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Halloween Masking in New Orleans

Updated on February 2, 2015
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Louisiana has many unique sites and interesting places to visit. Yvonne enjoys sharing her knowledge of local history, customs and events.

Spooky Things That Prowl the French Quarter on Halloween and Mardi Gras

Down here in South Louisiana we're always looking for an excuse to put on a costume and have some fun, so Halloween is celebrated with gusto.

The ghouls and goblins, witches and werewolves prowl the French Quarter from Dusk to Dawn. This is a time when the resident vampires can show their fangs without fear of being discovered. The haunted houses and Marie Laveau's tomb are much visited.

New Orleans is a very old city, and is said to have many ghosts and even vampires that roam around. Now, come take a little virtual tour of one Halloween night in the quarter. Some day, you may even want to come down south for the real thing.

Don't forget about the other fun time for costumes in New Orleans, Mardi Gras!

Brown Hooded Monk's Robe

Rubie's Costume Co Brown Monk Robe Costume
Rubie's Costume Co Brown Monk Robe Costume

This would work for St. Francis of Assissi or a naughty monk to accompany Elvira.

 

Halloween Night French Quarter Jail

Halloween Night French Quarter Jail
Halloween Night French Quarter Jail

Deluxe Werewolf

Morris mens Deluxe Werewolf Costume Standard
Morris mens Deluxe Werewolf Costume Standard

Have a howling good time roaming the dark streets in this fabulous attire.

 

Baby Big Bad Wolf

Howl at the moon on Halloween in a baby wolf costume. They are precious for the little ones.

2 Vamps Meet on Halloween Night
2 Vamps Meet on Halloween Night

Halloween night in New Orleans is a sight to behold and the French Quarter is the hub of all that's spooky and creepy and that goes bump in the night. The natural ambience of this old city where ghosts and voodoo priestesses are around every corner lends itself to a truly marvelous Halloween celebration. It's a lot like Mardi Gras, but creepier.

All the witches, of every persuasion, show themselves on this magical night and some of the local vampires prowl the streets.

We have visited the Quarter on Halloween night and can attest to plenty of scary fun. If you like costumes and lots of spooky atmosphere, then the French Quarter on Halloween night is the place for you. There are several ghost tours and many trips to the tomb of Marie Laveau as well as shops that specialize in voodoo and the supernatural lore of New Orleans. If you enjoy dressing up for Halloween and having fun, then you must visit the French Quarter on Halloween night at least once in your life.

This and all photos are copyright Y.L. Bordelon (unless noted otherwise).

Batman and Vamp

Batman and Vamp
Batman and Vamp

Deluxe Batman

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My Oh My, the Sights We've Seen on Halloween... - in New Orleans!

Vamp & Nun on Halloween
Vamp & Nun on Halloween

Ultra Supreme Edition Adult Batman Costume -


Ultra Supreme Edition Adult Batman Costume for men - This officially licensed, stage quality, Batman costume includes chest piece, gloves, boot tops, codpiece, cowl, pants, jersey, and cape. Please note: Batman logo on chest piece not inside circle as shown. Boot tops and cowl run large.



Oh My! The sights we've seen on Halloween in New Orleans

At every turn a new masker appears. This pregnant "nun" added to the debachery of the Quarter on All-Halloweds Eve. You'll find all kinds down there.

Nun Habit

"Take 100 of the most enthusiastic ghost hunters and ask them to name America's Most Haunted City. Most will spring to their feet yelling, 'New Orleans!' "

(Richard Winer, "Haunted Houses")

The History and Hauntings of New Orleans

The name of "New Orleans" conjures up a succulent variety of images, from the soft sounds of jazz to whirring ceiling fans, wrought iron gates, and hot, spicy food. Along the swollen Mississippi River, the city dozes, only to come alive at night with the revelry of its people and the blare of music and laughter from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.

These are the images of New Orleans that many people think of... but there is another side to the city as well, an underbelly and a darkness that is as carefully hidden as the gates to the small gardens which lurk between buildings in the Quarter. This dark side is there, just like the spectacular gardens and courtyards, but you have to know where to look for it. Even if you don't see it though, it's liable to sneak out at you and surprise you when you least expect it.

The dark side of New Orleans is as compelling as the chicory-laced coffee and the delicious "beignets" however.... it's a dark side which is filled with the seductive images of voodoo, vampires and ghosts. Only in New Orleans could darkness and death seem so appealing!

(excerpt from Haunted New Orleans presented by Troy Taylor.)

Wolfman Attacks!

Wolfman Attacks!
Wolfman Attacks!

Versatile Hooded Black Robe

SeasonsTrading Black Hooded Robe - 56" Long
SeasonsTrading Black Hooded Robe - 56" Long

This lends itself to many wicked characters from ring wraiths and zombies to witches and wizards.

 

Black Cat and Pumpkins

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King Rio on Zazzle

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Even Our Pets Mask

Rio liked his King Costume so well that he's decided to wear it for Halloween, too.

Star Noir Stickers on Zazzle

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Star Noir doesn't really need a costume, but she thought some beads would add a nice touch.

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Dax on Zazzle

Dax is going to drag his black cat toy around by the throat, black and orange for Halloween.

You can find his and many other Halloween posters on Zazzle.com.

Elvira & Free Spirited Friar

Elvira & Free Spirited Friar
Elvira & Free Spirited Friar

Halloween Wedding

Halloween Wedding Vows
Halloween Wedding Vows

We like Halloween so much that we even attended a Halloween wedding!

Below, two ghouls are eyeing a cat. No guys, the food is over there.

Mens Zombie

FunWorld Men's Complete 3D Zombie Costume, Grey, One Size
FunWorld Men's Complete 3D Zombie Costume, Grey, One Size

Add to the masses of walking dead with this gory zombie outfit.

 

Ghouls Eyeing the Cat!

Ghouls Eyeing the Cat!
Ghouls Eyeing the Cat!
Witch & Wizard
Witch & Wizard

Preparing the Food

The witch and wizard prepare the food. Wonder how many bat wings he's putting in?

Reusable Trick or Treat Bag

Instead of using those wasteful and environmentally unfriendly plastic bags for Halloween trick or treating, try a reusable cloth bag this year. These can be customized with the child's name, but they're cute just like they are.

Many attractive reusable Trick or Treat Bags are available on Zazzle.com

Trick or Treat Bags on Zazzle

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The Mortuary - Real or Staged or Both?

In 2008, the old Mortuary was transformed into one of the most frightening haunted houses in the south. But in addition to the actors that perform nightly during the month of October, other strange beings have been observed.

The building was once the site of the New Orleans Mortuary, complete with a basement embalming room and many say, the spirits of the dead. What do you think? Could it be fact or fiction? Take a look at the vid below and you be the judge.

For ticket information or to get a preview of what's in store for you visit The Mortuary Haunted House website.

The Mortuary Haunted House

Cat in Pumpkin

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Southern Vampire Mysteries - Charlaine Harris

Maybe you'd prefer staying home and reading some spooky vampire books, that are set in Louisiana, instead of trick or treating.

TrueBlood HBO Season 4

Have a Halloween movie marathon watching the first and other seasons of Trueblood, the HBO adaption of the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mystery books.

Ann Rice's New Orleans Vampires

Author Ann Rice set her vampire novels in New Orleans, her hometown.

Dress in Style - as a Vampire

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Queen of the Vampires

Count of Transylvania

Super Deluxe Count of Transylvania Costume


Halloween Costumes for Men - This magnificent Super Deluxe costume includes the cape with collar, vest with attached sleeves and jabot.

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    • jlshernandez profile image

      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Sounds like a fun evening at th eFrench Quarterin New Orleans. Lovwe the photos. Sending fun-filled angel dust your way.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      BOO!!!!!! Love that Vampira and the Werewolf ... it is so evocative ... and takes me back to a prior life I THINK. Hugs.

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I had fun visiting! Great lens.

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      sciencefictionn 8 years ago

      Excellent photos, an intriguing lens full of humor and info!

      5 stars.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Wonderful Halloween lens! It's less than a week away!

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some Hallowe'en spirit! Great lens!

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      The Eclectic Muse 9 years ago

      Love your layout and photos. Super information too. I really need to get back there for a visit. It's been too long for me. Thanks!

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I have friends who go to New Orleans every chance they get. Sounds like a fun getaway! Nice lens!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Halloween is so fun.

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

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