Haunted New Orleans


Total Spook Factor: Considering New Orlean's historical jambalaya of French, Spanish, African, Native American and Southern cultures, many ghost hunters cannot resist the bevy of superstitions, voodoo tales and haunting accounts that have permeated the Creole city. For more than a century, locals have reported seeing the apparition of Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess, within the aged corridors of Saint Louis Cemetery (pictured). Scores of New Orleans' historic hotels are reported to be haunted, like the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter or the Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District. Then there are phantom Mardi Gras partiers, Civil War ghosts, plantation spirits... The bayou boos go on and on.

Take a Tour: Spook yourself out on a number of ghost tours, vampire tours, voodoo tours, cemetery tours and haunted history tours offered by several operators in New Orleans. Most are walking tours that last about a couple hours, and some offer creepy midnight tours or overnight ghost hunts.

Plan a Paranormal Investigation: On most of the tours you're encouraged to bring cameras and small portable electronic devices to try capture your own evidence of paranormal phenomena. For overnight ghost hunts at specific locations, one of the allegedly haunted hotels is your best option -- ask for specific rooms with reported activity.

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