NEW ORLEANS, LOUSIANA — There’s something different about New Orleans. Walking around the French Quarter feels a little like you’ve been transported into another dimension, something outside the United States, or maybe something outside this world. If you don’t believe me, just go on a Haunted History Tour and see if you think differently.
There are stories of the same ghostly sounds echoing from the same ghostly locations night after night. There’s a hotel, where even tonight, guests will complain about the loud kids in the hallway — except that no kids are allowed inside. When guests can’t find their keys the next morning, the staff knows to look in the refrigerator. Silly ghosts.
The grandaddy of all haunted houses is the LaLaurie Mansion. It’s a house so haunted, that I don’t even want to go into the details of the awful stories of its past right here. It was once owned by Nic Cage, except he and his family couldn’t even last one night inside. Rumor has it that Johnny Depp currently holds the deed to these haunted digs. Be sure to peek inside the windows when you walk by. It looks deceivingly normal, maybe even nice. Oh, and if you see a girl plunge to her death off the side of the building, don’t worry — she’s just a ghost. When you call the police to report the incident they’ll tell you they’re on their way, but they’re not. They know better.
Book your Haunted History Tour in advance, and make sure you sign up for a time slot after dark — it’s a ghost tour after all. Wear your walking shoes because this tour is done all on foot. You’re allowed to drink on the street in New Orleans — just no glass bottes or cups — so pick up a beverage to-go at a nearby bar and be prepared to be scared. Most tours stop at the (also haunted) LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop so you can sip the best Hurricane in the city if you need to rehydrate after all those spooky stories.