It’s time to get into the fall spirit, and that means pumpkins, sweaters, and the occasional spooky story. We’ve got plenty of places in Louisiana that many believe are haunted, or just plain creepy. if you’re up for it, we’ve compiled a road trip that will take you through some of the spookiest places in Louisiana.
The road trip will take just over five hours from start to finish, leaving plenty of time to stop off along the way and see the sights.
Since we wanted to make sure this was a day trip, we've kept the attractions to central Louisiana and Acadiana, but don't worry, we know there are plenty of spooky places in northern Louisiana and southeastern Louisiana. (Looking at you, New Orleans!)
1. Hotel Bentley (Alexandria)
Built in 1908, the grand architecture inside the Hotel Bentley would wow just about anyone, including a spirit or two. Legend has it that this popular Central Louisiana hotel is haunted by the ghost of Mr. Bentley himself, who is often seen walking the halls on the third floor. Another common sighting is that of a young roman who fell to her death in an elevator shaft, and she’s often seen as a brief apparition when the elevator doors open.
2. The Gothic Jail (DeRidder)
Built in 1914, this beautiful Gothic Revival building certainly stands out among the rest of the buildings on the street. It’s also believed to be haunted by the two men who were hanged for their crimes right at the top of the spiral staircase.
3. Cafe Vermilionville (Lafayette)
For a delicious meal, stop off at Cafe Vermilionville in Lafayette. This beautiful building dates back to the early 1800s, and it seems there are a few spirits from the Civil War that just can’t seem to pass on. Bottles mysteriously move on their own, crashing to the ground in some cases, and the figure of a man with a handlebar mustache and a young girl in a blue dress are the two most frequent ghost sightings here.
4. T’Frere’s Bed & Breakfast (Lafayette)
If you’re looking for a place to spend the night, T’Fere’s is a delightfully charming bed and breakfast that would love to host you. As you walk the grounds, take note of the well on the property. It’s believed that the well is the final resting place of a woman named Amelie, who jumped in after losing both her husband and her child. In the evenings, you may hear a disembodied voice speaking French, and many believe it to be the ghost of Amelie, searching for her loved ones.
5. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge)
Baton Rouge has a beautiful castle right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, and even if you weren’t on a spooky road trip, this historic building is worth a visit at any time of year. In addition to the countless reports of footsteps and balls of light streaking through the rooms, one of the most common sightings is a little girl named Sarah, who lived during the Civil War. Her family donated the land where the Capitol stands, and she would watch the workers build the capitol brick-by-brick every day, and as the story goes, she decided she would just stay here after she died.
6. Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville)
It’s hard to go on a spooky road trip in Louisiana without mentioning the Myrtles. Known for being the most haunted plantation in the country, there are several ghost stories swirling around this plantation turned bed & breakfast. The ghost of Chloe, a slave who was killed at the plantation, is the most well-known ghost story, and you might just catch a glance of her out of the corner of your eye when you least expect it.
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Louisiana's Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, USA
The Myrtles, 7747 US-61, St Francisville, LA 70775, USA
T'Frere's House Bed & Breakfast, 1905 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, USA
Cafe' Vermilionville, 1304 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503, USA
Gothic Jail, 205 W 1st St, DeRidder, LA 70634, USA