NORD Commission Halloween Activities

Movies in the park is back with the classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus

Come out to Rosa F. Keller Library, Oct. 25. Movies start at dusk between 6:15-6:30 PM. Pre show fun begins one hour before movie start time with field games and activiities. #NORD #cityofFUN

Teen Halloween DanceGet Ghoulish at the 2019 Teen Halloween Dance

Bring your friends to celebrate All Hallows Eve with the NORD Teen Council.

COSTUME CONTEST | FOOD | LIVE DJ Lyons Rec Center | 624 Louisiana Avenue, Uptown Friday, October 25 | 7-10 PM FREE!! Ages 13-17 Read more



On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission and Fit NOLA will host its annual “Thriller” Flash Mob in front of City Hall, 1300 Perdido St. Dancer, choreographer, and actor Kenneth “Kynt” Bryan returns to host and choreograph this year’s event.

The New Orleans Health Department will also host a health/de-stress day from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hundreds are expected to gather in the front of City Hall to march and retrace dance steps from the iconic video, including students from Crocker College Prep, ARISE Academy, the Plessy School, and Schaumburg Elementary. Participation in the flash mob is free and open to the public. All dance levels and age groups are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in this annual community experience.

Don’t miss your chance to rehearse for the upcoming Thriller Flash Mob! The annual event will take place on Halloween Day! Learn all the moves tonight at one of the public rehearsals @ Joe W. Brown Rec Center (Gym). 5601 Read Blvd, 6:00-7:00 PM. #FITNOLA #NORD #cityofFUN

Halloween Spooktacular

We host an annual Halloween Spooktacular event at multiple NORD locations across the City to provide our youth a safe and fun environment to celebrate Halloween. Each event is family-freindly and features carnival games, bounce houses, costume contests, prizes or raffles, and of course, track or treating for candy! This event is FREE and open to all. Attendees are encourage to bring a trick or treat bag for goodies.

THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2019 | 6-9 PM | FREE

• Cut-Off Rec Center (6600 Belgrade St.) • Joe W. Brown Rec Center (5601 Read Blvd) • Lafitte Greenway (1971 St. Louis St.)

For more information visit: https://nordc.org/activities/special-events/

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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