Louisiana Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in New Orleans, Louisiana the haunted houses in New Orleans Louisiana where not many, very few in fact but now its one of the haunted house hotbeds in America. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Louisiana from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Louisiana (LA) here at Hauntworld.com New Orleans has to rank as one of the scariest cities in America with historic graveyards, haunted houses inside real funeral homes to even one haunt with a devil worship theme called 'House of Shock'. House of Shock is a haunted house in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been rated the most shocking in America.
When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Louisiana look no further than the area of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lafe Charles, Monroe and Alexandria because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses. Louisiana has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Louisiana has many cities with great haunted houses especially Louisiana area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.
There are at least 25 major haunted houses in and around, Louisiana or in regional area's around Louisiana. Baton Rouge and New Orleans is not far from many other cities and states that also have several haunted houses for example you could drive to Houston, Texas or Memphis, Tennessee or even other parts of the state like Shreveport, Louisiana, and of course Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Baton Rouge, Louisiana has some of the best haunted houses in America including The 13th Gate voted The Ultimate Haunted Houses Experience. Hauntworld.com did a full blown review of both of these haunted house Halloween attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
When trying to decide what haunted houses in New Orleans to visit make sure you choose the ones on the FIRST page of our directory as these are the best ones in the state. Also make sure you vote on our poll to determine the best haunted house in Louisiana and tweet this page or share with facebook to help others find the scariest haunted houses in Louisiana.
Use the zip code finder here on Hauntworld.com to find the best and scariest haunted houses in New Orlean, Louisiana.
Some of the Most Scariest Haunted Houses in Louisiana
Find the best and scariest haunted houses, real haunts, Halloween attractions, Hayrides and more near or in Baton Rouge Louisiana area. Baton Rouge certainly has it's share of Haunted Plantion Tours and Haunted Places then any other major city.
There is a new exibit at the Old State Capital called the Ghost of the Castle Exhibit. In this walking tour you will definitely get your scare one plus be entertained with fun special events and amazing exhibits and a little history. An exciting, spooky tour that the family is sure to enjoy.
Haunted Plantaions are real and Baton Rouge has a few of them. The Myrtes Plantation was built in 1796 and is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Researches have said there have been as many as 10 murders commited on this piece of land. The land was build on Tunica Indian burial land and one of the ghost is a young indian girl. She is often seen naked. There are also reports of strange noises and footsteps on the porch steps. There was a reported attory who lived at the home with the Myrtes for a short time and was murdered on those same steps. Today the there are still sightings of the young indian girl among other ghost. To the people of Baton Rouge and all who visit, the Myrtes Plantation is a haunted plantation.
Another well-know haunted plantation is the Nottoway Plantation. Open for daily tours you can see what everyone is talking about. There is one ghost that frequently will show up. It is said to be the daughter of Randolph Nattoway. Several guest and staff have reported seeing a shadow of a young girl. Today the Historic Nottoway Plantation is open just for tours and is one of the most well-know and popular haunted plantations in Baton Rouge.
New Orleans, Louisiana Real Haunted Stories
New Orleans is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the entire world. And the city is claimed to be the most haunted city in the United States. Many spirits and ghosts can be found in the heart of New Orleans. The city started off wrong from the beginning. The first people to populate the area were murderers, thieves, rapists and other criminals committing heinous crimes. The living conditions inside the city were unbearable and unlivable because of the swamp, diseases spreading about and the alligators and snakes. Thousands of people have been killed in New Orleans’s history because of fires, many hurricanes, wars and yellow fever. With this many people dying at a fast rate, the city was bound to be haunted.
Most residents of New Orleans are highly aware of the most haunted places in the city. One of the haunted places in the city is an old mansion where slaves were tortured, beaten and used for sick, twisted medical experiments. It is said that this house is haunted by the many, many individuals who died horribly at the mansion.
Residents of New Orleans are also aware of the Sultan – who turned his home into an evil fortress. He continues to roam the halls of a four-story house in the middle of the city. New Orleans was one of the cities that was most affected by the civil war. Everyone lost their fortunes and businesses closed down. At this time most of the large mansions were up for sale and the so called Sultan was one of the men who rented an empty mansion out for his family. He had many wives and many children. Over the years he kidnapped many other women and children and tortured them in this home. Later, when police finally entered the home, they found body parts strewn all about the house. Everyone was so butchered that no one was even recognizable. The counted heads to see how many people had died. But oddly enough, it wasn’t the Sultan who killed everyone. The police knew this because he had been buried alive by the intruders. No one knows who committed these murders.
Over the years the Sultan’s house has been occupied by many residents. No one ends up staying in the mansion because the Sultan supposedly stalks the current residents. He is known to hover over the women who live in the house and people living in the home often hear bodies hitting the ground.
New Orleans is certainly an exciting place to visit in regards to hauntings and real ghost stories. Many people travel specifically to the city to see these sites and to try to gain contact with the ghosts who roam the city.
One popular thing that tourists usually appreciate is a ghost tour of the city – explaining all the stories and showing the spots where evil things have occurred. The New Orleans Ghost Tour will take visitors through the ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter. Ghosts and spirits haunt these places because of horrid events that occurred hundreds of years ago. This tour is a great way to escape into the past and head on an adventure that you’ll never forget. You’ll visit sites where haunting take place and where other evil murders have happened.
The 13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rouge, LA has been around for a number of years, but it really popped up on the national radar when the owners submitted some intense video to Hauntworlds latest DVD in 2007. Clearly they had a very cool show, and were doing some amazing things in what some would call “detailing” the haunt. I fortunately got to see the 13th Gate in November of 2007 just after it closed for the season, but before I take you on a tour of the place lets discuss a little bit about what I mean by “detail”.
What is Detail?
In the haunted house business we hear a lot of words tossed around to describe the craft. One of the most common is “detail,” but what exactly does that mean? To some it means the amount of love and work put into a scene and to some it seems to be how many layers of stuff fills a haunted house. Some feel that too much detail is a waste, and others can never get enough props and effects crammed into their show (I am guilty here!) . Maybe two years ago I went to Rocky Point Haunted House for the first time, and last year I went to the Final Fright Nights held there just before the auction. Was that haunted house detailed?…Yes…but it was in my mind actually something else entirely, something I would call, …Real! And that is exactly what the 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA is…stunningly real!
Real vs. Detailed
In a haunted house producers are trying to scare you, to entertain you, to impress you. We all have different resources at our disposal: the artists that work for us, the vision of the producer, the budget of the haunt, etc. Some focus first on the scares and don’t worry overly much about the look. For those who focus on the look there are also many ways to go.
Most of the really great haunts I have seen are surreal environments filled with total sensory overload. Animations lunge out from every corner; theatrical lighting, strobes and black light reveal scenes filled with monsters, props and heavily detailed walls. Often haunts like this have tons of high quality props and sets, but it would be hard to mistake the sets as real. The abundance of creepy static figures, special effects, loud noises, colorful lighting, lasers and strobes, air cannons and animations make these events amazingly cool and scary, but almost more like souped up versions of traditional dark rides, rather than actual abandoned haunted places.
When I went to Rocky Point however, the show was unlike any haunt I had ever seen (with the possible exception of areas in Dead Acres of Columbus, Ohio). The sets looked real. Walls, buildings and facades seemed built to look the way they should look, not bound by 4x8 panels. The install seemed permanent, with cobble stones on the floor, real leaves, water, etc. Props were not piled on top of each other; they were only where they “should” be. Another thing that struck me was the lighting. Most of it was practical, i.e. from lamps, simulated torches, faux moonlight, etc. Missing for the most part were the strobes, lasers, spot lights on props, and murky darkness most haunts possess. If you didn’t look up at the ceiling, the dim graveyard for example, illuminated by streetlamps might for a moment almost look real. Why am I talking so much about Rocky Point you ask? Because the notion of creating a “real” looking environment is one of the things that makes the 13th Gate so unusual…
For 13 years Dwayne and Kathy Sanburn had been building haunted houses. Their company Midnight Productions was named because they were always “up after midnight” working on the sets. But after many years of temporary shows, they were still unsatisfied. They needed a place they could work on year round, a place they could really sink their teeth into. In 2001 they were able to lease a 40,000 SF building in downtown Baton Rouge, hours from their home in Alexandria, LA. The place was seeped in history…actual slave shackles were discovered when they built the outdoor swamp. After 11 months of construction they opened the 13th Gate, a huge, elaborate haunt with 13 “themed” areas. Brimming with cool sets and clever scares, the haunt was a success, but Dwayne still wanted more.
In 2005, they visited the set of the horror film “The Reaping” starring Hillary Swank, shot in Baton Rouge. Inspired by the production design, he hired the film’s scenic artists to work at the 13th Gate, building sets and teaching movie style techniques to his already talented staff. From that point onward they began a transformation of the already impressive haunted house into something even greater.
A Tour through the 13th Gate
After seeing the footage of this haunted house on the latest Hauntworld video I had to see it in person. October is a bit busy for me as you might imagine, so in early November a few days after the 2007 season wrapped I hopped on a plane headed for Louisiana. Although they were closed for the season, I got a guided tour of the place, accompanied by some classic southern hospitality. What follows is an account of the haunt’s sets and scenes in November 2007. Amazingly Dwayne and his crew began rebuilding and renovating soon after I left and were deep into construction by December!
The buildings (The haunt is housed in two adjacent structures) are old, creepy and painted black. A Scarefactory Slayer lurks on the structure’s roof, announcing to all who pass that they have found a haunted house! When you enter the building the wow factor starts at once, as even the ticket booth and gift shop is richly decorated. The entire show is themed as 13 different areas, thus the name The 13th Gate. In 2007 they converted over 4000 sf into a ticketing area, and queue line, now known as the 1st Gate or The 13th Gate Shipping Company. The best way to describe it would be to compare it to the boiler room queue at Disney’s Tower of Terror.
The entire area is themed as a dank industrial basement. Guests wind through pillars and arches of cold brick and decaying plaster, encountering giant rusty metal machines at every turn. Rust, rot and green algae drips down the walls, that when touched are hard and cold, actual plaster and cement not latex or vacuform. Oily liquid churns behind a bolted portal on one device, and aged crates bound in rusty chains litter the perimeter. At the edges of the room, dirty burlap sacks hanging from the ceiling occasionally twitch, and a vast collection of nasty ancient farm tools and a rough hewn coffin are on display. The focal points of the room however, are the four elevators at its center. Guests enter two of them in sequence while periodically a third reveals a terrifying surprise. When the room fills up with guests, the staff triggers a special sequence that is particularly terrifying. The lights flicker and slowly dim as a MASSIVE air tank in the center of the queue fills it tanks. Once the room plunges into total darkness the air is released with a huge blast, to great effect!
The elevators are spot on perfect, with all the dials, lights and extras you might expect in an aging freight elevator. As you begin your simulated descent however, there is an extra surprise waiting. Dwayne and his crew dug 2 huge tunnels below the crawlspace of the building ! Over 50 feet through muck mud and old concrete was tunneled at angle for EACH elevator. With the use of massive mirrors and clever lighting the result is an apparent bottomless elevator shaft! Before the simulator sequence begins, a lighting change shows you the pit beneath the metal grating that serves as a floor for the elevator, freaking out those afraid of heights. This accompanied by some sideway motion makes the elevator drop even more effective.
Exiting the elevator you travel through more tunnels of decaying plaster past an enormous rusty industrial fan into the 2nd Gate, The Insane Asylum. This section has many scenes you might expect for the theme, and boasts a fair amount of human scale animations. Some of the rooms include a grisly maternity ward, a room of doors, padded cells, and a morgue scene. Notable here are the many actual medical devices on display, and the level of grime the set dressers have layered the place with.
Next is the 3rd Gate, The House of Wax. Representing a classical theatrical Chamber of Horrors, the sets here cater to many scary films from the classics to the present. Displayed prominently is the lab of Dr. Frankenstein, complete with elaborately carved castle stone walls and an antique electroshock machine. Tableaus from the Phantom of the Opera, and American Werewolf in London are also decked out, with ample theatrical curtains supplied for actor attacks. Perhaps the most notable is a scene from Freddy vs. Jason. Two spot on replicas are posed in mid battle from the film’s iconic boiler room smack down, with a cascade of real water separating the combatants. During certain nights of the run, the large population of repeat guests got an extra shock as the normally static Jason or Freddy had an actor in place instead!
Exiting the House of Wax we came to the 4th Gate, a Claustrophobia Tunnel. This popular effect well known to haunters, is a system of airbags that provides a feeling of being “buried alive”. It made a nice transition to the 5th Gate The House of the Dead. This sequence portrayed a standard house with a bedroom, dining room, etc. As you enter, a TV set is playing news footage of a zombie attack, mentally preparing guests for the carnage to come. In addition to the elaborate sets found in the 13th Gate, the haunt also possess a very skilled make-up and costuming department. This crew spends extra care on the zombies in the House of the Dead section, making sure they are extra gory and nasty to really freak out the patrons. In perhaps the marquee scene in this area, one actor is set halfway into the floor with fake intestines trailing off of him. The zombies then as tradition dictates have fun chewing on his quivering entrails as he screams in agony!
Even more blood flows in the next sequence, the 6th Gate, The Slaughterhouse. Scenes include a body bag room, lots of mangled meat, and a gory kitchen. In this display a crazed killer hacks at flesh only to have it spray guests with a blast of water. In the dim lighting it totally sells as blood for a nasty effect. But the big scares come as the guests emerge into an outdoor section of the show. Now they are herded like cattle though a wooden fenced paddock as chainsaw operators go for the kill! Escaping the chainsaws patrons discover the 7th Gate, The Voodoo Bayou. Here guests wind though a real swamp (Easy to grow in Louisiana!) with trees, foliage, and slimy water. A series of suspended foot bridges takes them through several small rustic cabins littered with antiques from the Civil War era. In one hut a bubbling pot is tended by an old witch casting spells, but darker dangers await. Passing along one of the bridges, guests are assaulted by water cannons hidden in the slimy water! Before exiting the swamp one more effect is seen, an animatronic hangman.
Now begins an amazing sequence of graveyard environments begun by the 8th Gate, The Crematory. First guests must crawl into an oven simulation complete with smoke, fire effects and a crispy corpse! This leads to a full size hearse that they exit from, into a mortuary set much like that from the original Phantasm film.
From a tight space to this vast expanse they walk once more into the outdoors into breathtaking 9th Gate, Resurrection Cemetery. This zone is so realistic you would think you were in an actual New Orleans graveyard at night. Brooding above ground tombs surround you, bricks revealed by the crumbling masonry. Actual wrought iron spiked fence toppers jut from the mausoleums, the rust staining the stonework beneath it, mixing with the algae and rot. As you maneuver this maze of crypts, all around you are hidden gaps in the stone work for zombies to reach out. Entering one crypt, an actor grasps from above, concealed in the vaulted ceiling. All about the standing tombs behind a rusty fence is the graveyard. Filled with many headstones, the entire area is dappled by the moonlight that filters down through the actual trees planted there. The wide paved stone path leads to a long dark concrete tunnel 60 feet long, tight and rounded at the top that takes you inside the building once more.
This tunnel ends in the 10th Gate, Xibalba: The Mayan Underworld. In many ways this was my favorite area, not only because of the amazing execution of the sets but also because of the unusual themes explored. The area consists of several large high ceiling rooms with ascending ramps. Everywhere are tilted columns and ruins, with vines spread among them. Three chambers were the most dramatic, the first being the room of skulls. This was a round room, maybe 12 feet across, 12 - 16 feet tall. Except for the small entrance, exit and a jute covered actor spot, the entire surface was covered with hard plaster skulls set in concrete! It was stunning to see so many (thousands) of skulls piled stack upon stack. And when you touch them, they are not cheap plastic or rubber but cold, cold stone.
Venturing deeper in, you discover an altar to a Jaguar god, no particular gags, just an amazingly realistic set. Finally you head out on a rickety bridge over a large pit like room. In the center of this room is a massive alligator animatronic emerging from a tunnel, topped by a colossal ornate stone skull. This gator is as huge as an elephant, (well a SHORT elephant) snapping its jaws and bellowing loudly as you traverse the bridge, and just as you reach the center the whole thing tilts as if to dump you into his gaping maw! Next on the archeological expedition comes a descent in to the 11th Gate, The Tomb of Naja. Like the Mayan area this is a set of large high ceilinged rooms, but this time with an Egyptian twist. Sand covers the floors making walking tricky and large sandstone like blocks and carvings cover the walls. Three memorable rooms comprise the area, along with several tomb displays. In one of the rooms the walls slant together in a very claustrophobic style, and a giant stilt walking Anubis tomb guard chases trespassers. In another an elaborate back drop of statues and columns is filled with realistic snake models, and often features an actress with a real python wrapped around her. In the final area some of the 13th Gates famous animal actors make an appearance. Guests must walk under a Plexiglas ceiling covered with live snakes! For those with snake phobias this may be too much to take!
The penultimate zone is the 12th Gate, known as Davey Jones Locker . This section is a tribute to both the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and to the late great Rocky Point Haunted House, but with if it can be believed…. a few improvements! Guests first pass through a huge treasure cave (formerly the lair of a giant spider in previous years) up a ramp into a swamp. Then past mucky water and dead trees into the detailed shack of the witch Tia Dalma. This set is brimming with every imaginable detail, but the best is yet to come! If you remember the rocking pirate ship at Rocky Point, you entered through some passages and were just suddenly in the ship. At the 13th Gate, you actually enter from a pier! You see the side of the ship, cannons protruding, rocking gently in the sea. Down below the pier you see the wash of water lapping at the ships sides. Careful placement of mirrors suggests the ship interior is twice the size it appears to be. Several different interior rooms make up the ship, very close in style to the sets in the films. After exiting the ship you come across a colossal Kraken (Giant squid) attacking the dock. Although not as animated in 2007 as Rocky Points attacking Kraken was, it is massive with an over 12 feet wide maw of vicious teeth, and huge twisting tentacles.
Now guests must travel down a long wooden corridor, the walls covered with rotting corpses. They are ushered into a huge cage fifteen or so at a time to experience the 13th Gate, The Dragons Lair. The gates of the cage open, revealing a 50 foot tunnel to the end of the haunt. Even as the escape route is revealed the back of the cage cracks open and the head of a massive dragon bursts into the cage! As the patrons run for the exit, the dragon follows all the way to the finish. Hot on their heels it blasts smoke, roars and chomps at them! Finally it retreats back into its lair and the cage is filled once more with guests.
The 13th Gate is an amazing haunt, one of the best I have ever seen. Although in parts it may resemble other shows in theme and style, the absolute dedication to make it look totally REAL and solid in certain sections is breathtaking and extremely impressive. Also not to be ignored are some of the huge unusual technical effects such as the Gator, The Dragon, the Ship and the Elevators. There are many tastes in haunts, the dark non-detailed type, the surreal packed with detail mega- haunt, and this sort, a type that will on occasion absolutely put one in a setting that seems totally real. That and the obvious love the producers put into every corner of this place make it a must see for any haunt fan.
Haunted House Name: 13th Gate
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Annual Attendance: 50,000 Guests
The LaLaurie House has quite a story of it's own. This three-story building which some say was built in the in the late 1700's and other will argure this haunted house was not built until 1832. The house was very much plain on the outside, but very exciting and beautiful on the inside. There would be many lavish parties that everyone wanting to attend and the rooms would be filled with guests. Madame LaLaurie was seen as a beautiful , intelligent and very kind woman at times, but there was another side to Madame Lalaure that only friends and family would see. This side was mean, heartless and many would say insane.
The LaLaurie House was certainly known for more than it's fine parties and wonderful food. What makes this house haunted and why Madame LaLaurie is considered the Mistress of Death is becasue of the was she treated people. Inside the walls there are many haunting stories of brutal forces of slavery. Madame LaLaurie was horriby crule to them. It was reported that she kept her cook chained to the fireplace while she would still need to do her work. This was just the begininng. The neighbors would talk and whisper about the mistreatment of the slaves and how they would quicky vanish and dissapear. There was another story of a young girl being chased by Madam LaLauri by a whip. The young girl ran to the roof and jumped to her death.
Finally after years of unspeakable abuse, neighbors whispering and talking about the cruelty of Madame LaLaurie There was a terribly huge fire which is believed to have started in the kitchen. It is believed the cook just could not take anymore beatings and torture. After the fire was put on the most horrifying find was realized. All of Madame LaLaurie's slaves were found. Many were chained to the wall or a table. Some were even in cages meant for dogs and all of them were naked, not one piece of clothing on. Horrified by what was found there soon became a mob of the town which stood outside the house.
Madam Laurie and her family soon dissapeared. There are many stories to where they ended up, but the reality is that the stories of ghost and the horrific hauntings do exist. Is the house still haunted today? Through the years ther have been severl renovations and today it stands as an apartment building. There are still several complaints and reports from the tenants of unexplained activity.
New Orleans is often times called the most haunted city in America. With all it's urban legends, reported ghost stories to the real haunted houses and mansions. Over the years it has been a "fight" or a "competition" to decide which is actually the most real haunted house in New Orleans.