New Orleans Ghost Tours and Haunted Tours

This is a comparison post of the best New Orleans ghost tours, but also vampire, voodoo, haunted houses and haunted pub crawl tours in New Orleans (including our own pay-what-you-like ghost and voodoo tours). See prices, schedules and a description of what you can expect from each tour.  No matter what kind of spooky activity you’re looking for, chances are that you’ll find something to enjoy on the list below.

 

 


NEW ORLEANS HAUNTED TOURS

New Orleans is ‘rumored’ to have a strong presence of ghosts and spirits. The city’s reputation for its connection to the supernatural has led authors like Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) to set their stories here.  Some episodes of the hit series “True Blood” take place in New Orleans and for those old enough to remember, the James Bond classic “Live and Let Die” weaved the Voodoo culture of New Orleans into its plot.

Why just read a book or see a movie to merely get a sense of the macabre when you can take a tour and walk around in it?!?

There are many companies in New Orleans that a variety of tours focusing on the haunted past of Louisiana. During these tours, you will uncover the terrifically dark past that exists just around every corner. Hear tales that will send a chill up your spine and find out what really happened when you take one of these awesome ghost tours!  

In the calendar below, we have listed our tours plus a few other paid tour options that are well reviewed and a good price.

 

 


Free  Tours by Foot’s French Quarter Ghost Tour

If you’re looking for a fully guided ghost tour, our pay-what-you-like ghost tour is a great choice.

This walking tour visits many legendary locations such as Pirates Alley and The Hotel Monteleone. You’ll hear tales of the chilling history of this haunted city.

We also offer a Voodoo Tour, a Garden District Tour including Lafayette Cemetery and a Saint Louis Cemetery tour, in addition to less spooky tours such as our French Quarter Walking Tour and Frenchmen Street and the Marigny Tour.

We’re proud to say that Free Tours by Foot has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Reviewers consistently state that our tour guides are quite entertaining as well as very knowledgeable.

USA Today included us in their “10 Best Ghost Tours” in New Orleans writing that “high marks afforded the eerie ghost ramble along French Quarter alleyways and the equally captivating voodoo tour.” Being that this tour is so affordable, it is definitely an option for you to consider.

NOTE: Make sure to book these tours ahead of time as they do fill up and are sometimes sold-out.

Some examples of the sites and stories covered on the tour:

  • Pirates Alley/Torture
  • The Octoroon Mistress
  • Yellow Fever
  • The Hotel Monteleone
  • Modern True Crime Stories
  • Locations for American Horror Story Coven
  • and much more…
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet on the steps at St. Louis Cathedral. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

 

New Orleans Ghost Tour Meet Point

 

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When:  Daily7:30 and 8:15pm

Cost: Though our tours work on a pay-what-you-like basis, we must charge a $2.50 ticket for parties of 5 or less for our ghost tours.  Unfortunately, high demand coupled with high no-show rates has made staffing these tours problematic and has led to increased administrative costs.  Refunds will be processed for cancellations of 24 hours or more.

Tour Schedule

New Orleans Ghost Tour  Nightly at 7:30 pm and 8:15 pm

 


Gray Line “Ghosts And Spirits” Tour

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Gray Line may be known more for their bus tours, but their walking tours are excellent as well. This tour takes you to some of the most haunted spots in the city.

On your trip, you will discover the creepy history behind the Quadroon Ballroom and visit the famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel. You’ll also get the chance to see incredible items such as a vampire slaying kit and relics of voodoo ceremonies!

Gray Line New Orleans has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. Reviews of the Ghosts and Spirits tour suggest that it is both fun and educational. Some comments went so far as saying that this was the highlight of their trip!

Even among the handful of negative reviews, the guests had enjoyed other Gray Line tours, so perhaps this tour wasn’t what they expected. Gray Line’s tours around the world are top notch. You’ll more than likely enjoy your Ghost and Spirits Tour.  

Note: Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

Nightly at 7:30 pm  (Tour runs for 2 hours)


New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours 

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This company offers several tours. One of their most popular options is their Ghost Tour which takes you around the French Quarter and reveals several historically important locations.

They also offer a French Quarter & Cemetery Tour that includes a visit to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, referred to as “City of the Dead”.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours have a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. Most reviews are extremely positive and guests seem to enjoy themselves quite a bit. Many reviewers have said that the tour guides are very informative and entertaining, providing a lot of detail about several different locations in the city.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices 

  • Ghost Tour – Daily at 5:30 pm and 8 pm
    • $25 for Adults
    • $15 for Children
    • Tickets
  • French Quarter & Cemetery Tour – Daily at 10 am and 1 pm
    • $25 for Adults
    • $15 for Children

Haunted History Tours

This company’s French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour has caught the eye of several television programs including History Channel, Discovery Channel and A&E. The Travel Channel listed this tour as the number one thing to do while in NOLA!  Kudos like that speak for themselves!

This tour takes you through the beautiful neighborhood in NOLA pointing out sites of documented hauntings as well as a haunted pub. The company also offers a Garden District Ghost Tour and you can expect the same kinds of spooky tales in these different locations, distinct from the French Quarter.

The company’s ghost tours have an overall 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor.  In hundreds of reviews you will see similar comments:  that the guides are “excellent” “amazing” “great” “entertaining” “knowledgeable” “charming” and it goes on and on!  

There were, of course, some negative reviews. When you have nearly 2,000 guests leaving reviews, you cant possibly expect all 2,000 people to be happy.  But the negative comments account for a mere 10% of all reviews. Based on other guests’ comments there is every indication that these tours are fantastic and that the guides play a big role in that experience.

Ticket prices are comparable to other tour companies and they offer lower prices for children under 11, for seniors and also members of the military and veterans.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour

September to May – Daily at  3 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm

June to September – Daily at 6 pm, 8 pm

  • $25 for Adults  (11 years old and up)
  • $14 for Children (6-11 years old)
  • $18 for Senior/Student/Military
  • More info or to book.

Garden District Ghost Tour

Daily at 2:30 pm

  • $25 for Adults  (11 years old and up)
  • $14 for Children (6-11 years old)
  • $18 for Senior/Student/Military
  • More info or to book.

NOTE: The French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour is included for free with the purchase of the New Orleans Power Pass.

 


Ghost City Tours

Ghost City Tours

This tour company prides itself on providing guided excursions that go beyond the others in terms of locations visited. Their Ghosts of New Orleans Tour takes you to the more obvious sites but then goes a step further by taking you to off-the-beaten-path sites such as LaLaurie Mansion, the Sultan’s Palace, and the Beauregard-Keyes House.

This unique experience has earned the tour a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. There are only a handful of negative reviews, and they don’t appear to have much in common.

The positive reviews often point out that the tour guides are not only knowledgeable, but also a lot of fun to be around. Some have even said that it’s worth bringing a notepad to make notes about all of the information you will discover on your trip.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices  (tour lasts for approximately 90 minutes)

Every day 8 pm; additional 6 pm tour offered on Fridays and Saturdays

  • $19.95 for Adults (12 years old and up)
  • $15 for Children (6-11 years old)
  • Free for Children 5 and under
  • Purchase tickets here.

Click here for Ghost Hunt and Haunted House Tours

 


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VOODOO TOURS

New Orleans has a rich cultural history which includes the practice of voodoo rituals. Several of the companies on this list provide voodoo tours exploring the haunted past of the religion and taking you to sites directly related to voodoo practice or that showcase artifacts from the early history of voodoo in Louisiana.  

In the calendar below, we have listed our pay-what-you-like tour plus a few other paid tour options that are well reviewed and a good price.  

 

 

 


Free Tours by Foot Voodoo Tour

We offer a name-your-own-price Voodoo Tour. This tour lasts 1 ½- 2 hours during which our entertaining and expert guides take to you to key sites in voodoo culture. You will hear about topics such as Congo Square, New Orleans cemeteries, voodoo dolls, Madame John and Marie Laveau. Our tour guides will tell you the true history behind the myths and superstitions, separating fact from fiction as you discover what voodoo is really about.

This tour has a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. Out of 400 reviews, only 10 guests rated this tour average or under. Phrases like “thought-provoking”, “superb value” and “absolutely amazing” pop up in the comments. 

Many guests stated that our tour is highly informative and tons of fun. Guests felt that the guides genuinely wanted to educate the tour-goers, and do so in an entertaining manner.

Tour Schedule 

  • 10 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • 11 am Thursday Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Book now.

Our tours are name-your-own-price, meaning pay as much or as little as you want!

 


New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours

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Known for their ghost tours, this company provides one of the finest voodoo tours in NOLA.  Their Voodoo & St. Louis Cemetery Tour takes you through the French Quarter and the St. Louis Cemetery, where you will learn the history of a real Voodoo Queen who was buried on that land.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Voodoo Museum or purchase magic potions from a local Voodoo Shop! If you want to learn about the history of this folk religion while walking around some of the oldest and most haunted locations in the city, this walking tour won’t disappoint.

New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours has received a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. There are literally only a few negative reviews, and there did not appear to be any common ground between these comments. On the other hand, the positive reviews all report that this company provides fun and educational tours.

When it comes to comments that are specifically focused on their voodoo tour, it would appear that they have yet to receive any negative reviews. Guests have said that they learned a lot about the often misrepresented religion while taking this trek.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Voodoo & St. Louis Cemetery Tour
  • 11 am to 1 pm Daily
  • 2 pm to 4 pm Monday – Saturday
    • $25 per person
  • Purchase your tickets here.

 


Haunted History Tours

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In addition to their ghost tours, this group also provides a Voodoo History Tour. Learn about more than just the ghosts that call this city home when you discover the history and folklore behind the religious practices that have taken place in New Orleans.

Unveil the true stories behind voodoo and find out where Hollywood gets these tales wrong. Visit real-life voodoo altars and find out what this religion is all about from a reliable source! If you want a respectful and interesting look at this side of American history, go on a trusted voodoo tour with one of the highest rated companies in the area.

As we’ve previously mentioned, Haunted History Tours has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. When it comes to their voodoo history tour, most reviews are very positive, stating that their tour guides are both knowledgeable and entertaining. Some have said that the guides are great storytellers, and that’s definitely an important factor when it comes to taking a haunted history tour. A majority of the positive comments suggest that this is a great opportunity to learn more about the real history of voodoo in New Orleans.

Tour Hour and Ticket Prices

Voodoo History Tour

  • 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  * No tours on Mardi Gras

 


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GHOST HUNTS AND HAUNTED HOUSE TOURS

If you’re ready to go a step further and look for ghosts, not just hear about them, there are tours out there just for you. With so many reportedly haunted locations in the city, there’s plenty to keep paranormal investigators busy. Join them and be prepared to possibly see or hear things you never have!


Ghost City Tours

Have you ever wanted to try and capture evidence of the paranormal? If so, you may want to consider taking this New Orleans Ghost Hunt Experience where you will try to make contact with the other side as you search throughout a well known haunted house. 

Join paranormal investigators in an attempt to discover if ghosts really do exist with the help of specialized equipment. This company provides full spectrum cameras, voice recorders, and other items, allowing you to save your experiences forever. If you manage to uncover something spooky in your recordings, they are yours to keep.  

Note: Tour is 4 hours and goes until 2 am so be sure to have a route prepared to return to your hotel.

 

 

There are no negative reviews for this tour on TripAdvisor. Instead, comments include words like “amazing” “entertaining”, “awesomeand “unique”.  Some guests commented that they managed to capture some odd pictures that couldn’t be explained.

Many reviewers report that the location for the ghost hunt is a known paranormal hot spot, which means that you actually have a pretty good chance of discovering something supernatural.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Thursday- Monday at 10 pm.
  • $49.95 Adults only (16 years old and up)

 


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VAMPIRE TOURS

Vampires make for great movies and books. In the HBO hit show, True Blood, New Orleans is the location of the American Vampire League. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles take place in New Orleans. But fictional vampires are quite different from the real thing. The tours below show you the true and mythical sides of vampires in a fun way. 


French Quarter Phantoms

On their Ghost and Vampire Tour, with its focus on both phantoms and mythical undead monsters, you’ll learn about more than just vampires while walking around the city. Unlike some of the other tour companies in the area, you can feel safe bringing your children along for the journey. Hear tales of the macabre and discover the nuggets of truth behind them when you take this fantastic vampire tour!  

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

Nightly at 6 pm and 8 pm

Note: French Quarter Phantoms also offers several tours on the New Orleans Power Pass. You can use this card to save money when you purchase tickets for more than one event. If you want to learn more about this deal, please read our post about the power pass.


Haunted History Tours’ Vampire Tour 

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This vampire tour is one of the few in New Orleans that focuses specifically on the undead terrors of the night. If you want to learn more about vampires and the historically accurate events that inspired the creation of the myth, this walking tour will definitely do the trick. 

Reviews for this vampire tour are generally favorable, with only a handful of guests choosing to give the company a poor rating. That being said, over 150 reviewers on TripAdvisor have given this particular tour a 5-star rating.

Several reviews state that the guides are very intelligent and entertaining, while others point out that this is an excellent family experience. The general consensus is that this walking tour includes a lot of terrifyingly true tales about supernatural happenings in New Orleans, making it great for both visitors and residents alike.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

Nightly at 8:30 pm, No tours on Mardi Gras

 


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Dead of Night Ghosts and Cemetery Tour

If you’re looking for a night tour that will take you to some of the spookiest graveyards in New Orleans, this company, Haunted History Tours, offers a very interesting outing.

Although you won’t go to the more famous cemeteries, you will visit locations such as the Charity Hospital Cemetery after dark and hear tales about reported hauntings in the area. This tour may be off the beaten path, but it’s a great opportunity for anyone with a deep interest in the paranormal.

  • $45/Adults | $35/Kids, Students, Senior, Military
  • Availability: Nightly at 7 pm & 9:30 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • More information or to book.

Haunted History Tours also offers a Crescent City Bus Tour which includes a trip to St. Louis Cemetery #3. You could read more about this tour on our bus tour page.

 


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HAUNTED PUB CRAWLS

Not many cities can claim to have both great drinking holes and a haunted history. Some bars and pubs are known to have many spirits lingering about (and not just the alcoholic kind of spirit!) Take a pub crawl, hear macabre tales and calm your nerves with a cocktail.

Dark Crescent Tours 

Plunder and Booty Crawl

This creepy tour company offers a variety of haunted excursions, but one of their most popular experiences is the Plunder & Booty Tour. During the trip, you’ll visit five bars and get five full drinks while hearing all kinds of strange but true tales about the history of New Orleans.

The guides at Dark Crescent dress the part for the spooky stories they will be telling, ensuring an even more engrossing walk through some of the most haunted pubs you will ever see. Spend a few hours discovering the terrifying history of this city – and enjoy some free drinks while you’re at it!

Dark Crescent Tours have a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor. There are very few complaints about their service, and the Plunder & Booty tour doesn’t have any negative reviews.

The positive comments often make mention of excellent tour guides and great drink sizes. Some have said that this was the most amazing tour they ever went on, which is high praise for a pub crawl. A lot of people have mentioned that group sizes tend to be somewhat small, which keeps things more personal and fun for everyone involved. This could be a great option for anyone looking for a fun haunted tour that won’t be too crowded.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 7 pm (tour lasts 2-3 hours or more)
    • $50 per person – includes 5 drinks at 5 bars *Must be 21 years old.

 


Bloody Mary’s Ghost Tours 

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In addition to the many traditional haunted tours offered by this company, they also provide a pretty cool haunted Haunted Public Crawl as well. Unlike other bar crawls on this list, this one is designed primarily as a historical tour.

Although you are allowed to drink at the bars you visit, it is not necessarily a feature of the trip. Instead, you will be learning a lot about the haunted history of several notably spooky bars in New Orleans and trying to capture evidence of ghosts for yourself! 

There are only a few negative reviews of this pub crawl on TripAdvisor. Most guests enjoyed themselves, reporting that you will learn a lot about the actual history of the bars you visit.

Even people who did not see any ghostly activity on their trip said that they had a great time. The negative comments don’t seem to have much in common, and they don’t seem to be indicative of anything more than a one time issue.

Guests who enjoyed this tour seem to have appreciated the historical aspect of the trip, so it’s safe to say that this is a great haunted pub crawl for anyone who wants to learn about the spooky history behind New Orleans bars.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 4:30 pm (tours last 2-3 hours)

  • $30 per person – Drinks not included

 


Ghost City Tours Pub Crawl 

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In addition to their ghost hunt experience, they also offer this awesomely haunted pub crawl. Although drinks aren’t necessarily included with purchase, this is a tour reserved for adults and you are allowed to get a drink at the bars that you will visit.

This spooky pub crawl is intended primarily as a historical adventure into the past, giving you the chance to explore some of the most haunted bars in the city. Unlike other haunted bar crawls in the area, Ghost City Tours operates 7 days a week!

There are no negative reviews for this haunted pub crawl on TripAdvisor. Every single comment is positive, and that’s a very good sign. Guests report that after you spend some time learning about the history of each location, you are given time to enjoy the pub and get a drink or two.

Some say that this isn’t necessarily a spooky tour, indicating that it’s more about discovering the strange tales that became historical fact in these bars. One reviewer said that they were taken to locations they would never have found on their own, so you might even get to visit a few places off the beaten path.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Nightly at 8 pm (tour lasts 2 hours)
    • $24.95  – drinks not included  * Must be 21 or older

 


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COMBINATION TOURS

If you’re interested in learning as much as possible about the haunted history of New Orleans, combination tours are an excellent opportunity to save money while learning about the entire array of supernatural beings including vampires, ghosts, pirates, voodoo worshipers and more.

Haunted History Tours’ 5-in-1 Ghost and Mystery Tour

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This 5-in-1 tour offered by this company is a great bargain. It covers ghosts, vampires, witches, voodoo and other unexplained mysteries into one fantastic experience. This trip includes stories that you won’t hear on their other excursions, so you can even combine it with some of the other tours they offer.

Although there are a handful of negative reviews for this 5-in-1 Ghost & Mystery tour on TripAdvisor, the majority of ratings are 5 stars. The few complaints that were written focused mostly on poor experiences with tour guides.

That being said, there are literally hundreds of positive reviews which report that Haunted History Tours has excellent, informative guides. Some of the positive comments discuss how honest the experience was, as it explains where some of the myths and urban legends surrounding New Orleans have come from.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices

  • Nightly at 5 pm and 7:30 pm (tour lasts 2 hours)

 


Witches Brew Tours 

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Witches Brew offers several spooky tours including a 4-In-1 Walking Tour covers witches, ghosts, vampires and voodoo and a 3-In-1 Walking Tour that combines tales of the French Quarter with the history behind voodoo and a walk through the cemetery.  

If your time is limited or you just want to experience as much of New Orleans as possible, these spooky trips through the city promise tons of informative fun.  They also have a French Quarter and Cemetery Tour, and even a Haunted Carriage Tour where you ride in a classic mule-drawn carriage as you go from location to location. You will definitely get your fill of all things supernatural on one of their tours.

Witches Brew Tours has earned a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. Most of their reviews are positive, but there are a few negative responses. Complaints range from uninformative tour guides to disinterested guests.  However, the positive reviews far outweigh the negatives. The price is reasonable given the number of topics you explore in the tours. Price points are based on age or status so for families with children these tours are an excellent value.

Tour Schedule and Ticket Prices 

3-in-1 Walking Tour (Tour lasts for 2 hours)

  • Daily at 9 am, 11 am + 1:30 pm

4-in-1 Walking Tour (Tour lasts for 2 hours)

  • Daily 5 pm and 8 pm
    • $25 for Adults
    • $20 for Students/Seniors/Military
    • $10 for Children
    • Free- Children under 5

 


We hope you found this post helpful and that you find the tour with just the right scare factor level for you. If you love ghost tours, we offer some in other cities including Charleston, Chicago,  Washington DCNew York, Philadelphia and overseas in London.

We have several other walking tours in New Orleans where we leave the ghosts behind and focus on the wonderful, colorful sights, history and flavors of New Orleans. Here’s our tour calendar. Hope to see you!

 


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