Where Do Swamp Lights Come From?

Swamp Gas Lights, Ghost lightsHave you ever wondered what swamp lights are? They are often described in fairy tales as lights that lead character away from safe paths and deeper into a swamp causing them to get lost. Are they real or are they just a figment of the imagination?

How Do They Form?

Swamp lights are called a variety of names including Will-O’-The Wisp or Jack-O-Lanterns. According to scientists they are real. They say the unusual lights glowing in the distance,  hovering over swamps, marshes or bogs at night, are formed by gasses. To be exact, those gasses are a combination of methane and phosphine which can self ignite and are not lit up by magical creatures. The gasses develop from the breakdown of organic material like dead animals and plants in persistently wet areas. The main component is methane a flammable gas. Phosphines are flammable, but also toxic gasses that can burst into spontaneous flames when they come in contact with oxygen.

Where To Find Swamp Lights?

Scout Island Scream Park

Swamp LightsYou’ll most likely find some swamp lights at Scout Island Scream Park’s Devils Swamp Tour opening on October 5. We cannot promise where those swamp lights will be coming from, but follow our advice…..stick to the path!

This year the idyllic Scout Island at City Park will offer several thrill themed zones starting with Cirque du Fear, a sort “circus freak show” which will of course feature scary clowns, the Blood Bayou Fright zone will test your nerves with scary skeleton pirates and at the Zombie Outbreak Battlefield you’ll get a chance to shoot zombies using laser technology. If that’s not enough, visit the Scream Factory or the Horseman’s Fright Zone.  After all that screaming you might want to relax and get something to drink at the Kraken Beer & Spirits Pirate Club. The project, which has been in the making for about two years,  is “something the city has not seen before,” says Jeff Borne owner of the Mortuary Haunted House. If you do not have nerves of steel, there are some scare free options during daylight hours including the Haunted Hayride or the Kids Zone.

For dates and more information visit: https://scoutislandscreampark.com/

The Mortuary Haunted House

The city’s most popular self-guided dark attraction… The Mortuary Strikes is now open. It was hard to understand some of the visitors after they left the haunted house shivering and screaming in fear, but we are fairly certain some of them did mumble something about strange lights.

Other attractions that will keep your heart rate up for at least 12 hours include crazy scary clowns and mutilated creatures roaming free after some experiments apparently went wrong and don’t be surprised by body bags swinging from the ceiling……and there is so much more!

The venue was an actual Mortuary at one point, so who knows what else still live in the basement….

Furthermore, the property is surrounded by actual graveyards known in New Orleans as “The Cities Of The Dead.” Now add to what is undoubtedly a very scary environment to begin with, state of the art animatronics, theatrical sets, movie quality makeup, over-the-top special effects, unusual themes and details adds up to experiencing one of the most terrifying Halloween haunts ever.

For dates, tickets and more information visit: https://themortuary.net/