New Orleans is known for many things and haunted houses are just one more thing to add to the list. Just around the corner in “our neighborhood,” The Mortuary is one of those houses. The Mortuary is a huge attraction during Halloween for those who want to be spooked. In addition to being haunted, The Mortuary has been around for quite some time and has a long history just like our beloved Delgado Community College.
The Mortuary is 49 years our senior. The 141 year old house was built in 1872 and was remodeled years later to the Victorian styled mansion we see today. At one point, The Mortuary used to be a funeral home, not to mention that it sits next to Chevra Thilim Cemetery, another underground cemetery like our next door neighbor, Holt Cemetery. It is rumored that spirits live inside the home. On several occasions people have said that they have heard voices, felt something touching them, or have seen objects moving around on their own.
The Lalaurie House on Royal Street is another popular haunted house in the city. It is also said that Delphine Lalaurie, who owned the house with her husband in the 1800s, abused the slaves that worked for them. One night a fire broke out at the home and while firefighters were putting out the blazing inferno they found several indentured servants bound by chains in the attic. Revolving occupants claim that they have heard the mourning and crying of women, men, and children. Supposedly, the servants that were tortured and killed still haunt the house.
This coming Halloween is the perfect time to check out haunted houses or look for some ghostly sightings, or you can just throw on your costume and head to the French Quarter.
Trick or Treat!