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Halloween Masking in New Orleans
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
This would work for St. Francis of Assissi or a naughty monk to accompany Elvira.
Halloween Night French Quarter Jail
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.
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
My Oh My, the Sights We've Seen on Halloween... - in New Orleans!
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.
Complete with head dress.
"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.)
Versatile Hooded Black Robe
This lends itself to many wicked characters from ring wraiths and zombies to witches and wizards.
Black Cat and Pumpkins
King Rio on Zazzle
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
Star Noir doesn't really need a costume, but she thought some beads would add a nice touch.
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.
Yoda the Dog
Elvira & Free Spirited Friar
This Enchantress outfit would work for Elvira, a witch, vampire, sorceress or any woman from the dark side.
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.
Add to the masses of walking dead with this gory zombie outfit.
Ghouls Eyeing the Cat!
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
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
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.
Vampires in N.O. from Anne Rice
Dress in Style - as a Vampire
Queen of the Vampires
Stop many hearts with this gorgeous Queen of the Vampires gown.
Count of Transylvania
Halloween Costumes for Men - This magnificent Super Deluxe costume includes the cape with collar, vest with attached sleeves and jabot.