New Orleans Halloween

New Orleans Halloween Parties
New Orleans Halloween Parties

New Orleans Halloween parties are in good supply, with much of the action spilling out into the city’s famous downtown streets. In the French Quarter especially, you’ll see one costume after another as you make your way around the historic district, and as you might imagine in this town with a rather debaucherous edge, some of the costumes are quite risqué. Don’t worry if you are without a costume when visiting New Orleans for Halloween. There are plenty of costume stores to duck into before you head out for your party of choice. And, if you’re up for something other than celebrating downtown and in the French Quarter, you can look to the New Orleans Halloween parties and events that are held on the outskirts of town. At the end of October, for example, the Audubon Zoo plays host to various events that center around its annual Boo at the Zoo festival. Other options for frightful fun include haunted houses such as the Mortuary Haunted House in Mid-City.

Endless Night Vampire Ball

New Orleans Vampire Ball
New Orleans Vampire Ball
Endless Night Vampire Ball
Endless Night Vampire Ball

One of the biggest and best New Orleans Halloween parties, the Endless Night Vampire Ball is held over the course of several nights and could be described as a Venetian masquerade ball with a vampire twist. The setting for the nightly parties is the House of Blues NOLA, and as the name of the event implies, vampire-related costumes are common. Other costume motifs that are encouraged are formal western, ancient Egyptian, fairy tale, baroque, and Venetian carnival, to name a few. If you can’t come up with a specific motif in relation to your costume, a black suit or dress and a simple mask will do. No t-shirts, blue jeans, sportswear, sneakers, etc. The dress code is strictly enforced. This is a high energy party that is mentioned among the very best Halloween parties in the world, so tickets tend to go fast. Get yours as soon as possible. There are different ticket packages, some including special perks and VIP privileges.

Halloween on Bourbon Street

Halloween on Bourbon Street
Halloween on Bourbon Street

Halloween in New Orleans is second only to Mardi Gras when it comes to costumes and wild and crazy fun. And as is true of Mardi Gras, the heart of the action is Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Not for the prude or faint of heart, Bourbon Street on Halloween is certainly an adult-oriented affair where the chance is good that you will bear witness to some pretty debaucherous activity. Another street that is packed with revelers during Halloween in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. And if you like a good street party, there’s also the New Orleans Halloween parade, which is organized by the Krewe of Boo and typically takes place on the Saturday before Halloween. The parade makes its way through the French Quarter and the Warehouse District before heading up to the Convention Center. Parade throws from the floats include such things as doubloons, toys, voodoo doll pins and magnets, medallion beads, and pralinettes.

Halloween Costume Stores

Halloween in New Orleans rivals Mardi Gras in many ways, especially when it comes to the outrageousness of the costumes. That’s not to say that your costume has to be outrageous. Either way, if you have yet to find a costume upon arrival in the city, there are plenty of New Orleans Halloween costume stores that can help you get set up. From feather boas and wigs, to masks and over-the-top outfits, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy when costume shopping in New Orleans. The French Quarter, Garden District, and Magazine Street are good places to find Halloween costume stores, and you should have little trouble tracking down a costume store at other locations around town. Thanks to the quality of the costume and clothing stores in New Orleans, costume shopping can be just as fun as celebrating Halloween itself.

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