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Apparitions, werewolves, vampires… oh my! You’ve probably heard the tales, but are the ghost stories of New Orleans fact or fiction?

According to Haunted History Tours owner, Sidney Smith, that depends on who you are.

“Some people, I think, are simply more sensitive to paranormal activity than other people are, some people hear it, feel it, see it, experience it on a regular basis, other people never feel anything,” says Smith who considers himself an open-minded skeptic. His knowledge of New Orleans folklore is enough to captivate anyone brave enough to listen.

Whether you are a firm believer or don’t believe in ghosts at all, the well-documented atrocities of the LaLaurie Mansion will chill you to the bone. It is considered the most haunted house in New Orleans. Sidney Smith calls it the “crown jewel” of every ghost tour in the French Quarter. It is at this spot where hundreds of people over a twenty year span have fainted while taking the tour.

“Violent death and strong emotion are often what contribute to hauntings or paranormal activity and we have had no shortage of violent death and strong emotion in this city. It is said rest in peace but what if you can’t,” says Smith.

For more information on Haunted history Tours visit:

house-of-shock-277×177Friday, October 18 is Goodwill night: bring a new or gently used item and get a discount off of entry to the nationally recognized House of Shock Haunted House!

The House of Shock is now much more than just a haunted house … it is a free outdoor HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL with food, live entertainment and a full bar. Watch national bands on the House of Shock Music Stage and their NEW multi-media stage show complete with live actors, stunts and pyrotechnics! So if the House of Shock Haunted House was too intense for you before, now you can come out to enjoy the festival and watch all of your friends, family and total strangers get scared witless! There is no better entertainment than that!

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In the spirit of Friday the 13th weekend, the House of Shock is opening its doors. Friday and Saturday night tickets go on sale at 7:30pm. The box office closes at 11:30pm. The House of Shock is located at 319 Butterworth St. Jefferson, LA 70121.

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter, be prepared, don’t go through with heels, prepare to get sweaty.”

Words of caution to those who dare enter the House of Shock. Now in its 21st year, this massive castle of cries boasts over 18 themed rooms of horror. If you think you know what is coming up around the corner think again, every year there are new additions to scare visitors.

“We invent our own characters, you won’t see Jason or Freddie Krueger or Frankenstein here,” says owner Ross Karpelman.

400 volunteers help create this creepy experience and even Ross admits he gets scared. “When we are closing down at the end of the night for sure. There might be somebody left from the crowd that might have lingered back to take vengeance out on my neck,” he jokes.

“You have to give yourself up to the House of Shock, anything can happen at any given time.”

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It’s been making headlines online across the globe. A news reporter’s encounter with a possible ghost while filming at the haunted plantation just two hours from New Orleans. Here is Vanessa Bolano.

Built in 1796 on  what is believed to be an ancient Indian burial ground The Myrtles plantation offers something different in these parts of St. Francisville.

Tour guide Robert Steinback says, “You can’t help but fall in love with this property. The more you know about it, the more you realize that this was, this is, a piece of history that cannot be replicated. There are other Antebellum homes throughout Louisiana and the South, but each one has its own story. This one has a unique story.

The Myrtles Plantation is one of the most visited plantations in the area and they say it is because it’s believed to be haunted. Actually, twelve spirits supposedly live there, but the owners say they’re all friendly spirits. You can spend the night at the plantation, but you’re not allowed to have a séance or bring in Ouija boards. The owners do not allow anything that can open the door to evil spirits.

It was while reviewing our video that we realized we may have captured one of the Myrtles supernatural residents. During Vanessa Bolano’s standup in the French Room a quick flash can be seen. When slowed down the cloudy image appears first behind her head by a white door and disappears behind her body, then reappears on the reporter’s dress and becomes more visible off her left shoulder. The image moves so fast that the video was slowed to 10% of its original speed which is why Bolano appears to be frozen.

Steinback says the French Room is also known as the most haunted room in the most haunted house of America.

“So we believe the spirits in the house remember that furniture from the days that they were alive. this house has seen a lot of tragedy. Some of these stories vary in terms of what we can document and what are just legends that have been handed down, but we know there has been a lot of tragedies over the years,” says Steinbeck, “It’s a reputation you can’t create. The house has to actually have that reputation and live up to it for more than two centuries.”

The current owners don’t live in the home anymore. Instead, it’s maintained as a tourist attraction and bed and breakfast for courageous souls.

“It’s not that they were creating a tourist attraction and said let’s make a haunted house out of it. It’s that they realized they had a haunted house and why don’t we invite some tourists in to see,” says Steinback.

For more information on The Myrtles Plantation, click here for their website.

Whether it be haunted houses or Halloween decorations, the Halloween spirit can be seen all around the city.

News With A Twist Reporter, Kenny Lopez found a haunted patio on Magazine Street, which is stirring up stares and scares.

News with a Twist

Inside The Mortuary

Vanessa Bolano takes you inside The Mortuary Haunted House.

“It was originally built in 1872 as a private home, and then in the mid 20’s turned into an actual mortuary and had operated as a mortuary until around 2004,” says owner Jeff Borne, “There are a lot of different types of experiences for the true ghostly side of The Mortuary.”

“There’s a ghost that we call Marie that when she’s around you smell flowers, and then in the basement, in the embalming room, you smell the smell of burnt flesh quite a bit,” says Borne.

The Mortuary is a haunted house in a haunted house, and to convert it into an attraction during the Halloween season Borne says they begin planning more than a year in advance.

“We’ve already got the plans working and getting into place for our seventh year.  We build sets, we build props, we bring in props, all during the year.  In July all of that gets brought here. We put layers inside of the real walls in a lot of areas so that we protect the actual walls of the building. The animatronics and the animatronic creatures that you’ll see throughout the house are usually all air driven, and they have sound effects, and triggers so that our actors can make them happen or you just find the trip wire and trigger it yourself!”

For details on visiting The Mortuary Haunted House click here.