Nobody needs a reason to visit New Orleans — the city has a soul unlike any other in the world and will always have something earthy and primal about it that pulls you in. With Halloween fast approaching, New Orleans takes a spooky and mystical light for those seeking to explore it. With a tonne of things to do year round, New Orleans also offers special Hallowe’en attractions that you can take advantage of this month — so if you’re looking for an excuse to take that trip, maybe these New Orleans attractions will set off that travel itch.
Do that Voodoo that you do so well…
It might seem a little cliché, but in New Orleans it becomes authentic. Voodoo has roots in this port city dating way back, so it’s not surprising that it plays an important tourism role. The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience runs from October 30th – November 1st and is one helluva show. This year’s lineup includes Florence + the Machine, Third Eye Blind, Ozzy Osbourne, the Zac Brown Band and DeadMau5 amoung others- to call it eclectic wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Not simply showcasing bigger names, the festival represents local artists from varying musical genres and backgrounds so there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Not just a music festival, you can also check out some amazing local artwork and art installations; like an 18 foot tall Tarantula, or a giant, full operable skeleton bird. When your belly starts to rumble, you’re also in for a treat as the list of food stalls and vendors for this festival are almost too many to count, with goodies like fresh fish, Asian-Cajun fusion, slow roasted barbeque and more up for the offering, you will leave with a full stomach.
Flickr photo via Judy Kiel
The nearby Manchac Swamp is creepy. It’ll give you the heebiejeebies any time of the year, but a torchlit tour near Hallowevooen? It’s goosebump inducing to say the least. Passing under long grown over Cyrus trees, you’ll be taken in by the homespun tales the guides will weave for you as your boat glides through the murky waters of the swamp around you. They call it the Haunted Swap because of the hundreds of people who died here in a tidal wave, and the stories you’ll hear about them will send a chill up your spine. Tours usually last around an hour and they are open for children, so if you want to give everyone in the family a scare – you can!
The Walking (Amongst the) Dead…
Flickr photo via Lucid Nightmare
Within walking distance from the French Quarter, you’ll find New Orleans’ most famous cemetery: St. Louis Cemetery #1. You’ve seen it in countless movies and the ornate tombs that litter the cemetary may be one of the first things that come to mind when you think of New Orleans. Because of where the city rests on the water table, and with flooding occurring in some sense pretty much every year, any grave must be constructed above ground. This results in the beautifully decorative mausoleums and tombs you’ll see all over New Orleans. There are a number of tour options available if you’re interested in a guided walk through St. Louis Cemetary #1, though you are also free to wander around the crypts on your own. Amoung the eternal residence here you’ll find famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, who attracts quite a crowd of true believers and curious folk alike.