If you are looking for an interesting place to visit this Halloween you may want to consider visiting the historic districts of beautiful New Orleans to take advantage of what the city has to offer. This eccentric and vibrant city has a refined history, amazing food and a love of good fun and celebrations. Known primarily for their Mardi Gras and Cajun charm, New Orleans also has many things planned come Halloween time. The city seems to have an affinity for spooky bashes and blowouts, flaunting its haunted history and a penchant for voodoo lore. For a hair-raising getaway this fall, here are some of the things you can see in New Orleans.
Scout’s Island Scream Park
For a more family-friendly expedition, you may want to visit Scout’s Island for their annual festival. During this fun Halloween festival, the city park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween scream park where visitors can wander the grounds and enjoy the scary sites. With some great fright zones for older kids, the park also offers hayrides and pumpkin patches for the younger kids and the devil’s swamp haunted terror tour for moms and dads.
Cemetery Tour of St Louise Cemetery No.1
It may sound a little morbid, but New Orleans is very well known for its cemetery tours and St Louise Cemetery No.1 is the best one to visit. Rumored to be the final resting place of the voodoo queen Madam Marie Laveau, the cemetery features rows of ornate tombs, with some of them even dating back to the 1700s! Included in the national register of historic places, St Louise Cemetery No.1 is the oldest and most infamous cemetery in the city and is said to be haunted by many ghosts. Some say the ghost of French pirate Jean Lafitte haunts the cemetery, while others say if you make a wish at Madame Laveau’s tomb it will come true. Either way, the tours of the cemetery are sure to be filled with fright.
The Gardette-LaPretre Mansion
Known as the Sultans Palace, the Gardette-LaPretre mansion is one of the most haunted mansions in the French quarter. According to popular legend, the mansion was rented by a man who called himself Prince Suleyman, a Turk who claimed to be a former sultan. The sultan would host lavish parties, but mysteriously and one night everyone at one of these infamous gatherings met with their untimely ends. Legend has it their ghosts wander the property at night, pleading for justice from visitors. Visitors have even claimed to see the sultan himself wandering the halls in oriental garb. There are many tours of the house, so don’t miss your chance to see the Sultan’s palace.