Second only to Mardi Gras for its dazzling display of fun and finery, Halloween in New Orleans draws thousands to the Quarter for devilish fun while vampires, zombies, ghosts, goblins and everything else parade up and down Frenchmen Street displaying the city’s legendary wit and creativity in their carefully crafted costumes. All Hallow’s Eve in New Orleans is an experience to remember for both the living – and undead.
Start your Halloween adventure with one of the many haunted tours through the French Quarter or some other spooky part of the city. And then, of course, there are the world-famous cemeteries where the dearly departed are buried in tombs aboveground. Hundreds of stories abound in which the ghosts of these “Cities of the Dead” make their presence known.
While prowling around the French Quarter there are a number of Voodoo shops to learn a little more about the history behind these centuries-old spiritual practices. The spirit of Marie Laveau, the High Priestess of 19th century New Orleans, can still be felt in the vibes that surround you in some of these shops. You might even learn a few spells and mystical incantations. Many of the shops have special Halloween events.
One of the city’s many costume shops will be happy to fix you up for the occasion. You can get anything from cat ears and bat wings and vampire fangs to the most over-the-top outfits you’ve ever seen, including feather boas, multicolored wigs, masks and more.
The citys LGBT community is also out in full regalia for Halloween and you can join in the fun at any time during the evening. Halloween New Orleans throws an weekend-long party every year and the benefits go to Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for people living with AIDS. You’ll find most of the action on Bourbon and St. Ann streets in the heart of the Quarter. Elaborate costumes, exciting galas, drinking and dancing with friends characterize this festive celebration.
For those looking for an extra thrill, New Orleans also has its share of Haunted Houses open just for Halloween. A word of caution though: some of these Haunted Houses may be too scary for the youngest children. Parental discretion is strongly advised.