Lone Star Skiers Cajun Haunted Halloween New Orleans
Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29, 2017
ONE SPOT FOR A FEMALE AVAILABLE
Includes 3 nights lodging, 2 hour private walking tour of Haunted French Quarters (including a haunted bar or two), and a 2 hour jazz paddle boat ride touring New Orleans via the Mississippi (including a buffet lunch), plus other LSS activities
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Celebrate Halloween in typical New Orleans style!
If you thought that Halloween was just a night for the kids to go trick or treating with their parents in tow, you need to think again. In New Orleans, like everything else, it’s different. Halloween, Crescent City-style, is second only to Mardi Gras for wild and crazy, dressing-up-in-costume kind of fun. Join the fun and craziness!
It’s a night you might run into a vampire or a zombie or a pirate. New Orleanians are devilishly clever when it comes to devising imaginative and outlandish costumes. No other city in the world does Halloween better than New Orleans. On and around All Hallows’ Eve in New Orleans, there is something for everyone. This is a city so rich in haunted history, it is widely known as “The Most Haunted City in America.”
Come enjoy the history, the fun, the ghosts!
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES 3 NIGHTS LODGING AT THE ("HAUNTED") FRENCH MARKET INN HOTEL LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE FRENCH QUARTER; JUST THREE BLOCKS FROM BOURBON STREET (SO IT WILL BE QUIETER WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO SLEEP). BREAKFAST IS NOT INCLUDED BUT WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS SERVING BREAKFAST AND BLOODY MARYS SURROUND THIS HOTEL.
The French Market Inn has a long and rich history. It opened in 1722 as a bakery, and in the 1830s, it was purchased by Baroness Micaela Almonaster who transformed it into a popular inn among Creole families and out-of-town visitors. Reports of ghost sightings and spooky noises (including sounds made by the bakery's old pulley system) have been on record since 1832.
But ghost stories aren't the only thing that has remained from its early days. The hotel's interiors are full of period details, and the furnishings complement that history. In the lobby, hanging glass chandeliers, oil paintings, exposed brick, a marble fireplace, and carved wood furniture vividly display the historic nature of the building. Many of the rooms face a charming traditional courtyard, paved with brick and decorated with greenery and a small fountain. Patio seating here provides a shady spot to linger, and guest often spot the inn's "courtyard kitty," Patrick, stretched out here.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES A PRIVATE 5-STAR CLASSIC WALKING FRENCH QUARTER GHOST TOUR
Friday evening at 5 p.m., you'll get in the Halloween mood by walking in the infamous footsteps of New Orleans' ghostly citizens, hearing forgotten histories & finding spirits that have lingered behind.
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Join this intense look at the other side of New Orleans spirits. Learn the old New Orleans ways to call, banish and work with the spirit world and some modern spiritual and paranormal techniques as well. Hear of the many documented encounters with New Orleans Ghosts, both past and present. Learn the truth behind the characters of legend: visit Madame Lalaurie’s mansion, part of a true American horror story, learn the ways of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and hear tales of the handsome rouge patriot, pirate Jean Lafitte, Julie the naked ghost, Pere Dagobert and many personal spirits tales too.
Jaunt the length of the French Quarter all the while hearing history, mystery and folklore which provide a lurid alternative history mixed with much magic. Visit haunted sites, meet at a haunted pirate’s pub, see New Orleans’ oldest buildings, tour our now defunct red light district and stay for a spell in a Vampire’s lair. Explore the folklore, fears and realities of these monsters. Join a discussion of how their images have changed over the years.
You will hear cruel French execution tales, unusual customs and explore the true history of vampires: Just who were the Nosferatu in New Orleans? In 19th century the concept of vampire was becoming increasingly popular. At the same time, our death toll was reaching highest in the country, creating thoughts of vampires and werewolves (tales of the Loup Garou, our swamp werewolf, is still spoken of around town). Just Why is New Orleans still so closely connected to these creatures of the night? When did the popular romantic angle of modern vampires, from Anne Rice to Twilight, become one with these once feared creatures of the night?
You will also see ghost pictures from America’s first ghost photo gallery, displaying Bloody Mary’s paranormal photography from the sites featured on her tours and her travels. Take your own paranormal photos during the tour using Bloody Mary’s field method of holistic connection, her “voodoo paranormal” technique. It is possible that you see, hear, feel or, at times, even smell a spirit nearby. She can only help you open your senses to try; she cannot guarantee sightings. However, it does happen during tours, so keep connected and keep trying. Combined historic and personal experiences shared within the tour may have you believe that New Orleans deserves her reputation as America’s most haunted city.
AND INCLUDES A TWO-HOUR JAZZ CRUISE WITH LUNCH
On Saturday at 11:00 a.m., enjoy a two-hour jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez, from the heart of the French Quarter, where you will learn why the city was founded on the beautiful crescent of the lower Mississippi River. See New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river above New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat. A casual lunch buffet is included. Beverages are not included but can be purchased on the boat.
THE REST OF THE TIME (ON YOUR OWN)
There is so much to see and do in New Orleans. Visit its famous cemetery. Tour the Garden District. Hit the casinos. Check out all the local bars and shops. Get ready for the street party each night!
Need a costume for the festivities? No problem. One of the city’s many costume shops will be happy to fix you up for the occasion. You can get anything from cat ears and bat wings and vampire fangs to the most over-the-top outfits you’ve ever seen, including feather boas, multicolored wigs and masks for those who are into glamour.
And, once you’re in costume, you might find an open party or bar that’s heavy into the spirit of the evening. Most bars, shops and eateries welcome and encourage costumed guests on Halloween night and the fun doesn’t stop at midnight, either. In many places it goes on till the first rays of daylight rise over the nearby Mississippi River.
Voodoo Music & Arts Festival
Optional Vampire Lestate Atlantis Ball