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There Will Still Be Halloween This Year!

15:00 October 23, 2020
By: Lawrence Bourgeois

Halloween is a decidedly social holiday. Children look forward to it year-round as a double-win, because they get to stock up on candy as well as dress up as their favorite person or character, and adults often look forward to the themed parties and decorating opportunities. This October, though Phase Three is in full swing and we are gradually decreasing health and safety protocols, social distancing is still critical. Listed below, you will find five events to enjoy this Halloween season while remaining safe and in-line with health mandates.

Yelloween at Gris-Gris

Local restaurant Gris-Gris is putting on a Halloween costume/cocktail party that will feature the beloved French champagne Veuve Clicquot. Gris-Gris is one of the culinary gems of Magazine street and the host of this year's Yelloween event, which is named for the famous champagne's iconic yellow label. The event will have a costume contest, plenty of cocktails and champagne to enjoy, food by head chef Eric Cook, and even giveaways to those participating. Masking and social distancing are required, but with this type of event, you can at least get creative with your masks. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. 1800 Magazine St., (504) 272-0241, grisgrisnola.com

Day of the Dead Dinner

Hosted by the New Orleans Botanical Garden, this October 31 is a celebration of the famous Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Halloween, costumed visitors can enjoy a full-moon night in an environment themed around the Day of the Dead, as well as enjoy margaritas and dinner served to you at your reserved table. There will also be a well-decorated altar on display, as is tradition. The whole event is set in honor of Enrique Alférez, who has been a longtime patron and artwork creator for the Botanical Garden. You can book tickets to the event by following the link to this website. 5 Victory Ave., eventbrite.com

Qt Event Hall Halloween Bash

The Qt Event Hall will be the home for a local Halloween costume party on October 31. A $20 entry fee will net you both free food and alcohol, as well as access to the costume party itself. There is a $100 prize available for the best male and the best female costumes. The bash will begin at 9 p.m. on Halloween Day and run until 1 a.m. on November 1, so be sure to prepare for a late night if you plan to attend. You can book tickets by following the link HERE. 8700 Lake Forest Blvd., (504) 920-6580, eventbrite.com

NICU Amateur Tennis Fundraiser

This fundraiser for amateur tennis players calls on everyone in our community to help support Noah's Ark's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Foundation. While the event is distinctly focused on tennis, there is an encouragement for costumes and other fun Halloween-related apparel, provided you properly mask and distance. Noah's Ark also welcomes businesses and those running for office to the fundraiser, where they can donate to the NICU program in exchange for a periodic advertisement during and around matches. This event is running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 31, so mark your calendars, whether you plan to sit in the crowd costumed or try your hand in the tennis tournament. Tickets are available through the link HERE. 4025 South Saratoga St., eventbrite.com

Boo Carré Halloween Haunt

The yearly Boo Carré Halloween Haunt is still having an in-person iteration this year, though it will be truncated to compensate for the current health situation. Still, this is as good of a Halloween event for you and your children as it has ever been. Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 31, the French Market's Boo Carré event will have an opportunity for children to trick-or-treat as well as show off their costumes. There will be four main activities available for children to participate in, and a special Boo Carré goodie bag for those who register in advance. The French Market is, in fact, asking that all interested parties do register early, so that they can plan appropriate social distancing accordingly. Event registration is entirely free. You can register through the link HERE. French Market, eventbrite.com

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