Haunted Halloween: New Orleans, Louisiana

In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor.com established a list of the 10 best haunted tours in the United States. For the next 8 days I’ll be showing you the tours and giving you some advice on what to do in the area. Yesterday we explored the hauntings of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
For day three, we move on to

New Orleans Ghost Tour, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is full of haunted sites everywhere and the New Orleans Ghost Tour includes a 2 hour, mile long journey around some of the most haunted sites in the city. It also includes a stop off at a bar to drink your fears away (or just to add to the fun). Guests seem to like the theatrical taste to the tour with one survivor raving, “if you would like to hear the local ghost and vampire tales and be thoroughly entertained at the same time I suggest you go with New Orleans Ghost Tours and be sure to ask for Chaz. I took the tour on the recommendation of the hotel concierge and am delighted to say it was as entertaining as she said it would be, and then some. Our tour guide not only dressed the part in a wonderfully ghoulish period costume, but delivered the stories based on local fact and legend in a fantastically theatrical manor.”

Some of the most active locations in New Orleans include Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo Shop, the LaLaurie Mansion  and Marie Laveau’s tomb. The Voodoo Shop is a two store in one combination that includes tourist gifts on one side and voodoo items on the other. People claim to see orbs and ectoplasm forming outside the shop at night.


Meanwhile, the LaLaurie Mansion has a much darker history. It was the home of Delphine LaLaurie, a reputed serial killer of her own slaves. A vicious salve owner, LaLaurie regularly chained slaves to the equipment they were to work on, even if it meant causing injuries. Then neighbors noticed slaves disappearing and new ones replacing them regularly. A neighbor once claimed to see LaLaurie chasing a child with a whip and then witnessing the child jump to her death rather than face the wrath of her owner. The remaining LaLaurie slaves were taken from the family and sold, but family members quickly bought them and returned them to the mansion. Then a fire broke out and after it was extinguished, legend says a torture chamber and slaves were found in the attic. After that, Delphine LaLaurie was never seen again and the cause of her own death remains a mystery. Her legacy leaves behind at least one known death and up to a possible 87 deaths depending on the accounts.

Enjoy the Town Around the Tour

Marie Laveau's Tomb with a possible ghost

Another reputed haunted location is Marie Laveau’s Tomb. Marie Laveau was a Voodoo priestess known for mixing her Catholic faith with her voodoo practices. She was said to be so powerful that judges and the upper class sought her advisement and influence in their lives. Now visitors attend her tomb in search of guidance and mark her tomb with three Xs in a show of asking for help. They are also known to knock three times or leave gifts behind. The photo above was taken by one visitor to the tomb while on a ghost tour.

If you’re looking for a place to eat at in New Orleans, why not try one of the other haunted locations? Brennan’s is a local spot that barely survived Katrina and reopened with a beautiful renovation. Guests say breakfast is a must with the shrimp sardou being a standout hit. That is, if the ghosts don’t interrupt your meal. According to legend, Monsieur Lefleur went out one morning and arranged for three funerals. Upon returning home, he killed his wife and his son before hanging himself from the sturdy chandelier in the center of the Red Room. Portraits of the three decorate the walls of that room. Guests say the spot where the three were killed remains cold to this day and that Monsieur Lefluer’s portrait changes faces as you look away and back again.

Above is a clip from Ghost Hunters where the team attempts to determine if the site is indeed haunted. Sadly, they were unable to make a proper determination due to a guest party being held on-site.


Finally, if you’re looking for a place to stay, the Omni Royal Orleans is the perfect place. It is a four diamond hotel located right in the French Quarter. Its observation deck provides some of the best views of the city and it features a wonderful place to dine in the Rib Room. It may even have hauntings of its own. Guests say they feel a maid tuck them in some nights and that the furniture brought into the hotel brought their own spirits as well.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for #7 on the Best Haunted Ghost Tour in the United States.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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