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12 Ways To Have The Witchiest Vacation Ever

Can you hear 'em knocking? Those spirits hiding in the corners of the French Quarter are waiting just for you to seek them out and be summoned. Find out where the essential ones sneak around right here before you follow your spirit, and Follow Your NOLA.

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1. Attend the Witches' Ball

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Immediately following Halloween, New Orleans' very own Black Hat Society has their own commemorative masquerade in support of their arts and their growing local community.

2. Shop at HEX

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With a sister store in the United States' other most spooky capital — Salem, Massachusetts — Hex is a locally built, nationally renowned outpost for all the supplies one could need in their mystic arsenal, even including an authentic altar for otherworldly communication.

3. Make a Wish at the Tomb of Marie Laveau

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For decades, visitors have been knocking on the wall of what's denoted as Marie Laveau's final resting in the St. Louis Cemetery, hoping their spiritual embrace with the mother of voodoo will make their wishes come true. While some believe a triple X marks the spot, tour guides maintain there is no disturbance Laveau would have liked less.

4. Gauge Your Juju at Voodoo Authentica

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You can escape being hexed, pick up additions to your altar, and even collect your very own good luck bag of gris-gris at this folk staple of the French Quarter.

5. Pilgrimage to High Priestess Miriam

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Spiritual advisor to The Night Tripper himself — Dr. John — Queen Miriam runs New Orleans' Voodoo Spiritual Temple, open only sporadically to embrace her legend as the nation's forerunning mystical maven.

6. Learn a Spell at Erzulie's

Erzulie-Freda is the voodoo goddess of love, and the establishment made in her name is mysticism girly-girl central, where custom spiritual solutions are available just for you on demand.
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Erzulie-Freda is the voodoo goddess of love, and the establishment made in her name is mysticism girly-girl central, where custom spiritual solutions are available just for you on demand.

7. Have Historical Hocus Pocus at Esoterica

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New Orleans' oldest witching emporium is an all-encompassing experience in summoning otherworldly powers and juju-harnessing for good. Their goods and services range from tarot readings to figurines and statues.

8. Summon the Coven by Staying at Buckner Mansion

Yes, you can actually grab a group and stay at the location of the Academy... if you dare.

9. Take in Madame LaLaurie's Interior Design

The Hermann-Grima House set the physical stage for some big moments throughout last season's American Horror Story, and its beautiful interior, built in 1830, is open to the public for further study and spooks! You can also put together more pieces of the AHS: Coven puzzle through popping by the real-life LaLaurie Mansion (1140 Royal Street) located right in the French Quarter.
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The Hermann-Grima House set the physical stage for some big moments throughout last season's American Horror Story, and its beautiful interior, built in 1830, is open to the public for further study and spooks! You can also put together more pieces of the AHS: Coven puzzle through popping by the real-life LaLaurie Mansion (1140 Royal Street) located right in the French Quarter.

10. Have a Tarot Tea Party with Miss Catherina

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Mystic Tea Leaves is an arm of a personally practicing psychic, where when you schedule your session, you can have your cards read in the company of an 800-piece tea set collection from which you'll take some sips!

11. Get a Round with the Ghosts of Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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A staple with historical and celebratory purpose, the oldest gay bar in the country has been said to be haunted by Tennessee Williams, Huey P. Long, and most famously, Truman Capote — who possesses the stairwell leading to the establishment's second floor.

12. Mosy into Louis and Lestat's Model Home

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The Gallier House — a museum nestled on Royal Street in the French Quarter — is a southern capital retrospective for turn-of-the-century architecture. But more importantly, it's said to be the model inspiration for where Anne Rice's infamous pair of vampires dwelled in Interview with the Vampire.