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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.

crowded cemetary with tombstones

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

Row of house silhouettes with Mid-City Porch Crawl and Trick or Treating logo

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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New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum

New Orleans historic VooDoo Museum established 1972

Culture, secrecy, education, entertainment, magic, mystery, folklore, history, and legacy – New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum has it all.  This is an attraction that you won’t want to miss when you stay at 1896 O’Malley House.  This unique and interesting little institution in the heart of the French Quarter will make your visit complete.

At the New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum, you can learn…

History – VooDoo came straight from Africa to our own city of New Orleans!

Zombies, Gris-Gris, and Marie Laveau –  Beings, objects, and important people in the world of VooDoo.

Current Practices and Practitioners – Curious?  Explore modern use of VooDoo through local contemporary experts.

The museum also offers a VooDoo-Cemetary Walking Tour, which takes you to none other than the tomb of Marie Laveau, the VooDoo Queen!  The tour doesn’t miss other notable sites throughout “America’s Most Interesting City.”  The cost for the walking tours is $19 for adults and $10 for children (12 & under), and automatically includes free admission to the museum.  Schedule the tours with 24 hours advance notice, and will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Take home a mystical souvenir to remember New Orleans’ religious culture from our gift shop.  We have everything from VooDoo dolls to informational books.

The museum is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm – check it out!

All of this information has been obtained from the website for New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum.

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VooDoo Experience Music Fest 2012

VooDoo Expereience Music Fest 2012

Halloween weekend in New Orleans inspires wild and crazy fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages!  This is a place where visitors can cut loose and have fun in all that NOLA has to offer.  We are especially looking forward to the VooDoo Experience Music Festival 2012, which has featured high-profile artists for more than ten years in City Park.  This high energy and exciting festival showcases four musical experiences in distinct locations: Le Ritual – mainstream music,  Le Plur – electronical/dance, Le Flambeau – local flare, and Le Carnival – indie bands.

VooDoo Music Fest was originally started in 2005 as a post Hurricane Katrina tribute concert for New Orleans citizens, and the many folks who provided support and assistance to us.  To this day the annual event offers three days of outstanding entertainment by a variety of award-winning artists.

Friday, October 26 kicks off the party with:
Le RitualNeil Young & Crazy Horse AND The Avett Brothers
Le PlurKaskade AND JFK of MSTRKRFT
Le FlambeauBootsy Collins AND CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis
Le CarnivalSay Anything AND Big History

Saturday, October 27 continues the groove with:
Le RitualGreen Day AND AWOLNATION
Le PlurKaskade AND Justice
Le FlambeauMyNameIsJohnMichael AND Toots and the Maytals
Le CarnivalDave Stewart AND Fleur de Tease

Sunday, October 28 wraps it all up with:
Le RitualJack White AND Coheed & Cambria
Le PlurSkrillex AND Modestep
Le FlambeauLost Bayou Ramblers AND Lil Band O’ Gold
Le CarnivalTomahawk AND New Orleans Bounce Azztravaganza

There are way more events than are listed here – for more information and a complete schedule please see The VooDoo Experience website.

If you are coming to New Orleans to be part of the VooDoo Experience Music Festival – plan to stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House, conveniently located near the venue.  We look forward to your stay and hearing about your adventures at the festival!

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Halloween In New Orleans – Vampire Ball

 “Some are born to Sweet Delight, Others are born to Endless Night.”

New Orleans has long been known as a premier destination for Halloween, due to the many exceptional events taking place in the city the entire week of the holiday.

One such spooky spectacular is the annual Endless Night Vampire Ball. The Ball has been held in New Orleans since 1998 and has grown more lavish each year.

The location is the famous House of Blues on Decatur street. As the dress code is strongly enforced, it is highly recommended that you read up on the dress requirements before attending the event.

Tickets may be purchased from the event site.

1896 O’Malley House still has limited room availability for Halloween week- contact us to book soon!