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October in New Orleans

If you decide to visit New Orleans in October, you'll find that there's a lot to do, and in so little of time. Throughout the month of October, I recommend going to the French Market along Decatur Street and South Peters. The Market is a whirlwind of colors during this time, and you can easily find cute little and huge pumpkins as souvenirs of your excursion. Also, from October 8th to October 24th, 2010, The Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street is hosting a Halloween-inspired tour called "Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of Vieux Carre" that costs $5.00 a person. The tour starts at 2pm. You can get more information on the tour by calling (504) 523-4662. For most tour prices in the city, this is a great price, and I would highly recommend taking advantage of this.

If you find yourself in the city the weekend of October 16th - 17th, 2010, there's two interesting events going on. The Botanical Gardens in City Park (Mid-City) has their Fall and Garden Show that costs $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5-12, and kids under 5 and Friends of City Park are free. From 10am to 4pm, you'll find plant sales and exhibits, educational programs, plant health clinics, kids discovery center, and a Scarecrow Garden Trail. The Botanical Gardens is a must-see attraction in October, and in Christmas (Christmas in the Oaks Celebration). Also, in the French Quarter, the Patio Planters is having a "Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre Tour" where you'll be able to see private courtyard gardens that aren't open to the public. This tour costs $20.00 per person, and children under 12 are free. One of the many things that makes the French Quarter unique is its courtyard gardens.

If you're not interested in seeing plants and courtyards, and looking for a spooky experience, then you might want to test your courage at the Haunted Mortuary in New Orleans. I went a year ago before Halloween. The Blood Center was there offering visitors the option of skipping ahead of the line for donating blood, and the line wasn't that long around 5pm. The group that I went with spent about $20.00 a person, and was disappointed because we had discounted coupons from the website that we couldn't use. Another thing I wished the Mortuary had done differently was not rush everyone in and out. There's three floors to this actual mortuary, so you're constantly going up stairs, around long and dark corridors, and back downstairs. You really didn't get to enjoy the artwork and spooky decorations that were throughout the House. What I didn't see, the person behind me saw, and vice versa. According to my relatives, the scariest moment was seeing a white monster coming out a dirty toilet and bathroom in the basement. She told the poor janitor who worked there that she didn't want his job, and she felt sorry for him. If we were in the House ten minutes, it was long enough.

If you're looking for something to do Halloween weekend, you have two options. The Voodoo Music Experience is Halloween weekend in City Park, where you'll find many bands, food, and music. Ozzy Osborne, Kermit Ruffins, Macy Gray, and Weezer are some of the bands lined up for this year. There's also many booths and a beautifully designed stage. And finally, Saints fans get your Who Dat shirts, and get your tailgating items together because there's a Saints game on Halloween night at the Superdome.

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