This article was published on January 6th, 2019
With world-class culinary bites, great musical nights, and ghostly frights, New Orleans is sure to delight. You may think of New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, or even the Jazz Festival. All are great times to go down and check out what this amazing city has to offer, but don’t forget about Halloween! Here are 7 frightful reasons to visit New Orleans in 2019:
- Halloween is amazing in New Orleans. If you love to dress-up, you’ll fit right in. New Orleans is known for people dressing up to have a good time, and Halloween is no different. People are extremely friendly at all the gay bars, everyone is out to have a good time. You can order a drink at one bar, walk down the street and meet people and drop off the glass at the next one. Many of the bars have costume contests, drag queen performances, and amazing music to celebrate this ghoulish event.
- The city is host to the Voodoo Music Festival which happens around Halloween every year. There is always a very diverse line up to please any musical taste. Uber is affordable here so you can stay in the French Quarter and get back and forth to the event grounds each night with little difficulty. If you can go ahead and splurge on the VIP tickets. The skip the line, and VIP viewing area are worth it, but not quite as much as the VIP washrooms with much shorter lines.
- If you are interested in the history of Voodoo, there is no better time to go to New Orleans. First take a Voodoo walking tour to learn about the history of Voodoo, and some of the key historical people and shops. There are many Voodoo shops around the city that will be hosting events where you can learn about spells and mystical Incantations. You can purchase memorabilia and learn a lot about their beliefs about Halloween and the significance it holds in voodoo culture.
- For the fans of American Horror Story there are walking tours that take you to the filming locations so you can check out where some of it was filmed. These tours take you past many houses that are believed to be haunted, you can hear the stories and see the amazing architecture. On Halloween in any city there are always haunted houses you can wander to have actors spook the socks right off anyone. Of course, New Orleans is no different, but the houses used here actually have a history of hauntings. It will add that little bit extra scare to any thrill seeker.
- This city has many cemeteries all with a rich history. There are tours to several of the most interesting ones. You can focus on the cemetery where Marie Laveau was buried and learn why people come and deface the tomb with x’s. You can visit Nicholas Cages plot. They will teach you about which plots are the most haunted, which have the most tragic stories of their deaths, and why they are built the way they are. There is no better time to visit a cemetery then around Halloween.
- Frenchmen street is an absolute gem. There is fantastic live music going on any night. Jazz bars all up and down the street, and you can bar hop easily. Bourbon St is where you go crazy and party overboard, you can do the same on Frenchmen St, but it’s just as easy to chill to some amazing music. The restaurants are open very late here so no need to worry about going back to your New Orleans hotel hungry.
- Everyone should check out Preservation hall at least once. The tickets are really affordable, the show is about an hour long starting every hour from 5:00pm till 10:00pm. They serve great drinks you can enjoy while listening to a fantastic Jazz band. They play a few songs they want to play, but also take requests. They’ll play any jazz classics but will also play your favorite modern song in a jazz style. It’s an intimate ticketed event, with not too many people, a scattering of antique seating, and just has a really cool vibe.
New Orleans is an amazing city to party in, but it has so much more. You can do ghost, voodoo, cemetery tours, check out the plantations, and go on a swamp tour. It has some of the best food in the USA. There are quite a few amazing gay and lesbian bars, and world class events. Be sure to get yourself there for Halloween, Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, Jazz Festival, Pride, or just a casual weekend away with friends.