Happy All Hallows Eve! One of my favorite holidays: Halloween. This post comes to you while enjoying my Sippin Gypsy seasonal cocktail for Halloween: The First Bite. Cheers Team Vodka!
After throwing an amazing Halloween party, my family and I ventured to New Orleans to celebrate all things haunted in the Crescent City. I feel like New Orleans is like a second home, so I felt comfortable going to one of the biggest parties the city throws second only to their own Mardi Gras. Much of the cities festivals took place the same weekend of my Halloween party, so we missed a few events, but there's always next year. Arriving Monday the 30th, the city was still in full Halloween celebration mode. Some of the cities guests (ourselves included) boldly walked around in costumes a day early. We took our time enjoying the boutiques within the Vieux Carre. Every corner we turned we found vintage costume shops or mask shops. We could've easily put our Halloween costumes together from the great finds right there in the city, but this year we had already brought several options. For dinner we chose Felix's. Oysters and Shrimp and Grits, the perfect first meal in New Orleans. After dinner we tucked the kids in for the night and the adults headed back out to explore. As always, the music is great. I had to stop at Bourbon O for my favorite Ramos Gin Fizz. From there it was in and out of various spots, following our ears, popping in to enjoy live music and grab another drink.
Halloween Day was unforgettable. We had so much fun. Our day started at another New Orleans favorite spot of mine: Creole House. I had to have the Oysters but this time we also shared a Pick Three platter that allowed us to taste their own versions of Gumbo, Etouffee and Jambalaya. After a History Tour and getting a little spooked by the ghost stories of the LaLaurie House, Muriel's and the Ursuline Convent, we enjoyed Biegnets then ventured to the Garden District to tour Lafayette's Cemetery then Trick or Treating. The homes in the Garden District were beautifully decorated and the neighbors friendly. I loved all the fellow Sippin Gypsies out with their Martini Glasses and Wine Glasses while their kidos Trick or Treated. It was a great way to see the historic homes. I used a walking tours map to help us find homes including the Buckner Mansion from American Horror Story and the former Anne Rice home. The night ended with adults only time again. The party on Bourbon Street was like nothing I'd ever seen. Thank you New Orleans for an amazing Halloween. See you soon!