In the most haunted city in the world, Halloween is a big deal. There’s always a party somewhere and dressing up in costume is expected and, in some case, required to get in. If you're new to New Orleans, you may have started to realize that around here Halloween costumes are not just for kids. If you take a walk down Frenchmen Street, you'll see a variety of unique and creative costumes and people just enjoying themselves.
Here is our pick of the best places to find or make your own costumes.
If you are wondering where you can find one of those gorgeous green and purple Mardi Gras masks, then look no further. They have masks, wigs, boas, tutus and even gold-sequined, high-heeled go-go boots for that 1960s-era costume. You'll also find makeup supplies, headdresses and spandex Elvis jump suits. There's something for everyone, so you're sure to find what you need.
Miss Claudia knows vintage clothing and accessories. Looking for a hip 1960s look, or maybe a mobster or Victorian lady costume? The most creative costumes are often the ones you pull together yourself. Hats, wigs, masks, eyeglasses, sequined handbags and high-topped shoes are all items you can find to create a great outfit for a party or after-hours celebration.
Resale and thrift shops are a gold mine to costume hunters because you can often find things that no one else has. The No-Fleas market is a resale shop that donates a portion of their sales to help local animal shelters and rescue projects. Shop here for belts, hats, scarves, clothing and handbags as well as props and accessories for your costume. You can outfit yourself, spouse, kids and furry friends all in one place.
Goodwill stores carry vintage clothing, artwork, glassware, handbags, shoes and household items. You're sure to find an assortment of items you need to throw a Halloween party and to make creative costumes for yourself and the kids.
If you're handy with a needle and thread and like making things with your own two hands, craft stores like The Quarter Stitch and The Bead Shop may have just what you're looking for. The Quarter Stitch is located at 629 Chartres Street in the French Quarter and has a variety of material, yarn and sewing supplies. The Bead Shop, located at 4612 Magazine Street, has beads from all over the world for a custom, one-of-a-kind necklace or earring set to accessorize your costume. Combine pieces from vintage stores, craft stores and wig shops to match your unique style.
Now that you have a costume, or the makings for a great costume, dress up and join in the celebration. Voodoo Fest and Day of the Dead celebrations are two of New Orleans favorite things to see and do.