The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Louisiana
There’s something inherently haunted and creepy in Louisiana. For starters, it’s one of the oldest states in the South, dating back to 1812 (1803, if you count the Louisiana Purchase). Then there’s the history: Louisiana was a big player in the Civil War, and a lot of blood was shed on our state’s soil. And while the melding of Creole, Cajun, Spanish, French, African, and Native American cultures is what makes Louisiana so incredibly special, this cultural melting pot is also rich in lore and legends.
Louisiana’s formidable swamps, unruly weeping willows, and hazy wetlands are cloaked in mystery and intrigue, and only add to the stories and superstitions circulating around the Bayou State. Add it all up, and you have a state that’s full of real haunted houses, haunted museums, haunted mansions, creepy cemeteries, and abandoned places. Louisiana is marvelously macabre, and delightfully fun to explore … if you’re brave enough, that is.
Creepy Facts About Louisiana
1. The spookiness of Louisiana is not lost on film directors. Interview With A Vampirewas filmed in New Orleans; the author Anne Rice was so inspired by the spooky history of New Orleans, she deemed the city the setting of her scary vampire story. And Final Destination, the ultimate horror film, was shot in some of New Orleans’ creepiest cemeteries.
2. Louisiana has a Voodoo museum, and it’s everything you could ever hope for. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is crammed with relics and materials from the practice of Voodoo through the ages, including potions to practice Voodoo at home. And yes, in case you were wondering: you can have your fortune told at this haunted museum by a real-life Voodoo priest.
3. Louisiana has its own very creepy legend, and it’s terrifying. The “Legend of the Rougarou” is a chilling tale that’s been passed down from generation to generation. This creature has a human body and the head of a wolf, and can lurk in fields, woods, bayous, and swamps. There are a couple of different versions of the Rougarou, and all are equally frightening.
4. Bonny & Clyde met their final fate on a country road in Gibland, Louisiana, when they were ambushed by police. You can visit the site of their death today, and some say that you can hear the sound of gunshots and screams during a full moon.
5. The Old Louisiana State Capital Building is, of course, haunted. Built to look like a castle, in the past, the Capital Building also served as a hospital for Civil War soldiers. Today, it’s a National Historic Landmark and a museum – a haunted museum – that’s open for tours. Visitors have reported a laundry list of paranormal activities in the building, such as doors slamming, unidentifiable noises, and footsteps. But most alarming, is that some claim to have been pushed or shoved by these feisty solider spirits.
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