Most Halloween weekends (in which the actual holiday falls on a weekday) there are two spectrums-either stay inside and watch Halloween movies or go out and party. From there, you decide on the sub-categories: what movies to watch, what snacks, etc or are you staying in town and traveling to friends to party, what are you dressing up as, etc.
For Kaci and I, we found a happy middle when we booked our trip to New Orleans, Louisiana for the last weekend of October. What possessed me, the girl who would happily stay in all weekend to watch Netflix or cook with her roommates, to actually go to the party city in America? Simple.
Supernatural, if you haven't been keeping up with the times (if you haven't, I am greatly concerned for you. Where have you been living? Under a rock?) is a CW series that is in its 13th season (cue excited screams because longest running sci-fi scripted show) about two brothers who hunt all things supernatural-from ghost and ghouls to wendigos, werewolves, vampires, wraiths, etc. Anything that goes bump in the night, they kill it. How did I start watching it? Also simple.
Kaci, also if you don't know who she is, this is probably your first time on this blog. Kace is one of my best friends and she started watching the show earlier this year, and somehow I got suckered into watching as well through a compromise. And bing bang! I'm hooked.
Back to how Supernatural, New Orleans and Halloween weekend all correlate though! Like most hit shows, the fandom behind the show is HUGE. Like thousands upon thousands all over the world are dedicated to this show. So some genius decided to hold a convention one year surrounding this show, and viola! Supernatural conventions now exist and the cast travels all over between filming, breaks and such to spend 3-4 days in a city, hanging out, hosting Q&A's, photo ops and autograph sessions.
The most recent con happened to be in New Orleans, October 27-29, 2017. So on a whimsical decision made while sitting at a Waffle House in June 2017, we decided we were going to commit to traveling to a convention and get photos with the cast. There are no plans of the convention returning in 2018 to Texas or Louisiana so we knew it had to be this one. Tickets purchased, hotels booked, and plans made.
We waited almost 5 months for this one weekend, and let me tell you...
It was worth it.
Pictured above is THE Danneel Ackles because she is a gorgeous woman who is sweet and kind! We are so excited for the Family Business Beer Company to open up this winter!
I traveled to Beaumont Thursday evening so once Kaci got off work, we would just drive straight away to Louisiana on Friday. Friday came and while she worked at her news station, I worked from home and made sure everything was packed in our bags. Seeing as how we would have to eat dinner on the way, before she got home, I heated up taquitos and pizza rolls to take with us for dinner.
The drive there was okay in the beginning, both Kaci and I were super excited to get there, especially since it was my first time in New Orleans, but towards the end it became sort of rough in my case. It had started raining when we had 2 and a half hours left of our drive and I have to hand it to Kaci. She knew what she was doing. I hate driving at night but add rain in the mix, and it was hell for me. I had to close my eyes and try to block out everything so my anxiety wouldn't get worse several times before we were finally in New Orleans.
Saturday was officially the start for us which meant exploring the city some, registering, buying merchandise, and meeting one of our favorite people (Danneel Ackles). We attended a couple of panels, had our photo ops with Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, explored the city some more, attended the Saturday Night Special concert with Louden Swain, and I experienced Bourbon Street for the first time (probs won't do that again).
Sunday was exciting day as well seeing as how we got to check out at 11a.m., explore the city even more, got to eat at the famous Cafe Du Monde, explored the French Quarter (during the day it was gorgeous!), registered again, got to watch Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles' panel, had our photo op with Jensen and Misha, and was actually on the road at a decent time.
This weekend was one full of giggles, adventures, fangirling, smiles, endless amounts of coffee (on my end) and memories. I wish I could find the words to put this entire weekend into words, but I simply can't. There were things we wish we had done (saved extra money and planned more than 4 months in advance) and things we wish we hadn't (i.e. spent $40/night on valet parking only to realize we didn't move the car once, so we could have parked in the parking garage).
One thing is for certain though is that we will definitely be attending another convention in the future because this was just too fun not to. I think Kaci definitely put it into words on her Instagram post when she said "In Dean’s tears. In Sam’s pain. In Castiel’s loyalty. In Crowley’s sacrifice. In the Impala’s journey. We found home. We found family."
Until next time lovelies,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."