Halloween has to be my family’s favorite holiday, especially my niece, Garyione. She states that over the years we made a big deal over it just for them, decorating to wearing costumes throughout the month of October. She has taken over the holiday as far as the adult nightlife part of it, leaving me to entertain the kids as I did with her. I can’t wait to see what she will be on Halloween day, after seeing her creative costume choices so far this year, I’m pretty sure it will be super impressive.
I have to admit I love a good Halloween Masquerade Party and I make sure to try to get in at least one major Halloween Ball. I’m not big on haunted houses or scary costumes. Although, I appreciate the very talented makeup artistry.
Halloween in New Orleans is just as fun as Mardi Gras and there’s so much to do. Here are a few of the events I loved last year and look forward to attending this year.
Krewe of Boo
This weekend the Krewe of Boo rolls. It not a big parade, I think maybe 20 floats, but if offers the spirit that is needed for a good ole NOLA parade. There are pretty nice throws as well. We love watching all of the dancing/marching troupes which most are in costume. The parade goers go all out for Halloween, the makeup and costumes seem professionally done. It’s like you are walking through a movie set production with all the people who are dressed up. I love it, you can be whoever you want to be in NOLA as it is, but Halloween just adds to the creative spirit, but if you want to be regular You then you be the best Regular you can be, but do me a favor and wear your Sunday Best at least. lmbo
Krewe of Boo is a kid friendly parade, so make sure you and your goblins come out wearing your costumes. My kids and I catch the parade at towards the end by the Convention Center, down some blocks away from the end, but it makes for smaller crowd and the kids can have their own lil viewing section.
- Assemble at Elysian Fields
- Parade Down Elysian Fields to North Peters St.
- North Peters to Decatur
- Decatur past Jackson Square to North Peters
- North Peters to Canal
- Up Canal St. to Burgundy St. then U-turn
- Down Canal to Tchoupitoulas
- Tchoupitoulas to Andrew Higgins Drive
I took a van full of costumed girls to Boo Carre last year and they have been driving me crazy with anticipation regarding being in attendance this Saturday after having a blast last year. I was impressed as well. I appreciate the detail that went into planning this event for the children, it was well done and I’m thinking this year will be better.
The kids can Trick ‘Or Treat at several vendors throughout French Market,from Shops at the Upper Pontalba to the Open Air Market. Children in costume receive a free trick or treat bag (while supplies last) last year they were excited to get praline candy and voodoo stones along with several other great gifts. There will be a list with the participating vendors and shops and signs stating which shops are giving out treats. The Trick or Treat Bag, which was a great keepsake and the girls used the bag on Halloween.
There was a petting zoo, music, face painting, arts & crafts, music, prizes and lots of other great things. This is a must go to event for anyone with kids. The location was a plus to me, it was in the Dutch Alley of the French Market. You can sit and watch the kids as they participate and play. It’s a kid event so it wasn’t as crowded as a typical NOLA festival.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Saint Hotel on Canal St.
If you are visiting and looking for a hotel during the Halloween season I highly recommend The Saints Hotel on Canal St.. Its has that mysterious seductive ambience that I love for especially during the Halloween season and this hotel will complete your Halloween theme holiday.
It’s a modern, sexy, glamorous hotel with a restaurant serving delicious sexy food. The rooms average $200+. I suggest if you’re on a budget like the rest of us broke hardworking people, book on a site such as Expedia or Hotwire, like I did. If by chance you can’t find a great rate or the hotel is booked, you are more than welcome to go sit in the Saints and Sinners Lounge, sip a few cocktails while enjoying live music at the on-site jazz club Thursday through Sunday nights and take some selfies!
The front desk staff left this comment on my Instagram and I want you all to ask for her too ” Ask for Treia at the front desk 😁😁😁😁 im so glad that you stayed with us!”
We had an amazing time!
I’ll be sure to add more of the NOLA Happenings going on this Halloween season, but for now I hope you and your family can get out and enjoy this weekend’s events!