Haunted New Orleans

Barbara Vey -- October 8th, 2009

New Orleans is the perfect place to spend your birthday.  I got in yesterday morning and it was a balmy 85 degrees.  My kind of weather.  Lunch at the Acme Oyster House, a great walking tour, a nice nap, dinner at Nola’s (pecan crusted Redfish and lemon meringue pie with a candle).  Perfect.

Now the weird part.  New Orleans is known for it’s haunted tours, but I was in the elevator that didn’t want to let me out.  I’d push the button and the door would open then close almost all the way, then open again.  Over and over.  I finally jumped out and looked for the stairs.  Of course when I finally got a staff person to look at it, everything was working fine.  So, was a ghost working the elevator?  I’d kind of like to think so.  It goes with the ambience that is New Orleans.

Dauphine, New Orleans ghost

I started thinking of the books I’d read with ghost in them, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Shining, and the fascination with ghosts on tv, The Ghost Whisperer and Medium.  So tell me, what ghost story do you remember reading?  Did it stay with you?  Do you believe in ghosts?

I did the Haunted Tour of New Orleans and it scared the dickens out of me.  I’m done with that.

Bottom Line:  Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter, emails and blog.  You made my day very special.

38 thoughts on “Haunted New Orleans

  1. mary s

    No excuses Barb–but my one day off of work (where there is a computer) & I missed “blogging” your birthday greetings! So Belated Birthday Wishes dear Barb!

  2. Wendy

    My house is haunted, so yes I believe in ghosts… As for ghost books, can’t remember the last one I read, but I do remember reading the Nikki Styx series by Terri Garey, and those have ghosts, just not as the main characters…

  3. violet s

    I have been on haunted tours in New Orleans, Savannah (Charleston maybe?) & been on the underground tour of Seattle. I can’t get enough of that kind of history! Thank you for your blog, Barbara!

  4. Anna Patterson

    I believe there are times of the year when spirits might be more active than others. Also a chain of event or special horrific memory can stir up ghosts for a period. So yes, I believe there are ghosts and I watch Ghost Hunters on TV. I liked Ghost, the movie also.


    I think my house has a poltergeist that likes to knock things off hooks and turn on the vacuum cleaner. Oh, “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” was one of my favorite movies (anyone else remember the TV show as well?) and remember all the ghosts in “Truly, Madly, Deeply”? And the new Brit series “Being Human” has a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire. I know I’ve read several romances where the ghostly character brings the would-be lovers together but of course I can’t remember any of the titles. Sounds like New Orleans is going to be blast.

  6. Debbie_D

    The haunted history and tour of the Myrtles Plantation in Lousisana is one of my favorites. You can even sleep there. When you check in, they give you a list of the nearest hotels, in case you get to scared to stay the night. Seriously.

  7. Hank Phillippi Ryan

    Have you seen the movie Ghost Town? It’s hilarious.. And is The Sixth Sense about ghosts? Oh, and how about that Wim Wenders movie–ah, the name is escaping me. It’s fantastic. Have fun in NO! ANd can’t wait to hear your next report… xo Hank

  8. Barbara Monajem

    Isn’t New Orleans wonderful? The Haunted Tour sounds great. Brrrr…. Movies – The Sixth Sense and Ghost. Books – The Ghost Duster Mysteries by Wendy Roberts – Remains of the Dead and Devil May Ride. They’re about a woman who cleans up the homes where people have been killed. She sees and talks to the ghosts of the murder victims and gets involved in solving the murders. These are fun, fast-paced stories.

  9. Kim Bouchard

    Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to pick up a book filled with the local ghost stories usually published by a small regional publisher. I was disappointed when I recently visited Chautauqua, NY and discovered the book I purchased was fiction and not the local folklore. Luckily, my hotel was haunted and the innkeeper at The Spencer Hotel told me their ghost stories.

  10. Susan in AZ

    Nora Roberts’ garden series has a ghost: book titles are Red Rose, Black Lily, and Blue Dahlia…. also, J.R. Ward’s Lover Unbound has an in-your-face ghost who just will not go away…(tee hee. Her lover wants to keep her around)

  11. Marilyn Estes

    Topper, Ghost, Sixth Sense, The Others – so many movies, so little time. So glad you got a haunted elevator! And when you’re in St Augustine, FL or Edinburgh, Scotland, definitely take their haunted tour.

  12. Gina

    Barbara you should check out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar at the far end of Bourbon Street (away from the action) has a great story to tell if you have a chance to visit.

  13. Jan

    Nella Waits by Marlys Millhiser. I read it years ago and it has lingered ever since. It was the book that kept me awake after I read it. I do believe that we can’t sense or see EVERYTHING on this planet.

  14. Ann Macela

    Oh, yes, to the ghost stories. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (TV and movie), Topper (TV and movie). I once had my own feeling of ghosts being around on a Civil War battlefield at the site of Cold Harbor. I was alone at the site, got the funniest feeling, and hightailed it out of there–just in case. Cheers, Ann

  15. Dianna Love

    Late to the party, but glad to see you had a fun birthday. I spent Wed traveling to NO and am finally online. Was fun to see everyone wishing Barb Happy Birthday as they arrived in Sin city.

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