Halloween and New Orleans seem made for each other and, sure enough, when the spooky, autumn holiday rolls around, the Crescent City comes to life with a number of crazy and fun ways to enjoy a New Orleans Halloween!
A New Orleans Halloween is second only to Mardi Gras when it comes to turning the city upside-down with celebrations, wild costumes, good music, delicious food, and flowing drink. Halloween revelers of all ages and tastes will find something fun to do, N’awlins style – here are just a few of our suggestions for your New Orleans Halloween adventures:
New Orleans Halloween Street Parties
Let’s start at the beginning – you’re in New Orleans: how about a street party! There will be many to choose from but one of the biggest celebrations during a New Orleans Halloween is held on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood: costumed revelers will take over the street to celebrate in outrageous and elaborate costumes – and yes: you can (and should!) be one of them.
Costume – Dress For Excess
Speaking of costumes, you’ll probably want one if you didn’t pack one – but hey, no worries. You’re in N’awlins: we got this. As you may imagine, New Orleans has a costume shop or two – just a few – and they can help to outfit you no matter whether you’re looking to be something typical, like a clown, or something atypical, like a three-legged, cross-dressing, French-Victorian, vampire clown.
New Orleans Halloween Parade
A New Orleans Halloween would not be complete without … a parade! Held Saturday October 24th at 6:30pm, the Krewe of Boo’s official New Orleans Halloween Parade will frighten and excite with masks, costumes, and massive, eye-popping papier mâché and fiberglass creations. Starting off from Elysian Fields in the Marigny, the parade will progress through the French Quarter, on through North Peters and Decatur to Jackson Square, and then make its long way to the Convention Center. Read more about the New Orleans Halloween Parade here.
Take a Haunted New Orleans Tour!
They call New Orleans “The Most Haunted City in America” – so why not enjoy a haunted tour? “Haunted” houses, buildings, streets, and cemeteries abound – as do New Orleans tour companies eager to tell you the city’s hair-raising tales as they guide you from one spooktacular destination to the next. Here’s a link to some haunted tours around the Big Easy this Halloween!
Visit a New Orleans Haunted House!
As you can imagine, N’awlins will gain a large and temporary population of haunted houses around Halloween, attractions organized by both private groups and community organizations. It’s a little early (as of this writing) to point you in the direction of any specific haunted houses but local listings will begin to appear in the newspapers as the date approaches. Remember: unless otherwise noted, these private haunted houses can be very effective and are not for the faint of heart. You have been warned – mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
What Kind of Voodoo Do You Do?
The French Quarter has quite a few Voodoo shops that can be both fun and interesting to peruse, whether you’re looking for a little something to spice up your New Orleans Halloween or if you’re just interested in the practice. There are shops for vampires, too – no, really. Around Halloween, of course, many of these shops host special events or sales to celebrate.
Speaking of Voodoo – the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is timed to coincide with the nearest Halloween weekend (Friday, Oct. 30th through Sunday, Nov. 1st, this year). The second most popular music festival in the city, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience brings in some big names and is always a rocking good time – you can read more about it here.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of what a New Orleans Halloween can be – but we hope, at the same time, you can see just how much there is to do – now all you need …
New Orleans Halloween Lodging
Once your witching hour is over, why not crawl back to accommodations that are truly welcoming – a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn should fit the bill nicely: locally owned and operated by folks who live and love N’awlins, so they can help you to maximize your time in the city.