From grisly executions to ax-murdering jazz enthusiasts, the history of New Orleans has seen its share of the macabre and spine-tingling. This Halloween season, The Historic New Orleans Collection is frightfully excited to present the most chilling true tales from our vaults. Bring a strong constitution and a wicked streak as we debut new videos on our Facebook page throughout the month of October for “La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History.” 

If our frightful video series “La Danse Macabre: The Nightmare of History” wasn't enough for you, join us at The Historic New Orleans Collection for a rewatch of these nightmarish episodes, along with a live Q&A session with THNOC staff. Broadcasting live via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, the evil geniuses behind our popular Halloween tour will answer your most burning questions about the diabolic and grotesque. Register here and join us if you dare!


Epidemic!: For centuries, the citizens of New Orleans feared the summer heat, but it wasn’t because of hurricanes. When this mystery ailment visited town, it always came with death in tow.

A Cold Case from Hell: In a changing New Orleans, a killer prowled the streets. Who was the mysterious, musically savvy Axeman who stalked the city striking terror and stoking tensions amidst the delights of New Orleans's Jazz Age?