New Orleans may be famous for stories about ghosts and vampires, but the surrounding swamps hold some pretty creepy legends too. Thanks to cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, dense forests that only allow a little light in, and folktales from Cajun and Creole legends, the spooky creatures and ghosts of the bayou could frighten almost anybody. Taking up an area along the Gulf Coast that runs through the southern parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Everglades, bayou country encompasses a wide swath of America. With the notoriously spooky New Orleans almost in the epicenter, it's no wonder so many creepy Louisiana bayou legends exist.
You may be familiar with New Orleans's twisted Madame LaLaurie, but the bayou has its own share of horrifying secrets. If you know about creepy stories from the Everglades, you've probably heard of skunk apes. Louisiana bayous have those hairy beasts too, as well as several other cryptids and the spirits of unbaptized kids floating around. There are even some werewolves allegedly running amok. People from Louisiana may warn visitors about alligators or getting lost in murky, remote areas, but those dangers are relatively tame compared to the creepy stories from the state's swamps.
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