time to slave over a hot stove making our favorite homemade holiday dishes. So I’ve compiled a list of local Northshore groceries and eateries that have come to the rescue, offering an array of festive favorites from turkey to stuffing to sweet potato pie. Your feast is just a phone call…

A Paper Plate Thanksgiving

I was having a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago about holiday meals. She told me that her family always uses paper products while mine is a fancy china kind of meal. This then sparked the Facebook debate of the century. Real plates or paper plates? The results were about 50/50. It’s funny…

Top Ten Thanksgiving Dishes

  With Thanksgiving just a few days away I’m starting to take stock of how much sugar, butter and bourbon we have in the house (the reason will become clear in a second) and searching for my recipe binder. And I’m sure households across the Northshore, as well as throughout the country, are doing the…

Fall Activities for Preschoolers

It’s fall! If you’re anything like me, you start wondering just what you should be doing with the tiny people that live in your house. The tiny pool is packed away, the sprinkler is in the garage, and clothing is no longer optional! Turns out there are still a bunch of fun things you can…

Ten Things We’re Thankful for on the Northshore

Here at Northshore Parent we’d like to spend today thinking about all the wonderful, unique things that makes this place home–here are a few of our favorites” State Parks. On the northshore we’re incredibly lucky to have access to three different state parks–Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside in St. Tammany and Bogue Chitto in Washington parish. For…