United States Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events All New Orleans The 7 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours of 2021 Written by Megan Romer Facebook Twitter Megan Romer is a travel writer focused on southern Louisiana. She has a background in tourism marketing and has written for TripSavvy since 2011. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Megan Romer Updated 10/18/20 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 10/18/20 Patrice J. Williams Facebook Twitter Patrice J. Williams is a travel and style content creator and fact checker and author of thrift shopping book "Looking Fly on a Dime." About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Patrice J. Williams Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Bus Tour: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour in New Orleans – Buy Tickets at Viator "Sets off for some of the oldest and most ornate cemeteries in the city." Best French Quarter Tour: New Orleans Killers and Thrillers Tour –Buy Tickets at Viator "Moves quickly but does make stops at at least two haunted bars for both ghost-spotting and refreshments." Best Garden District Tour: New Orleans Garden District Ghost Tour – Buy Tickets at Viator "Shows you around the gothic Lafayette Cemetery and gives you a glimpse at a number of allegedly haunted houses." Best Vampire Tour: New Orleans Vampire Tour – Buy Tickets at Viator "Many of the vampires you’ll discover on this two-hour French Quarter walking tour are all too real." Best Voodoo Tour: New Orleans Cemetery Voodoo and Walking Tour – Buy Tickets at Viator "Brings visitors from the French Quarter to the city’s oldest extant cemetery." Best Ghost Hunter Tour: New Orleans Ghost Hunters 101 – Buy Tickets at Viator "The researchers will teach you to look for photographic orbs and physical cold spots." Best True Crime Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions — True Crime Tour – Buy Tickets at Viator "Sometimes humans can be far more terrifying than anything supernatural." Best Bus Tour: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour in New Orleans Getty Images Buy on Viator.com The eerie “cities of the dead” — the above-ground cemeteries where generations of deceased New Orleans citizens have made their final homes — are unsettling at any time of day, but at night, they’re truly frightening. This bus tour departs from the French Quarter after dark and sets off for some of the oldest and most ornate cemeteries in the city. A guide explains the history of New Orleans-style burials and some of the city’s more famous hauntings, and upon arrival at the cemeteries, you’re left to do a bit of exploration of your own. As is typically the case in New Orleans, you’re invited to bring a bottle of something warm to nip at while your guide weaves her tales. Best French Quarter Tour: New Orleans Killers and Thrillers Tour Getty Images Buy on Viator.com The French Quarter is New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood and, according to many experts, the most haunted square mile in the United States. This walking tour takes visitors through three hundred years of fascinating (and often gruesome) history, with stops at the house of famed psychopathic torturer Madame LaLaurie, drinks at the haunted brothel-turned-bar May Bailly’s, as well as a stroll past the home of the legendary Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau. The 1.5-hour tour moves quickly but does make stops at at least two haunted bars for both ghost-spotting and refreshments. Best Garden District Tour: New Orleans Garden District Ghost Tour Viator Buy on Viator.com The Garden District is home to the grandiose mansions of New Orleans’ sugar, cotton and fruit barons of old, and its spooky, Spanish moss-draped ambiance inspired a number of terrifying novels by Anne Rice and others. This daytime walking tour shows you around the gothic Lafayette Cemetery and gives you a glimpse at a number of allegedly haunted houses, as well as the filming locations for Interview With a Vampire, Dracula 2000 and American Horror Story: Coven. Best Vampire Tour: New Orleans Vampire Tour Getty Images Buy on Viator.com Anne Rice’s famous vampire Lestat is fiction, but many of the vampires you’ll discover on this two-hour French Quarter walking tour are all too real. Your enthusiastic guide will regale you with tales of New Orleans’ history and myth and explain why the city is not just a favorite playground for television and movie vampires, but a real vampire subculture, as well. The tour, which also visits a number of haunted houses and true crime locations, includes a stop at a local vampire bar. Yes, really. Are you brave enough to pop in for a drink? Best Voodoo Tour: New Orleans Cemetery Voodoo and Walking Tour Getty Images Buy on Viator.com Voodoo, or vodoun, is a very real religion that came to New Orleans from West and Central Africa along with the enslaved people who were brought here by force and later syncretized with Roman Catholicism. On this tour, you’ll learn about the traditions and liturgy of this religion as well as the stories of some of its more famous practitioners, including Marie Laveau, whose grave you’ll visit. The tour brings visitors from the French Quarter to the city’s oldest extant cemetery, St. Louis No. 1, via air-conditioned motorcoach, and includes a complimentary gris-gris bag. Best Ghost Hunter Tour: New Orleans Ghost Hunters 101 Getty Images Buy on Viator.com If simply hearing stories about legendary hauntings isn’t enough for you, tag along with the paranormal investigation crew that runs these tours and visit ten of the most haunted locations in the city. The researchers will teach you to look for photographic orbs and physical cold spots, and you’ll get to use an EMF meter to test for the electromagnetic frequency blips that are said to occur when paranormal activity is present. This tour is available both in the afternoon and, for the truly fearless, in the late evening. Best True Crime Tour: Sinister Criminal Intentions — True Crime Tour Getty Images Buy on Viator.com Sometimes humans can be far more terrifying than anything supernatural. Leave the kids at home for this adults-only French Quarter nighttime walking tour that tells the stories of many of the most horrifying and gruesome crimes ever to take place in New Orleans: Madame LaLaurie, the Katrina Cannibal, the Trunk Murders and more. It’s not for the faint of heart, for sure, but if you’re brave enough, it’s a fascinating couple of hours that’ll teach you more about the city than you ever wanted to know. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 7 below.