Halloween in New Orleans has taken a decidedly adult turn. I guess we can’t wait all year for Mardi Gras to break out our next clever costume so in the last decade while the kids are at Boo At The Zoo the adults are at the proliferation of parties of all types. Just stroll through the Quarter and you will be sure to get a fright – or a laugh.
This year New Orleans also started the Krewe of Boo – a Halloween parade to benefit first responders. I am kicking myself for not joining.
But also this year is a new Biennial event called Prospect One that is an International outdoor art show all over the city – from an Arc being built by Mark Bradford in the 9th ward to the paddle boats that make music when you peddle them (that I helped unload this morning) in Bayou St. John to exhibits all over town. WOW!
But I have a favorite Halloween memory. For years I was serious about the “trick” part of “trick or treat.” So my gal pal Helen Siegel and I set up an old fashioned apple bobbing tub filled with apples on the porch of my house and watched neighborhood kids get drenched bobbing in our oversized wooden barrel. Fun. Then – one excitable rather loud Mom decided she wanted to bob too. Well bob she did intently and when she came up after dunking her entire head in the water in vain attempt to get an apple, she uttered repeatedly something like “AY WOS MA BEEF.” After observing her closely we realized she was saying – “I lost my teeth.” That image gives me a belly laugh whenever I need one.