Seems like just about everyone is gearing up for Halloween, but then this should be no surprise; many outlandish settle in New Orleans, and let’s not forget the Haitian roots here beckoning back to voodoo and the occult. Well, however spooky New Orleans can seem at times, it’s nevertheless a great time. It seems as if the whole city dresses up and comes out in costume—either with or without trick-or-treaters in tow.
There’s plenty to do, both for adults and for the whole family. Various haunted houses are spread across the town, some organized by respected institutions, others by rock and rollers (like the House of Shock, which has been operated by the members of the rock band Pantera for years). All in all, each are safe and a definite good time, with varying degrees of fright.
If this isn’t your idea of a good time, however, feel free to take an alternative route to the holiday and check out some of New Orleans’s famous voodoo shops that line the French Quarter and the Garden District. This way you can learn a little more about these ancient practices, still feel the holiday season, and maybe pick up a unique little souvenir on your way. There are many on Magazine Street, and a stroll down this oak-lined promenade will have a distinct New Orleanian feel to it, as it is lined with boutiques unique to the area. Horse-drawn ghost tours of the area are also available.
Check out Viator’s New Orleans Ghost & Vampire Tours if you’re looking for something spooky to do this Halloween!
If heading out on the town is more your bag, however, locals tend to head toward Frenchmen Street, or better known, perhaps, as the Treme or Faubourg Marigny. It’s famous for its music, ancient bars, and laid-back atmosphere. People here routinely order their beer “to go” and walk from music hall to music hall laughing with all the revelers at the outrageous costumes people don and flaunt. This is the French Quarter, after all, so discretion should be exercised when considering bringing the little ones.
All-in-all, if you find yourself spending Halloween in New Orleans, there’s plenty to do and see, so consider yourself lucky and indulge in some of the local flavor.