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Important COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida Update

To our Patrons, Hosts, and ticket holders, as well as those who have yet to purchase their ticket:

First and foremost, our hearts are with those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 and the suffering so many in Southeast Louisiana have experienced due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida. This has been a true test of our resolve to carry on in the face of so much adversity.

That being said, the Halloween New Orleans Arcade will open October 30, 2021, as planned. There are NO changes to Saturday's Main Event. All attendees must either show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test in accordance with state and local guidelines.

However, the fear and uncertainty that caused every major weekend event scheduled in the month of October (French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, BUKU, and VoodooFest) to be canceled, has forced us to make some difficult choices. Our traditional method of fundraising (host parties) was hampered this year because of the pandemic. Hurricane Ida, as many of you know, arrived Decadence weekend and took out the city’s utilities as well as another major fundraising opportunity for HNO. As a nonprofit corporation whose sole mission is to benefit Project Lazarus, we have made the decision to maximize our potential donation by limiting our number of events. The following events have been canceled or changed in such a manner as to warrant a refund:

  • Friday, October 29, 2021 - Lazarus Ball CANCELLED

  • Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Game Over Sunday Riverboat Tea Dance RESTRUCTURED AND REPLACED (find more event information here or about refunds here)

Specifically, Weekend Pass purchasers, as well as those who purchased tickets to the Friday and/or Sunday events, individually, will receive a full refund of the purchase price. Refunds will be issued as detailed here. We expect many of you to have questions and have answered as many of them as we can anticipate here. Those of you who purchased a Host or Patron Pass will receive a second email (also linked here) that addresses your concerns. If you have other questions, we ask that you please use the form that is linked here.

In closing, the past 18 months have proven that we are all a resilient bunch, but if you need a bit of inspiration, take a moment, and think of the residents and staff at Project Lazarus. They have quarantined through most of the pandemic and have continued to follow the strictest of guidelines through the various surges in infections, only to be forced to shelter in place as Hurricane Ida made landfall, and then to evacuate to Acadiana CARES in Lafayette because of the severe damage the storm wrought on the buildings and grounds that comprise Project Lazarus. Much work remains to be done, but the residents and staff have returned as repairs continue to be made. Their resilience and resolve continue to inspire all of us to fulfill our mission.

Stay safe, and we can’t wait to see you at the Arcade!

-- Neil Savoy and the Board of Halloween New Orleans


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