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10 places to visit in the spooky season

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.
cemetery in New Orleans

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Cities of the Dead, New Orleans

There are lots of ghostly legends surrounding the cemeteries of New Orleans. Sometimes called “cities of the dead,” the dozens of graveyards around the Big Easy are packed with above-ground tombs. Supernatural stories and voodoo legends perk the imaginations of many visitors. You can even find special twilight walking tours that focus solely on stories of hauntings and spirit sightings.

The real story behind the tombs is actually a tale of practicality. New Orleans has always had a very high water table, and it was impossible to bury people in standard below-ground graves without having the holes fill with water. Above-ground tombs were the only option. Scare-seekers can certainly find lots of spooky legends, but even those who don't go for ghost stories will appreciate seeing the ornate tombs of some of the most colorful characters in New Orleans history.