10 of the Best New Orleans-Inspired Halloween Costumes

20:30 October 01, 2015
By: Katie Burjek

No need to stress about Halloween. We're here to help.

If you're like me, you start thinking about next year's Halloween costume on November 1st. And if you're like me, by the time October comes around, you probably still don't have a good enough idea that will top last year's masterpiece. The whole month of October turns into a giant waiting game of when an idea will hit, and what if it never does?

Luckily, we live in one of the coolest cities in the world, and inspiration is all around us. So whether you need a rad costume to make yourself stick out at Voodoo or blend in on Frenchmen, and you find yourself in a fix (like I know I will), consider doing one of these New Orleans-inspired costumes:


This is a personal favorite of mine, and not just because I have a secret dream of dressing like this and sneaking into Café du Monde to steal all of the beignets. This costume is super easy. You pretty much just need a black bowtie and a Café du Monde hat, a convenient excuse to visit the New Orleans landmark and get some beignets and café au lait.


A photo posted by Sifa Bihomora (@sifanbihomora) on Sep 30, 2015 at 7:37pm PDT

When your girlfriends suggest that everyone dresses up like Disney princesses, instead of getting stuck being Snow White, go as New Orleans' very own Princess Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog." I know Frenchmen gets crazy on Halloween, but please don't kiss any frogs while wearing this.


A photo posted by Mel N (@feistyslippers) on Oct 31, 2014 at 11:59am PDT

Everyone's favorite season of American Horror Story is obviously the one that takes place in our spooky city. So gather up your squad, throw on a black dress and a floppy hat, and take on the French Quarter dressed as the AHS coven.


A photo posted by Sam Victor (@roosta_foot) on Nov 1, 2014 at 1:17pm PDT

Honor a New Orleans-native celebrity by dressing like them for Halloween this year. Lil Wayne is always a fun option and will also give you a chance to know what you'll really look like with face tattoos (I know you've been debating getting some).


A photo posted by Eric Cody (@ericcody28) on Nov 3, 2014 at 3:26pm PST

If you're trying to be a bit more subtle about your Nolaween costume, take a normal costume and add your own New Orleans twist to it. Blues Brothers? Meet the Booze Brothers.


A photo posted by Michael Bunch (@mgbunch) on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:04am PST

Still looking for the perfect costume to wear to Voodoo? Go as one of this year's performers, like these guys did with Daft Punk in a previous year. This year, Florence Welch, Ozzy Osbourne, and deadmau5 are all great options. Just be prepared for people to ask for your autograph.


Nicolas Cage. Enough said.


A photo posted by Jenni Wilson (@jwil412) on Jun 29, 2013 at 12:29pm PDT

Hopefully by the end of October, the city will cool down enough that this costume won't give you heat stroke. If you're looking for something goofy and easy, you can't go wrong being Louisiana's state reptile- the alligator!


Why not show up at Voodoo Fest dressed as a real life voodoo doll? Get working on those makeup skills, and make sure no one tries to stick a pin in you.


A photo posted by LaurenBaker (@smilehart) on Nov 25, 2013 at 9:46pm PST

Last, but definitely not least, what's more New Orleans than being a die-hard Saints fan? If it's October 30th and you're still at a loss for a costume, grab something black, grab something gold, and call it a night. It might not be the most creative, but it'll score you the most points with locals when you're walking through The Quarter.

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