New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the United
States. French fur trappers and explorers started using the
area as a settlement and port around 1690's. There is a
long, rich history in this area. And, of course, when you
have a city with that much history, including pirating,
black market traders, the Colonial Era, civil war and the
like, you end up with a very haunted history!
New Orleans has an ambiance around it year round, so
much history can be found there. It's history is rich in Voodoo, French culture, Cajun
cooking, music and of course, it has some of the best cemeteries in the country.
What better place to spend Halloween than in a city that must be
so full of ghosts, if you could see them, they would literally block the streets.
it's long history, you also have plague victims, civil war
soldiers and many other catastrophes that have lent
themselves to needing a large amount of burial space. Since
New Orleans is mostly below sea level, the need for burying
bodies above ground became clear. Some of the more famous
cemeteries to see here are Lafayette Cemeteries #1 & #2,
Metairie Cemetery, St. Louis Cemeteries #1 (resting place of
Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen), #2, and #3.
Please be aware that night time is not a safe time to be in
any of the cemeteries unless you are with a tour.
Halloween in New Orleans
is considered "The Second Mardi Gras" by many. There are so
many things to do, parties, balls, things to see and
explore, that you'll need a week to do them all in! You can
take an official haunted tour of the city. Many of the old
home tours add a haunted touch to their exhibits during
October as well. You can take in some of the many haunted
attractions set of for Halloween, like The House of Shock,
The Mortuary and The Scream Factory.
Be sure and attend the
annual Ghost Gallivant! It has actors portraying people like
Marie Laveau, a trip into the St. Louis #2 Cemetery at
night and much more! The City Park Botanical Gardens usually
adds something spooky like 2007's Scarecrow theme. There's
the Haunted Riverfront's safe trick or treating for kids and
the Voodoo Music Experience, which has drawn acts like Rage
Against the Machine and Smashing Pumpkins in the past, for
the adults to attend.
Any time of year is a
great time to go to New Orleans! The Haunted History tours
run all year. You won't run out of things to see and do in
Haunted New Orleans!
When visiting or
investigating any spooky place be sure to
obey all local laws and always respect the
privacy of land owners and residents. Always
get advance permission to enter private
property. Never trespass on, take anything
from or damage anyone's private property.
Always show respect!