The Spookiest Places to see in New Orleans this Halloween

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With Halloween fast approaching, spooky season is in full effect. What better way to get into the spirit of the holiday than by visiting the Big Easy? Known as the most haunted city in America, New Orleans plays host to numerous unique spots that will chill your bones!

Here’s our list of the ghostly, the eerie, and the downright weird places you should visit while you swing through New Orleans.

 Muriel's Restaurant, New Orleans

Muriel’s Restaurant

The history of Muriel’s restaurant is tied to that of Pierre Antoine Leopardi Jourdan, who restored the house and lived in it for most of his life. The house was the pride and joy of Jourdan, which meant that it was unsurprising to find that he had chosen to die there after losing it in a game of poker. Since then, the building has been converted into a charming eatery named Muriel’s restaurant, though Jourdan is known to still reside there. Apart from their main dining room, Muriel’s is known to allow guests to visit the séance rooms upstairs. You might just contact Jourdan, himself, as well as the other spirits which haunt the location.

Le Petit Theater New Orleans

Le Petit Theatre

If you’re tired after surveying the local haunts, feel free to settle in for a show at Le Petit Theatre. The venue serves as New Orleans most historic playhouse, having been open since 1916. However, like many businesses which have been around for over a hundred years, Le Petit Theatre has its fair share of skeletons in their closet. The theatre is known to be haunted by all sorts of ghosts and ghouls. One such ghost includes a former manager who supposedly died in the staff room, since then, many staff members have reported doors slamming shut and having felt as if they were being watched. If you’re lucky, certain ghosts are known to attend the shows themselves, especially opening nights. One such ghost includes ‘The Captain’, present at every show’s opening night, it is said that if he applauds the show, it is guaranteed to succeed.

The Museum of Death

Starting the list off strong, we have the ‘Musee de Mort Orleans’, more typically known as the Museum of Death. Opened in 2014 as an offshoot of the LA location, the museum seeks to give their guests an appreciation for life itself. They showcase memorabilia from famous serial killers and murder cases throughout history.

These exhibits include focuses on the murder cases surrounding Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and even OJ Simpson. The museum has experienced a history of guests who express their gratitude of the material by giving what the owners call ‘falling down ovations’. The rest of us call it fainting. It isn’t all bad though, the owners reward these guests with free T-Shirts.

Grave in St Louis Cemetery, New Orleans

St Louis Cemetery

If you’re feeling particularly macabre, you can visit the most haunted cemetery in America, the St Louis Cemetery.  Here, you’ll find the grave of ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau, a title which she has yet to relinquish despite her death. Ghosts have been reported as being sighted around the cemetery, with one such spirit being identified to be the queen herself due to her famous turban.

The phenomenon has given the cemetery a healthy amount of fame, being featured in films such as Easy Rider and Double Jeopardy. This has attracted a few people to decide to make it their permanent resting spot, reserving plots in advance. For example, a grave that receives almost as many visitors as Laveau is completely empty. The plot belongs to actor Nicolas Cage, who, in typical Nic Cage fashion, has built his tomb in advance to prepare for his eventual death.

Old Absinthe House

Old Absinthe House

If you want to drink under the pretext of a cultural visit, there’s no place better than The Old Absinthe House. The building itself has a storied history over the 200 years that it’s been around. This includes its supposed use as a meeting area for a pre-presidential Andrew Jackson and Crime Lord, Jean Lafitte.

The unlikely duo used the building to plan their defence of New Orleans from the British during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Visitors can expect to find that the walls aren’t visible past thousands of business cards left by patrons over the years. You also have the option to try one of the signature drinks which were invented in house, such as The Absinthe House Frappe.

 

If you wanna get totally spooked out by these, haunted destinations, why not book a place on our Trek or Treat Halloween trip, which makes stops in New Orleans, Natchez and Atlanta!

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