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Ghosts, vampires & voodoo: uncover the supernatural side of New Orleans

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Murderous madames, blood-thirsty vampires, voodoo vixens—not all of New Orleans’ inhabitants are with the living.

Feel the presence of the paranormal as you wander the French Quarter, where dark secrets lurk behind every corner. From eerie tours of graveyards to an expert-led séance, there are tons of things to do in New Orleans that feed your hunger for spine-chilling thrills. Perhaps you’ll even have a ghost sighting of your own.

Ghosts & Spirits Nighttime Walking Tour
With its dimly lit streets, weathered mausoleums, and centuries-old buildings, there’s a reason the French Quarter is considered the most haunted neighborhood in the country. Join a local guide from Gray Line New Orleans for a tour into the world of the supernatural as you visit the locations of documented sightings and unexplained events. Each guide has done their own research and experienced their own spooky activity, so there’s no telling exactly what you’ll witness on this tour. Perhaps you’ll learn about the priest who haunts St. Louis Cathedral, the 3 spirits who appear at O’Flaherty’s Pub, or the ghost named Julie who waits for her lover in a house-turned-psychic shop. Along the way, see relics from ancient voodoo rituals and age-old tools of the trade used by the city’s mysterious inhabitants.

Ghost tour on a New Orleans street corner at night

French Quarter Ghost Tour with Paranormal Investigation & Séance
Dive even further into the paranormal with a professional ghost investigator from New Orleans Secrets Tours. Your night begins with a visit to 3 hidden spots throughout the French Quarter, where you learn methods for identifying supernatural activity. Keep your eyes peeled for phantom faces and apparitions as you hear stories of the city’s oldest ghosts, both friendly and sinister. Next, you’re taken to an undisclosed location for a private séance. If you’re feeling brave, call upon the dead during this Victorian-style session. If the spirits the willing, your guide can help you have a conversation with the other side. Just make sure to undergo the cleansing ritual at the end of the séance lest unwelcome energy follows you home.

French Quarter Vampire Tour
It’s not just ghosts that wander the streets of the French Quarter—the area was once and still is home to many of our fanged friends. With Haunted History Tours, journey into the world of vampirism that dates back hundreds of years. Hear fascinating and terrifying tales of the city’s first undead, and the community of real-life blood-drinkers that live here today. Stay close to your guide as you travel to creepy locations used in the film Interview with the Vampire, and make a stop at the dimly lit bar known by locals as Vampire Tavern, where photography is definitely not allowed.

Shadow of a statue on the side of a building at night

Horror Walking Tour of the French Quarter
There are plenty of gut-twisting things to do in New Orleans, but if you really want to test your mettle, look no further than the Horror Walking Tour led by French Quarter New Orleans. Certainly not for the faint of heart, this tour delves into the most gruesome stories in the city’s history, taking you to the sites of unsolved mysteries and blood-soaked massacres. Pass by the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, once home to an evil socialite who tortured and murdered her slaves—keeping their body parts for souvenirs. A few blocks away is the Sultan’s Palace, where a mass murder was rumored to have taken place in the 1800s. Later, make a stop at the Beauregard-Keyes House, which was home to a Civil War general. During the day, visitors wander the historic halls, but at night, gunshots, cannon fire, and other bloodcurdling battle sounds are said to take over the house.

Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 Walking Tour

Ghost tour in a New Orleans graveyard during the day
Simultaneously spooky and serene, St. Louis Cemetery No 1. is the oldest graveyard in the city and home to the tombs—and spirits—of many notable and notorious names. Join a licensed guide from French Quarter Phantoms for a journey into the site. Roam through a labyrinth of dilapidated mausoleums, whose storm-battered and moss-overgrown appearance only adds to the eerie appeal. Feel a chill run down your spine as you pass the final resting place of voodoo queen Marie Laveau, who’s said to still wield power from beyond the grave. Tip-toe lightly as you tread by the marker of murderous Madame LaLaurie, and even stop to see the future burial site of actor Nicolas Cage.
Mysteries of Voodoo Walking Tour

Display of Voodoo memorabilia in a New Orleans shop
Few traditions are more mysterious and misunderstood than Louisiana Voodoo. With a practitioner from New Orleans Secrets leading the way, uncover the captivating culture and creed of the 300-year-old religion. First, dive into the life of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, whose tomb is still visited by believers to this day. Next, head to the historic Voodoo Museum to see talismans, tribal masks, and dolls used during spiritual ceremonies. Finally, chat with modern practitioners at the Voodoo Authentica temple in the heart of the French Quarter. If you’re feeling especially curious, enjoy time to shop for potent candles and powerful potions to take home with you.
What’s your favorite New Orleans supernatural story?

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2 thoughts on “Ghosts, vampires & voodoo: uncover the supernatural side of New Orleans”

  1. i wanna vist it new orleans so i could see the vampires and explore new things
    but i cant because im at a young age right now im 14 years old but i wanna travel when i get older

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