‘Danse Macabre’ Halloween tour will send chills down your spine

The Insect-Headed Tombstone April 17, 1953: photograph by Clarence John Lawrence. The Clarence John Lawrence archive at The Historic New Orleans Collection 1981.

With Halloween approaching, The Historic New Orleans Collection will resurrect its special Halloween-themed tour of its Louisiana History Galleries.

From Oct. 2 to Oct. 31, residents who want to be properly spooked can attend the tour “Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History.”

“La danse macabre,” or the dance of death, is a ritualized march to the grave—a sober reminder of life’s finality cloaked in wicked mirth.

In a similar spirit, THNOC’s “Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History” will lead visitors through darker aspects of New Orleans lore.

From the unwholesome subject of executions in French Louisiana to the gritty logistics of cemetery relocation, the tour is a toast to the authentically terrifying—a veritable dance to the grave.

Mosquitos, serial killers, colonialism and unlawful assembly are just some of the topics likely to produce a bedlam of fright, insights and delights.

Tours will be available at 11 a.m. Tuesday–Sunday, Oct. 2–31. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Please note: this is not a walking tour of New Orleans or the French Quarter, and the tours are not intended for children under the age of 13. Please note THNOC is closed on Mondays.

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