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Halloween New Orleans has played a vital role in the history of Project Lazarus. Begun in 1983, Halloween New Orleans was established as a private nonprofit organization, with the sole purpose of raising funds to support the mission of Project Lazarus. 

The weekend of events include the famous Lazarus Ball, the main costume party on Saturday night and a Sunday brunch and French Quarter second line parade. This weekend of fun was originally started as a dinner party given by a few people to honor their friends and loved ones who had died from AIDS and has become the single largest cumulative donor to Project Lazarus since the agency’s inception.

Our Mission


The mission of the Hosts of Halloween is to provide funding for Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS, so that they may provide healthcare and support services for their residents. Project Lazarus, which provides direct AIDS services, is the sole beneficiary of all funds which are raised.

In our 40 year history, we have raised almost $4.7M for Project Lazarus. We are one of the only 100% donation/volunteer event weekends left in the US.

A community coming together to share their love and sense of family, a community celebrating its unique culture and love of showmanship, a community coming to the aid of its own in the dark days of the AIDS crisis, and a community triumphing over challenges with a resilient, joyful spirit.

2024 Board of Directors

We’re always looking for motivated, fun, strong leaders for our Board and Committees. Want to be a part of this amazing organization? Email us!

Corporate Board

Aaron Rusich: President

Neil Savoy
Brent Meche


2024 Event Board

Friday - The Lazarus Ball:

Joseph Arnoult: Event Co-chair
Nick Hebert: Event Co-chair

Saturday - The Main Event:

Nick Nesbit: Event Chair

Sunday - Tea Dance:

Scott Striplin: Event Co-chair
Tony Leggio: Event Co-chair


Michael Meadows


Kaylan McDuff


Tim Snow

Beau Moss

Tyler Trobert

Tim Snow

Susanne B. Dietzel, Ph.D.: Project Lazarus Director

Interested In Volunteering To Help?

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