CANVASES, CARATS AND CURIOSITIES

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GONOLA.COM, October 2, 2015.  SEE & DO - Boo Orleans: Right before dark settles over the neighborhood where I live—and when those last spokes of light jutting out over the rooftops and through the trees just can’t possibly linger—I walk through my own personal movie set. The streets are free of cars, bikes, and other pedestrians; shadows split out from the corrugated gates and iron fences. It is undoubtedly beautiful, but there’s an otherworldly atmosphere that sharpens the senses.

Gas lamps burn outside empty and elegant living rooms, the flame’s glow licking at the door frame. A cat dashes across the street, catching the corner of your eye as you pass under the impossibly crooked, thick limbs of some very old tree.

With the horizon turning from dark blue to black, those lines between houses, trees, and the sky become more distinct and then, suddenly, less so. The dappled light is gone, and dusk’s short run is now temporarily over. This darkness tempts: as far as I can tell, no vampires, nor any other intoxicating spectral beings, wander these streets, but there’s a big part of me that wishes they would.

Gas lamps burn outside empty and elegant living rooms, the flame’s glow licking at the door frame. A cat dashes across the street, catching the corner of your eye as you pass under the impossibly crooked, thick limbs of some very old tree. Distant music ebbs out from across a perfectly manicured lawn, but it’s impossible to tell from where it really comes.

You can stop for a moment and wallow in the eeriness of it all, but in terms of New Orleans you’re only beginning to scratch the surface. This is a city that leans towards the unusual and uncanny. Here are 13 things that you can do to capture the spirit of spooky New Orleans.

13 Spooky Things to Do

This is a city that leans towards the unusual and uncanny. Here are 13 things that you can do to capture the spirit of spooky New Orleans.

2. VISIT THE SECRET ROOM AT M.S. RAU ANTIQUES

On the surface, this may not seem particularly creepy, but once you’ve checked out the dazzling array of antique items at this Royal Street antique shop, ask to go on a tour. After you do that, ask to see the “secret room” at M.S. Rau, which you access through a hidden door and where there’s a whole other set of historic artifacts from creepy to downright macabre.

Boo Orleans: 13 Spooky Things to Do

 

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