Around the rest of the United States, Halloween might look like this: Children streaming from house to house, begging for candy. Downtown in larger cities, there might be a single nightclub, sponsoring a costume-themed dance party. Maybe your community will have a parade of halfheartedly spooky floats, a few bands, and children in costume.
But not New Orleans.
True to Big Easy style, NOLA always kicks it up a notch. Take all of the above examples and magnify them at least tenfold, and you’ll have a good idea of what you can expect during the week preceding October 31, 2012! Avenue Inn, your Garden District bed and breakfast, invites you to stay with us as you experience the fun and excitement of a Crescent City Halloween!
Seriously folks, every single vampire-based story at least mentions New Orleans, if some or all of it doesn’t take place here. And you can’t ignore the history of hauntings and Voodoo in our colorful city! Add to that our city’s unique ability to have a great time, and you have the makings of a great vacation, no matter what time of year it is. However Halloween is truly a perfect time to experience it all.
Known as The Most Haunted City in America, we have more than our fair share of haunted locations. And not just the man-made “Fundraiser Haunted Attraction” type! There’s the LaLaurie House on Royal Street, the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter, Arnaud’s Restaurant on Bienville Street, the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street, Cafe Lafite on Bourbon Street, the Sultan’s Palace on Dauphine Street, the Beauregard-Keyes House on Chartres Street, just to name a few. Tours are available for most of these locations.
NOLA’s Cities of the Dead provide the perfect ambiance for your Halloween visit. Our above-ground cemeteries with a variety of tombs and decorations truly do give the feeling of a cityscape, on a smaller scale. Many are also reputed to be haunted by restless spirits. Older cemeteries – St. Louis 1, 2, and 3 – have particularly spooky atmospheres. We recommend a guided tour to the cemeteries, as you never know who might be lurking amongst the tombs – safety first!
Other spooky tours include the French Quarter Vampire Tour, True Crime Tour, and the French Quarter Voodoo Tour.
Halloween is not just for kids in NOLA – the adults like to have just as much fun! And this city does love an excuse to dress up…
The Metropolitan throws an incredible Haunted Halloween Bash including a costume contest, dancing to tracks spun by big-name DJs, and more. All for adults only! This year’s party is on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Frenchman Street is known for its Halloween Night excitement. Lined with bars and live music clubs, you’ll see costumed locals enjoying the nighttime action.
The Jim Monaghan Halloween Parade marches through the French Quarter on October 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm. Right after the parade are a number of open house parties on Bourbon and Royal Streets.
Haunted House Attractions
The Mortuary is the most popular thrill experience, featuring Hollywood-type special effects. The location is said to actually be haunted, so you never know who, or what, you might meet inside! Visit at 4800 Canal Street During September and October weekends, and the entire week leading up to Halloween.
The House of Shock is just outside the city in Jefferson. This is a large-scale Heavy Metal celebration event featuring a Haunted House attraction, food, outside entertainment, fireworks, and more. There is no admission charge to the grounds, however the haunted house does require a ticket purchase, and some special events and live entertainment may require a cover fee. Please be advised that some of the sights you may see might be a bit shocking, so leave the kids at home. Open October weekends and much of the week leading up to Halloween.
If all of the above activities weren’t enough, this year’s Halloween season also coincides with the 2012 Voodoo Experience (a.k.a. Voodoo Fest) on October 26, 27, and 28, 2012 (that’s Friday through Sunday). This three-day music and art festival takes place at the New Orleans City Park at 1 Palm Drive. This year welcomes Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Justice, The Avett Brothers, Kaskade, and many, many more! Sculpture, multimedia exhibits, light shows, and craft booths are some of the on-site art opportunities at the Festival. Visit the website for more information and features of the event! Tickets for the 3-day weekend are $175, and are on sale now.
Many of these attractions are on the New Orleans streetcar line, which passes just outside our bed and breakfast. We will be happy to assist you with additional information on insider activities and sights, and additional haunted house attractions during your stay – just ask! And welcome to the Avenue Inn during the second-most exciting time of the year in this great city!
Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay requirement for the weekend prior to Halloween. Thanks!