Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you can’t deny that New Orleans has a supernatural atmosphere. Between the city’s history of Voodoo practice, tales of vampires, hauntingly beautiful above-ground cemeteries, and secret torture chambers, there are plenty of spooky tales to go around. If you want to learn about this fabled side of New Orleans, take a haunted tour! What better time than the Fall, with Halloween approaching? We’ve made a list of our favorite New Orleans ghost tours:
1. New Orleans Ghost Tour
Haunted History’s two-hour walking tour of the French Quarter is one of the best-known haunted tours in New Orleans. The tour starts at Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo Shop and meanders through the Vieux Carre. In addition to historically haunted bars and hotels, you’ll pass by Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, which was once home base for famous pirate Jean Lafitte’s smuggling operation, and by LaLaurie mansion, the site of Madame Lalaurie’s infamous slave torture chamber. The cost of this tour is $25 for adults.
2. New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Tour
This Gray Line tour is perfect for those who are skeptical of ghosts and vampires but still interested in the supernatural. You’ll be picked up at a central location in the French Quarter and taken to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 for a walking tour of one of the oldest burial grounds in New Orleans. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, this nearly 250-year-old cemetery is only accessible with a tour guide, so you’re sure to get the inside scoop on the above-ground mausoleums and on Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s grave, which has become a pilgrimage site. At the end of the tour, your guide will give you your very own Voodoo amulet (“gris-gris.”) The tour is $26.
3. The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour
This is Ghost City Tours‘s flagship experience. The journey begins in central New Orleans. You’ll visit restaurants, and hotels that still operate and hear the stories behind their haunted pasts of crime and murder. You’ll also stop outside famous haunted homes and hear stories of ghost-sightings and witchcraft. Guests can choose from multiple time slots. The price for adults in $19.95.
4. Garden District Ghost Tour
While most ghost tours are concentrated in the French Quarter, this Haunted History tour focuses on the stories of the historic Garden District, the city’s American section. This two hour walking tour is a mix of history and legends about supernatural experiences and sightings. Here you’ll walk among the beautiful mansions of the Garden District and hear about the (occasionally sinister) tales that accompany them. The tour gets started at 2:30 p.m. at Lafayette Cemetery across from Commander’s Palace Restaurant and costs $25.
5. Witch Pack Tour
This tour by Witches Brew Tours covers all the French Quarter’s spooky bases: ghosts, Voodoo, vampires, and witches. You’ll start at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and Marie Laveau’s grave. In the evening, you’ll return to the French Quarter for a walking tour full of creepy stories. You’ll stop by St. Germaine House, home of rumored vampire Jacques St. Germaine, and learn about the sinister tales of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and the mysterious concoctions once sold there. Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours offers a similar spooky experience.
Final Note: Remember that New Orleans tour guides are highly trained and knowledgeable locals. They love sharing their stories and experience with you! Don’t forget to ask for extra advice or directions, thank them, and give tips for great service!