Friday, October 31, 2008

Boo to You: Halloween in New Orleans

You learn something new nearly everyday. I grew up here, but only learned tonight via WWL TV that New Orleans has tunnels beneath the city. How is that possible given that we're below sea level? The tunnels are part of the port locks system, but you know, Halloween. Anything underground just sounds spooky. But we don't need to talk a boring locks system to get spooky down here. We've got VooDoo, ghosts, and vampires in every nook and cranny.

However, we've never had a Halloween parade before. The city celebrated its first Halloween parade tonight with the Krewe of Boo. WWL has video. You can read more about just how crazy this town goes on Halloween in's Haunted New Orleans section.

And the political ghouls came out tonight across the nation. People dressed up as Obama, Palin, and McCain prowled the streets. I like these jack-o-lanterns that I found at CNN carved to look like Barack Obama and John McCain.

But some folks have gotten out of hand and lost their minds with this political ghoulishness, hanging both Sarah Palin and Barack Obama in effigy. Arrests have been made in at least one case, as Suzanne Reisman reports at BlogHer. People, this is real life scary.

More on the real, the execution of witches. In Great Britain a costume shop owner is petitioning to have all people executed as witches posthumously pardoned. See video below.

The reporter mentions modern-day fictional witches such as the witches from The Wizard of Oz, Samantha from Bewitched, and naturally, Harry Potter's crew. But she didn't mention Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Piper, Prue, Phoebe and Paige, the Charmed Ones. Guess they aren't well-known enough.

Come to think of it, I've seen more on vampires lately as well, but Joss Whedon's Angel is rarely mentioned. Neither is the most well-known black vampire, Blade.

Most notably, NPR had a story today on pop culture and the vampire. Experts talked about "The Twilight Series" for teens and HBO's "True Blood," which is based on the southern vampire series by Charlaine Harris, vampires in Louisiana again.

And I get to experience nothing tonight as I'm sitting with my mother in a hospital, hoping she gets well soon. I guess a hospital on Halloween is enough scariness for one evening.

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