Haunted New Orleans: A History of Famous New Orleans Spirits

With lively music on every corner and a unique joie de vivre, New Orleans is truly a city for the living, but that doesn’t mean the city’s dead should be overlooked. The Big Easy is considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States, largely due to these iconic haunts.

Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Victims

A cemetery in New Orleans

Long before she was popularized by American Horror Story: Coven, Madame Delphine LaLaurie was a well-known spirit in New Orleans. Locals believe that she committed unspeakable crimes against slaves in her 19th century French Quarter home. In fact, LaLaurie Mansion is now reportedly haunted by the ghosts of those who died at her hands.

Marie Laveau

New Orleans’ cemeteries are a common destination for travelers, and one of the most visited graves is that of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. During her time among the living, Laveau was a hairdresser by day and a practitioner of rootwork, voodoo, and Native American spiritualism by night. Many believe that the spirit of Laveau still wanders the streets of New Orleans, granting wishes to anyone who leaves an offering at her grave.

The Ghost of Muriel’s

Muriel’s Jackson Square is considered by locals and visitors alike to be one of the best places to get a taste of New Orleans, but it may also be a great place to spot a ghost. After the Great New Orleans Fire in 1788, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan purchased the plot of land that’s now home to Muriel’s and built a lavish mansion. He lost everything, including the property, during an ill-fated game of poker. Unable to cope with the embarrassment, he committed suicide on the second floor. Muriel’s pays tribute to Mr. Jourdan with their Seance Lounge and a table that’s reserved in case he returns for a final meal.

The Woman in Black and Others at Jean Lafitte’s

Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, named after the famous pirate, is one of the oldest bars in the U.S. No wonder it’s rumored to be one of the most haunted places in New Orleans! Many have reported spotting an unknown “woman in black” and a number of pirate spirits, including Jean Lafitte himself, as the darkness of night descends upon the bar.

It’s impossible to fully experience New Orleans without learning about its storied history and haunts! If you’re interested in seeing these historic sites firsthand on a ghost tour, purchase your experience with Joieful today!