This post is updated for 2020 and will continue to be updated throughout the season.
As a parent, perhaps you feel you are getting too much sleep at night. If that is the case, try one of the many spooky options around south Louisiana that are sure to keep you awake with paranoia about paranormal activity. There are so many local options where you can face your fears and have a little fun. I’ve highlighted some of the different options below, but feel free to share your favorite spooky spot!
Haunted Houses in Louisiana
RISE Haunted House in Tickfaw: Although South Louisiana is spotted with well-known Haunted Houses – 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, NOLA Nightmare in Jefferson, and The Mortuary in New Orleans to name some of the creepier ones – I’m highlighting RISE because it is a bit more off the beaten path. Located 45 minutes from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, RISE offers not only a haunted house but also Zombie Paintball and the Risewell Mental Asylum and Research Facility. Right next door is the RISE escape room, which is open year round!
Scout Island Scream Park:
Scout Island is closed for 2020 with plans to be back better than ever in 2021.
2018 also brought the opening of a brand new, multi-featured attraction in City Park, New Orleans. Scout Island Scream Park will include areas such as My Bloody Homecoming, Kraken Pirate Pub, the hayride, Balderdash boutique, The Coven, the Temple of Medusa, the Boogie Spectacular, Devil’s Swamp Tour, Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, Pharoah’s Fury, and Stitch’s Body Emporium. In addition to all that blood and gore, there’s a kid zone which is open early that provides a pumpkin patch experience for little ones without the fear. You read more about that here. Or you can get tickets to any section of the park right here.
Hookmans Graveyard in Rayne: The only thing creepier than a graveyard is an abandoned graveyard – particularly when it’s rumored to be haunted. Although New Orleans boasts multiple cemeteries with ghost sightings, there are no professional tours to this hidden haunt. Located just west of Lafayette, this graveyard is apparently difficult to find. I wouldn’t know that first-hand because I have never been there and hope never to stumble upon it.
Haunted Hikes in South Louisiana
LeBranche Wetland Watchers Haunted History Hike in Norco: A one night event in October, this kid friendly tour highlights the Native Americans ancestors of the Chitimacha tribe, the ghosts of Iberville and Bienville, Jean Lafitte and his Privateers, the survivors of the Hurricane of 1915 that destroyed the town of LaBranche and the spooky folklore of the modern day hunters and fishermen. They have not posted this year’s event but I will share a link as soon as I see it. If you’re looking for something closer to home, the Elk’s Lodge in Slidell hosts a “Spook Trail” every year for one weekend only. The Slidell Spook Trail will be closed for 2020 due to covid-19 restrictions.
New Orleans Ghost Tours
Ghost City Tours in New Orleans: The Big Easy boasts various tour opportunities that will leave your arm hairs in the air for days, but I have to highlight Ghost City Tours Ghost Hunt because it offers a number of real-life ghost hunting experiences–they provide the equipment and everything! They have also hosted an overnight Ghost Hunt in the Andrew Jackson Hotel in New Orleans. The tour company buys out the entire hotel on the night of the ghost hunt, and your room as well as all ghost hunting equipment is provided.
Haunted Plantations in Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville: There’s no shortage of haunted lodgings in Louisiana including Oak Alley, Houmas House, Ormond Plantation, and the Andrew Jackson Hotel to name a few. Located just north of Baton Rouge, the Myrtles in St. Francisville is perhaps the most infamous for its freakiness. Featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel, The Myrtles offers both day time guided tours as well as evening mystery tours. You can even sleep there to find out exactly what’s goes “bump in the night.”
Are you looking for a different kind of Halloween fun on the Northshore? We’ve got TONS of great information on activities, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more. You’ll definitely want to check it out.