Ghastly Tricks and Sweet Treats in New Orleans' Garden District

Posted October 5, 2009 by Jamie Moore

La-neworleans-cemetery-def New Orleans is a lively city at any time of the year, but come October, some say real spirits are also alive and kicking. Explore one of America's most haunted cities on a ghost tour. Read up on creepy legends at a bookstore, then head to a sweet shop filled with treats so tempting it's scary.

Haunted History Tours: The Garden District may be famous for lavish antebellum homes, but there's something else lurking here. Go on a walking tour and unearth eerie tales of epidemics, wars, ghosts, and phantoms. The most famous resident ghost is Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States of America. In the halls of his former home, spot his wandering spirit calling out, "where are my boots?" (He was a soldier after all.) Boo! Join the chilling adventure for $20.

Garden District Book Shop: If your haunted tour has you hankering for more frightening facts, head for this independent bookstore with an entire section devoted to local legends and scary stories. You can also find non-spooky city tales in the regional literature area. Or, come to one of the weekly events where local and national authors thrill listeners with readings and signed copies of their work.

Sucre: Take a break from ghostly spirits and try something heavenly. This sweet boutique is filled with delectable desserts a bit pricier than your standard Halloween fare but worth every penny. Treat yourself to the tiffany—layers of chocolate raspberry sponge, mousse, and gelee encased in chocolate—or artisanal chocolate truffles. If you're not finished with spirits, go for ganache infused with Grand Marnier and kirsch. Sucre even has real marshmallows (yes, they exist) so delicious even parents won't mind the sticky fingers.

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(Photo: Ann Purcell)

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