Halloween 2020 may be more DIY than ever, as many annual events and attractions are sitting out the pandemic year. Making costumes and decorating homes and lawns are some of the ways locals have gotten creative in October. But here are some of the special events happening this year.
JAMNOLA: “House of Eclectic Souls”
New Orleans’ first experiential museum, JAMNOLA, opened over the summer in Marigny. In a dozen rooms with colorful displays and interactive technology, local artists illustrated New Orleans culture in selfie-friendly exhibits. Local artist La Adorna is dressing up the arts space/playland for a Halloween pop-up called “House of Eclectic Souls.” For five days, there will be special decorations and performers such as dancers, drag performers and spoken word artists in some rooms. Performing artists include Shangobunmi Durotimi, Ashley Stevenson, Gianni Redi, Gabrielle Slack, Iman Marshall, Candy Snatch, Franky Canga and others. La Adorna has curated music for the event, and a video room that usually features Royce Osborn’s documentary “All on a Mardi Gras Day” will screen a Halloween video.
“House of Eclectic Souls” runs Oct. 27-31, and the popup is for ages 16 and older on Oct. 30 and 31. Attendees also can participate in a costume contest by dressing up and having their picture taken by a photographer in one of five designated rooms. The winners will be determined in an online vote held Nov. 1-3. Visit jamnola.com for information.