After a year hiatus, the beloved New Orleans “Skeleton House,” the popular Uptown mansion known for its yard of satirical skeletons, returns this Halloween season.
Homeowner Louellen Berger, dubbed the “Queen of Halloween,” resurrects her full display of funny bones on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street after only featuring a scaled-down version of the annual attraction last year due to the pandemic.
The New Orleans Halloween tradition pokes fun at trending news topics and pop-culture references with dozens of creative skeleton displays to celebrate the spooky season. Each year, a handful of new parodies pop up, but the homeowner also brings back old favorites.
Some of the skeletons ripped from recent headlines reference last year’s parade cancellations due to the pandemic, chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci holding a vaccine syringe, problems with the Sewerage and Water Board and post-Hurricane Ida Fema aid.
In another display honoring New Orleans musicians, one skeleton references jazz artist and composer Terence Blanchard’s recent history-making moment. Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is the first work by a Black composer staged by New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.
Similar to last year, Berger also releases a skeleton parody video as a virtual version of the outdoor display. The Youtube video, titled “Monster Mask,” launches as a Halloween-themed spoof of the 1962 novelty song “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.
Berger’s Skeleton House, located at 6000 St. Charles Avenue, typically goes up at the beginning of October and remains up for display through Halloween.
Another popular Halloween display, Ghost Manor, won’t happen for the second year in a row after sustaining damage during Hurricane Ida. The homeowners say the storm caused roof damage, window damage and water damage which will likely require mold remediation.
Located at the corner of Magazine and Second Street, the high-tech display draws crowds each year for its family-friendly, Halloween-inspired show. Ghost Manor utilizes sound, lighting, projections and animatronics to create a spectacle for neighbors each October.
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