NEW ORLEANS -- Halloween can be almost as big as Mardi Gras across the metro area.
This year young and old whipped out costumes to celebrate All Hallows Eve from the West Bank to downtown.
"Just so the kids can get out and have a safe place to come and enjoy the Halloween," said Tonisha Wings.
Wings watched as trick-or-treaters in search of the perfect candy arsenal showed up to her front door. They found it at a Woodmere subdivision home where Ronnie Dupre -- the red vampire -- carefully set up shop.
Wings and her family have made passing out candy a Halloween get-together and an annual tradition. It means quality time for her and her kids along with her extended family.
"I'm still waiting on some more family members, my sister-in-law, my nieces and nephews we eat some hot dogs and drink some punch. Get some candy here and then walk around the neighborhood," said Wings.
Trina Collins and her two kids also knocked on doors in the neighborhood. They started before dark to beat the rain.
"I want to bring my kids out here to get candy and I think it's fun," said Collins.
Halloween revelers took on Bourbon Street ahead of the rain forecast. Spectators lined the Monaghan's Halloween Parade route as it wound its way through the French Quarter.
"I love the costumes of course. Everything," said French Quarter resident Isabelle Jacopin. "I live on Royal, just sitting on my balcony and watching the people walk by and the music. I love that!"