It's no secret that New Orleans loves Halloween. As the most haunted city in the country, it's no surprise that residents do their part to keep the spirit alive with incredible displays throughout the month. While most add a few pumpkins and skeletons to their lawn or porch, others take it to the next level with their dedication to the holiday. Below, two Uptown homes you must visit before November 1st.
This household loves a good haunt! The 19th century Victorian home, located on the corner of Magazine and Second Street, shows their spirit in an extremely tech savvy way during the majority of October. Complete with light effects and set to music, the display features several spooky scenes and can be viewed from sunset until 10 p.m. (or midnight on the weekends). Inspired by films like Trick 'r Treat and Carrie, the owners have dozens of individually controlled hand-carved jack-o-lanterns that are coordinated to the scenes. The "ghost hosts" work to enhance their Halloween performance each year; in 2018, a singing skeletal quartet was added to the display and this year 21 additional pumpkins joined in on the fun for a total of 61.
Ghost Manor will also be handing out candy and other treats to trick-or-treaters on Thursday, October 31st. For more information on the tech behind the show, be sure to read their blog.
It's rare not to see a crowd on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street during October. Each year, the Berger Residence decorates their lawn (and fence and trees) with dozens of skeletons that reflect current events and pop culture. Included in this year's display is a skeleton dressed as Drew Brees (Boo Brees) and other bony figures representing the college admissions scandal. Complete with costumes, each skeleton has a coordinating and creative pun. The house welcomes suggestions for future skeletons (the display changes yearly), which can be placed in their mailbox. The decorations can be viewed during the day or night through the 31st.