New Orleans Journals

Halloween in New Orleans

An October 2006 trip to New Orleans by Kimberlee Jensen Stedl

Quote: After years of talking about going, we finally made it to New Orleans for Halloween, which is a much more interesting time to visit than for Mardi Gras.

Halloween in New Orleans

Overview

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Very friendly people; great restaurants; great stores and art galleries.

Quick Tips:

Drink water; wear your sunscreen; plan on a detox day in a sauna when you get home; bring eye shades and ear plugs so you can sleep in.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking and taxis, the bus system did not seem to have as many frequent stops as we are used to, but it's flat so it's easy to walk around.

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel | "Saint Louis Hotel"

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At one time, it was a beautiful old hotel, with a huge courtyard - lots of trees and tables set up for a relaxing dining. In the three nights we stayed there, the restaurant was closed, so we were unable to enjoy dining in the open courtyard. The hotel was very quiet, which was surprising for New Orleans. However, it was very run down. There was some minor damage to the room. We had to phone for a hair dryer and coffee pot, which they did bring right away. The maid service was really new - many of the people who used to work there had their homes destroyed in Katrina and are now living elsewhere. We left our towels on the racks as instructed for reuse, but yet the maid service took all of our towels a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Hotel Mazarin
730 Bienville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 581-7300

Olivier's Creole Restaurant

Restaurant | "Olivier's"

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We loved Olivers. It was a quiet, elegant setting with open brick walls and soft jazz music. The current chef is the third generation of chefs at Olivers. It was delightful Creole cuisine with a nice wine list. We had Oysters breaded in pecans and gumbo as an appetizer. They served gumbo using several traditions, offering both the okra version and the ground sasafrass version. For our main course we had rabbit and catfish. The catfish was surprisingly lovely, since it's a tricky fish to cook. The wild rice mixed well with the fish. The carrots, steamed and lightly basted in honey, were outstanding. Yes, I know, they were just carrots but so many people screw them up I must comment when they are done w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Olivier's Creole Restaurant
204 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-7734

Vampire Lestat Ball

Attraction

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Anne Rice, author of Interview with a Vampire, hosts a vampire ball every year. She has not attended one in several years, as she now lives in California, but no one seems to mind. We were thrilled to go because it seemed like a great party and Voltaire was playing. Our flight into New Orleans arrived one hour late, and we first had to get into costume, catch up with our friends who were driving in from Austin and, of course, share a bottle of champagne. So we missed all of the opening acts, but that was okay. We also missed the raffles. Overnight, Gothic events across the country have turned into bingo nights as everyone seems to be conducting raffles these days. I cannot understand why, maybe we'...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Vampire Lestat Ball
Rosie's Jazz Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 228-3945

Wicked New Orleans

Attraction

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They have an excellent selection of quality Gothic and club clothing. They have lots of Shrine clothing, which is really well made and is not found in the cheaper trashier stores. I checked out their sale rack and was about to buy a dress that was 50% off, I tried it on and the owner took another 50% off the price. They have great stuff and a great sales staff.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Wicked New Orleans
1201 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 529-4384

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The artist, Craig Tracy, showcases his work along with a few other artists. Using latex paint they paid people then photograph the work. They made amazing use of texture and color and do some very clever things with backdrops that often disguise where the body starts and stops. We purchased a print there and even got to meet the model. In the gallery they showcase a video of the process as well. http://paintedalive.com

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Painted Alive Gallery
827 Royal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana