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The Haunted Mortuary of New Orleans: Halloween 2013

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New Orleans is a remarkable city with spirit!  Thanks to the local history and legends you’ll find that New Orleans also contains remarkable “spirits.” What better time, than Halloween, to check out New Orleans’ haunted past?

How about a haunted house visit – in a real haunted house?  Check out:

The Haunted Mortuary
4800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ghost Tours by advanced arrangement:
To schedule a visit to The Haunted Mortuary call 504.579.4431 or email 

The historical and actively haunted mansion, The Haunted Mortuary is a Victorian mansion, built in 1872 as a family home, is at the end of the Canal Street  Cemeteries street car line.  The architecture featured neo-classical revival style exterior, while the inside of the house resembles the eclectic Victorian style.  Around 1930, this became the building where many bid their final farewells to loved ones, as the P J McMahon and Sons Undertaking Company.  The interior was further modified to accommodate the activities of a funeral home including an embalming room and onsite cold storage.

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The mansion was sold in 1996 and changed hands a few times, was gutted and eventually abandoned. But the mansion continued to have life to it, as the structure survived Hurricane Katrina.  Jeff Bourne purchased the home and renovated it to become The Haunted Mortuary that it is today.  It is the site of paranormal investigations and visitors have hailed it the scariest place in New Orleans.  Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunting is available at The Mortuary, and this year, the dead walk the earth at this year’s The Mortuary Haunted House: Zombie Outbreak.

Whether you happen to be in New Orleans during the Halloween season, or if you’re journeying here to scare your socks off – we recommend a visit to The Haunted Mortuary.  Then return to the safety and cheerful ambiance of 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – to rest and relax in comfort, knowing that spirits can’t reach you here…or can they?

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5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl: October 19, 2013 – New Orleans

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Will you be here October 19th?  Join the 5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl!  This event begins around the corner at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and includes a stop at 1896 O’Malley House, and a visit to our new courtyard bar.  Wear your costume and enjoy Rum Cocktails at each participating Porch!  The Halloween-esque event will take you on a tour of gorgeous Mid-City Porches where you can enjoy unique beverages, mouth-watering local food, and a good time with fellow crawlers.  Each porch provides unique flavors and drinks – and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Finn McCool’s will host the kick-off and after parties, and guests are invited to stroll with tour guides to each porch.  After party awards include “Best Costume,” “Best Cocktail,” and “Best Decorated Porch,” so stick around to see if we win!

Tickets for the Mid-City Porch Crawl are $45 for non-Mid City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) members – and it is worth every dime.  This is a fundraiser to help improve our neighborhood, and MCNO has donated funds to such worthy causes as Easton High School Band and The Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Library.  Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful refreshments and a good time – but your contribution will help make the Mid-City community better.

Looking forward to porch crawling with you!

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Get Into History with the New Orleans Spring Fiesta – 2013

Well, Mardi Gras is underway and we survived the Super Bowl – it’s time to step back in time for the New Orleans Spring Fiesta.  The festival features two weekends of events packed full of historic New Orleans culture, and entertainment.  Make your reservation to stay at 1896 O’Malley House, to complete your weekend of history and elegance.

Events kick off on Saturday, March 2nd with a French Quarter Walking Tour in the 2004Parade_3morning.  This is a reasonably priced guided walking tour will give you the chance to explore the luxury and grandeur of historic homes that are not featured in any other walking tour.  Saturday afternoon features a walking tour of more historic homes in the Lower Garden District.  Enjoy stunning decor and intriguing stories of the homes among massive oaks.  Saturday ends with the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court followed by a  “Night in Old New Orleans” Parade.

Walking Tours are available all day Sunday, March 3rd; Saturday, March 9th; and Sunday, March 10th.

To round off the Spring Festival, don’t miss the brunch on Saturday, March 9th at Antoine’s Restaurant.  Reserve your place as the brunch is limited to only 48 people.

Don’t miss this change to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of New Orleans.  You’ll enjoy the renowned New Orleans hospitality during the walking tours and participate in one of our many delightful traditions.