What to do for Halloween in New Orleans?
I’m possibly thinking about going to New Orleans for Halloween, I’ve heard it’s awesome. There are plenty of options, but I just don’t know what I should do! I know I want to do some kind of dress-up festival, a haunted and/or night bayou tour, other creepy/strange/odd things to do and see. Need affordable yet delicious places to eat, and hotels or hostels to stay in for a few days. Anything else I should see while I’m there, Halloween related or not, I appreciate all you have to say!
October 31st this year is a Friday, which means Halloween night in the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street area will be well attended.
Some hotels and a hostel:
NOW is not too early to make hotel reservations for Halloween.
For general info:
If someone says something to you like ”I bet $5 I can tell you where you got those shoes”, the answer is “I got them on my feet”
New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year:
There are many tours offered and examples are:
You may be able to save a bit using discount coupons:
The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a “tourist attraction” in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com
There is always music, but the bands change: Go to www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music.
Music clubs often advertise “No Cover”, meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with “No Cover” often require that customers buy a beverage each for every “set” of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it is delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.
An incomplete guide to bars & clubs:
Some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.
Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).
Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 617 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.
The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, (504) 525-0200. Www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883. Www.maximosgrill.com
Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504) 945-5635). Www.cafedegas.com
The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com
Buffa’s is a neighborhood restaurant at 1001 Esplanade Avenue that is open 27/7 and has live entertainment: www.buffasrestaurant.com
More restaurant suggestions: http://www.10best.com/New_Orleans,LA/Restaurants/
Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com
New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:
The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.
Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on museums.
Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)
New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).
Check http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.
I hope you have a great time!
I want to go to Disney land during Halloween, have you done that before?
The last time I’ve been to Disney land since I was 8 years old, I’m 22 and my best friend and I want to get out of town and see Mickey! I have questions to ask you whoever been to Disneyland during Halloween or during the fall.
I’m getting my tickets on hotwire.com and using Bill me later, a 90 days payment plan, to pay for the hotel and flight. The hotel I am look at is Fairfield Inn Placentia/Anaheim. Have you stay there? If not what neighborhood cheat but good hotel you stayed in? The Halloween package isn’t up yet on Disneyland .com so what are the actives do they have at the parks for halloween? Oh and how much pocket money should I bring? And can we bring our own food in the park and/or at the hotel?
Disney’s Halloween Time/Mickey’s Trick or
Treat Party is really something special for the
young & old. You will not be disappointed and
it is definately worth the extra cost. To read up
on this event & see photos go to:
Click on theme parks across the top
Scroll down to Disneyland on the bottom left
Scroll down to special events:
Disney’s Halloween Time
Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party
The Fairfield hotels are usually nice & clean
and a good value. (I myself prefer to stay right
on Disney property. It is so much easier getting
around & you get perks, includeing Extra Magic
Hours). To read up on the Fairfield & see photos
you can also do this at:
Click on accommodations across the top
Under Category click on Disneyland Area
Hotels NOT on Property
The dates announced for 2009 are:
October 2,8,15,21,22,28 & 29 (6:30-10:30pm)
October 9,15,23,30 &31 (7:30-11:30pm)
Advance Purchase $32.00
Day of event all dates except October 30 & 31st $39.00
Day of event for October 30 & 31st is $42.00
You may want to call Disneyland directly to see
if the tickets are on sale yet. The Walt Disney World
“Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” Tickets
went on sale May 1, 2009.
If you are flying in you must be staying a couple of
days. I recommend getting the park hopper so you
can enjoy California Adventure too. There are many
wonderful rides & attractions here. It is worth a few
dollars more to enjoy everything both parks have to
offer. You can also read about California adventure
It is hard to advise money because I don’t know
how long you’ll be staying. I would say around
$40.00-$50.00 a day to cover food (you can eat
cheaper but it is always good to bring extra in case
you want to splurge).
Disney is good about letting you bring drinks (only
in plastic containers), fruit & snacks into the park.
(I have even seen people bring in sandwiches).
Check out the buffets. Lunch is a great value.
(Usually almost identical to the dinner menu but
$10-$15 cheaper). Eat mid-day around 2:00-
3:00 pm You’ll be full the rest of the day, you’ll
have had a nice meal at a good price (You
would probally spend the same for a burger,
fries & soda twice in a day as the buffet, you’ll
look forward to a break at this time…to relax from
Later on you may want a snack…something you
brought or a special treat at the park.
The hotel does not care at all. Even on property you
can bring in food. We always bring cases of water,
fresh fruit, all kinds of snacks, granola & cereal. It saves
us lots of money, especially when there is a whole group
Hope some of this is helpful to you…Have a fantastic
Healthy New Orleans food?
So, my husband and I will be in New Orleans for 2 weeks next month (Halloween weekend, and the following week)… and I can’t wait to eat some nola food! But if i remember correctly, from my last trip, most restaurants didn’t really have much for the health – conscious eater.
What are some delcious new orleans dishes that aren’t REALLY bad for you? I know I’m not gonna eat healthy most of the time.. but i have to try lol.
I’ve lost 20 pounds this summer, and I don’t really wanna gain it back in my 2 weeks of New Orleans food.. lol.
Eat grilled fish and more seafood. Stay away from fried foods.
Try Green Goddess
Cafe Rani Great salads
http://www.commanderspalace.com/menu/ They have a lot great vegetable dishes, and seafood dishes.
Rockn sake and SAke cafe have great sushi
New Orleans is a great walking city. Just walk alot. Go to the zoo it a great zoo and a great workout.
Adult Halloween Party Ideas?
I know Halloween just got over for this year, but I want to start planning a big Halloween party for my birthday next year. So I was just wondering for those of you who had parties this year, what kind of things did you do at your parties? How did your guests like them? I wasn’t exactly looking for games or anything, but I was thinking of something more for adults. I had a couple of ideas. I was going to decorate my entire house w/ diff. themes. Like having the kitchen like a mad scientists lab, the yard as a cemetary, etc. I wanted to have the game Rockband set up downstairs. A lot of my friends like to play that. I was also thinking of renting a movie projector and playing Halloween movies on the outside of my house. Also, we have an outdoor fireplace and I was thinking of setting up an outdoor smores table for people to make. I also have an entire Halloween themed menu and I want to have a costume contest. Those are just a few ideas that I was tossing around. Any other ideas anyone has would be great! Thank you! =)
Sounds like you have some awesome ideas already! I especially like the kitchen as the mad scientist’s lab. Maybe you can have some foods set up and put little signs, like cookies could be ‘shrunken heads’ or something. You could get really creative! Playing Rockband sounds like fun (though I don’t know what that is…) Definitely play Halloween type movies, especially some of the old black & white ones. Just play regular music over top, then people can look at the movie if they want. Costume contest is awesome and believe it or not, bobbing for apples is a blast. It’s much harder than it sounds!
Have fun planning!
I need to Halloween-ify a dinner menu?
Ice cream (smarties, vanilla, chocolate, cookies n cream)
If you have any ideas to make this menu haloweenie please share!
Thanks but i just need to make the menu look like halloween, like bloody nachos or something like that. im not making n e thing
CANDY CORN BY THE SLICE
Yield: Makes 8 slices
1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 13-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fit pizza dough into pan, shaping as needed.
2. Sprinkle mozzarella in 4-inch circle in center of pizza dough. Using 1 cup cheese, sprinkle 3-inch ring of Cheddar around center circle; spoon pizza sauce over Cheddar cheese. Create 1-1/2-inch border around edge of pizza with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese.
3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edge is lightly browned and cheese is melted and bubbling. Cut into wedges.
1 can (11 ounces) refrigerated breadstick dough (8 breadsticks)
1 package (16 ounces) hot dogs
Mustard and poppy seeds
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Using 1 dough strip for each, wrap hot dogs to look like mummies, leaving opening for eyes. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
2. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
3. Place dots of mustard and poppy seeds for eyes.
Mini Mummy Dogs: Use 1 package (16 ounces) mini hot dogs instead of regular hot dogs. Cut each breadstick strip into 3 pieces. Cut each piece in half lengthwise. Using 1 strip of dough for each, wrap and bake mini hot dogs as directed above.
1 large flour tortilla per person
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat your broiler. Using Halloween cookie cutters, cut each tortilla into bat and ghost shapes. Lightly brush both sides of each creature with oil. Arrange on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Broil, flipping once when they begin to brown. When brown on both sides, lightly sprinkle with salt.
and these cookies are awesome fun…
CREEPY WITCHES FINGERS
1 cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 tsp Salt
2 2/3 cups Flour
3/4 cup Almonds, whole blanched
1 Tube red decorator gel
red food coloring
green food coloring (optional, not pictured)
Gross everyone out with these creepy cookies.
In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg,salt and vanilla (can add green food coloring here to make green fingers). Beat in flour. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (this is a good time to dye your fingernails… Just roll the almonds around in some red food coloring or shake them up in a bag.) Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoonful of dough into finger shape for each cookie. Press almond firmly into 1 end for nail. Squeeze in centre to create knuckle shape. (Accompanying picture showed long rolled shape with bulge at centre for knuckle; you puff it out rather than squeeze it in.) Using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle.
Place on lightly greased baking sheets; bake in 325F (160C) oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for 3 minutes. Lift up almond, squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place, so gel oozes out from underneath. You can also make slashes in the finger and fill them with “blood.” or make wicked witch fingers (green skin) or place blood at the severed ends.
Remove from baking sheets and let cool on racks. Repeat with remaining dough.
Label all the food with spooky names… Like your wings are “Bat Wings” and Chicken fingers are “Monster fingers” and the dips are things like “Pus” “Guts” etc. And I highly recommend a punch, easy to make and looks great. Here’s a BLACK PUNCH RECIPE:
* 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
* 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
* 2 cups white sugar
* 3 quarts cold water
* 1 liter ginger ale
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1. To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
2. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.
GOOD LUCK! AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!
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