Morbid Planet’s Halloween Countdown: Happy Halloween from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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If you don’t mind crowds, catch a parade through the French Quarter. Picture: The Red Streetcar.

Welcome to Morbid Planet’s seven days of Halloween destinations and fun!

To celebrate Halloween, everyone’s favourite morbid day of the year, Morbid Planet is exploring a different city each day and looking at what celebrations, activities and events they offer. We are counting down seven cities.

Today we have reached the final day of our countdown and visit the last destination, New Orleans in Louisiana. Now, I know today is Halloween and some of the events we are looking at have already happened before Halloween, but this will give you a glimpse of what this fangtastic city has to offer and will help you plan a visit for next year.

For those of you that may not know, New Orleans has quite a reputation for vampires. This isn’t just limited to shows like The Originals or the movie Interview With the Vampire. New Orleans has created an entire culture around this creature of the night and others.

One of the most famous events each year in New Orleans is the Vampire Ball that is put on by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club annually.

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The vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) as seen in the film Interview With the Vampire (1994). Picture: Geffen Pictures.

This year marked the 30th anniversary. I remember when I was a kid, I joined this fan club briefly and used to receive all sorts of goodies and newsletters. I have never made it to New Orleans for the event, but know a bunch of people that went this year.

Ticket goers could celebrate on Thursday October 25, 2018 at Potions Lounge for pre-party night of jazz and cocktails. The Tricentennial Vampire Ball was on Friday October 26 and kicked off at 8 p.m. till 4 a.m. The website described the event as:

Join Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club for our 30th year of the Coven and the 300th anniversary of our city with a lavish Masquerade Ball celebrating the tricentennial of vampires in New Orleans! 300 Years of Vampires! Dress in you favorite time period, 1718 to present (long formal with Mask)…or anything fabulous!

The ball had dancing, a silent auction, costume contest, entertainment and a fangsmith. Because the event has already happened I couldn’t find the price of tickets, but last years ball went for $75 USD for general admission or $125 USD for VIPs. If you aren’t partied out after two nights of vampirish fun, there is a witch’s ball the following day.

If you want something a little more low key, the Prytania Theatre is holding a screening of the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween night.

This has always been one of my top ten films. I even have the soundtrack in my media library. They have two showings, 10 p.m. or midnight. Make sure to wear a costume and bring props to help you celebrate this cult classic in style. Tickets are $12 USD or you can pay $17.50 USD and get a special prop included for the show. Tickets can be purchased online.

What would Halloween be without a top notch parade?

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Krewe of Boo photo from the parade in 2017. Picture: Krewe of Boo.

The Krewe of Boo parade started back in 2007 and happens annually each year in the French Quarter. This year it kicked off on Saturday October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

You can get your fill of floats featuring the likes of ghosts, vampires, werewolves and other things that go bump in the night. People dress in costume and toss goodies from the floats to the crowds.  These can range from treats or snacks to toys and coins. The event is free so it fits with anyone’s budget.

Last, but not least, what would a visit to New Orleans be without stopping by Boutique du Vampyre, a vampire specialty shop.

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A stop you won’t want to miss in New Orleans. Picture: Boutique Du Vampyre Facebook Page.

Over the last five years of networking with people in the vampire genre, I’ve had the pleasure to chat online with the owner of this unique shop, Marita Woywod Crandle and her manager Lia Shofner. They are two lovely ladies!

The shop is full of vampire goodies you won’t find anywhere else and if vampires aren’t your thing, they have something for everyone, whether you are looking for cool themed snacks or health and beauty products. If don’t live locally like me, you can check out their online store. The shop even has someone onsite that can set you up with your own pair of vampire fangs by appointment! Besides owning the shop, Marita also published a vampire book last year, New Orleans Vampires – History and Legend. Stop by for a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Well, that is it folks. I hope you all have a safe Halloween! Feel free to comment and share your stories if you have visited any of the locations or events we covered in our countdown. We love to hear stories from fans!

Notes: 

  1. seven days of Halloween destinations and fun: Erin Chapman, “Morbid Planet’s Halloween Countdown: Day 7, Vancouver, Canada.,” October 18, 2018, Morbid Planet, accessed October 20, 2018, https://morbidplanet.com/2018/10/18/morbid-planets-halloween-countdown-day-7-vancouver-canada/.

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Erin is the owner of Morbid Planet and Morbid Shopping. She also is a writer and co-admin for Vamped.org., a vampire general interest online magazine.

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