If you are a history buff or just love a good scare, then consider one of the Haunted History Tours. These are walking tours ... More
Haunted History Tours
If you are a history buff or just love a good scare, then consider one of the Haunted History Tours. These are walking tours led by one of a number of area experts who specialize in the history of ghosts, voodoo and haunted places. Featured attractions include the Saint Louis Cemetery Number One and areas related to voodoo and witchcraft, as well as French Quarter locations that have had documented ghost sightings. There is nothing quite comparable to a good ghost story outside the cemetery gates at dusk.
I also had Mideon when I went on a Haunted History Tour. He was very informative and made it seem spooky even though I went on the tour during the day and it was raining. I actually got a picture of a ghost at one of the places that we visited.. It was AWESOME!! I can not wait to go back again!!
This tour was kind of ho-hum, maybe it was the tour guide. He did not speak very loud, the stories were not interesting and captivating. The only one was that was cool was the story about the general and his ballroom. Some of the information he told us was not quite accuarte. I was kind of bummed, I have been on tours in Charleston, Gettsyburg, and Savannah so I have others to compare this to.
I'll admit upfront I'm quite a skeptic, but this tour was just ridiculous. If you honestly believe in ghosts then perhaps this would be a good tour for you, but if you're just looking to be entertained avoid this tour. Our guide took everything way too seriously- he didn't even try to be funny because he said it was "disrepectful to the spirits." When I visit New Orleans, it's too have fun, not to be given a fake science lesson.
As a local I had never done one of these tours before and felt as though maybe I was missing out on something. Apparently I was not. I booked a haunted history tour with the haunted history tour company departing from the VooDoo shop for a group of us. Our original guide was an older gentleman that was boring to say the least. We quickly jumped to the other group after hearing him tell his first story. Although our next guide was a little more enthusiastic we were not impressed. She told us two stories and brought us to a bar. She let us hang around the bar for a little while then called everyone to the courtyard of this bar to tell their own ghost stories. After no one had anything else to say she told us the story behind the bar we were in. Then she brought us down the street in front of the home of Nicholas Cage and told another story. By this time we were 1 hour and 45 minutes into our 2 hour tour and decided that was enough. We were bored and our drinks were gone.
I do have to admit that one of the couples we were with was enjoying
the tour and decided to continue on. l also enjoy hearing of the history of my city but this particular tour was slow and boring. I feel it was a waste of money and 2 hours.
Had Willie Shelby, Jonathan and Jennifer as tour guides. I took the city/cemetery, haunted history/ghost, and vampire tours with these guys. They were phenomenal! I have to say, that as a history buff and believer of the supernatural, I was astounded by their knowledge and love of their city! They were informative and entertaining. Along with some Haunted History Tours I also took two Cajun Encounters, while they don't really match up in content, I have to say that Haunted History was by far the better of the two. Like to think I've made a friend in Jennifer and will keep in touch with her and definitely see them all again on my next trip!
I took the Ghost Tour first with Jonathan and then with Jennifer a few nights later. Don't worry about repeat stories. Every guide has their own flare and their own stories. It was just as enjoyable the second time around! Can't wait to go back!
Cemetery Tour- Guide Randy *****
LOVED this tour! Randy (Randolph?) is so knowledgable and a natural story teller. I have been on tours before where the guide sounds rehersed and forced but this was definitely not the case with Randy. I felt that he genuinly had a passion and interest in what he was doing and that made for a very engaging tour. He covered history, people, architecture, you name it! If you have a chance to go on this tour I would HIGHLY recommend it!
Ghost Tour- Guide: Jennifer*****
I am so glad I was able to squeeze in this tour during my stay in New Orleans. I am also very glad that I went on it near the end of the trip because I actually had trouble sleeping the following night just thinking about the ghost stories! hahaha. Jennifer is great guide and extremely knowledgable about New Orleans history. Her interpretations of the ghost stories also had an amazing flow to them. Very impressed!
Both tours where certainly worth the money and I would recommend them both!
After reading some of the reviews I agree, it must depend on the tour guide. We took both the Haunted History Tour and the Scandolous Cocktail Tour. The Haunted History Tour was horrible. The Scandolous Cocktail Tour was better, but not excellent.
On the Haunted History Tour we had Midiam as well and felt he was horrible. It was so bad that I left early, before it ended. I felt he was a community college Theatre Arts (major) flunky and needed to self promote.
He told us that history buffs are like geeks who sit around all night and discuss history; it was the only thing scary about the tour -- that thought.
His accounts were gory, not scary and his delivery was the only thing that was dead. His "show" was awkward both for the audience and for him as he reminded me of the one that didn't get the part. He described how people died of yellow fever, how bloated people get when they do pass and how he witnessed this after Hurricane Katrina, as he searched for bodies but only found a bloated cow -- and I paid $20 to hear that.
Now that is a crime the Scandoulous Cocktail tour guide can had to his story. Midiam the mobster.
Your experience depends on which tour guide you get. I got Earnest on one tour and he was really lively and interesting. However later in my same visit I took a different tour with Midiam (?) that I did not enjoy. He was boring and sort of sarcastic when someone asked a question. He acted like he thought he was a teacher and we were his captive students.
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