The Top Haunted Spots in New Orleans

The Top Haunted Places in New Orleans

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LaLaurie Mansion

Haunted LaLaurie Mansion where Nicolas Cage once lived.
The beautifully haunted LaLaurie Mansion.

LaLaurie Mansion always makes it onto my list of the best haunted places in New Orleans. It’s got such a horrific and terrifying history of Madame Delphine LaLaurie torturing and performing medical experiments on her slaves.

The building is said to still be actively haunted by the tortured souls who met their final demise at the house. Although it’s now privately owned, you can still walk up to the mansion and feel the atmosphere eerily change the closer you get.

Related: Nicolas Cage and his Dark Connections with New Orleans

Visit LaLaurie Mansion: 1140 Royal Street

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter
St. Louis Cathedral

Stunningly gorgeous, the dazzlingly white St. Louis Cathedral is the focal point in Jackson Square.

The original structure was destroyed in a hurricane, rebuilt and then destroyed again by a city-wide fire. It was rebuilt a second time, only for it to be destroyed once more because the structure wasn’t large enough. The current construction you see today sits atop the former structure, on the burial sites of deceased New Orleans citizens.

Several ghosts have been spotted on and around the grounds of the cathedral. The most noteworthy being former Pastor Pere Antoine, who has a reputation of showing up after people have noticed his portrait inside the cathedral. He’s usually spotted in the alleyway next to the cathedral.

Visit St. Louis Cathedral: Jackson Square at 615 Père Antoine Alley

Lafitte Guest House

Lafitte Guest House
Lafitte Guest House

Formerly a hospital (for venereal diseases!) Lafitte Guest House is now a three-story French Colonial-style hotel that boasts a haunted room thriving with paranormal activity — room 21. A ghost known as Marie, who is said to have perished from yellow fever, is often spotted by guests in the room’s mirror. She’s also rumoured to be heard coughing and has regular conversations with child guests of the hotel.

If you want to spend the night in a haunted hotel in New Orleans, be sure to book a stay at Lafitte Guest House. And make sure you request room 21!

Visit (or Stay) at Lafitte Guest House: 1003 Bourbon Street

Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

I fell in love with Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop purely for the aesthetics. Formerly a Blacksmith Shop, the building was transformed into a cafe in the 1940s and now operates as a bar. It’s an old rustic-looking building with exposed brickwork and black wooden doors, with candles for light and comes complete with an incredible history involving the French Pirate Jean Lafitte.

A full-bodied apparition thought to be Jean Lafitte himself is often seen inside the bar, standing in a dark corner staring at patrons. He slowly fades into the shadows and disappears when someone notices him. Be sure to give Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar a visit and have a drink with Jean Lafitte!

Bonus: If you’re a jazz fan, check out Richard “Piano” Scott’s song called The Ghost of Pirate Jean Lafitte. I love it! Definitely watch some of his live performances, too, and get ready to be blown away by his piano skills. I used to see him at Fritzel’s Bar but he plays at various other locations now. Check out his schedule on his website. If you want to hear another fantastic song by him check out Jambalaya Town.

Visit Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar: 941 Bourbon Street

Old Absinthe House

The outside of the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans
Image Credit: Coastlines to Skylines

With a local reputation for being a bar that catered to people’s vices, The Absinthe House was the place where people could get their hands on drugs and the popular drink absinthe (also called the green fairy).

Ghosts that are said to haunt this location include the ever-busy Jean Lafitte (maybe he comes here to take a break from the Blacksmith Shop!) and Andrew Jackson, among other random apparitions. What makes the Old Absinthe House even more exciting is the ghostly activity that often occurs, such as doors opening, chairs moving around the bar and whispers being heard from disembodied voices.

Visit Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House: 240 Bourbon Street

Ursuline Convent

The Ursuline Convent Museum in New Orleans. A red brick path with green bushes on either side leading to a large white building.
Image Credit: Coastlines to Skylines

Well known for the story of the Casket Girls of New Orleans, the Ursuline Convent was involved in housing “vampires” in the 1800s. The girls were brought over from France and after a 6-month journey, they arrived pale and sickly, carrying casket-like suitcases. This caused rumours of the girls being vampires to run rampant throughout New Orleans.

Related: The Casket Girls of New Orleans

Visit Ursuline Convent Museum: 1100 Chartres Street

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  1. Not gonna lie, still think that casket girls story is one of the best vampire stories I’ve ever heard! Probably my favourite. I think folklore like that is incredibly interesting! So I’d be curious to see how/if the Ursuline Convent has catered to that history.

    Also, that blacksmith shop cum cafe is weirdly adorable. Very wild wild west, but in the middle of a city.

    As you know, I’m less into supernatural and more about the macabre, so naturally Lalaurie’s house would be top of my list, as well. But I still think these places are fascinating. I’m so glad Louisiana has been able to preserve this bit of history.

    Are there more NOLA posts coming? *fingers crossed*

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      Same! I really love how it was legitimate women, too. When real history turns into incredible creepy stories – like the casket girls – I just get so happy! I loved walking by the blacksmith shop! I was looking through my photos of it and they were all dark and blurry. I think I was delirious from the heat in New Orleans.

      I have one more Louisiana post coming – no others are written yet but I did have a lot of cool experiences there so I may write more in the future! The next post isn’t a spooky one, though. I hope you still enjoy it as it’s all about the swamps!

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  2. I love the architecture in New Orleans and the ghosts just make it even more appealing.

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  3. What a cool little area of history. Have you ever been to St. Augustine, Florida? A lot of the older structures remind me of this. You’d love the history in St. Aug., and I am sure that you would find some dark tales too. Plus, there were pirates, and I am sure that fits in well with dark tourism.

    This cathedral looks like it belongs in Europe vs the US. How beautiful! And haunted!

    The top mansion picture looks like an old opera building in our current town. I will have to take a picture to compare and show you sometime.

    Great post!

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      I have not, but I am adding it to my list! Some places in the south have the most beautiful and historic architecture! Pirates definitely fit in with the dark tourism! Sounds like such a cool place! I will have to visit in the winter though… I don’t know how Floridians stay alive in the summer heat! I definitely want to see the old opera building!

      Thanks for your comment Christine!

  4. This is a great list! I would probably pass on some of these since I’m a chicken, but I have a friend heading down to NOLA later this year & will have to recommend this post to him since he loves creepy/scary things.

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      Thanks so much! If you don’t think about the scary ghosts – a lot of them are really fun places! Especially the pubs. Let me know what your friend thinks of these places when he goes!

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