If you’re heading to the Big Easy and you’re looking for something spooky to do to pass the time we recommend you check out these terribly creepy New Orleans ghost tours!
There are plenty of haunted places in the South, but you can’t miss out on the chance to experience some of its ghastly histories firsthand while you’re visiting the most haunted city in the United States. From fires and hurricanes to infamous murderers and plagues, Crescent City has over 3 centuries of troubled past experiences that live around every street corner.
For a city that loves to indulge in all the pleasures life has to offer with its delicious food, party lifestyle, and ubiquitous street musicians providing New Orleans with its own soundtrack it can’t seem to escape its dark past.
After going on one of these ghost tours in New Orleans, you might find out exactly why. No matter what haunted spots you choose to explore, we recommend you tread carefully and with respect, some of the city’s oldest spirits don’t like to be mocked!
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15 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours That Will Creep You Out
New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour
Ghosts, voodoo, and vampires oh my! With so many New Orleans ghost tours to go on, why not fit as many scary tales with The New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Walking Tour in one night as possible?
If you’re looking to walk around the city at night led by knowledgeable experts this is the tour for you. Visitors will start at the French Quarter and end up in Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (one of New Orlean’s oldest structures) all while listening to real-life tales of witches, vampires, and ghosts that lurk around every corner.
When you’re looking to see a little bit of everything that the city’s spooky history has to offer without getting overwhelmed by walking through the dark streets all on your own.
Lewd Spirits Haunted Tour & Bar Stops
One of the more unique ghost tours in New Orleans, the Lewd Spirits Haunted Tour & Bar Stops takes guests on an adult-only expedition where you’ll learn all about the city’s more indelicate past and hopefully meet the ghosts of those who refuse to let go of these indecorous betrayals.
Walk around some of the city’s seedier spots with a cheeky tour guide who will gladly enlighten you on the scandalous histories of spots like New Orleans Creole Cookery (where adultery lead to murder) and May Baily’s place (The Big Easy’s first licensed bordello).
If you’re looking for a mix of the spooky and indelicate, then we recommend you enjoy this nighttime tour where spirits and spirits collide. We still aren’t convinced there is a single bar in New Orleans that isn’t haunted.
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French Quarter Ghost Tour
Of all the NOLA ghost tours visitors can choose we recommend French Quarter Ghost Tour to anyone who is looking for a level-headed and academically inclined experience.
Head to the French Quarter to meet your tour guide (who will have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in history) for a two-hour jaunt around historical spots like Sultan’s Palace. You’ll find very little theatricality on this expedition, but plenty of occult history shared by college professors, history teachers, and history students.
Does knowing that your tour guide is a well-learned academic make the tour less scary? Or does it mean that there’s enough proof to make even the most questioning minds believe in the paranormal?
The tour is kid friendly and guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages.
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Adults Only New Orleans Ghost, True Crime, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour
At first, this might seem like just another New Orleans ghost tour where visitors can show up and let loose (while also getting their minds scared silly), but Adults Only New Orleans Ghost, True Crime, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour has a few surprises up its sleeves.
You can either go on their 7 pm tour where they walk you through an alternative route and share often forgotten true crime tales or the classic tour which starts at 8 pm. If you choose the latter, choosing their VIP Hellvision option will give you a chance to see the bloody images straight from the archives on the very streets where they happened.
New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo or Cemetery Insiders Tour
For those looking to maximize their NOLA ghost tours experience the New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo or Cemetery Insiders Tour includes all the big stops and gives all the juicy insider info you might miss out on without one of their guides.
Since the tours happen during the day it’s a great choice for visitors who don’t want to get too scared while taking a peek into the Big Easy’s mystifying past.From the unique architecture of the city to the history of Voodoo, the tour guides will give you a complete look at what makes New Orleans N’awlins.
You can make the choice to take the Cemetery Insider Tour and take a deep dive into the hundreds of years of history the crypts and graves have to offer.
New Orleans True Murder Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions
This is the best ghost tour in New Orleans for fans of True Crime. Let the experts at New Orleans True Murder Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions help you sift between fact and legend.
The adult-only night tour promises visitors a grounded reframing of famous haunted stories and instead refocuses the history of spots like The Lalaurie Mansion, Omni Royal Orleans, and Jackson Square.
This 2-hour tour is not for the weak as it looks at real life murders and crimes that happened at these spots.
Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans
Walk down Bourbon Street and enjoy the first drink on the house on this haunted pub crawl in New Orleans.
Get ready to listen to tales filled with murder and bedlam on this historically focused pub crawl while you walk down the spots the very events occured.
Even though drinks will be aplenty the tour guide’s top priority will be to get visitors the best chance at experiencing New Orlean’s paranormal history.
Start at Tujague’s and walk down Pirate’s Alley and end your nighttime tour on the infamous Bourbon Street to keep the party going. You have to be 21+ in order to go on the tour.
This is one of our favorite things to do and you should add it to your Weekend In New Orleans Itinerary.
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New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour
If you’re a fan of Interview with the Vampire, take a nice evening stroll around town on this two-hour New Orleans vampire tour. Discover the eternal secrets that the city’s undead has to offer.
The Paris of the South is well-known for its history of murder and tragedy, but what not everyone realizes is that ghosts aren’t the only specters that roam the dark cobblestoned streets at night.
Stop by Boutique Du Vampyre, the must-go spot for all the local vampires and see what it’s like to shop like the undead.
If you’re brave enough to enter the tour ends at a vampire tavern. What delicious secrets will you learn when you step inside? Just beware, the vampire community in New Orleans is alive and well.
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour
One of the more specific New Orleans ghost tours visitors can walk around the city’s oldest cemeteries and learn about the origins of Voodoo on New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Tour.
Visit the final resting place of The Voodoo Queen while listening to thrilling legends of Marie Paris Laveau, visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, and pick up a potion or a spell at Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo.
This daytime tour will take you through the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 where the lines between the living and the dead blur.
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour
Drive around on a mule-drawn carriage one of the most unique New Orleans ghost tours just like they did in the 18th-century with New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour.
Let yourself (and seven other passengers) be shown around town on this intimate tour through one of the most haunted neighborhoods in the U.S. all while listening to the centuries of tragedies those living in the French Quarter endured.
This one hour tour is great for families or those who don’t want a ghost hunting adventure.
Spooky Family-Friendly Ghost Tour in New Orleans
If you are enjoying a family vacation and still want to enjoy a good fright Spooky Family-Friendly Ghost Tour in New Orleans, a family-friendly ghost tour in New Orleans is the tour you are looking for.
This 2-hour walking tour is the perfect mix of scary and educational. You’ll get to learn all the history behind the hauntings around The French Quarter while not diving into all of the gory details.
It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained without scaring them… too much. What’s a ghost tour without a little bit of spooky fun?
The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans
Of all the New Orleans haunted tours The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans presents an unfiltered history of two of the most powerful women ever to have lived in the city, Marie Laveau and Madame LaLaurie
On the tour you will stop by both of their well-known homes and your guide will walk you through the legacy these two unforgettable women left behind.
They say there is no rest for the wicked so beware, the ladies might still be home and waiting to greet some visitors.
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New Orleans French Quarter Cemetery Walking Tour
Are you hoping to focus more on the unique cemeteries of New Orleans? Then the New Orleans French Quarter Cemetery Walking Tour is the ghost tour you are looking for.
Founded in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 has over 200 years of history buried above ground in its unique and eccentric plots. From famous Voodoo Queens to long-forgotten citizens, no one is too grand or lowly to escape a stay in one of the vaults.
If you think an hour and a half is more than enough time to explore a cemetery, this expansive and unique spot might change your mind. You certainly won’t want to leave before you see Nicholas Cage’s burial plot!
Legends, Folklore, Superstitions & Spells
If you believe all of the hauntings and paranormal happenings around the city are a thing of the past, the guides at New Orleans: Legends, Folklore, Superstitions & Spells are ready to change your mind.
New Orleans is a true melting pot and a home to many diverse cultures and religions which have centuries of roots planted in its soil. This 2-hour walking tour gives visitors insight into Cajun legends, Voodoo practices, and how those chilling pasts influence contemporary culture.
You’ll also get a look into the local superstitions and maybe even learn how to keep yourself safe from those things that go bump in the night.
2-Hour Haunted Cemetery and City Tour at Night
Before you go on the 2-Hour Haunted Cemetery and City Tour at Night you may want to go change your clothes…and make sure to wear something black for this New Orleans ghost tour.
This experience is not for the faint of heart. Tour guides lead their victims– we mean visitors– around above-ground cemeteries and a converted church after dark. While they share the chilling stories, they’ll be handling ghost hunting tools so everyone is sure to know if you’re not the only ones present.
The later the tour you choose to go on, the more haunted locations you’ll get to visit in the cover of the night.
Houmas House Plantation Tour
Visitors will get a glimpse into the life of a privileged plantation owner from the 1800s on the 2-hour Houmas House Plantation Tour. Let guides in era-appropriate clothing walk you through the property’s 250 years of history, some of which include stories of the supernatural kind.
While this may not be your typical haunted tour, there is certainly something chilling about stepping into the past and learning about a lifestyle that caused so much suffering for generations of slaves.
It’s almost impossible to walk through the house and grounds without thinking about the cruelty that made such a lifestyle possible, and what spirits may still be around hoping someday for their chance to rest in peace.
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It can certainly be overwhelming to pick from all the New Orleans haunted tours that are available. From academically-minded haunting experiences to kid-friendly daytime fun, the options seem unlimited. And with so many experts Our recommendation? Go on more than one! There are plenty of ghosts to meet and lots of creepy cobblestoned streets in The Big Easy.