Ghoul’s paradise on St. Charles Avenue is to die for

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Uptown Messenger

Once again, the queen of ghostly puns has pulled off a Halloween extravaganza on St. Charles Avenue. Crowds gather and a line of cars slows down to see the Skeleton House at 6000 St. Charles Ave., the creation of homeowner Louellen Berger. 

The skeleton krewe is an established fixture on the New Orleans’ Halloween scene. There’s local satire, like the “Scourge and Water Board” on an orange cone in the street, and the “Corpse of Engineers.” New this year are the “Pearly Gates,” Berger’s own front gate draped in long pearls, better known as Mardi Gras beads. 

In the front yard – and spilling over onto the sidewalk and up into the trees — are more than 100 skeletons wearing costumes with wonderfully punny labels.

They’re back: The dancing denizens of Ghost Manor to haunt Magazine Street again

Ghost Manor, the animated light show that allows ghosts, ghouls, witches, skeletons and zombies to show off their dancing skills, is back for a limited engagement this year at 2502 Magazine St. The animated display took a break last year due to Covid and was scheduled for another break this year, but owner David Gentry decided to set the ghosts free for their annual romp. “The ghoulish denizens of Ghost Manor are taking over once again,” a statement on Facebook reads. “Although the human inhabitants are still dealing with significant damage from Hurricane Ida, the ghosts and ghouls were not content to remain silent this year. We tried.

NOPD offers safety tips, community Trick-or-Treating at local District stations

from New Orleans Police Department

The NOPD coordinated with Walgreens again this year to do a candy giveaway and to make sure kids have a safe and boo-tiful Halloween. Dozens of local Walgreen stores donated over 400 bags of candy to the New Orleans Police Department to allow neighborhood kids to interact with their local police officers on Halloween. Superintendent Michael Chief Harrison is encouraging community members, parents or guardians to stop by their local district station to allow kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment with officers. Here is a list of where you can grab some candy and visit with our officers

1st District: 501 North Rampart St
2nd District: 3401 Broadway St. 3rd District: 4650 Paris Ave
4th District: 2405 Sanctuary Dr.
5th District: 3900 N. Claiborne Ave.

Friends of Palmer Park host annual Halloween party Saturday

The Friends of Palmer Park will host their Sixth Annual Halloween Party potluck Saturday evening (Oct. 27). For details see the following FOPP invitation:

6th Annual Halloween Party! Come join us as we celebrate our wonderful community! 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct 27

Park party kicks off in the park near the play-set – Costumes encouraged!

Costume contest, spooky movie night in the First Presbyterian pumpkin patch

Kids of all ages are invited to show off their Halloween styles in a costume contest Saturday afternoon (Oct. 27) in the pumpkin patch at First Presbyterian Church, followed by “Casper the Friendly Ghost” cartoons upstairs in the fellowship hall. See the following announcement from the church for more information:

Pumpkin Patch Costume Contest and Movie Night
4:30pm in the pumpkin patch
(if raining, we will move into the fellowship hall)

The age categories will be:
18 and over

Judges will consider scariness, cuteness, and creativity to select overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category. All participants will receive treats just for entering. 5:30pm Casper the Friendly Ghost animated cartoons upstairs in the fellowship hall.