With a rich and dark history filled with murder, mysteries, voodoo and even vampires, New Orleans is at the top of the list for most haunted city in America. The Big Easy isn’t shy about its past. In fact, it embraces it. That’s why the city is the perfect spot to stay during Halloween. Yes, you can party among the thousands in costume on Bourbon Street during its famous Halloween parade, the Krewe of Boo. But if you’re visiting a haunted city, why not explore its real-life haunts? Below are some spooky must-dos. Be forewarned – you may want to sleep with the light on after.
The story of Madame LaLaurie and her torture chamber on Royal Street is one most famous in New Orleans’ history. The story is pretty scary and will have you leaving a nightlight on, so we’ll leave it to your tour guide to tell you about it. Although you cannot visit inside the building (the house is privately owned), many tour providers like The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour and New Orleans American Horror Story Unauthorized Walking Tour will guide you along its street and try to separate fact from fiction.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
New Orleans’ cemeteries are quite famous, mainly because all burial plots must be built above ground by law because of the high water table. The most famous of the famous is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Built by the Spanish in 1789, you’ll find a mix of pirates, aristocrats, politicians and the queen of voodoo herself in one of its tombs. Rumor has it that Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ queen of voodoo, roams its grounds among the many other spirits. If you don’t believe in such things, you can at least check out Nicolas Cage’s 9-foot-tall white pyramid mausoleum, where the actor plans on being buried. Witches Brew Tours and Tours by Steven offer guided walking tours of the grounds.
The Myrtles Plantation
Just a short day-trip from New Orleans is the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The antebellum plantation is rumored to be built upon a Native American burial ground and said to be haunted by over a dozen spirits. The most famous is Chloe, a young slave girl who was said to be photographed in 1992 between the two of the plantation’s buildings. You can come for the day on a guided tour or stay the night in one of its 12 rooms at its B&B. You never know who you may bump into during your stay.
Vampires in NOLA
The stories of vampires in New Orleans started centuries before Anne Rice penned Interview with the Vampire. You can learn more about New Orleans’ vampire past at the Boutique du Vampyre, open to mortals and vampires since 2003. There you can purchase coffin-shaped backpacks, clothing, jewelry and other vampire-related souvenirs. You can even sign up for one of its events (like the Annual Vampire Ball), all-night adventures and escape rooms. The shop prides itself on its customer service, stating, “We like to keep our customers for eternity.”
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