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Pirate Fan? 5 Things Not to Miss This Halloween

Halloween New Orleans returns as the party with a purpose and gets ready to anchor, plus a few other happenings.

HNO Pirate Halloween event
HNO boasts a pirates theme this year. (Courtesy photo)

Ahoy, y’all! Halloween is upon us, and for NOLA residents and guests alike, it’s one of the most beloved times of the year. Ghost tours, hauntings, costumes, and revelry are an everyday occurrence here — so you know Halloween weekend turns it up a notch. The same goes for the events of Halloween New Orleans (HNO), the local LGBTQ community’s infamous celebration and fundraiser. This year promises to be another doozy, so grab your lads, lasses, and scallywags, and prepare to walk the plank. Here arrrr five reasons not to miss this Halloween in New Orleans.

Five Reasons to Get to Halloween in New Orleans

1. Aye, Matey, You’re a Pirate.

If you didn’t guess already, the theme of this year’s main event is pirates. Who doesn’t love a good pirate theme? It’s easy, and you can have a lot of fun in character. Plus, New Orleans is well-known for its pirates and privateers (Avaste, Jean Lafitte!) so there’s plenty of historical inspiration to help with costume ideas.  Need help? Think Gwen Stefani in “Rich Girls” or Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Pirate’s Revenge: The Curse of Jean Lafitte
Saturday, Oct. 29 at Contemporary Arts Center
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

One of the winning costumes of Halloween 31. How will you translate HNO Pirate’s Revenge? (photo by Roy Guste)

2. Ship Ahoy!

The finale event on Sunday fittingly returns to the water on board The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler. Feast on New Orleans-style grub and spirits, find out if you won a costume award from your performance the night before, and dance on a big riverboat cruising down the Mississippi. Y’all, a pirate-themed brunch and jig on a riverboat called the Creole Queen sounds right up my alley.

The Queens’ Tea: Brunch & Second Line
Sunday, Oct. 30th
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

3. Quite a Ruckus.

The stellar entertainment lineup includes No Idea, performing at The Lazarus Ball on Thursday, DJ Joe Ross at HNOGLO on Friday, DJ Will Lowe & DJ Grind at the main event on Saturday, and New Orleans’ own DJ Joe Geauthreaux, closing out the weekend on Sunday at The Queen’s Tea. Comedian Shawn Pelofsky returns to host the weekend and judge everyone’s costume strut off the plank.

For more information on the HNO fundraising events, click here.

4. Voodoo.

Halloween is not just a big deal for the LGBTQs in New Orleans. So many other things are happening. Even if you abandon ship, check out the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience lineupThe Weeknd is headlining, along with Arcade Fire, and Tool.

Decorations gone wild on St. Charles Ave. (photo by Paul Broussard)

5. ’tis Not Over Yet.

HNO festivities end on Sunday, Oct. 30, but Monday night is the official All Hallows’ Eve. So hold onto that costume (or go grab another one) and stay another day for the real thing. Take a haunted tour, visit a cemetery or voodoo shop, and get ready for another party. See ya on Frenchmen Street!

Halloween Lagniappe

Need to brush up on your pirate speak? Check out this Pirate Translator.