Catch Widespread Panic or another local favorite in concert
If you’re in the mood to jam out on Halloween night, you’re in luck, as Widespread Panic is playing at the University of New Orleans on October 31, November 1, and November 2. If the hippie thing isn’t your cup of tea (or daiquiri, as it were), you might also consider hitting up the record-release show for local blues-funk band Galactic (featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph + Motel Radio) at Tipitina’s. Costumes not required, of course, but we can’t imagine you’d be remiss in dressing up for any concert in this city on Halloween night.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Always wanted to ride in a New Orleans parade? This is an easy way to do it. The price may be steep, but it buys you a seat on a mule-drawn carriage and a whole bunch of throws. You provide your own costume. The parade winds through the French Quarter, beginning and ending at Molly’s at the Market (one of the only legit locals’ bars in the French Quarter), with a stop at Erin Rose in the middle where the costume contest will be held. If you just want to watch, get to somewhere between Molly’s and Erin Rose around 7pm on Friday night (pretty much anywhere on Decatur is good). But, the parade route will be different this year because of construction on Bourbon, so watch the website for more info. When in doubt, just grab a street beer and wander in the direction of the noise, and you’ll be golden.
Cost: Free to watch; $150 to ride
Center Business District
Dubbed “Ancient Spirits,” this special performance by the LPO is classical music with a scary twist -- they don’t call it Gothic for nothing, you know. Pieces will include “The Isle of the Dead” by Rachmaninov, then Peer Gynt Suites 1 and 2, followed by the mischief and mayhem of Petrushka. Definitely a different kind of Halloween, but one worth checking out!
So the “Day of the Dead” is a bit of a misnomer -- in most Latinx communities, the celebration of dead ancestors lasts from October 31 to November 2, give or take, allowing for a bit of wiggle room. The second year for this festival, held by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, will be held on the Saturday after Halloween at the Baby Cakes’ field. Kinda fitting, in a way, since the Baby Cakes no longer exist. There’ll be all kinds of family events on offer: music, food, shopping, and all sorts of entertainment, as well as a costume contest and an ofrenda (an offerings altar), where the greater community is encouraged to bring mementos of those who have passed.