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Hats Off: Goorin Bros. Magazine St. Sale

Those still searching for last-minute costume ideas should look up for inspiration, beginning with top wear. Goorin Bros. (2127 Magazine St.) is hosting a sample sale in their parking lot, offering frighteningly cheap fedoras, flatcaps, baseball caps, cadets, and cloches and floppies. 

Molly's Halloween Parade Promises Creepy, Celtic Roll Through French Quarter

The Celtic crew that runs Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur St.) is known for their St. Patrick's Day festivities. On this side of Mardi Gras, Monaghan’s Halloween parade offers revelers another chance for creative costuming and bead catching. The 18th annual event begins at the Quarter meeting spot, and it meanders through the French Quarter beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, this Thursday. 

Today in New Orleans 10.28.13

Tonight, a NOLA native brings her unique lo fi sound back to Circle Bar. One Eyed Jacks is celebrating CRAMPS for their special edition Halloween Birthday Party, and Aural Elixir is hosting a CD release and costume party at Cafe Istanbul. On this day in 1768, Joseph Villere and his cadre of Frenchmen overthrew Spanish Governor Ulloa. Now, more ways to usher in the work week. 

Fresh Scare

Zombies, New Fright Tactics Coming to Mortuary, House of Shock

Locals love a good excuse to costume, and Halloween in New Orleans grown too large for one weekend. Before the debauchery kicks off on October 31, spook seekers can head to the Mortuary (4800 Canal St.) and House of Shock (319 Butterworth St.) for an undead experience, and a frightful festival. 

Baller's Ball features Mystikal, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh

by Dan Goodman

Against the backdrop of Halloween and Voodoo fest, there is much to be overlooked on this action packed weekend in New Orleans. After the festival ends, there is yet more music to be had for your listening pleasure. With the crowds swelling and the thirst for great music at a high, the weekend is a great excuse for reunions, unusual collaborations, and, in at least one case, straight balling. With their bling outshining much of the bill, the Baller's Ball rolls into the Maison on Frenchmen St. Saturday night.

A Burly Halloween Schedule

Halloween weekend is rapidly descending upon us, and some may be scraping for last minute ways to put a new twist on that old Storm Trooper costume. What? Not you? Well, anyway, don't let the calendar pass you by in the maelstrom of costuming. As NoDef Burlesque columnist Moxie Sazerac declared earlier this month, Halloween in New Orleans is the unofficial holiday of Burlesque. Read her latest column to find out where to see some costumes come off after putting yours on.

Morning 40 Federation

Music Playlist Series

Although they broke up two years ago, the Morning 40s continue to haunt New Orleans around these busy times. With two dates set for this weekend - including a spot at Voodoo - the vaunted 9th Ward outfit turns in a playlist to give NoDef readers an idea of what influences all that glorious, madcap noise.

Time-Voodoo Contiuum Tapped for Fest's Schedule Release

The trickle-out release strategy Voodoo Fest employed to release their lineup via social media seems to have successfully removed the broom from the bedroom door of festival info. No longer were the masses dependent on anything other than Voodoo to find out who would be playing the Halloween weekend fest. There's one matter left to tend to: the schedule release. For this gradual (surprise!) schedule release, organizers seem to have only assembled more gris gris. Click through to see how this weekend's calendar ritual will work.

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