Ghost Tour Meeting Location: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, in front of the steps of the St. Louis Cathedral
Tour Duration: 1hr, 1 mile walking
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Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!
Tours are available daily year-around from the afternoon to late at night. Some are offered throughout the day based on season.
Witches, Voodoo queens, and vampires run parallel to the world-renowned celebrations and party-loving tourists that flood the city year after year. New Orleans holds a special place in the United States yet acts as a world all its own. There is no shortage of oddities in The Big Easy, each offering a unique reason for the myriad of visitors that make the journey.
New Orleans’ primary claim to fame is the nonstop party that is Mardi Gras, as well as its unrivaled Jazz music, exquisite Creole cuisine, and eccentric attractions. But its party atmosphere can’t mask its dark roots that feed evil into the city’s deadly underbelly.
Mansions with tortured souls as inhabitants, Squares that served as execution sites, voodoo used for spells and possession, and cemeteries filled with the spirits of NOLA’s demented past have created a city unlike any other—a city where the dead dance with the living and black magic is in the air.
From Civil War soldiers to tortured slaves, Great Fires, and even murdered mafia hitmen, the ghosts of New Orleans are as varied as the city itself. Stand in the very streets where Madame Laveau, a Louisiana Creole VooDoo practitioner and “Queen of Voodoo, gained notoriety for her spells and undeniable abilities. Today, her gravesite remains a shrine and place where people continue to request her magic be done.
Visit sites that were tragically affected by the Great Fires, including The Andrew Jackson Hotel. Located on the grounds where The Great Fire of 1794 claimed a boarding school and the lives of five boys, the hotel is known for its eerie activity and spooky haunts. And each location only gets creepier and darker from there.
Madame Marie Delphine McCarty was born into a wealthy family, and along with her third husband, Frenchman M. LaLaurie, became the toast of the town. During one of their extravagant parties, a fire broke out, exposing the couple’s darkest, most horrid secret: the captivity and treatment of her slaves. Today, it’s known as one of the most haunted homes in New Orleans and quite possibly the nation.
The Old Ursuline Convent is one of the oldest buildings in the Mississippi Valley, once housing the French order of Ursuline nuns and orphan girls from French convents. Sent to the new world as potential suitors for French men making their fortunes in French Louisiana’s colonies, it’s believed the girls brought European vampires with them upon their arrival.
Named after then-General Andrew Jackson, Jackson Square once served two purposes for the city: ceremonies and parades and public executions. The unnerving sounds of screams from the condemned can still be heard in the square, and some have reported even seeing the former slave turned executioner, Louis Congo himself.
The mystique of NOLA is amplified by strange, unexplained, and fantastic hauntings that have made the city one of the most haunted in America. New Orleans Ghosts takes you on a journey to answer the who, what, how, and why behind the city’s notorious history of tragedy, mystery, and death.
From its inception, New Orleans has been the site of some unbelievable and horrific events. This perfect melting pot of occurrences has created terrifying activity that continues to both intrigues and baffles all those who visit The Big Easy.
The 1800s and early 1900s were a trying time for New Orleans. The Yellow Fever outbreak claimed the lives of thousands in unimaginable fashion, with symptoms ranging from fever and chills to the hemorrhaging of blood from various bodily orifices. Bodies piled up, so much so that the city established a designated area for them to keep them away from the rest of the population, but to no avail.
Patients were often taken to the Pharmacy Museum in the hopes that they would be cured. Instead, most were experimented on and ended up in worse shape than when they arrived. Today, the Pharmacy Museum is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in New Orleans, overtaken by the spirits of that dismal time.
Before Yellow Fever threatened to wipe out the people of NOLA, two Great Fires ripped through the area, nearly burning the entire city to the ground. In 1788, a fire sparked in the home of the Treasurer and Paymaster of the Spanish Army, destroying more than 850 structures and killing thousands. The fire of 1794 was minimal compared to its predecessor though it still claimed over 200 more structures.
The buildings were all reconstructed, but they weren’t the only casualties of the Fires that were resurrected. The victims of these destructive fires can be seen and felt all over the city. Some are more prominent in particular areas, such as Muriel’s Jackson Square, which was rebuilt only to experience another horrific tragedy.
This misunderstood practice is one that New Orleans is well-known for. Brought to New Orleans in the 1700s by slaves, it was Madame Marie Laveau, who would go on to become the “Queen of Voodoo” for her success in the practice in the 1800s.
Though historians debate her actual abilities, it hasn’t stopped her reputation from continuing to draw crowds from all over the globe. Her prominence and promotion of the practice have influenced various forms of entertainment, with American Horror Story: Coven being one of the most known in pop culture.
Whether you’re visiting for Mardi Gras or looking to take in the best Jazz music in the nation, you can’t leave NOLA without experiencing the side of the city that gives it its haunted reputation. You don’t have to believe in ghosts to take a New Orleans Ghosts tour – you just need to be prepared.
The most well-known of the spirits of NOLA is that of Madame Laveau, who is still sought-after even in the afterlife. Her spirit is said to be seen at her Voodoo shop as well as her gravesite, still powerful enough to grant wishes.
The Beauregard-Keyes House is named after the occupants who inhabited it while living and continue to inhabit it in death. Though they occupied the home nearly 100 years apart, it’s said that Francis Parkinson Keyes befriended the ghost of General Beauregard, choosing to join him in the home following her passing. And both of whom are still seen to this day.
We encourage you to use the EMF detectors available during your tour, as they’ll give you an idea of New Orleans’s most active areas. Even if you consider yourself a non-believer, we ask that you keep an open mind and get ready to get a history lesson of New Orleans you won’t experience anywhere else.
Welcome to New Orleans Ghosts.
We endeavor to delight all guests with fantastic stories of the ghosts in the very places that they haunt. Sometimes groups will encounter unexplained activity while on tour. You might be one of these lucky people.
New Orleans has several official and unofficial religions. With a rich and splendid past, there are many kinds of ghosts and hauntings here, layered on top of a rich and exotic VooDoo culture, and if you add in the tales of Vampires, The Crescent City quickly rises to the top of any supernatural enthusiasts list of hotspots.
Every tale comes from a different era in the colorful history of New Orleans; we paint a vivid picture of the lives and loves of the ghosts we visit. Like the French Creole master and his Octoroon mistress whom he loved but did not leave his wife for.
Hear her tale of a cruel and heartless death as she waited naked and freezing on the roof of their cottage just to prove her love for him while he played cards in the warm indoors below. His lovelorn ghost roams the roofs of the French Quarter seeking out the love he put to death.
We recount will many other stories of death and terror on the streets of NOLA and the touching, personal stories that led to such tragic, untimely deaths that mean their spirits cannot pass on peacefully.
We may be historically accurate and unnaturally scary, but we’re also appropriate for all ages. No matter who you are or why you’re in New Orleans, we’ll make sure you have a great time on your ghost tours. Fully accessible and open to all ages.
Couples are especially welcome. A ghost tour makes a great date, and have seen many romances blossom while listening to terrifying stories on the streets of the Crescent City.
We can help you get the most out of your short stay here in the Crescent City. As well as an entertaining spell of time with your professional and experienced tour guides, you get to see some of the prime sights and sounds of the New Orleans French Quarter.
Such will be the power of the stories. We promise that you will have no trouble recounting the history and the horror of the sites you saw. They say a story is ten times more memorable than a fact, and boy! do we have some stories for you?
Not everyone has the capacity to experience the supernatural. Children, animals, and a few others can feel the energies of the dead. If you are not among them, don’t worry; this tour will give you plenty to scoff at. But hear the stories; every ghost tale contains a moral, a lesson, or some wisdom from the past.
You will hear about the verifiable history of New Orleans and its layered and gruesome past. We promise to commit to accuracy in the historical presentations and only the most well-reported and confirmed ghost stories.
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