Styling a Voodoo Apothecary mantel looks effortless in a French Quarter abode.

You can’t cancel Halloween. It’s already dead.

Ahem. Now that the terrible dad jokes are done, this year is not going to be normal. We cannot romp through the streets and dive bars, toasting with tequila and hugging the nearest zombie.

But! It’s still a fine year to celebrate Halloween.

I moved into an old house on Esplanade in New Orleans last year. It was built in 1824 and survived several fires, making it one of the oldest homes on the avenue.

Yes, I have a ghost.

He made his presence known the first week, and we’ve been living together ever since. He likes to slam doors, turn on lights and occasionally put things in strange places. I like to do the same, actually.

This October, if you arrived at my house, you’d notice I’ve actually decorated more than previous years.


I’m inside to enjoy the decorations this October. The gatherings are tiny—one or two friends max—and the whole season feels more thoughtful, slower and more memorable. I’ve been invited to one outdoor horror movie night, I’m throwing a socially-distant pumpkin carving party next week, and the boyfriend is grumbling less when I turn off football and turn on Hitchcock.

Halloween is in full swing, despite Covid-19.

Like I said—you can’t kill it.

Here are a few tips, tricks and treats that I’ve learned in decorating a haunted French Quarter home for Halloween.

BEFORE It’s already haunted, so… Those dreamy emerald velvet sofas though? Anthropologie.

Pitfalls to Avoid Before You Get Started

Taking art off the wall to place it strategically is a great, free option.

Lighting and Backdrop

The Final Touches

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Jenny feeling right at home in the French Quarter on an already dead holiday.