Spooky City Guide
The city is full of haunted attractions, ghost tours, voodoo museums and urban legends just waiting for you to discover them. With this New Orleans spooky city guide, you’ll dive deep into a world filled with terrifying, haunting and supernatural traditions New Orleans has built its foundation on. This will help you uncover the scariest places to stay, the best spooky attractions, ghastly ghost tours, and spine-chilling cemetery tours.
Spookiest Time to Visit
Of course, Halloween does bring plenty of fun, scary events in October, designed to lure you in and embrace the extra-ominous tours and Halloween goings-on. However, October brings cooler weather and hurricanes are still a real possibility.
Because of this, I recommend visiting during spring (February-May) when the weather conditions are best.
Spooky Things to do in New Orleans
Home to one of the cruelest women of New Orleans, LaLaurie Mansion is haunted by ghosts of former slaves that Madame LaLaurie tortured during her residence in the mansion. Since it’s privately owned, you can’t enter the mansion, but it’s worth a visit to see the spooky outside.
The Mortuary Haunted House
Located in a mansion that was a genuine mortuary for 80 years, the Mortuary Haunted House features a terrifying self-guided tour that will send shivers down your spine. During the experience, you fight your way out of a themed escape room, with everything from zombies to poltergeists and serial killers trying to attack you. It’s a fun adventure that keeps you on your feet and out the heat.
Website: The Mortuary Haunted House
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Step back in time to when the medical community used leeches for bloodletting and voodoo potions to help one fall in love. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum showcases apothecary jars filled with original tinctures and former surgical instruments used by the medical community of the past.
Website: New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Bloody Mary’s Haunted Museum
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
With 200 years of history, the Beauregard-Keyes house has seen its fair share of owners, from the Confederate General to the Italian mob. The apparitions spotted inside the house are associated with the civil war and ghosts of Confederate soldiers can be spotted and heard, usually accompanied by a nasty smell throughout the house.
Website: Beauregard-Keyes House
Top 4 Spooky New Orleans Cemeteries
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Home to the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and the white pyramid tomb of Nicolas Cage, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a popular historical cemetery on the edge of the French Quarter. Access to this cemetery is only possible on a tour.
Book here: St. Louis Cemetery No.1 Tour
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Located in the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery is known for its immense beauty, surrounded by magnolia trees with flower-lined pathways leading past tombs and mausoleums. Most of the people who were buried at Lafayette died as a result of yellow fever which swept through Louisiana in the 1800s.
Book here: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 & Garden District Walking Tour
St. Patrick’s Cemetery
Known as New Orleans’ most haunted cemetery, St. Patrick’s is mostly home to Irish immigrants who settled in New Orleans. It’s rumored that the ghost of a woman stalks visitors as they walk through the cemetery.
St. Roch Cemetery
In a sea of black and white tombstones, the ghosts of St. Roch are said to roam throughout the cemetery, passing through mausoleum walls. Witnesses report seeing the unnerving ghosts of a cloaked figure, as well as the ghost of a dog. St. Roch is the patron saint of healing, the cemetery also has a small chapel with random, creepy things on the walls, including prosthetics, casts, and dolls.
Haunted Hotels in New Orleans
The Haunted Hotel at 623 Ursulines
Known as the official haunted hotel in New Orleans, the Haunted Hotel at 623 Ursulines is one of the oldest hotels with a gruesome history brimming with murder. Ghost sightings are reported daily, so be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment with you. Get ready for a sleepless night, because you’ll probably find yourself too scared to sleep. You have been warned!
Book here: The Haunted Hotel at 623 Ursulines
The Hotel Monteleone
A luxury hotel with specters, the Hotel Monteleone has several resident ghosts throughout the building, but most of the surreal activity occurs in the lobby. The magnificent grandfather clock is said to be haunted by a ghostly clockmaker who can be seen practicing his craft in the middle of the night.
Book here: The Hotel Monteleone
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Once operating as a convent, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel now has several ghosts who roam the halls, eager to make themselves known to guests. From the vampires in New Orleans (famously known as the Casket Girls) to mischievous children, you never know who you’ll see when you stay at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
Book here: Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Andrew Jackson Hotel
This hotel is haunted by young boys rumored to have died in a fire in the early 1900s. Guests have noticed taps turning themselves on in bathrooms, TVs randomly changing to children’s shows and spooky pictures appearing on their cameras as they slept.
Book here: Andrew Jackson Hotel
Lafitte Guest House
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Here patrons have been known to hear footsteps and disembodied voices. This is also the hotel that the “Spooky Boys” from Buzzfeed Unsolved stayed in. Check out their video here: The Haunted Quarters Of The Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Book here: Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Haunted Bars in New Orleans
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
The Old Absinthe House
One of the best bars in town to get a delicious hurricane cocktail, Pat O’Briens also has some ghostly residents. Bar employees have reported hearing footsteps and feeling random cold spots in certain areas of the pub. The women’s bathroom is also said to be haunted by a former restroom attendant. I don’t know about you, but bathroom ghosts scare me the most!
Website: Pat O'Briens
If you’ve ever wanted to come into contact with a ghostly vampire, this is the bar to visit! Even if you don’t spot a ghost, the bar is still pretty cool. There’s a real coffin hanging from the ceiling and the bathrooms are hidden behind bookcases. Can vampires even become ghosts? Visit this pub and find out.
Haunted Restaurants and Spooky New Orleans Food
Séance Lounge in Muriel’s Jackson Square
Ever wanted to have dinner with ghosts? At Muriel’s Jackson Square you can! The original building burned down during the Great Fire of New Orleans and the second floor of the restaurant experiences a lot of paranormal activity. Be sure to enjoy authentic Creole food with resident ghost Jourdan while you’re there.
Website: Muriel's Jackson Square
The Court of Two Sisters
Guests to this restaurant, which also serves Creole cuisine, is regularly charmed by ghosts of two sisters who once owned the restaurant. They often come by to see how well their former store is doing, leaving feelings of happiness in their wake.
Website: The Court of Two Sisters
Chartres House Café
This café is known for its authentic Cajun food, as well as the ghostly spirit of a man looking out a second-floor window. Patrons who rent out the second floor have reported feeling dark energy throughout. (Not vegetarian-friendly.)
Website: Chartres House Cafe
Café Du Monde
Not really a spooky place to eat, but it serves up the ever-popular beignet — a deep-fried pillow of magic (really, it’s just deep-fried dough) blanketed by a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The only thing spooky about these New Orleans treats is that you’ll get powdered sugar everywhere and look like a ghost yourself!
Website: Cafe Du Monde
Spooky Places to Shop in New Orleans
Marie Laveau House of Voodoo
HEX: Old World Witchery
Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo Shop
Boutique du Vampyre
Take a guided tour
St. Louis Cemetery No 1 is accessible by tour only – book a tour before visiting so you don’t miss out.