Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, next to the Jewish and Charity Hospital Cemeteries and the Hope Mausoleum, this haunted house once was an actual mortuary. The building is a grand Victorian mansion built in 1872 for Mary Slattery and her family. In 1930, the PJ McMahon and Sons Undertaking Company took over the mansion and converted it into a luxurious funeral home. Decades later, the mansion was acquired by another funeral service that went out of business. The building fell into disrepair, but survived hurricane Katrina. PJ McMahon and Sons redesigned the premises with an autopsy room, embalming facilities, cold storage and crematorium. Because of these additions and the age of the building, paranormal investigators frequent the Mortuary (ticket prices for investigator tours are $45 for a half night and $90 for a full night ).
Contact: 4800 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 (not in the French Quarter, but in MidCity), (504) 483-2350
Directions: go I-10 East, take the City Park Avenue Exit, go one block, at Canal Street, take a right, go one block, the Mortuary is on the right
Parking: security personnel will direct drivers to a parking area (no parking in the neighborhoods, please)
Canal Streetcar Line: There are two Canal Streetcar lines: #48 (Canal-City Park/Museum) and #47 (Canal-Cemeteries). Route 47 turns off and goes all the way to Esplanade Avenue, therefore, taking #48 may be better. It costs $1.25 a ride.
Times: start- 7:00 pm; end- 10:30pm or when the last person exits
Dates: October 1,2,3,8,9,10,13,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,26,27,28,29,30,31
October 1: Flash Light Fearless Night (special flash lights are given to patrons to explore the Mortuary corridors).
October 31: Slasher Night (half price: $13)
October 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,28,29,30,31: Blood Drive. Time: start- 8:30pm; end- 11:30ish pm
Tickets: $25 (tax included) at site and $35 (tax included) VIP “Skip the Line” ticket online (print the ticket and go directly to the front door, not the ticket line)
Cautions: This haunted house may be too scary for children and pregnant women and those with heart conditions should not go to this event. Also, there are strobe lights that may cause epileptic episodes. Be prepared to get wet. No cameras are allowed, but the Mortuary reserves the right to film participants. Do not touch the cast members. There will be night vision surveillance as well as security, police, and fire personnel.
There is a shop for concessions and souvenirs.
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