Across the country, you’ll find families trick-or-treating, adults (and some kids) attending parties, and all the “normal” holiday activities. Here in NOLA? Well it’s a little bit different, especially if you are staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast! Why? Because a New Orleans Halloween comes in a close second to Mardi Gras for grown-up fun that a little on the extreme side.
Monsters abound on Bourbon Street, both on and around the actual holiday. And don’t be too frightened: locals are known for going to great lengths for a great costume. In fact, our the Crescent City will rival any other in the extreme reality and craziness of everything Halloween. This is the place that has become known as The Most Haunted City in America, So there’s no better spot in the US to party on October 31. And you can add to the experience with the right hotel lodging choice, not in a pigeon hole brand name, but in an old mansion that will embellish your “spirited” sensation.
After you arrive at your bed and breakfast, start by taking one of our famous haunted tours through the cemeteries, French Quarter, or other locale. Or if you have previously befriended a local, you may be able to talk them into taking you to one of the known haunted houses or locations for your own spook-hunt. Of course, Innkeepers have the inside track on all the best tours and things that go bump in the night. There are the world-famous cemeteries where the dearly departed are buried in tombs above-ground. You’ll hear some of the hundreds of stories that abound in which the ghosts of these “Cities of the Dead” come alive. And you’ll find lots of other scary options for Halloween.
If you venture down to the French Quarter on Halloween Night, don’t forget your costume! Everyone (and we mean EVERYONE) dresses for the occasion! It is not only welcomed, it is expected by all the establishments around!
Voodoo do, You do
You can’t miss the many Voodoo shops in the French Quarter, with the distinctive scent of incense and essential oils, almost frightening window-displays, and colorful wares. If you ask inside, you can probably get the 411 on the history and lore behind these ancient spiritual beliefs and practices. Many also have palmists on-site to let you know a little more about yourself and your future! Many plan special events for the season While prowling around the French Quarter there are a number of Voodoo shops you can check out to learn a little more about the history behind these centuries-old spiritual practices. Also ask about any special events they may have going on for the holiday for some additional spooky fun!
The home of Jazz in NOLA celebrates much like the French Quarter does. Faubourg Marigny is THE place to be for the Halloween celebrations!
Come on Down!
So put together your best costume, call and make a reservation at a New Orleans bed and breakfast and come on down for the fun. You’ll have a howl of a time!