Hi Everybody! I just got back from New Orleans, where I celebrated my birthday with a friend over the weekend.
I have visited The Crescent City during Halloween weekend before. Back in 1995 I was there with some friends for Anne Rice's annual Memnoch Ball. If you ever get a chance to visit during Halloween season, it is a great place to be with lots going on! But this weekend, I was on the hunt for any early Halloween shopping I could do while I was down there...
Santa's Quarters, a holiday shop on Decatur Street, had an excellent selection of Halloween ornaments and a few decorative items:
I loved this creepy half-skeleton cat with a rat crawling out of its body:
I bought a shiny, vintage-style pumpkin ornament while I was there.
Just down the street from Santa's Quarters is David's Found Objects. Owner David Peltier had a pretty sweet collection of vintage Halloween items:
He told me this was the "overflow" from his own personal antique Halloween collection!
Across Decatur Street near the French market, Head to Toe had a very stylish Halloween display in the window:
This glittery skull purse is fancy!:
You can tell that owner Carol Earth has a good eye for sophisticated Halloween decor.
Pretty glass pieces from the window display:
...and one more shot of a beautiful witch in the window!:
Of course, it doesn't have to be Halloween season for you to come across some spooky things in the French Quarter!
Here are some shots I took at various gift shops around town...
A lot of the bigger gift/souvenir shops had a voodoo theme...
I liked this display of a skeleton playing a pipe organ...
Here's a scary guy greeting tourists at the entrance of one shop:
...and this display was on the back of the wall in the same shop:
My friend Elisabeth and I took a Haunted History tour of the French Quarter one night! Here are the long lines waiting for the tours just off Bourbon Street:
Tours meet up just outside Rev. Zombie's Voodoo shop at dusk:
Just before the tour, we checked out Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street:
What a fun weekend!
Next up: Halloween shopping in Santa Fe, New Mexico next month!