Halloween is on a Friday night this year; that means all the ghouls and goblins and silly witches will be thronging the streets of New Orleans looking for a spooky home. Stay in the historically ghostly Garden District this year; the Grand Victorian is the perfect place to rest after experiencing Halloween in New Orleans!
Within walking distance of our Garden District bed and breakfast is the New Orleans Witches Ball presents La Grand Danse Macabre. Put on your best witchy costume and spend the evening enjoying food, drink, music, contests and prizes, ritual, and revelry!
The Voodoo Music Experience in City Park is just a streetcar ride away and features headliners Foo Fighters, Krillex, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Big Freedia, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, the Soul Rebels and more.
Take haunted tours of the French Quarter at night or a haunting and hilarious ghost tour by Friends of the Cabildo with ghost “sightings” in building and courtyards. Or if that’s too scary, daytime tours of one of the world-famous above ground cemeteries are a few blocks walk from the Grand Victorian. There is also a tour geared to kids, French Quartour Kids will explore why this All Hallow’s Eve became popular and how it has evolved over the years.
Also for young or young at heart, the annual Boo Carre Halloween & Harvest Festival on October 19 in the French Market District will include miniature golf, a photo booth, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and much more.
Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club holds its annual Undead Conference with four days of events including Supernatural Author Panels, book signings, and The Lestat Ball.
Jazz in the Park concert series presents Rebirth Brass Band along with Kermit Ruffins to Armstrong Park. Along with providing great music, Jazz in the Park also features a second line parade, a kids play area and food and crafts from local vendors.
New Orleans Museum of Art will host an outdoor screening of Rosemary’s Baby on October 18 at 7 p.m. in NOMA’s Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
There is something spooky for everyone. Enjoy the feasts and the shows and then rest up with us for the next day’s activities. Book now to reserve your spot in America’s best city for Halloween – New Orleans!
Tradition, opulence and beauty. We have it all here in New Orleans’ historic Garden District. The Grand Victorian sits among the best of 18th century mansions, delightful gardens and an abundance of old world charm in one of the country’s most lovely neighborhoods.
The Garden District was created after the Louisiana Purchase as a neighborhood for new American residents eager to display their wealth by building lavish homes on generous plots of land. Get a peaceful break from the more touristy areas of New Orleans in this neighborhood that is in bloom 12 months a year.
From the staff at the Grand Victorian, here is our Top 5 list of things to do in the Garden District:
1. Dine at Commander’s Palace
Always on our list and everyone else’s list is the classy upscale restaurant less than 2 blocks walk from the Grand Victorian. The secret is to go for lunch and 25 cent martinis or Jazz brunch on the weekends. Be sure to make your reservation early.
2. Tour the Historic Cemetery
Lafayette Cemetery #1 is one of the most well kept of the cemeteries open for tours in the city. It is across the street from Commander’s Palace. You can walk around on your own or take one of the free or paid tours from the local certified tour guides.
3. View the Neighborhood Architecture
Take a slow walking tour of the architecture and gardens of the beautiful and majestic homes. You can pick up a tour without a reservation mid-morning or early afternoon at the Garden District Bookshop or ask our staff to print the self-guided tour for you to go at your own pace.
4. Shop and Eat on Magazine Street
Featuring casual restaurants of every variety, antiques, dessert shops, jewelry stores, funky gifts shops, and anything you might want, Magazine Street is a six block walk from the Grand Victorian. This neighborhood shopping mecca runs for a few miles, so you may want to get a bus pass to hit everything on your list.
5. Take an Anne Rice-inspired walk
If you’re a fan of our native Gothic fiction writer, many of the places that inspired Anne Rice like the Keyhole Door at 1239 First Street as well as some of her previous homes can be found in the Garden District.
Don’t forget to sleep in the Garden District with your favorite New Orleans B&B, the Grand Victorian. A short streetcar ride away from the French Quarter, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else when you come to New Orleans. Check out our end of summer special deals today!