October 17, 2011 5:43 AM
You don’t have to go far to have a haunting experience in New Orleans this Halloween. Whether you like to be frightened to pieces or prefer a festival-like atmosphere, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Here are The Insider’s top five picks for Halloween fun in New Orleans:
Haunted Harvest — Register by Oct. 24 for a Tulane-sponsored bus trip to the Muntz Pumpkin Farm and the Cajun Corn Maze in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, Oct. 28. You’ll pick a pumpkin and enjoy dinner, which is included in the $25 fee. Oh, and the corn maze is haunted!
Haunted History Tours — In a 293-year-old city there are more than a few spooky places to visit. Take an evening walking tour with a guide who will make sure you know why spirits still linger in some of city’s oldest buildings.
Voodoo Music Experience — A combination of music, art and New Orleans charm, the experience takes place in City Park Oct. 28–30.
Visit a voodoo shop — As are crawfish and gumbo, voodoo is one the city’s well-known emblems. Its portrayal in movies offers a glimpse into what voodoo is about, but many believers say those portrayals are inaccurate. By visiting one of the local shops, you may learn something new.
Whatever you choose, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and always travel in groups after dark. The Tulane University Police Department recommends using a taxi or shuttle when possible.
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