Ghostly ‘Galavant’ an invitation to eat, drink —and be scary

You might encounter a vampire. Then again, it could be a zombie.

But whomever you meet at the Friends of the Cabildo’s 27th annual “Ghostly Galavant” Friday night, be prepared to “eat, drink and be scary” along with them and a preternatural swarm of otherworldly characters.

From 7:30 to 10 p.m., costumed guests will flood into one of the city’s oldest buildings, dying to have a good time. Food, music and an auction of goods that rival a mummy’s ransom add to the spell-binding event.

“That’s just the beginning of the weekend,” said Kaydee Nenninger, director of membership for the Friends of the Cabildo. “On Saturday and Sunday during our Ghostly Tours, we’ll spirit guests to our favorite French Quarter haunts, where we promise they will meet ghosts of famous and infamous figures from New Orleans’ past.”

The walking tours visit seven courtyards in the lower Quarter, three of them public and four private (identities are concealed to protect the ghosts). Nenninger confirmed that spirits will be garbed in clothing of their era and will reach beyond the grave to voice their individual stories.

Some of the spirits expected to manifest themselves on Saturday and Sunday include Marie Laveau (the city’s one-time voodoo queen), Earl Long (the eccentric Louisiana governor), and Alejandro “Bloody” O’Reilly (the Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory who executed five French leaders of the Insurrection of 1768 and sent others to prison in Cuba). If O’Reilly appears, Jacque Phillippe Villeré is sure to follow, for his father was one of the victims of O’Reilly’s inhospitable acts. Might Villeré be seeking revenge?

Ghostly Galavant

When: Galavant: Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 to 10 p.m.;

Tours: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Galavant at the Cabildo, 701 Chartres St.

Tours start at the 1850 House Museum on Jackson Square, 523 St. Ann St.

Admission: Galavant is $45 a person; Tours are $20 a person

Info: www.friendsofthecabildo.org or (504) 523-3939.