We’re not looking for any Hallowe’en business this late in the season. It’s October 15 today and we’re pretty much full that weekend. Hallowe’en is on a Wednesday this year, I think, which always screws up business. It’s like when Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day coincide. We’re robbed of a popular weekend. Why am I telling you this? I know you don’t care about the travails of our small artisanal New Orleans hotel. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with that. Instead, I’ll tell you about Hallowe’en in New Orleans.
It’s all you expect and some things you don’t expect.
HALLOWE’EN IN NEW ORLEANS.
First of all, Hallowe’en isn’t a major holiday in New Orleans. I know you think it is and the city likes to sell it that way but for the people who live here there is only one important holiday. That’s Mardi Gras. No holiday is more important in New Orleans than Mardi Gras. The whole year revolves around Mardi Gras. Hallowe’en in New Orleans? It’s a blip on the calendar.
That said, there is always something going on in New Orleans even when there is nothing going on. During the Hallowe’en season, there are definitely things going on. That weekend, the French Quarter will be full of people wearing costumes.
Mind you, wearing a costume is not a special event in New Orleans. We don’t tend to get overly excited about it. We wear costumes during Mardi Gras (there I go again) and I can walk out my front door and see people in costumes of one type or another every day. In New Orleans, every day is Hallowe’en in that way. Consider your humble narrator.
I’m not in costume in this picture but I was talking with some guests from Washington, DC this morning and they said to me that I don’t dress like anyone in Washington. At lunch yesterday, I was talking to our waiter and I dropped that Frau Schmitt and I both live here. The waiter said, “You didn’t need to tell me that. I can tell by looking at you and talking to you.” Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT HALLOWE’EN IN NEW ORLEANS?
There will be a parade that weekend. It’s the Krewe of Boo. I don’t want to get into it too much. Click the link to learn more. This parade is more to entertain you, a visitor to New Orleans, and to give you a taste of what the parades are like on—wait for it—-Mardi Gras. I’ve never been to a Krewe of Boo parade. I’m not trying to pooh-pooh the Krewe of Boo, it just normally have stuff to do when the parade is rolling.
Very few children stop by La Belle Esplanade on Hallowe’en night to ask for candy. We don’t even bother to buy candy anymore. I’m sure some trick-or-treating goes on in Tremé and in the 7th Ward, the neighborhoods of which Esplanade Avenue is a part, but trick-or-treaters don’t spend a lot of time on Esplanade Avenue. We’ve sat on the front porch and we don’t really see much activity. It’s more like just another quiet night.
Wanna see what I wear on Hallowe’en night in our lobby? It’s pretty much what I wear every day:
Every day is special in New Orleans. Every day is a holiday of one sort or another. Every day is a celebration.
Here is what our lobby looks like in black and white:
If you are looking for an authentic New Orleans experience without the hype and the hoopla, to experience the city the way it is lived by the 380,000 citizens who make their home here and contribute to its culture, you are on the right website. 17.7 million people visited New Orleans last year. We only have five suites. Plan early if you want to stay at La Belle Esplanade. You know where to find us. We’re the bright orange house with blue shutters on Esplanade Avenue.
Have a great New Orleans Hallowe’en this year, wherever you happen to be!
–La Belle Esplanade
Monday, October 15, 2018: Here’s an old unrelated post you might find interesting . You can waste a lot of time in our extensive blog archives getting into The New Orleans State of Mind. Follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook if you want to. We post stuff several times a day, all of it New Orleans-related as your humble narrator goes about his daily routine. No day in New Orleans is routine.