Most Haunted Cities in Louisiana

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Ghosts and Louisiana go together about as well as shrimp and étouffée. Or shrimp and gumbo. Or shrimp and cocktail sauce. 

Suffice to say, shrimp and ghosts both play a big part in the tourism industry in Louisiana. took a break from covering Louisiana sportsbooks and utilized to compile the amount of ghost sightings across the state. After determining the number of sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities for ghost sightings. On the website, you can find the description of each sighting for certain towns. 

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Louisiana Cities You’d Most Likely See A Ghost

RankCityNo. of Sightings
1New Orleans26
2Fort Polk24
3Lake Charles23
4West Monroe20
T-7Abita Springs13

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New Orleans Leads the Pack

The site has four cities that have at least 20 ghost sightings, with New Orleans coming in at No. 1 with 26. Fort Polk ranks second with 24, followed by Lake Charles (23) and West Monroe (20). New Orleans’ long tradition of voodoo only heightens the thought ghosts inhabit many of the historic city’s old houses, buildings and churches. One quote on the site sums up what many likely feel about the city’s ghostly occurrences.

“I lived there up until I was 23 years old and saw a lot of really weird stuff,” the poster said. “I think that New Orleans just happens to be one of those places that attract all kinds of wild and crazy things.”

Evidence the state welcomes visitors who enjoy seeking out those who still linger in this world after they’ve passed on to the great beyond can be found in many places., which also promotes the state’s casinos and Louisiana betting apps, has a list of “Haunted Places in Louisiana.” boasts a top 10 spots in Louisiana’s “Haunted History.” Even Farm Bureau Insurance’s blog has a post titled “Five Haunted Places In Louisiana.”

Two of the biggest spots on most lists are New Orleans’ St. Louis Cemetery and Arnaud’s Restaurant. Wherever you go in Louisiana, if seeking out the area’s best ghost stories is your type of fun, then the Pelican State has plenty of places to search. 

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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