What does Halloween mean anymore? When I was a kid it meant free candy, of course. As I got older it meant cool costumes. Oh, and free candy. As an adult, however, the purpose for the celebration has changed. Now, at least for me, it's a time to embrace the creepy, the spooky, and the gruesome, something I never, ever do! Halloween is my annual chance to scare and be scared.
Most of us do some kind of Halloween recognition. Some cities have turned their community centers into haunted houses. Some malls have “monster crawls” so toddler trick-or-treaters can show off their garb in an indoor environment. Some of us decorate our houses, and buy goodies for the visitors, and wear our own costumes to greet them. It's a time to relish the villainous pirates, the waiting cemeteries, and zombies created by dark voodoo.
It's different here, though, in New Orleans. We ARE pirates and cemeteries and voodoo. That's not Halloween. That's Tuesday.
So what does Halloween mean here? It means bigger. BIGGER. B I G G E R!
|Dead Duck...||Ice Bucket Challenge||No longer "Stayin' Alive"|
|You can still recognize him!|
But many don't stop there. Many do BIGGER!
|Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar|
One of our history's most famous pirate, Jean Lafitte, traded in his pirate life to own a blacksmith shop. It's a bar, of course. We use that more than a smithy these days.
And the world's foremost voodoo queen, Marie Laveau, lived, died, and was buried right here in the St. Louis Cemetery in the French Quarter. Her grave is among the most visited, with people leaving gifts for her constantly.
|Marie Laveau's Tomb|
Walking in the past... what better way of seeing ghosts? Especially on Halloween.
The Snarkology Blog Hop continues...
Thanks for the chance!!! Joelybogan@aol.com .. this is a great giveaway..
It must be fascinating living in New Orleans, all that history and mystery. skpetal at hotmail dot com
Thanks for the giveaway. firstname.lastname@example.org
I added it to my "TBR" list at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7164231.Phaedra_Seabolt
Fantastic post. I loved New Orleans the one time I was able to visit. Really wish I'd been able to see more and that I manage to get back there again someday. Thank so much for sharing with us.
We ARE pirates and cemeteries and voodoo. That's not Halloween. That's Tuesday. >>Love this line!
Have a Happy Halloween and thank you for taking part in the Hop!
Been my absolute pleasure!
My many thanks and deep gratitude! Very nice to meet you, Phaedra.
You are welcome!
It is! Between the food, the history, and the festivals we keep ourselves busy here.
And many thanks to you!
I agree! ;)
By the way you have an awesome name...
New Orleans is on my list of places to visit.
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