Are y’all ready for Halloween? New Orleans certainly is! Personally, we will need every last minute we can find over here to finish prepping. We got hit with a stomach bug pretty hard last week that wiped out the whole family! Needless to say, we didn’t have any grand adventures this week. But we did have fun exploring our neighborhood and seeing all the creative displays our neighbors have put together!
We went for and walk and then got a special treat at our favorite coffee and dessert shop. Let’s take a stroll and show you:
First up, we found the floats from the Krewe of Boo parade! This is a parade that happens every year before Halloween, and it is organized by the Kern family who makes many of the Mardi Gras floats. Check out our post on Mardi Gras World to learn more about that.
We didn’t attend the parade this year, due to everyone being sick, but it’s on our 3 year bucket list for this duty station. The parade is family friendly and runs from the Marigny through the French Quarter. We heard that they throw lots of fun things to the parade goers, including mini bags of coffee – definitely going next year! We were lucky to catch the floats above on a whim, because they were being stored near our neighborhood after the parade.
Next up on our Halloween Hunt was a couple of neighbor houses with the cutest, kid-friendly decorations.
We love the creativity of the neighborhood and how everyone puts their own spin on Halloween.
Of course we had to watch Hocus Pocus later as well! It was better than we remembered from our own childhood. The ghost and Mr. Potato Head pumpkin would be easy decorations if you need last minute ideas!
At this point we had to stop for a quick snack! We did drive a few minutes to get to our favorite cafe, but getting everyone in the car was well worth it. As you can see, they go ALL out for Halloween!!
No part of Amore Cafe in Gretna, LA is left undecorated. The amount of time and energy that must’ve gone in to these displays is a true labor of love. Everywhere you look, there is something more to enjoy. That bat on the light fixture was just hanging out above our table. The mummy was guarding the gelato. And check out the giant spiders outside. How fancy is the gold skeleton?? Not pictured is the pumpkin cheesecake that was gobbled down in 2.5 seconds! Honestly, this cafe is so amazing that we will have an entire post about it soon!
We continued our walk in the dark with a few more finds around the neighborhood:
We are so thankful for a community that is sharing the fun of the season with us! Especially since decorating didn’t happen much for us this year, with still getting settled after a big PCS.
What is your neighborhood doing for Halloween? Are you ready for Halloween?