Ghosts, Gods, & Gangsters - Paranormal & Dark Psychology Tour
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52 Ratings
New Orleans
Explore the dark past of the city with our adults-only paranormal tour. Uncover scandalous secrets, witch covens, and vampire lore. Book now.
Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Old Ursuline Convent Museum - Our ghost tour pauses outside the gates of the Old Ursuline Convent, which has stood here since the early days of our city’s founding. Your guide recounts the legend of the casket girls - young women who traveled here long ago with peculiar chests in tow. According to lore, these cases contained unholy stowaways that still haunt the convent and streets nearby as vampiric beings to this day. As you gaze up at the decaying walls, you might wonder if something cursed still lurks within… Did the casket girls truly first usher vampires into New Orleans? Stand here after dark to hear the story and decide. Before we depart the convent grounds, listen closely for whispers on the wind.
  • BK Historic House and Gardens - After leaving the convent, we approach a grand, white-columned mansion that once belonged to Civil War general P.T. Beauregard before housing bestselling author Frances Parkinson Keyes. But not all who traversed this historic home’s ornate rooms and parlors met a refined high society end. Over a hundred years ago, this was the site of one of the city’s most infamous mafia hits. Some believe unsettled spirits still dwell here, caught in a phantom feud that continuously replays itself. As night falls, you may glimpse shadows of the conflict in the windows or hear faint echoes of the assassination that violently ended the rule of a notorious gangster.
  • Lalaurie Mansion - We pause outside the imposing facade of the stately Lalaurie residence, once occupied by the influential yet nefarious Madame Delphine Lalaurie, until a fateful day exposed her most insidious secrets. As we stand before the intricately wrought iron balcony, our guide recounts whispered tales of the ghastly revelations of diabolical experiments and unimaginable human suffering within these walls. Some say the anguished echoes can still be heard of those who perished by her philosophies. Others report sightings of the Madame herself, presiding still over her estate after death, denied her proper judgment for the reprehensible deeds committed on helpless souls. But we leave it to you to ponder… Do spirits still linger, or does public imagination haunt these grounds more fiercely than any wayward wraith could? What is evident is that this address continues to profoundly disturb anyone who learns of its history - now including those gathered among us on this tour.
  • French Market - We linger for a moment at the mouth of the unassuming street that now bears little trace of its debauched and deadly past. Your guide casts their lantern light towards what was once Gallatin Street - a seedy, riotous red light district that lured sailors and slummers to establishments promising every illicit desire in the late 1800s. Despite its allure, danger and predation lurked around every corner. Some tell tales of men lured by sirens into darkened dead ends, never seen again. Others whisper of malevolent gangsters hired by establishments that now mask their murderous history with respectable facades. But listen closely near the cracked sidewalks… Do you hear the distant echoes of raucous laughter turn suddenly to screams? Do wafts of lavender perfume mask the coppery scent of lives lost? We leave you to ponder if the spirits of Gallatin Street still lurk where their earthly vices laid them to rest too soon.
  • Jackson Square - Before the sprawling green space of Jackson Square took shape, our guide tells us these very grounds bore witness to some of the city’s most shocking and gruesome public executions. Surrounded by armed guards, prisoners would meet their fate by hanging from a crude wooden structure or more barbaric means based on their alleged crimes. For some, the seconds dragged on in slow, suffocating horror witnessed by jeering crowds. Others faced swifter ends on the executioner’s block in view of the stone cathedral. Though carnival tunes float lightheartedly today, we pause to acknowledge the square’s darker times witnessing the end of convicted lives – no matter the reasons or rights. As we take our leave, glance back and ponder if unrest still stirs spirits to linger along these shadows where public punishments once summoned throngs as macabre entertainment. The grounds hold many secrets and seek souls underneath the serene green space of Jackson Square.
  • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum - Our guide pauses along the route to indicate an unassuming building that now contains the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. But they share tales passed down through generations about this site’s shadowy role during the plague years. As infections raged unchecked, rumors persisted of the building secretly housing fringe doctors conducting lethal human experiments to identify vaccines via questionable means. Details remain lacking and facts elusive of who or how many may have suffered within these walls in the name of battling our city’s waves of epidemic onslaughts. Yet eerie stories endure of lost souls seen in the windows, nameless victims stolen away never to return home when promising remedy at an unfathomable moral cost. Disturbing rumors alone leave a lingering vileness around our quiet pharmacy museum that not even formal dedications to medical ingenuity can rinse out.
  • Omni Royal Orleans - We linger outside the stately Omni Royal Hotel, whose polished veneer masks a history of misfortune and sorrow. From fiery disasters to mafia underworld dealings, shadows seem to loom within even its brightest facades. Most chilling is the recent suicide plunge from the high roof amid speculation of deeper anguish, revealing one of the most shocking murders our city has ever seen. Today, travelers mingle cheerfully through the lobby, unaware of the heartbreak these walls quietly enshroud. Your guide may share their own disquieting experiences from nights spent wandering these haunting halls. But we invite you to draw your own conclusions about what pain lingers unfinished and what darker magnet seems to draw occasional chaos into an otherwise refined space. Not all is as bright and welcoming as it may first appear at this storied hotel.
What's Included
  • Licensed and certified walking tour guide
What's Not Included
  • While permitted in responsible moderation, drinks are not provided on this tour.
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities
  • We do not go inside of private buildings
Additional Information

Wanna get weird? Walk with us, fam.

Curated by parapsychologist Dr. Edward Simon, this adults-only walking tour time machine transports you back through the minds of the city’s most wicked and to the ill-fated settlement that famed occultist Aleister Crowley referred to as the “Quartier Macabre,” a city lost between life and God, a place that even time has overlooked.

One night, we’ll uncover Gallatin Street’s scandalous past as a bustling red-light district, hearing the story of Bricktop Jackson, the fiery lady of the night who cut as many throats as she captured hearts. Or, we may find ourselves at the doorstep of the city’s first and most powerful witch coven, whispering legends of magick rituals before getting shaken and stirred by the vampire lore at the Old Ursuline Convent.

Wherever the road travels, you’ll be led and engaged by a master storyteller tasked to make your stay in our city one you won’t soon forget.

Book fast, or forever rue, boo.

  • Adults only - 17+
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in. Tours depart at their scheduled times.
  • Please plan in advance for Ubers, taxis, Lyfts, and travel mishaps. We cannot accommodate late arrivals
Location
916 N Peters St
North Peters Street
We will begin our journey in the hidden recesses of Dutch Alley - a secluded, little-known promenade tucked off North Peters Street. Our guide will meet you there for check-in 30 minutes prior to your tour's departure.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Randall
Jul 5, 2024
Insanely good - This was by far the best tour I’ve done. Dr Simon is no BS while being thoroughly entertaining. His unique perspective and education is unlike anything else you’ll find in New Orleans. If you want a tour that isn’t overly sensationalized while still being a great time, this is the one. He’ll give you all of the details you’ll need and leave you inspired to learn more about each case. F*ck the other tours. Book this one.
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Valerie
Jun 24, 2024
You can't make this stuff up! - What a GREAT tour! We were supposed to have another small group join us, but they did not show, so it was as if we had a private walking tour. To say that Edward is knowledgeable is an understament. All of the information is factual but delivered in a very entertaining way. If you are looking for a tour that gives you the REAL history of the Quarter, then look no further!
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Trendat2024
Jun 14, 2024
Educational and fun - Loved this tour so much! I’m a local and looking forward to going again with friends and family. Edward really brought the tour to life.
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Samantha_e
Jun 12, 2024
So much fun! - Dr. Edward was an amazing tour guide that made the stories come to life, my group felt more connected to the city and had the best time! Would 10/10 recommend this to anyone who wants a spooky experience!
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X8601xrmarcc
Jun 11, 2024
An exceptional experience that rises above and beyond the rest. - I love New Orleans, but it's true what they say: it's a town with 3000 restaurants and 10 recipes. The tourist presence is there so is so great, it can be hard to find a unique and exceptional experience amongst all the crap that's there for unsuspecting out-of-towners who can't tell the difference between the good and the bad. Sadly, the same is true of the haunted tours. There are so many! And it's not that they're mostly BAD, but they're certainly not very good - unless you know where to go. You can get an amazing, authentic, one-of-a-kind meal in New Orleans if you go to the right restaurant, and you can get an amazing, authentic, one-of-a-kind ghost tour experience if you go take a Ghosts, Gods, & Gangsters tour with Edward. It's absolutely the best one I've ever had and I'm going to send everyone I know to take one with him.
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Greg988
Jun 11, 2024
Great tour! - Edward was great and very entertaining. We had 2/5 of our party not feeling well and considered leaving early, but Edward was soo good they both wanted to stay until the end (despite not feeling well). His stories are riveting and he delivers them with lots of energy.
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Alecbk9005jf
Jun 10, 2024
Loved it - Amazing tour, learned a lot of genuine history from a great storyteller. Tour guide was born and raised here and knows every detail!
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42logand
Jun 10, 2024
Spooktacular - Increidble stories and very entertaining guide! This guy clearly loves the city and I was happy to have gone on the tour prior to seeing the city! Now I know all the spooky stuff to look out for 👻👻👻
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Saraec2024
Jun 9, 2024
10/10 recommend! - We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Dr. Edward. He was such an amazing storyteller and so knowledgeable about the history of New Orelans as well as being very informative about the paranormal. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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Candace1022
Jun 7, 2024
The best Walking Tour - This was a really good tour! Very good in telling the stories and keeping you engaged and knowledgeable of New Orleans history. At the beginning of the tour I was asked “What kind of things am I in too?” So the tour could gear towards my interests.
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