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Witches Ball for Samhain

The Witches Ball celebrates Samhain, the end of summer and "Witches' New Year" with a Victorian theme. It's open to witches, pagan, and all open-minded folk.

However, you must dress for the elegant occasion: "Creative Black Tie/Formal Costume Masquerade". There will be costume contests for Best Victorian, Best Couple/Group, and Best Witch Hat.

Oct. 27, 2012 at the Elms Mansion on St. Charles Avenue, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. You can buy tickets on-line.

VooDoo Music Experience

The VooDoo Music Experience is a 3-day, multi-stage music festival in New Orleans City Park. It also features unique art and crafts as well as food and drink. This is a major destination music event in New Orleans.

Howl-O-Weenie Dog Parade, Costume Contest and Party

Howl-O-Weenie is a dog-friendly NOLA Halloween party for the whole family, including the dogs. It features a Parade, Costume Contests, and more, allfor the benefit of Metairie Humane, an animal rescue non-profit. Oct. 27, 2012. Stay tuned or check the website for details.

LEGO Vampyre All-Night Build Party - Sept 29 2012 - FREE

A FREE early Halloween New Orleans all-nighter for kids and grown-ups will be held from sundown on Sept. 29, 2012 through sunup the next morning across from Jackson Square on Decatur St. in the New Orleans French Quarter. Everyone can help contruct a ten-foot tall Lord Vampyre with LEGOS as well see performances by the New Orleqans Saintsations, enter a kids costume contest, enter a LEGO raffle and enjoy other activities . The French Quarter event is the very first all night Community Build held by the LEGO Group.

Donate Blood for Haunted House Benefits

Halloween is a great time to donate your blood to the New Orleans Blood Center, before the vampires get it. Last year there were also these special Blood Drives being held at The Mortuary haunted house (see below) and two out of town haunted houses where donors will get special treatment:

The Mortuary in New Orleans: Donate blood at The Mortuary and get a free VIP pass (skip the line)

The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge: Donate blood at 13th Gate and get $5 off and skip the line

Warehouse of Terror in Slidell: Donate blood at Warehouse of Terror and get a free VIP pass (skip the line)

Stay tuned for special blood events in 2012.

? Krewe of Boo Parade & Party ? Not this year

In some recent years, the Krewe of Boo - a big Halloween Parade on a Mardi Gras Parade scale - rolls in downtown New Orleans and ends at the site of a costume party at Mardi Gras World. But it doesn't look like there will be one in 2012.

Halloween in the French Quarter

Halloween Night in the New Orleans French Quarter - Beyond description! Just dress up and go wander the streets.

All Saints Day Graveyard Visits

All Saints Day is traditionally the day families visited and spruced up their deceased loved ones grave-sites in cemeteries all over New Orleans. Some still do. There are often an unusual level of activity and visitors even in some less visited cemeteries and often police stationed at the locations make it an safer time to visit some. Although you never know with the living predators in New Orleans, I've visited cemeteries on All Saints Day that I wouldn't dare enter any other day.

Guided tours of the more famous cemeteries are available year round. You might also like to check out my photos from the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis No. 1, on the edge of the French Quarter, which include pictures of the legendary Marie Laveau tomb and burial sites of many historic and famous New Orleanians.
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