The Skeleton House: Halloween 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Orleans has appropriately nicknamed this mansion The Skeleton House (its located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street)! If you visit New Orleans during the month of October, you should definitely stop by and have some fun. Every Halloween, a number of new satirical skeletons pop-up on its lawn. I always look forward to seeing the themes that arise each year. Since I've covered this for several years now, I was interested in knowing the story behind this home. I did a little research and a woman by the name of Louellen Berger (she's a baby boomer) started this display. This fun Halloween project of hers started when her parents began to age, but she's always loved Halloween. She wanted to bring the festivities to them. Isn't that awesome? She's a college graduate, that retired from fashion & marketing and is married to real estate developer Darryl Berger (he graduated from Isidore Newman, Vanderbilt University and Tulane University Law School). They purchased this home in 1978. She often consults with her adult children on ideas. (source) I took pictures of the new themes, but if you would like to see ones from past years, please click here & here.

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Becky said...

wow, this is so cute! I can't believe this is all just one house, and WOW that house is huge. I especially like the skeleton doing the bridge, haha. it reminds me of a display we have in my area over the winter. a group of houses from a really rich area (lol) come together and just deck out their houses in christmas lights and decorations. if you google/youtube "jamaica estates christmas lights" you'll see plenty!

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Shira said...

Oh wow, New Orleans doesn't play games when it comes to Halloween! :) This is so cute.

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Wow Kim this house looks like it would be a must visit during Halloween in NOLA! Not only is the decor amazingly executed, it's obviously very well planned and thought out. The cultural references are so fun and the puns are pretty clever as well. Thanks for sharing :D

Linda Libra Loca said...

Everything just in one place? I am lucky if I remember to carve a pumpkin for a candle...
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Fitness and Lipstick said...

This looks like a fun attraction....I busted out laughing at some of those skeletons, LOL

Candice Petersen said...

Oh wow it looks so cool! Such a fun time of year.

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Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty said...

That's looks like an interesting visit. I'm not brave when it comes to scary movies or haunted houses. I like Halloween but I LOVE Christmas.

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Tanya Dufour said...

This is so fun! I love all the notes that tell us who these skeletons are. Thanks for sharing!

Jalisa Giron said...

Wow, she's incredibly creative! Haha at the names of the different groups and sections she's created. There's a home in The Bronx, NY that has a similar tradition, only for Christmas. They go all out and have life sized figurines of celebrities, Santa, etc all throughout their property; it's become a tourist attraction! It really takes time and dedication to do all of this. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great week ahead!

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Laura - Alagoz said...

Thats huge! I do like how its done, looks really cool :)

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Missy said...

One of my favorite Halloween traditions! I used to live on State St. and pass it every day! Love that you did some research on the people that do it!

Shireen L. Platt said...

I love reading your blog when Halloween is around the corner, Kim! I swear I haven't seen anywhere else celebrating Halloween like New Orleans!

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Rachel Vogt said...

Wow so many amazing halloween decor. So cool, thanks for sharing.
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Cee said...

It really is amazing how creative people can get when they love a holiday. The Musee You Don't Say made me laugh out loud - I've enjoyed all of your posts about this mansion and its Halloween decor, but that was definitely my favourite part of the display yet!
xox,
Cee

Mica T said...

I remember this house Kim! I hope you continue to feature it, it's awesome and so many of the displays gave me a giggle! The deadex delivery one was my favourite i think, but they are all so good! :)

Hope you are having a nice start to your week so far! :)

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Jenny @ Geeky Posh said...

Oh how fun! I was in New Orleans for Halloween a couple years ago and I wish I knew about this, the display names are so creative, haha! My favorite one is Game of Bones!

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Ashley Sue said...

This is super cool, and I love that you do it every year! And how awesome you researched the meaning behind it all! I especially love the Game of Bones display!

little luxury list said...

That is SO awesome! I'd definitely visit! Her signs are hilarious.

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

It is amazing how they have decorated this house, it is seen that they have made a good investment, it is so striking and the way they have placed the skeletons of different famous people is a creative!

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jo said...

She is amazing! It must take such a long time to decorate but so worth it!

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Diva Desle said...

This house is amazing. I love the architecture. Wow, the amount of creativity in all the Halloween displays is really awesome. I would love to visit it one day.

Lorena said...

How very creative ! and even educational in a way .. as you have to know the real stuff to get the joke. Thanks for sharing Kim.