Halloween is now widely celebrated across the world, often accused of being too ‘Americanised’. However, where did these traditions begin? Dr Louise Fenton will consider how Halloween traditions evolved in America before moving her focus to the traditions within New Orleans. The culture, traditions and society of New Orleans is unique due to an eclectic mix of people and beliefs. This fully illustrated lecture will show some of the historic traditions before exploring Halloween today, a mix of Voodoo, ghosts, decorations, parades, all celebrated to the sound of Jazz. Louise will show how houses are decorated, the range of celebrations and where Voodoo fits into this special time of year. Mixing contemporary celebration with centuries old traditions, Louise will show how the Crescent City will get you in the mood for Halloween.


Dr Louise Fenton is a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and a cultural and social historian. She teaches contextual studies in the School of Art and supervises PhD students; she is also an artist and illustrator and uses drawing within her research. Her interest in New Orleans Voodoo began when studying for her PhD which she was awarded from the University of Warwick in 2010. Most recently Louise has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Beyond Belief’ and is a consultant on a new drama for BBC 3. Her research covers Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft, especially curses and cursed objects.

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