From a tour of long forgotten embalming practices and real haunted mansions to authentic Voodoo rituals and wild costume parties… Halloween in historic New Orleans offers the adult visitor a plethora of spine-tingling events.
Sport your costume in the French Quarter. Locals and visitors alike celebrate Halloween; most bars, shops and eateries welcome and encourage costumed guests. Halloween on Frenchmen St. is always the best party scene on Halloween night. If the streets get too crazy, just duck into a club for good times and great music. Look your best, as many venues host costume contests with cash prizes.
Here are some more Halloween hot-spots to think about when planning your Halloween trip to New Orleans:
The Louisiana Pharmacy Museum, the only museum of its kind in the country, will host some ghoulish exhibits, guaranteed to educate, entertain and thrill the visitor. Learn the mythologies, lessons and superstitions surrounding healthcare of the 1900’s. Haunted Halloween tours of the New Orleans Pharmacy are also available. Call (504) 565-8027 or visit www.pharmacymuseum.org for times and details.
See and hear some of New Orleans’ most fascinating and historic ghost tales while touring some of the most fascinating cemeteries in the French Quarter at the “Ghostly Gallivant.” The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo, will be held October 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours depart every twenty minutes from the 1850 Museum Store near Jackson Square at 523 St Ann St. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and students and children under 12 years tour free. For more information, call (504) 523-3939 or visit: www.gnofn.org/~fcabildo.
Shake down Saturday night during the 3rd annual Les Temps Des Vampires Costume Party at Rosy’s Jazz Hall at 550 Valence St. off Tchoupitoulas St. This is an Anne Rice fan club party that is open to the public, but only a limited number of tickets are available. It’s sure to be the hottest Goth party in America’s most haunted city. For more information, contact Rosy’s at (504) 896-7679. Tickets are on sale now online at www.sagebrushonline.com.
Voodoo Authentica, a French Quarter Voodoo shop, will host the 6th annual FREE Voodoo Festival. The Fest kicks off at noon on Halloween Day, Sunday, October 31, at the shop and ends with a ceremony to honor the ancestors of all of us. Witness Voodoo rituals, join the drumming circle and learn all there is to know about Voodoo from Gris-Gris to dolls and altars. For more information, please contact Voodoo Authentica on 612 Dumaine St. in the French Quarter at (504) 522-2111 or visit: www.voodooshop.com.
Don’t miss the 9th annual Halloween Masked Band Ball at the Mermaid Lounge and Gardens at 1100 Constance St. in the historic warehouse district. Come see local bands masquerading popular favorites like the Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. This year the concert covers two days of masked madness – Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. Only $8 for cover. Masks and costumes are encouraged. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, please call (504) 524-4747 or visit: www.mermaidlounge.com.
A serious Halloween bash erupts at the Endless Night Festival, which includes New Orleans’ Vampyre Ball on Saturday, October 30 at Club 753 on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. DJs from California to New York City will set the tone for an endless Halloween night. All patrons must come in elaborate costumes. Anything goes--from masquerade masks and medieval armor to elves, goddesses and angels at Club 735. Tickets are $27 in advance and $35 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.ticketweb.com or get more information at www.endlessnight.com.
Halloween New Orleans. Join thousands of gays and lesbians as they celebrate Halloween with a weekend of festivities. The weekend will be kicked off Thursday, October 28th at the Ritz Carlton's semi-formal cocktail party, buffet dinner and silent auction. Admission is $75.00, and seating is limited.
Friday revelers will welcome their out-of-town guests at the Hosts of Halloween Meet and Greet for drinks and dancing at the TwiRoPa Mills on Tchoupitoulas St. Admission is $35 and more than 3000 are expected to attend.
Thousands of costumed partiers will converge on Saturday night, October 30, in the Municipal Auditorium at Armstrong Park on Rampart St. for a night of dancing, parading, and performing. Groups are encouraged to come on stage and show off their most elegant and innovative costumes, which of course, are mandatory. Music is provided by DJ Warren Glick and the DC Cowboys with Bryan Holcombe’s amazing light show as the back-drop. Admission is $60 per person. The costumed dance extravaganza begins at 10 p.m.
The House of Blues will be the scene of a fabulous Gospel Brunch on Sunday, October 31, at 225 Decatur St. Brunch begins at noon and admission is $35 per person.
The weekend is one of the primary fundraisers for Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for people living with AIDS. Last year, the weekend earned more than $300,000 for Lazarus House.
For more information, visit: www.HalloweenNewOrleans.com or call (504) 945-5546.