Destination: New Orleans
Venue: The Haunted Mortuary, aka Mansion Mystére
I promised I would tell you the spookiest place I had ever visited and here it is.
When I was in New Orleans earlier this year, I visited the 1872 Mystére Mansion, “at the very dead end of Canal Street“, that has been certified haunted by 7 ghosts. Would a ghost hunter lie to you?
And if you don’t believe the professionals, you can attend some training and be set loose in three stories of the Mystére Mansion which once was a funeral home. It must be haunted. It sits right on the edge of a cemetery, and everyone knows how hard it is to keep the dead in their place in New Orleans. Your ghost hunting training includes seeing videos from the cameras posted in corners of all the rooms and running all night to capture ghostly excursions.
If an hours worth of ghost hunting does not sate your appetite for the spectral, you can even book a room. Only one suite available, and no one guarantees a good night’s sleep.
Would you believe that brides book the haunted mansion for their weddings? Perhaps they have not seen the mannequin upstairs representing the ghostly bride–of Frankenstein? Will they have the bridal dinner around the séance table, surrounded by skeletons and weird symbolic art works?
This time of year, the mansion becomes The Mortuary –the biggest, scariest, haunted house in Louisiana. I dare you to go through the Mortuary and then return to stay overnight at the Mansion. And they invite you to spend the night on Halloween Eve. Good luck. You may need it.
And now a few scary posts from my friends, starting with a family outing and homemade treats for Halloween. (Remember when we actually knew our neighbors and could accept home-baked cookies for the Trick or Treat TREAT?)
A Halloween outing to Legoland from The Baby Bonding Book for Dads website.
Ghoulishly gluten-free cupcakes from over at Wasabimon.
Munch those cookies while watching a scary film recommended by Film Gecko.
Five places to scare your family from Jen Miner at Fodors.com
Is your Halloween distinctly American? Here’s a comparison with Ireland from Wander Mom.
Caught on the Web points us to a site with really yucky pumpkins.
If you have not done your Halloween reading yet, here’s A Traveler’s Library suggestions for some ghostly guide books.
I know I must have missed some, so feel free to recommend your favorite reading for Halloween in the comment section below. (Back to semi-normal with France on Friday tomorrow, but scary stuff continues on Tuesday next week as I interview the author of Decoding The Lost Symbol. Will the world end on December 12, 2012? Does a secret order rule Washington D.C.? Tune in Tuesday.)
Photos by Vera Marie Badertscher. All rights reserved.