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Good experience, it has been a long time since I been to a haunted house and this one was fun.

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I absolutely loved it. The setup, the actors and the very organized way in which they let everyone in was very pleasant. My throat hurts from screaming.

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Mini Escape Rooms are a fully interactive and immersive experience, unlike anything you have ever done before!

Race the clock: Your group enters a room and has only 5 minutes to use clues and riddles hidden throughout the room that provide the tools necessary to meet the objective.

As the clock ticks down and the pressure mounts…can you stay calm, can you escape?

Enter anytime during haunted house operational hours. Subject to waiting in the Mini Room Escape queue line, wait times vary. Limited Capacity. Admits one person into one Mini Escape Room attraction.

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Zombie Apocalypse Live is a zombie shooting experience featuring live actors and utilizing GellyBall Guns. GellyBall is a new game that uses an electric pistol, similar to an airsoft pistol, that shoots an 8mm colored water balloon, allowing for a much lighter impact and no permanent mess.  

Gellyball is completely safe, as it’s much smaller than a traditional paintball. Guests will be required to wear protective eyewear, provided at no extra charge, and will be in a shooting range-style booth shooting into a zombie apocalypse simulator with live actor zombies.  

Your experience will last approximately 5 minutes, where you will receive one hopper with 700 rounds of GellyBalls.   See you at the range!

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Best Haunted Houses In Houston To Scare You

If you are a thrill seeker, you understand that Halloween is not a one-day affair on October 31st. Instead, it is a whole season packed with terrifying ghost stories, horror movies, fright-filled gala, creepy snacks, costume planning, and of course, no Houston Halloween will be complete without a visit to the best haunted houses in Houston.

Texas has some of the best haunted houses in the world, but some houses have better haunts than others. Therefore, we compiled a list of Houston’s top 8 haunted houses for the most chilling haunted experience. 

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1. The Haunted Trails 

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The Haunted Trails is one of the best haunted houses you can visit in Houston . First, the place is affordable, and you will only pay $28 for your ticket. If you want to skip the line to speed pass, you can add an extra $10. The Haunted Trails House is usually open from Friday to Sunday in October and the first weekend in November. 

They usually open from 8 pm to around midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 8 pm to 11 pm on Sundays. On hallowing night they are open from 7: 30 to 11 pm. It is important to note that since this outdoor attraction they do not operate in extreme conditions.

Location: 11500 Antoine Dr., Houston, TX 77066

2. Creepy Hollow

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You can face your fears when night falls at the Creepy Hollow haunted house in Houston. This house is located a few minutes from Down Town Houston, and it features three haunted attractions, multiple shows, games, and amazing food. The amazing bit is that this house has been voted the best haunted house in Houston, Texas, by HAA or Haunted Attraction Association.

You will find three attractions in this place: walking through the 288 scare factory, pitch-black paths, and horrifying backwoods. This place remains open in September, October, and a few days in November. Usually, the tickets go for $40 and an extra $10 if you need a speed pass. Again they offer coupons for discounts on admission on their official sites.

Location: 12872 Valley Vista Drive, Rosharon, TX, 77583

3. Phobia Haunted House 

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If you are looking for a scary and creepy night in Houston, you can’t miss the Phobia Haunted House. This place usually has new special effects and attractions every year, making it one of the best haunted houses in Houston. The amazing bit is that there are multiple attractions you can choose from in this place, including the Clown Mania, Exile, Darke Institute, and Savage Ground. 

Being a fan favorite haunted house in Houston, you can be sure to get creeped out in this place. Their tickets usually cost $15 per person for one house and $13 per person for a house in a grouping of more than 20 people.  Phobia is open every weekend in October, the first weekend in November, and the whole week of Halloween.

Location: 5250 S. Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 77048

4. Red Rum Haunted House

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The Red Rum Haunted House is another cool place you can visit in Houston if you are looking for a thrill. This place usually has four attractions, Twisted Circus 3D, Lazor Fury, Cinegore, and  Asylum. These places have had new twists, and major upgrades will scare the crap out of you. 

Their general admission is now $35 online and $40 at the door, and you can pay $55 online or $60 at the door for a speed freak. Red Rum is usually open through the first weekend in November, plus special dates near Halloween. The fantastic bit is that they sell souvenirs at their gift shop.

Location: 1800 E. Hwy 90 Alternate, Richmond, TX 77406

5. Boo On the Boardwalk

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Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly haunted house in Houston? Then the Kemah’s annual Boo on the Boardwalk is a great option. The house usually offers tricks and treats, live music, and different creepy creatures every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. The amazing thing is that this place is also great for kids. Again their admissions are free, and you will only pay for rides. However, you should note that the tickets to the Dungeon of Doom will cost extra, but you could opt to buy an all-day ride, including the Haunted house rates.

Location: 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565

6. Houston Scream Fest

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The Houston Scream Fest is not only a haunted house but a haunted festival. This place usually has ten attractions, including a live band, zombie hunt, chainsaw maze, and Graveyard. They also show different horror movies on a big screen and have a dance floor with a DJ.

General admission is $40 per person, which includes free drinks, unlimited entrance to the haunted houses , carnival-style midway, admission to H-Town paintballs, and security patrolled parking. The place is usually open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the entire month of October and the first two weekends in November. 

Location: 1500 Elton St, Houston, TX 77034

7. Haunted Houstonopoly

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Haunted Houstonolpoly has been very popular around Houston because of its new and unique ideas. The best part is that this place welcomes people of different ages and has life-size board games that will give you an exciting experience. In addition, they have daytime activities that include costume contests, pumpkin painting, spook surprises, and tricks and treating.

During the night, the Haunted Houstonopoly is transformed into an interactive fright fest for people above 16 years. The props and furniture are changed, and the horror rooms are opened. The daytime tickets cost $20 per person, and the nighttime tickets cost $35.

Location: 2501 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

8. Houston Terror Dome

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To close our list of the best haunted houses in Houston, Houstonterror Dome is another amazing haunted house you can visit. It is one of the world’s most detailed and complex horror houses. It has ax throwing, Nightmare Alley Selfie Saloon, Cranium Catch, and one horror house. The unique and latest attraction is the sacrifice.

The amazing bit is that this place is a family-friendly haunted house. The tickets cost you around $15 to $25, depending on your package. To enter their fight your fears and paintball gallery, you will need to pay an extra $5. 

Location: 16030 East Freeway, Channelview, TX 77530

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8 of the (Supposedly) Most Haunted Places in Houston

By Shelby Stewart and Anna Rajagopal September 27, 2022

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Battleship Texas is rumored to be haunted. 

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When October comes around, the spirit of Halloween can be seen almost everywhere. Haunted houses, pop-up pumpkin patches, and creepy corn mazes begin to appear. By all means, you can visit the conventional seasonal haunts, but the world of the paranormal exists in the Bayou City year-round . Houston is filled with spots that have unique haunts that have more than just jump-scares . 

Houston is 185 years old, meaning there are plenty of scary stories that add color to our city's reputation—from the mysteries that lie in the underground tunnels Downtown to the secrets beneath the now-repurposed Spaghetti Warehouse Building —there’s some spine-chilling folklore that’ll make for great stories to tell (and places to visit) in October. 

Downtown Tunnels  

909 fannin street  | six feet under…ground.

In 1722, a group of 10 miners got trapped in the underground tunnel system that sits just below Houston’s thriving metropolitan streets. The miners, unable to escape the rock and dirt that surrounded them, perished underneath the feet of Houston city-goers. Some say that between the shadows, they can hear the miners even today, calling out for help. 

Battleship Texas  

La porte | i got your 6… 66 .

This ship served in both World Wars before the government permanently stationed it in La Porte as a memorial dedicated to the soldiers who gave their lives while on duty. It appears a darker secret lurks on the decks, as tourists have heard peculiar sounds coming from the engine room, seen ghostly visions in the hallways, and have even spotted a long-dead soldier wandering the ship. 

The Old Spaghetti Warehouse Building  

901 commerce street | in sickness and in…death  .

The old Spaghetti Warehouse Building, now the home of McIntyre's , is reported to be one of the spookiest locations in the whole city. The lore goes back to the 20th century when a pharmacist fell down an elevator shaft and died, followed shortly thereafter by his wife, who passed away of a broken heart. The two have been seen floating around the building, making messes, and bothering tourists. 

The Rice Hotel/Lofts  

909 texas avenue | a scare fit for the president .

The Rice Hotel was one of the last places JFK stayed in to get some rest before he was shot in Dallas, Texas. This building is reported to have JFK’s ghost haunting the ballroom and shaking doorknobs. Some guests even claim to have seen a ball of light roaming the corridors. 

La Carafe  

813 congress street | chilled drinks or chilling sights.

La Carafe is the oldest building in Houston and is supposedly host to a good many ghosts. Some say that Sam Houston’s spirit still knocks over wine glasses from the time he had a drink here. Others insist that Carl, the old bartender, plays tricks on customers—especially young women. Regardless of who might be haunting this place, only the most unflappable among us should consider drinking alone in La Carafe's dark corners. 

Julia Ideson Building  

500 mckinney st | violin-playing visitor   .

The Julia Ideson Building is widely believed to be haunted by the remnant energies of an old groundskeeper and his loyal canine companion. At night, Jacob Frank Cramer would climb the stairs to the third floor, followed by his dog, and would practice violin. In November of 1936, Cramer’s cold, dead body was discovered by the librarians in the basement. The chilling sound of a violin along with the scratching of dog’s nails on floorboards can be heard throughout the large building. 

Hotel Galvez  

2024 seawall blvd., galveston | hang around with a ghost… .

The Hotel Galvez is one of the most infamous haunts in the Houston-Galveston area. In the 1950s, a distraught woman hanged herself on the fifth floor of this hotel after she learned that her husband had been murdered. Guests have allegedly witnessed her ghost flushing toilets, slamming doors, and flipping light switches. 

Demon’s Road

Bowden rd. by 4658 farm-to-market road 1374 | the road less traveled.. or is it .

Bowden Road, perhaps far better known as Demon’s Road, is a dirt road on the way to Martha Chapel Cemetery. This road has been the location for eerie sightings of spooky red lights and the ghosts of young children and hitchhikers. Drivers of this treacherous path claim handprints have been left on the windows of their cars. Some even claim ghosts have followed them all the way back to their own homes.

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10 Of The Most Haunted Places In Houston And The Lone Star State

Colby Smith

It’s Friday the 13th, folks. In the celebration of all that is spooky, we’ve compiled a list of the most haunted places in and around Houston as well as the grim tales that beseech them.

1. Rice Lofts (Houston)

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Before it was the Rice Lofts, it was the Rice Hotel. In November 1963, it was where John F. Kennedy stopped in for a brief spell before his fatal assassination the following day.

Before the building underwent renovations, guests reported supernatural activity amounting to spheres of light, rattling of doors, and corporeal dancers in the ballroom. Since it became the high-rise apartment complex, the spirits are said to have taken their dance with death to the rooftop.

2. Hendley Row (Galveston)

Located in the Strand Historic District is the Hendley Market and Building – the oldest remaining commercial building in Galveston. As the town’s then tallest structure, it served as a lookout for Confederate soldiers during the 1850s and 1860s. In that time and in the years that followed, the area was rife with turmoil: the Battle of Galveston, yellow fever, and deadly hurricanes, all of which wrought havoc.

After the 1900 storm, the building operated as a morgue where in which residents would search for loved ones thought to have been lost or perished. Apparitions a soldier, teenage factory worker, a lady in white, as well as children playing are said to be spiritual residents of what was formerly Hendley Row.

3. La Carafe Bar (Houston)

La Carafe Wine Bar is a historic haunt housed in a building that’s stood for over a century and remains to be the oldest in the city of Houston. Here at La Carafe, stalagmites of wax pile up all about the bar indicative of its passage through time.

Built in 1847, and rebuilt in 1860 after its wooden framework was decimated by a fire, the building has been the home of a bakery, trading post, Mexican hair salon, and drug store before it became La Carafe in the 1960s. Since then, unexplained footfalls, loud noises, flickering lights, and a ghostly bartender named “Carl” have been reported in the tavern.

4. AI Engineering Building (College Station)

Where now stands the AI Engineering Building on the Texas A&M campus was formerly the Animal Industries Building. Back in 1959, its foreman, Roy Simms, was butchering a piece of meat alone in the basement slaughterhouse when a slip of the knife accidentally lacerated his femoral artery. Before help arrived, Simms ultimately bled to death.

Following the tragic accident, reports of strange noises, apparitions, phantom footprints, and misplaced objects came from those inside the bowels of the building.

5. Driskell Hotel (Austin)

We’d be remiss not to include of one the most widespread tales of haunting in the state of Texas. Located on 6th Street in Downtown, Austin, the Driskell Hotel is an opulent, Romanesque hotel that’s been in operation since 1886. While its history has its upsides – including the site of LBJ’s and Claudia Taylor’s first date – it also contains a macabre past of untimely demise, suicide, and sightings of the un-living, including the spirit of Colonel Driskill, himself.

6. The Hotel Galvez (Galveston)

Opened in 1911, a near decade after a hurricane devastated the area, The Hotel Galvez in Galveston has since experienced its fair share of the supernatural. Its most infamous guest perhaps is that of Audra. Back in the ’50s, Audra was a 25-year-old bride-to-be. Her husband, a mariner, oft left for seafaring voyages, wherein alone Audra would stay in Room 501 of the hotel. On one such voyage, a catastrophic storm capsized the husband’s boat. “All hands were lost” were the reports from the wreckage; overwrought with despair, Audra hung herself there in the hotel.

It would come to be that her husband survived the shipwreck, only to discover days later what had become of his wife. Since then, Audra’s ghost is said to wander the hallways of the fifth floor, leaving in her wake a hair-raising chill, a slamming of doors, and flickering lights.

7. Granbury Opera House (Granbury)

South of Fort Worth, Granbury is a quiet, historical town that (generally speaking) is left off the radar. Let it be known, however, that there’s more than meets the eye in this unassuming town. Home to the spiritually suspicious Nutt House Hotel and Oil Jail Museum, the town’s most arguably haunted residency is its opera house. Here, the ominous presence in question is said to belong to none other than John Wilkes Booth. So when visiting, be sure to keep your head on a swivel.

8. Yorktown Memorial Hospital (South Texas)

What could now easily be the setting of a new iteration of the Halloween franchise, the abandoned Yorktown Memorial Hospital 75 miles southeast of San Antonio is a grim, decrepit building that once served as a rehabilitation center for those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

Opened in the 1950s, the hospital was run by the “Felician Sisters” – a Roman Catholic-based religious group – and abandoned in the 80s. Its caretaker has since reported apparitions, black phantasmic masses, as well as numerous sightings of red, glowing eyes. Additionally, a “scientifically based” ghost hunting team known as the Central Texas Ghost Hunters once visited the hospital, where they supposedly captured phantom organ music during their investigation.

9. Glenwood Cemetery (Houston)

On Washington Avenue, set upon a rolling grassy landscape is the century-old Glenwood Cemetery. While a portion of the cemetery features modest early headstones from its early German roots, a large part of the cemetery resembles that of a 19th-century burial ground.

Visitors are invited to stroll about and look upon the terraced gardens, ornamental iron gates, weeping angels, mausoleums, and monuments. Some of Houston’s most rich and powerful are interred in these grounds, such as George R. Brown, George Hermann, and Ross Sterling. Just as well, the historical cemetery is shrouded in stories of spirits, vengeful entities, and apparitions said to wander the grounds.

10. USS Lexington Museum (Corpus Christi)

During WWII, the USS Lexington saw 21 months in combat and participated in “ nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater “. In this timespan, Japanese broadcast radio referred to the carrier as the “Tokyo Rose”. However, after broadcasts reported that the ship had sank only to return on four separate occasions, they began to refer to it as “The Blue Ghost”. Since then there’s been hundreds of supernatural reports, particularly in the case of a helpful uniformed sailor named “Charlie”.

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Phobia Haunted Houses - BW-8 & Kemah Boardwalk

Phobia Haunted Houses - BW-8 & Kemah Boardwalk

As soon as I stepped foot inside, childhood memories were revived! The Phobia Haunted Houses offered a variety of haunted houses to choose from, each with its own unique theme and terror. With options like "The Darkest Hour," "Dawn of the Machine," and "Mind Control," I felt like a kid in a candy store, but with a lot more screams!

What impressed me the most were the realistic props and effects throughout the haunted houses. From spooky animatronics to chilling sound effects, I couldn't help but get completely immersed in the eerie atmosphere created. The attention to detail was top-notch, making me genuinely believe that I was being chased through bloodcurdling scenes.

But what truly stood out was the friendly and accommodating staff. They went out of their way to make sure everyone's visit was enjoyable and safe . Their enthusiasm and dedication to creating a memorable experience were evident in their interactions.

Overall, Phobia Haunted Houses - BW-8 & Kemah Boardwalk is an absolute must-visit for thrill-seekers and haunted house enthusiasts alike. It's an experience that will not only send shivers down your spine but also bring back those childhood memories of spooky adventures. So, gather your bravest friends, brace yourself for an adrenaline rush like no other, and prepare to be thoroughly frightened – and entertained – at Phobia Haunted Houses!

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Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Houston is a spine-chilling adventure not for the faint of heart. With its heart-pounding attractions, hair-raising mazes, and blood-curdling screams, this haunt lives up to its eerie reputation. The attention to detail and the immersive experience make it a must-visit for any Halloween enthusiast. Get ready to be terrified in the best way possible!

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The Haunted Trails

The Haunted Trails

The Haunted Trails is truly a must-see location for all thrill-seekers in Houston. From the moment you step foot into this spooky wonderland, you know you're in for a hair-raising adventure.

One of the standout features of The Haunted Trails is its 3D attraction . As you slip on your special glasses, the already eerie atmosphere becomes even more surreal. The vivid colors and mind-bending visuals will leave you questioning what's real and what's simply a figment of your imagination.

The Haunted Trails offers not just one, but two creepy trails to explore. Each path is designed to send shivers down your spine, with unexpected scares lurking around every corner. The expertly crafted scenes and attention to detail make it feel like you've stepped straight into a horror movie.

But what sets The Haunted Trails apart from other haunted houses in Houston is its dedication to being family-friendly . They strike the perfect balance between terrifying and fun, making it a great option for adults and children alike. The scares are intense enough to keep the older ones on edge, while still being age-appropriate for younger family members.

Overall, The Haunted Trails is a must-visit for any Houston resident looking for a thrilling Halloween experience. With its must see location , mind-bending 3D attraction , two creepy trails , and family-friendly atmosphere, it's no wonder it ranks high on the list of the best haunted houses Houston has to offer. So grab your bravest friends and prepare to face your fears at The Haunted Trails!

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Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk

Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk

From the moment I stepped foot into Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk, I could feel the awesome energy buzzing in the air. The excitement was palpable, and I knew I was in for a thrilling adventure.

As I made my way through the haunted house, I was constantly on edge, never knowing when an actor would pop out from the shadows. They were lurking in every corner, ready to give me a good scare. I must admit, I let out a few screams along the way!

What impressed me most about Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk is that they didn't let a little rain dampen their spirits. The experience was covered and enjoyable even in the rainy weather, adding an extra layer of intensity to the scares.

What sets Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk apart from the rest is its constant changing nature. Every year, they come up with new scares, ensuring that even if you've been before, you're in for a fresh and terrifying experience. It's like stepping into a horror movie, but with the added bonus of knowing you're safe.

Overall, my visit to Phobia Haunted Houses - Kemah Boardwalk was a pleasant and fun experience. The scares were top-notch, the actors were dedicated, and the atmosphere was electric. It's no wonder that this establishment is widely regarded as one of the best haunted houses in Houston. If you're ready to be scared out of your wits, I highly recommend paying them a visit.

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Nightmarez Haunted House

Nightmarez Haunted House

From the moment I stepped foot inside Nightmarez Haunted House, I was greeted by a team of friendly staff members who were more than ready to scare the living daylights out of me. Their enthusiasm was infectious and set the tone for what turned out to be an adrenaline-pumping adventure.

One aspect that truly stood out was how well organized the entire haunted house was. From the entrance to the exit, each room was perfectly designed to disorient and terrify. The attention to detail was remarkable, and it was clear that a lot of thought went into creating an atmosphere that would leave a lasting impression on its visitors.

But let's talk about the scares. Oh boy, were they outstanding! From heart-stopping jump scares to spine-chilling special effects, Nightmarez Haunted House did not disappoint. Every twist and turn had me on edge, constantly wondering when the next terror would strike. It was a rollercoaster of fear that left me breathless and exhilarated.

And the best part? Admission was completely free! I couldn't believe it. With the amount of effort put into the scares and the overall experience, I was expecting to pay an arm and a leg. But Nightmarez Haunted House proved that terrifying fun doesn't have to break the bank.

To top it all off, the atmosphere inside was filled with a palpable sense of fun. It was clear that the team behind Nightmarez wanted their visitors to have a fantastic time, and they succeeded. The combination of scares, laughter, and occasional screams made for an unforgettable experience.

In conclusion, Nightmarez Haunted House is a must-visit for any thrill-seeking Houstonian. With its friendly staff, well-organized layout, outstanding scares, and free admission, it's a haunt that delivers on all fronts. Just be prepared to have your fears brought to life in the most spine-chilling way imaginable.

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13th Floor Haunted House Houston

13th Floor Haunted House Houston

As soon as I stepped foot inside 13th Floor Haunted House, I knew I was in for a spine-tingling adventure. The atmosphere was electric with excitement, and the staff dressed in their creepy costumes were ready to guide us through a night of terror.

One of the highlights of my visit was the variety of haunted events that kept me on my toes. From the moment I entered, I was greeted by unexpected scares that made me jump and scream. The attention to detail in the design of the haunted house was exceptional, creating an immersive experience that felt like stepping into a horror movie.

I must confess, this haunted house truly lived up to its reputation as one of the best in Houston. The actors were dedicated and skilled, expertly portraying their eerie characters and ensuring that each encounter sent a chill down my spine. There were moments when I genuinely believed the ghosts were real, and that feeling of fear was exhilarating.

For those who crave an extra dose of excitement, I highly recommend trying their zombie shooting event . Armed with a laser gun, I joined forces with fellow thrill-seekers to take down hordes of terrifying zombies. It was a heart-pounding experience that tested both my aim and nerves.

Additionally, 13th Floor Haunted House Houston offers a fun room escape challenge for those who want a different kind of thrill. Solving puzzles while being immersed in a haunting atmosphere added an extra layer of intrigue and made for a memorable experience.

In conclusion, my visit to 13th Floor Haunted House Houston was an unforgettable adventure filled with scares, screams, and spine-chilling moments. This haunted house truly deserves its reputation as one of the best in Houston, offering a variety of haunted events and unforgettable experiences. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a lover of all things eerie, this haunted house is a must-visit.

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Houston Terror Dome Haunted House

Houston Terror Dome Haunted House

First and foremost, I must say, this haunted house is terrifying! From the moment I stepped inside, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck standing up. The creators of this haunted house certainly know how to play with your fears and keep you on the edge of your seat.

One of the things that impressed me the most about Houston Terror Dome was the attention to detail in their props. Everything looked so realistic, I couldn't help but feel fully immersed in the spooky atmosphere. Whether it was a creepy doll or a lifelike zombie, each prop added another layer of terror to the experience.

But the frights didn't stop there. Houston Terror Dome also offered some fun games to complement the scares. From shooting galleries to escape rooms, there was something for everyone. It was a refreshing way to break up the tension and added an interactive element to the overall experience.

What truly set Houston Terror Dome apart, however, were its scary employees . They were committed to their roles and their performances were top-notch. Their eerie whispers and sinister laughs kept me on my toes throughout the entire visit.

If you're looking for a haunt that will leave you trembling, I highly recommend checking out Houston Terror Dome Haunted House. With its terrifying atmosphere, great props, fun games, and commitment to delivering scares, it's definitely one of the best haunted houses in Houston.

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Houston Scream Fest

Houston Scream Fest

First things first, Houston Scream Fest is definitely bang for your buck. With a single ticket, I had access to multiple haunted houses, making it a great value for thrill-seekers on a budget. And let me tell you, the anticipation builds as you wait in line, but fear not, because the fast access ensures you won't be waiting around for long.

But the scares don't stop at the haunted houses. Houston Scream Fest also offers live music and entertainment. The eerie melodies and thrilling performances create an immersive atmosphere that adds to the overall experience. It's like walking through a horror movie, but with a killer soundtrack.

What sets Houston Scream Fest apart from the rest is their friendly service . The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you have a hauntingly good time. From the moment you step foot inside, you're greeted with warm smiles and a genuine passion for all things spooky.

And as if that wasn't enough, Houston Scream Fest even provides free drinks and food . It's the perfect way to refuel and catch your breath between all the screams. Trust me, you'll appreciate those complimentary refreshments when your heart is racing a mile a minute.

In conclusion, Houston Scream Fest offers an unforgettable haunted house experience. With its incredible value , fast access , live music and entertainment , friendly service , and even free drinks and food , it's a must-visit for anyone seeking a wickedly good time. So grab your friends, muster up your bravest face, and prepare to confront your deepest fears at Houston Scream Fest.

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The Haunted House of Terror Houston

The Haunted House of Terror Houston

The moment I stepped inside The Haunted House of Terror Houston, I knew I was in for a spine-tingling adventure. This haunted house truly lived up to its name, providing a terror-filled experience that left me both exhilarated and terrified.

One of the standout features of The Haunted House of Terror Houston is its commitment to being family-friendly . As a parent, it's important to me that my children can enjoy a haunted house experience without being traumatized. This haunted house struck the perfect balance of scares and age-appropriate content, making it an ideal choice for families.

Safety is always a top priority, and The Haunted House of Terror Houston did not disappoint in this regard. The staff was attentive and ensured that all safety measures were in place, creating a safe environment for everyone. This attention to detail added an extra layer of enjoyment and peace of mind during my visit.

Prepare to be amazed by the sheer level of detail and creativity put into this haunt. The design of the haunted house is nothing short of elaborate . From intricately decorated rooms to realistic props and special effects, every corner held a new surprise. The attention to detail really added to the immersive experience and made it feel like I was stepping into another world.

Not only was The Haunted House of Terror Houston a top-notch haunt, but it was also reasonably priced . Admission fees were affordable, making it accessible for everyone to enjoy this thrilling experience.

If you're looking for an unforgettable haunted house experience in Houston, look no further than The Haunted House of Terror Houston. With its family-friendly atmosphere, safe environment, elaborate haunted house design, and reasonable prices, this haunt is a must-visit for any Halloween enthusiast.

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Purgatory Scream Park “Kingwood Asylum”

Purgatory Scream Park “Kingwood Asylum”

Let me start by saying that Purgatory Scream Park's "Kingwood Asylum" is a haunted house that truly understands the art of creating an immersive and spine-chilling experience.

From the moment you step foot into the asylum, you are immediately transported into a world of fright. The attention to detail is simply astonishing. Every room is meticulously decorated to create an atmosphere of horror and suspense. I couldn't help but be impressed by the level of craftsmanship that went into creating each scene.

But what truly sets Purgatory Scream Park apart is the actors. Throughout the entire experience, they remain in character, fully committed to delivering frights and thrills. Their dedication to their craft is evident, and it adds an extra layer of realism to the entire experience.

Another thing that I appreciated about Purgatory Scream Park is the length of the walk-through. Clocking in at over 30 minutes, it's a haunted house that doesn't rush the scares. You have ample time to fully immerse yourself in the terrifying world they have created.

Lastly, what makes Purgatory Scream Park "Kingwood Asylum" worthy of being a top choice for Houston's best haunted houses is the memories it creates. The scares and screams you experience here are the kind that you will talk about for years to come. Whether you're a seasoned haunted house enthusiast or a first-timer, Purgatory Scream Park will leave an indelible impression on you.

In conclusion, Purgatory Scream Park's "Kingwood Asylum" is a haunted house in Houston that delivers a truly unforgettable experience. With its attention to detail, committed actors, lengthy walk-through, and the memories it creates, it is undeniably one of the best haunted houses in the city. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing at this incredible attraction.

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Horror Trails

Horror Trails

Horror Trails in Houston is a spooky adventure that will send chills down your spine! With its expertly crafted scares and impressive set design, this haunted house is a must-visit for thrill-seekers. From creepy creatures to hair-raising surprises, Horror Trails delivers a heart-pounding experience that will leave you screaming for more!

REDRUM Fear Park

REDRUM Fear Park

REDRUM Fear Park in Houston lived up to its chilling reputation. The expertly designed haunted attractions had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The actors were terrifyingly convincing, and the attention to detail was spine-tingling. A must-visit for any thrill-seeker in Houston!

Phobia Dungeon of Doom Haunted House

Phobia Dungeon of Doom Haunted House

Located in Houston, the Phobia Dungeon of Doom Haunted House is a spine-tingling attraction that will leave you trembling in fear. With its intricate set design, terrifying actors, and heart-pounding scares, this haunted house is a must-visit for any fear-seeking thrill junkie. Don't miss out on the dread-filled adventure that awaits you in the Phobia Dungeon of Doom !

Lake houston Haunted trail

Lake houston Haunted trail

Lake Houston Haunted Trail, nestled in the heart of Houston, is a devilishly delightful haunt that will send shivers down your spine. With its creepy trails and spine-chilling surprises , this haunted house will leave you screaming for more . Don't miss this hauntingly good time!

The Haunting at Bear Branch Park - MANGLED MANOR

The Haunting at Bear Branch Park - MANGLED MANOR

The Haunting at Bear Branch Park - MANGLED MANOR in Houston brings together the perfect blend of fright and fun. This chilling haunt takes you on a spine-tingling journey through a manor filled with terrifying twists . With its masterfully designed sets and talented actors, it truly delivers a haunting experience you won't soon forget.

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Haunted Houston: Inside the city's top 5 creepiest places

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- There's no shortage for Houston-area hauntings. We're counting down the top five places of paranormal activity:

No. 5: The Battleship Texas

It's a historical landmark docked in the Houston Ship Channel. At number five, Battleship Texas has been through both World Wars. Oh, it's also full of history and ghosts.

Visitors have reported strange noises coming from the ship's engine room, and a redheaded sailor who died on the ship still haunts the second deck.

No. 4: The Hotel Galvez

Another Gulf Coast haunting can be experienced at the Hotel Galvez. The hotel was built in 1911, and many say a ghost named Audra still haunts guests on the fifth floor.

As the story goes, Audra hung herself in the hotel bathroom after hearing that her husband died in a battle. Guests still report strange things like slamming of doors, toilets flushing on their own, and even imprints of Audra sitting on guest beds while they sleep.

No. 3: The Downtown Houston Library

At number 3, the Downtown Houston public library. The ghost of Frank Cramer still roams the halls.

After his death, Frank and his dog Petey never left. The dog's toenails can be heard hitting the tile floors along with Frank playing his beloved violin on the third floor.

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No. 2: The Old Jefferson Davis Hospital

It was built on top of a Confederate cemetery. The graves were never removed. Then, Jefferson Davis Hospital sat abandoned for decades.

Ghost hunters have captured paranormal activity. Others have heard howls and screams coming from the old hospital that has now been transformed into a residential complex.

No. 1: Spaghetti Warehouse

The now-closed Houston eatery was long notorious for paranormal activity. In 2017, the restaurant kitchen manager, Luis Sanchez, said a female ghost and other spirits had revealed themselves.

Sanchez said he could also hear children laughing and running up the stairs after hours. Sanchez said once as he was moving a buffet table, he moved to several chairs out-of-the-way only to turn back and see that those same chairs were stacked on top of tables.

He also showed us a photo that he took of a party. In the left hand corner, you can see what appears to be the face of the woman he says who haunts the restaurant.

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Instead of buying tickets to visit your local fire department's "haunted house" this Halloween, why not get a real scare on instead? Houston is chock full of old buildings and burial grounds—turned into libraries or apartment buildings—where visitors encounter regular ghost sightings. When you belly up to the bar at The Brewery Tap in downtown Houston, don't be surprised if on the barstool next to you sits an apparition. Or, a drive-by The Wunsche Brother's Cafe building might give you a peek at Charlie, the deceased owner, on the cafe's balcony. If you're looking for a way to take All Hallows' Eve up a notch, late night ventures to some of Houston's scariest places will deliver.  

Julia Ideson Building

Named one of "Houston's Top 10 Tourist Attractions" by The Houston Press , the Julia Ideson Building—now Houston Public Library's downtown branch—boasts Spanish Renaissance-style architecture, complete with exquisite courtyards. While scary this is not, some say the Ideson building houses the ghost of Jacob Cramer and his canine companion. Cramer, the building's former live-in janitor and a violinist, died in his basement quarters in 1936. Today, his ghost—and the ghost of his dog, Petey—are said to haunt the building. Don't be surprised if, upon your visit, you hear violin music playing in the background. And listen carefully for the sound of a dog's nails clicking against the marble floors. Both ghostly experiences have been reported by visitors. 

Jefferson Davis Hospital

The Jefferson Davis Hospital, built in 1924, serves as both a landmark to the city of Houston and also as one of the most haunted buildings in America. Built atop a burial grounds for Confederate soldiers, slaves, and city leaders, this hospital sits eerily along the Buffalo Bayou near White Oak Drive in The Heights, Houston's oldest planned community. Since its inception, the building has served many functions, including a psychiatric hospital which officially closed in 1939. Today, the building acts as the Elder Street Artist Lofts, a subsidized housing project aimed to help artists "live out their dreams." Before its renovation, the building stood vacant for decades when brave passersby would sneak in to hear the ghostly voices of soldiers, nurses, and psychiatric patients. 

The Spaghetti Warehouse

One of the most haunted places in downtown Houston (as well as a popular stop along the city's "haunted" walking tour), the Spaghetti Warehouse once housed a pharmaceutical company. This building—apparently haunted for decades—has a story that links back to when a distracted young pharmacist suffered a fatal fall down a dark elevator shaft. His wife's death followed shortly after and, allegedly, led to the building's haunting. Employees and customers have experienced the two mourning souls through encounters with floating objects, vibrating salt shakers, and a feeling of cold spots in rooms and moist breezes in bathroom stalls. Some even claim that their hair was tugged or their shoulders tapped when no one was nearby. 

Founders Memorial Park

Founders Memorial Park (formerly Mt. Olive Cemetery) may seem like a natural stop for ghost hunters, as most cemeteries possess a sense of eeriness. But this particular cemetery houses over 800 bodies of cholera victims—making it extra spooky—as well as many prominent Houston figures. The city's co-founder, the mother of the Republic of Texas' President Mirabeau B. Lamar, and one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence are all buried at this site. Full-bodied ghosts are said to be walking the premises at night and visitors claim to see the visible face of Robert Barr on his grave.

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10 Best Haunted Houses In Houston For True Halloween Horror Fans Only

Wondering what to do in Houston for Halloween? Get spooks and chills at the best haunted houses in Houston!

  • Key Takeaways:
  • Houston offers a variety of spooky attractions for Halloween enthusiasts, including haunted houses, outdoor adventures, and cultural events.
  • Some of the scariest haunted houses in Houston include Houston Scream Fest, 13th Floor Haunted House, The Haunted Trails, Houston Terror Dome, and Creepy Hollow Houston.
  • Visitors can expect realistic special effects, professional actors, and immersive experiences at these haunted houses, but they should be prepared for extreme and horrifying characters.

People with a passion for eerie sights and spooky scenes tend to flock to the the best haunted houses in the US, especially for Halloween. And just like the other haunted cities across America, Houston also offers sinister characters and figures along with ghostly historic buildings and spooky old mansions to Halloween horror fans. Known for its diverse tourist destinations and vibrant culture, The Bayou City features a dark side filled with spine-chilling attractions to allow tourists the best Halloween season.

During the Halloween season, most of the scariest haunted attractions in the US host special events to intensify fear, and Houston embraces the same tradition. The city features various Halloween events that boast cultural diversity, including corn mazes, trick or treat, pumpkin patches, and individuals showing off crazy and scary outfits. Visitors can also take the kids to spooky yet exciting events, including Houston Zoo’s Zoo Boo, Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Frights, TLE Eldridge Trunkor Treat, and Fright Night Halloween Market and Fest.

Planning a trip to Houston during Halloween is not complete without exploring the many ghostly spots, though. While there are plenty of spooky attractions and events, Houston's best haunted houses are only for the bravest visitors. With realistic special effects and professional actors enhancing the terror and fun, here are some of the scariest haunted houses in Houston to visit during Halloween (along with a couple just slightly outside the city for good measure!).

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10 houston scream fest.

Houston Scream Fest is more than a single haunted house. It’s a spooky festival with several attractions, including a dance floor with a live DJ, concerts from local bands, carnival games, zombie paintball shoots, food vendors, and horror movies.

The Houston Scream Fest is open from Friday to Saturday, from October 6, 2023, to the first Friday and Saturday in November. Travelers can easily spot this haunted attraction along the Gulf Freeway close to the Hobby Airport.

  • Ticket prices: $29.99 to $49.99 , depending on the preferred day and time slot.

All visitors should sign a waiver on the attraction’s website before entering the Houston Scream Fest.

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9 13th floor haunted house houston.

Named as one of the best haunted attractions in the US by USA Today , 13th Floor Haunted House Houston features a collaboration of set production, costume designers, and make-up artists, creating a thrilling and fully immersive Halloween experience.

This haunted house in Houston has 4 main attractions: The Deadlands, Midnight Mortuary, The Rot Shop, and Depths of Darkness. Guests can choose from the post-apocalyptic world, exorcism by a supernatural force, gruesome blood rituals, and bloodthirsty prisoners.

  • Ticket cost: $24.99 to $32.99 Runs from September to November 4, 2023.
  • Tickets for Behind The Screams: $34.99

Guests can join Behind The Screams , an exclusive tour to witness how 13th Floor Haunted House prepares all its attractions, actors, and special effects.

8 The Haunted Trails

The Haunted Trails is a thrilling outdoor haunted adventure where visitors will experience the scariest nightmares, unnatural creatures, and mortifying scenes. Guests can also tour a psychedelic forest and encounter twisted freaks and clowns.

The Haunted Trails will operate until November 4, 2023, with the operating hours from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Groups of 15 or more who want to save more should purchase online instead of buying the tickets at the booth so that it’s $5 cheaper.

  • Entry: $30, exclusive of tax.
  • Speed Pass: $10 on top of the general admission fee.

Because The Haunted Trails is an outdoor attraction, it can postpone operation during harsh weather conditions.

7 Houston Terror Dome

Houston Terror Dome features haunted houses with multiple rooms, where guests can witness clowns, zombies, a 3D horrifying experience, a butcher shop, and a Walk-through Vortex. Other attractions include a paintball massacre, a live DJ, zombie dancers, axe throwing, a pumpkin patch, and voodoo souls.

Houston Terror Dome is on Channelview’s East Freeway, with paved parking available at Spookers Halloween Super Warehouse. Tourists looking for things to do in Houston during fall should instantly check out this haunted attraction packed with spooky activities. It’s open from Fridays to Sundays until November 4, 2023.

There are no restrictions for children under 12, but they are highly discouraged because of the extreme and horrifying characters the kids are likely to encounter.

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6 creepy hollow houston haunted house.

The most extreme haunted houses in the US are not for the faint of the heart and offer intensified horrific experiences. Creepy Hollow Houston also promises to offer just that. Located in Houston, it features attractions that include 288 Scare Factory, Pitch Black, and Dark Woods Swamp.

What sets this apart from the other spooky haunted houses in Houston is that guests can purchase food and beverages while admiring what’s inside. Creepy Hollow also features live Halloween shows, music, and entertainment.

  • Cost : $40, including all three attractions. Guests can purchase $10 speed passes to avoid long lines.
  • Operations: Open until November 4, 2023, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Children of all ages must also pay $40 for the general admission. Creepy Hollow only accepts cash for tickets purchased from the booth.

5 Phobia Dungeon Of Doom Haunted House — Kemah

While this haunted house is not directly in Houston's center, it's definitely worth the journey - still, it's only in nearby Kemah. In a breezeway beneath Kemah’s Boardwalk Inn, the Phobia Dungeon of Doom Haunted House features a pitch-black dungeon where visitors can get spooked by ghoulish inhabitants.

Inside this attraction are two haunted houses, open until November 4, 2023. The Phobia Dungeon of Doom Haunted House is only open from Fridays to Sundays, and guests are advised to purchase tickets online to avoid waiting in long lines at the booth.

  • Admission Cost: $25 per person
  • VIP pass: $30.
  • Combo haunt and rides pass: $45, excluding tax.

4 REDRUM Haunt

This haunted hotspot is another one just outside Houston, located in Richmond. But it's still worth going to since it's one of the best haunted houses in Texas (and is very close to Houston just an hour away and is easy to reach from the city).

REDRUM Haunt is among the best haunted houses near Houston, which also features live music and four main attractions: Deadwood Asylum, Twisted Circus 3D, Laser Fury, and Cinegore. REDRUM Haunt also features two live shows for this year’s attraction: Salem Sisters and It’s Showtime.

REDRUM Haunt is open every Friday to Sunday until November 4, 2023. There is a special event on Halloween night, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., showcasing a live DJ and a massive dance floor for guests to celebrate the spooky season.

  • Admission costs : $40
  • VIP Speed Freak Pass: $60
  • Military personnel admission fees: $30

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3 the national museum of funeral history.

Families who want to let the kids enjoy the spooky season can head to the haunted house at Houston's National Museum of Funeral History , which features actual artifacts and scriptures from the past.

One of the upcoming haunted events in Houston during Halloween here is the Witches Brew Market on October 13, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Brew Market, with a sip, shop, and stroll tagline, features 40 local vendors, complimentary drinks, and guided tours to learn about funeral traditions.

  • Tickets : $40

2 Phobia Haunted Houses — BW-8

Phobia Haunted Houses features 8 major attractions: Dawn of the Machine, Clown Mania, Genetic Nightmare, Mind Control, Darke Institute, and Exile which includes three linked attractions: Darke World, Contagion, and Savage Ground.

Phobia Haunted Houses is partially handicap-friendly and offers free parking spaces. They also do not accept refunds for tickets bought in advance.

  • Tickets: $15 per person for one attraction, $25 for two, $30 for three, $35 for four, and $40 for five.
  • Operation Hours: November 4, 2023, operating from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Guests can get tickets to Exile, which links three main attractions, for only $30.

1 Purgatory Scream Park

Purgatory Scream Park is one of the unique haunted houses in Houston because it features a realistic thrill experience with its 27,000 square feet of terror attraction divided into Hysteria, The Kingwood Asylum, Deadwood, and Asphyxia. Guests can enjoy the attraction for around 35 minutes.

Free parking is available inside the park, with clear directions and signals posted everywhere.

  • Admission costs: $40, while VIP costs $60. The VIP ticket includes a lanyard and a shorter waiting time.
  • Elite Package: $100, includes a shirt, a lanyard, and no waiting time.
  • Operation Hours: Friday to Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m

Haunted Diary

Uncover Houston’s Ghosts: A Tour Through the Most Haunted Houses

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Introduction

As a famous Texan once said, ‘Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway,’ and in Houston, saddling up might mean confronting the city’s ghostly residents. Embark on a tour through Houston’s most haunted houses, where eerie tales and unexplained phenomena offer a chilling adventure. The historic Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown, with its ghostly sightings and mysterious occurrences, is a must-visit for any ghost hunter. The haunting beauty of the Julia Ideson Building , part of the Houston Public Library, is amplified by stories of its spectral librarian and strange, otherworldly noises. Further adding to the city’s haunted repertoire is the old Jefferson Davis Hospital , infamous for being built on an ancient burial ground, its walls echoing with tales of the past. A journey through Houston’s haunted houses is a spine-tingling exploration of the city’s lesser-known, supernatural side, where history and hauntings intertwine in the most unexpected ways

The city’s haunted locations have fueled a fascination with the supernatural, giving rise to popular haunted house tours that draw crowds eager to experience a brush with the otherworldly. Some of these places are even private residences, adding an extra layer of mystery and intrigue. It’s important to remember that while these tales of hauntings can be captivating, respect for the privacy and property of others is paramount – not all locations are open to the public.

Are these places truly haunted by spirits of the past? We’ll provide the stories, the sightings, and the spine-chilling accounts. Whether or not you believe in the existence of these spectral residents, we leave up to you. After all, sometimes the most haunting experiences are those that lurk in the realm of the unexplained.

Elder Street Artists Lofts (Formerly Jefferson Davis Hospital)

The Jefferson Davis Hospital , opened in Houston, Texas , in 1924, was named to honor Confederate soldiers and stood as the city’s first hospital welcoming poor patients. Operating until 1938, it was replaced by the Texas Medical Center due to outdated equipment. The building served various purposes, such as a rehabilitation clinic and probation office, before being abandoned in 1985. In 2005, efforts were made to restore the building, leading to its recognition as a protected historical site in 2013. Constructed atop a cemetery used until 1895, it currently houses the Elder Street Artists Lofts , offering spaces for artists in exchange for maintenance work.

haunted house downtown houston

The Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas , is notorious for specific paranormal activities. Patients, visitors, and staff have reported seeing creepy figures down the hallways and hearing the sounds of screams and mutterings. Some claim to have sighted soldiers’ apparitions in the rooms and basement. In the former nurse quarters, strange noises have been heard in the attic, and the spirit of a woman has been seen frequently. Even police dogs have been known to refuse to enter the building.

A particularly chilling account involves a group of young ghost hunters being robbed by armed criminals during an investigation, leading to the building being shut down to paranormal enthusiasts until its renovation in 2005. Ghost Hunters beware!

Spaghetti Warehouse in Downtown Houston

Located in Downtown Houston , the Spaghetti Warehouse is famous not only for its reported paranormal activity, but also for its delicious Italian cuisine. The building, which dates back to the early 20th century, has been home to the restaurant since the 1970s and has long held a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Houston.

The most well-known tale is that of a young pharmacist who fell down the elevator shaft, resulting in his untimely death. Ever since, staff and patrons alike have reported seeing his spirit wandering the restaurant, with frequent claims of unexplained phenomena. These include mysteriously moving objects, the feeling of unseen presences, and even the apparition of the pharmacist’s wife, who is said to be forever searching for her lost husband.

But it’s not just the ghosts that attract people to this location. The Spaghetti Warehouse is also loved for its robust menu, offering a variety of mouth-watering Italian dishes. Whether these are just stories or something more is left to the individual, but between its spectral tales and its tasty meals, the Spaghetti Warehouse remains a firm fixture in Houston’s landscape.

The Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo , one of the city’s most popular attractions, is not just known for its wide array of animals and exhibits, but also for its supernatural lore. Established in 1922, the zoo is situated in Hermann Park and was allegedly built over the grave of a Confederate soldier.

Houston Zoo - Credit Reinhard Link

Ghostly sightings at the zoo have been reported by both employees and visitors over the years. The most common story involves sightings of a Confederate soldier, believed to be the restless spirit whose grave was disturbed by the construction of the zoo. Instances of unexplained noises, eerie feelings of being watched, and other strange happenings add to the zoo’s haunted reputation.

La Carafe Wine Bar

If you’re in the mood for a glass of wine with a side of supernatural intrigue, then La Carafe , one of the reputed haunted houses in Houston, is the place to go. Housed in the Old Market Square Historic District, La Carafe claims the title of the oldest bar in Houston, operating within a building dating back to 1866.

Over the years, the vintage wine bar has gained quite a reputation for being haunted. Staff and customers alike have reported a host of ghostly encounters, from apparitions of figures dressed in old-fashioned clothing to unexplained sounds, particularly when the bar is quiet. Some patrons even claim to have felt an unseen presence brush past them. Despite, or perhaps because of, these ghostly stories, La Carafe continues to be a beloved Houston institution, offering an atmospheric setting for enjoying a drink and pondering the mysteries of the past.

The Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library

The Julia Ideson Building , part of the Houston Public Library system , is not just a treasure trove of books and archival materials—it also holds a place among Houston’s most haunted buildings. The building, a Spanish Renaissance-style structure, was named for Julia Bedford Ideson, the city’s first professional librarian.

Julia Ideson Building - Credit Corey Seeman

The ghostly resident of the Ideson Building is believed to be Jacob Frank Cramer, a former library caretaker, and his dog Petey. Cramer, a World War I veteran, lived in the basement of the library with his dog. According to legend, Cramer’s love for music has carried on into the afterlife, and late-night visitors and staff members have reported hearing ghostly violin music echoing through the halls, among other unexplained occurrences.

Visit Haunted Houses in Houston

From former hospitals and warehouses to public zoos and even a library, the haunted houses of Houston offer a unique perspective on the city’s history. Each location carries its own set of tales, whispered among locals and shared by those who have experienced the unexplained first-hand. Whether these stories are the result of active hauntings or simply a manifestation of historical intrigue, they contribute to Houston’s rich tapestry of urban legends and folklore.

Remember, some of these locations are private residences and not open for public investigation. But are these places truly haunted? That’s a question left to you to answer. As always, when exploring the unknown, respect, curiosity, and an open mind are key.

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The 8 Most Haunted Places in Houston

The paranormal world is all around us, we just have to know the right places to look.

Fortunately, Houston is full of spooky stories, gruesome history, and seriously scary haunts. These are no haunted house experiences. Each of the 7 Historic Haunted Places on this list has a record of real paranormal encounters, and if you’re lucky, yours could be the next.

So grab a flashlight and a friend—you won’t want to visit these haunted spots alone.

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1. haunted restaurant or marketing ploy: mcintyre’s downtown (formerly spaghetti warehouse), 2. houston’s grand haunted hotel: the rice lofts (formerly the rice hotel), 3. the river oaks of the dead: glenwood cemetary, 4. shh the spirits are reading: the julia ideson building, 5. a highly haunted history: hendley row, 7. the (paranormal) playground of the southwest: hotel galvez, 8. doorway to the spirit realm: hermann park.

This iconic building in the historic Market Square of Downtown Houston might have a new facade, a new name, and new clientele, but rumor has it that the Spaghetti Warehouse ghosts are here to stay. Once closed due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the newly renovated party hangout, McIntyre’s, has chosen to keep this building’s haunted history hushed—and I can see why!

Legend has it that in the early 1900s, an employee fell down an elevator shaft to his death. The loss was too much for his grieving widow and she, too, perished shortly after. The pair now haunts their final resting palace, rearranging furniture, creating cold, clammy breezes, and playing pranks on patrons.

Locals looking for a side of boos with their booze should head to the second floor, where the most shocking spirit encounters have occurred.

  • Address : 901 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002
  • Website : McIntyre’s Downtown

Ever wanted to live in a haunted building? Yeah, me neither… But if visiting the most famous (and haunted) Houston hotel is on your bucket list, I suggest making friends with one of the current tenants of these transformed lofts.

Opening in 1913, the building has a history leading back to the founding of the City on the Bayou—and the Republic of Texas itself. It is the site of the first capital of the Republic and was, at one point, the largest hotel in Texas. In its heyday, the hotel hosted six presidents and several other celebrities including Perry Como, Tommy Dorsey, Clark Gable, Mick Jagger, Liberace, Groucho Marx, Shirley Temple, Will Rogers, and Laurence Welk.

The most famous of these stays was President John F. Kennedy, who spent his last night here before his fated trip to Dallas-Fort Worth. Hotel-goers now claim to have experienced cold spots, rattling doors and beds, orbs of light, and a presence centered around where JFK’s room was located. There have also been reports of ghost couples on the dance floor in the grand ballroom, and since The Hotel’s residential renovation, the ghostly dancers now occasionally appear on the roof.

  • Address : 909 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 770025
  • Website : The Rice

We couldn’t have a list of haunted locations without at least one cemetery on the list! This must-visit garden cemetery also happens to be one of the most beautifully landscaped cemeteries in the country! Steps away from the bustling Buffalo Bayou, you almost forget that you’re in the highly-haunted neighborhood of the (dead) rich and famous. Many influential people were laid to rest here, including esteemed politicians, famed business magnates, and legendary Houstonian “royalty.”

Ghost hunters report high electromagnetic fields within the cemetery’s iron gates. And there are claims that the original owner, who was himself the victim of an unsolved murder, still haunts this beautiful cemetery.

  • Address : 2525 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
  • Website : Glenwood Cemetary

A quiet library makes the perfect setting for experiencing paranormal sounds—like a lonely violin and the light-hearted pitter-patter of its resident ghosts.

If you listen carefully, you might hear the notes of a romantic Strauss waltz echoing through the hallways of the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library, followed by the light steps of its resident paranormal dog. These sounds belong to the library’s former caretaker, Jacob Frank Cramer, who died in the library’s basement apartment in 1936, and his loyal German Shepherd, Petey.

And if you happen to find sheet music scattered on the floor, you can thank Cramer for his gift.

  • Address : 500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002
  • Website : Julia Ideson Building

For the most haunted paranormal hot spot on our list, you’ll have to make the day trip to Galveston (although you may want to stay somewhere other than Hotel Galvez, the next location on our list).

Hendley Row was built before the Civil War by W. Hendley & Co., one of the largest business houses in Texas in the 1850s, and is the oldest commercial building in Galveston. Over the years the building has been used as both a Confederate stronghold and a morgue— and has the poltergeists to prove it. Allow me to introduce you to three of its most famous:

  • The Lady in White is a woman in a tattered, Victorian-era dress who is often seen pacing the streets, going up and down the stairs, frantically searching, and crying in distress.
  • You might also catch a glimpse of the building’s most active ghost—a disheveled little boy who frequently runs around the building, along with other children said to have perished in the Hurricane of 1900.
  • The last ghost is one you should pray you don’t see, as he is almost always a bad omen for whoever glimpses him. This young, gruesome-looking boy died in a factory accident when the building still served as a cotton mill in the mid-1800s. Tragically, one staff member who saw him learned that same night that her sister had been killed in a horrific car accident.
  • Address : 2010 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550
  • Website : Hendley Market

Before its reputation for haunted happenings, this historic hotel was once nicknamed “The Las Vegas of the South,” hosting celebrity guests such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, serving as a WWII Coast Guard Facility, and even acting as a Temporary White House for FDR.

Despite its famous patrons, the Hotel is now more well known for its guests who once checked in and never checked out. It’s the home of Galveston’s Love Lorn Lady, a seaman’s fiancee who spent many a night at the hotel, awaiting the return of her love. Upon hearing the news that his ship had sunk at sea and that no man survived, she hung herself in Room 501 and now wanders the halls, awaiting his return.

She is not, however, the only spirit that haunts the Hotel’s historic halls. The Hurricane of 1900 killed over 10,000 Galveston residents, including all the inhabitants of a local orphanage. The Hotel Galvez was built atop the mass grave of these 90 children and ten nuns who perished—a possible explanation for the phantom children who have been spotted running around the Hotel.

  • Address : 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
  • Website : Hotel Galvez

By day, Hermann Park is filled with joggers, families, and school children on field trips, but by night, restless spirits roam empty trails.

The Park’s location in the Hospital District dates back to the Civil War, meaning that many people have died and been buried here. Paranormal experts claim that the Park’s moonlight supplies energy for the ghosts to become active in the evening hours. You can even take a ghost tour throughout the park and learn the spooky stories the paths have to tell.

It’s even said that the famous Sam Houston statue archway acts as a doorway to the spirit realm. I’ve been to Hermann Park many times and have personally never experienced any paranormal activity… then again, I’ve never walked under that archway at night.

  • Address : 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030
  • Website : Hermann Park

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The Rice Hotel (now The Rice Apartments)

909 Texas Avenue at Main

At one time, it was one of the most luxurious hotels in Texas. In fact, President John F. Kennedy stayed at The Rice before he was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963. As a result, Visit Houston writes that cold spots, rattling doors/beds, orbs of light and a presence are felt in JFK’s room. Ghost dancers that previously danced in the old Crystal Ballroom, now dance on the renovated property’s rooftop.

That is not the only dark moment for this address. The last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones, committed suicide there in 1858 in the old version of the hotel which had previously served as the capitol building for Texas.

The hotel was named for William Marsh Rice, Rice University’s founder, who built one version of the hotel, which was later torn down and rebuilt as we know it today by Jesse H. Jones. The Jones family owned radio stations 740 KTRH and 101 KLOL which were later located there. Now lofts, the building houses many reported ghostly sightings and happenings.

Minute Maid Park

The Houston Astros keep Minute Maid Park a very lively place with their championship rings, but the hallowed baseball grounds contain much history.

Before becoming a very popular ballpark, the stadium was home to a train depot called Union Station. Prior to Minute Maid having a sponsored name, it was called The Ballpark at Union Station for a brief time before the more ghastly name of Enron Field was purchased.

Long ahead of the tracks being laid for Union Station, a neighborhood known as Quality Hill sat in these parts. I know, a hill in Houston, is not scary, but actually funny if you know how flat it really is around here. However, there are some haunted downtown Houston stories still around with even the Astros hosting a ghost tour showing the creepy effects of this very old neighborhood’s life being cut short by the need for rail.

Esperson Buildings

808 Travis Street

Oil money is splattered across the Houston skyline and the Italian Renaissance-inspired Esperson Buildings hold a special place in many architectural lover’s hearts. Love helped Mellie Esperson build the two buildings for her oil tycoon husband Niels back in the early part of the 20th century. Mellie still apparently loves the building and is there long after her death as stories of strange elevator incidents and sightings of her apparition are still popular haunted downtown Houston ghost stories to this day.

Dean’s Downtown

316 Main Street

The Prohibition era might scare many modern-day Houstonians, but it leads us to our next haunted Houston location at the Dean’s Downtown bar.

Legend has it , that the Dean’s building has the oldest elevator in Texas. Well, when you get history like that, you probably get more chances of ghosts. In fact, the elevator operator, who might have been there while the location was allegedly a speakeasy, seems to still be working to this day. The ghostly operator appears in the mirror and is reportedly bothered by guests who don’t know the password from the days when you had to sneak a drink. If I were the owner of Dean’s today, then I would hope the password is “I’ll have another.”

By the way, besides the speakeasy part, the building housed Dean’s Credit Clothing Store hence the current name.

Battelstein’s

618 Main Street

Battelstein’s was a fancy department store founded in Houston in the early 1900s and competed with the likes of other famous stores such as Foley’s and Sakowitz’s.

The explosive growth of Houston helped fuel Battelstein’s customer base and the downtown store eventually expanded to River Oaks and Sharpstown. As with the other mentioned shopping brands, things change and eventually, the battle for shoppers was over for the store in 1981.

Now for the eerie part. While you never hear of the Battelstein’s as a haunted downtown Houston spot, it had an eerie life long after the clothes racks were empty. Like a creepy time capsule, the Battelstein’s building sat empty in the middle of downtown Houston for decades slowly rotting away. Urban explorers went inside in 2010 and photographed the haunting evidence .

Houston real estate blog, Swamplot , who unfortunately has died itself since then, reported in 2018 that neighbor JW Marriott Hotel Downtown Houston purchased the building.

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Spaghetti Warehouse Houston - Most Haunted Building in Downtown

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(Update:  This location closed after Harvey. You can now find Spaghetti Warehouse Houston on the Katy Freeway .)

The downtown Spaghetti Warehouse Houston building was originally the Desel-Boettcher warehouse. It was built in the early 1900s and was bought by the Spaghetti Warehouse in 1974.

I am a wimp when it comes to all things scary, but I thought we should go check out what all the talk was about. Plus, I had a coupon. (Saving money makes me more brave.)

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Spaghetti Warehouse Houston is in a neat old building with brick walls and lots of character. Apparently most of the spirit encounters have been on the second floor, which is open only for parties. Curious diners can go to the check it out, but we did NOT.

In fact, if I had known ahead of time that there are tales of a "man" shuffling around the men's bathroom, I would have not have taken my kids next door to the women's restroom. (By the way, it was clean and appears to be spirit free.)

I am happy to report that all reported spirit encounters have been "nice" and that we had no encounters of our own. If you would like to learn more about the haunted building, go HERE or check out this book on Ghosthunting Texas .

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 Spaghetti Warehouse Houston is located right on Buffalo Bayou, next to Allen's Landing . You can take the METRORail to the Preston Station (or UH Downtown and walk back over the bridge), or you can drive and park.

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Heather MacLean says

December 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I wood like to see if the spaghetti-warehouse is hunted

June 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I went right after the opening back in the 70's but nothing happened sooow we're going later for Fathers Day! Will let ya know how it goes! Later......

Melissa zacharias says

March 14, 2016 at 9:29 pm

We went today.. as we ate my oldest kept hearing a woman call her name..we went upstairs to check it out.. all lights were off except for 4 lights so we walked around in the very dark room with very little light from outside.. Very uneasy feeling up there like someone is following you around cause they don't want you there. My oldest said she saw a tall lady in black walking behind trolley. And as we were leaving to head down stairs I heard a ladies voice call my daughters name from across the room.. we were the only ones up there... plus I knew I wasn't hearing things cause her head turned as if I was calling her.. we even went in the bathroom upstairs..

Jacqueline Haase says

August 04, 2016 at 3:56 am

I took my daughter, and spouse about five yrs back at the time, she is Now 11yrs old but she remembers her first haunting experience we were waiting for our food to come we were eating a Appetizer when she got this look of fright on her little face I thought she was going to really cry her eyes where big as saucers and I became really concerned!!! My first reaction was maybe she was choking I asked her what was wrong she would not say until we got home!!! Then she said it felt as if someone threw a small eraser that hit ger on her shoulder they where no children around to throw an eraser at her I looked around only adults engaged in their meals. The food as nd service is Great by the way!!! And the building has a certain badness to it.

Brianna says

August 04, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Once I went to spaghetti ware house I heard like someone was whispering in my ear and then I turned around and there was nobody then I went to Google on my phone and I searched up if there was ghosts in spaghetti warehouse and then I saw a couple of story's of people who used to work there and I read this story about this lady that her husband fell off the second floor and the lady was suffering that she didn't have her husband no more and so she passed away two and I heard this story about that there is a men shuffling around the men's restroom I got scared and went down to the first floor

November 01, 2016 at 8:27 pm

I went to Spaghetti Warehouse with my daughter on a field trip, and have never been up on the second floor. When we were eating in the trolley the chandelier next to us started rocking then it suddenly stopped. The chandeliers are up high, its impossible to reach without a ladder. It was an interesting experience.

Mike and Sherri Wooddell says

November 05, 2016 at 5:42 pm

My wife, son and I went to the Spaghetti Warehouse for dinner. After, we went upstairs and walked around and took pictures. My son and I witnessed a double set of doors swing open, with no one around. We went over and took a couple pictures of the stairs. Once home, we discovered a blue orb on several pics that seemed to go down the steps on each pic. Very odd. We even had orbs in the trolley car. Lots of orbs. Fun night.

David Born says

September 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

The warehouse is now closed because of Harvey...Permanently. Such a loss. I performed Celebrity Mystery's there monthly for 10 years.. over 100. All on the second floor. I am the only company member who had a haunting during this time. 8 of us. I had a broken watch that i wore as 'Robin Williams'.. It had been broke for a year. The second hand permanently stuck on 3:15 pm. Before I went on stage, I showed my cast mate my watch...talked about how I needed one that worked. It was 9 pm. I came offstage at 9:15... and..to my Surprise the watch had set itself ahead 6 hours to the Correct Time..9:15 pm...and it was working...!! I showed my friend...we got chills. The next morning I woke up and the watch was stuck on 3:15 again. It has never worked again. I got new a watch. I had been complaining that since Robin Williams death I could not book my Tribute act anymore..I believe Robin Reached out to me. I met Robin and have been Impersonating him for 20 years. True Story from a Native Houstonian.

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10 Most Insanely Haunted Places To Visit In Houston

Among cities within the United States, Houston is a popular one.

So popular, in fact, that is the most populated city in all of Texas, and the fourth most populated city in the nation.

Not only is it architecturally pleasing, but places to go and things to do are positively endless.

And it’s filled with extremely haunted locales.

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Updated 2/11/2020 – Are you in the mood to celebrate your love for the paranormal in full?

Consider checking out the places on this list, as they are considered the most haunted places to visit in Houston.

Table of Contents

  • 1 10) La Carafe
  • 2 9) Cinemark Tinseltown
  • 3 8) The Rice Hotel
  • 4 7) Jefferson Davis Hospital
  • 5 6) Spaghetti Warehouse
  • 6 5) Hotel ICON
  • 7 4) National Museum of Funeral History
  • 8 3) The Hotel Galvez
  • 9 2) Stages Repertory Theatre
  • 10 1) Memorial Park

10) La Carafe

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Looking for stuff to do in Houston?

Why not check out the oldest bar in the city?

La Carafe was established during the early 1950s, but the building itself dates back to 1847, before the Civil War.

The building was first used as a bakery, where freshly baked bread would be made for Confederate soldiers.

At La Carafe, you can sip your glass of wine , and listen to the sounds of Etta James and Louis Armstrong emanating from the jukebox.

This bar is the perfect place to not only revel in history, but in ghosts.

The apparition of a large man has been seen on the second floor of the building.

One guest reported that the apparition looked as if he were about to speak, but nothing but blood came pouring out of his lips.

Since then, the good folks of Houston who routinely visit La Carafe stick to the happy (and safe) first floor.

9) Cinemark Tinseltown

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If you’re on the hunt for fun things to do in Houston at night, then consider visiting the Cinemark Tinseltown theater.

From the outside it looks like it could be an ordinary movie theater , but they offer up so many services to the public, it’s hard not to be impressed.

Whether you’re looking for a new weekend church service (yes, they have one in the theater!) or if you need a place to show off your directorial prowess, Cinemark can help.

Not to mention a traditional night of popcorn and the latest flick.

It’s been said that Tinseltown is the permanent home of the ghost of a boy and man who lived on the property long before it was a public attraction.

Recently a few guests claimed to have seen the ghost boy in a storage closet.

The movie-goers were shocked and frightened when, out of nowhere, the apparition of the man appeared and chopped the boy’s head off clean with a machete.

Those who have unfortunately witnessed this horrible scene believe they are seeing how the boy wound up dying in the first place.

And he is meant to live it over and over again.

8) The Rice Hotel

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While the Rice building is still intact, and is now a registered historic place , the Rice Hotel is no more.

Originally built in 1881, the hotel replaced what was once the former Capitol building of the Republic of Texas.

The hotel was a huge success but eventually dwindled in popularity.

The Rice Hotel officially closed its doors in 1977, and remained empty for twenty-one years.

However, in 1998, the historic building was converted into apartments, called The Rice Lofts.

Now, the building boosts a heated pool and meditation room , a fitness center, a library as well as a salon.

There are some locals and visitors who are weary to step inside the Rice Lofts, however…

They believe that a malicious spirit put a curse on the building after it was shut down in 1977.

Since then, a few residents on the upper floors have said that they have started having horrific visions, such as waking up to blood soaked sheets.

7) Jefferson Davis Hospital

Jefferson Davis Hospital is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Houston, and rightfully so.

The facility was built in 1924, and primarily served local indigenous groups.

However, when a new hospital opened its doors in 1939, Jefferson Davis no longer had a set purpose.

It was used as a storage facility up until 2003, when a huge project was undertaken by the city.

Costing over six million dollars, Jefferson Davis was converted into luxurious artists’ lofts, and other residential living spaces .

But why is it so haunted?

The hospital was built over a city cemetery that had been established during the 1840s.

While many tombstones were relocated, the bodily remains themselves never were.

Now, the dead rise at night, and can be heard whispering incessantly from the closets in the posh new lofts.

6) Spaghetti Warehouse

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There are several downtown Houston restaurants, but none with such a vivacious history as Spaghetti Warehouse.

The building dates back to the early 1900s.

Today, this family friendly restaurant offers up delicious home style meals, and pays tribute to its past by having a historic trolley smack in the middle of the restaurant, as trolleys were a common sight outside of the building when it first opened.

Before the restaurant, the warehouse was used as a produce store.

During that time, it is said that an employee once plunged to his death due to an out of order elevator.

It’s also believed that a woman died there after falling down the stairs.

Last spring, a young girl caused a huge scene in the restaurant, claiming she saw a scary looking woman with a bent neck standing on the stairwell.

When the little girl looked up at the woman, the woman stared back, and continued to shift her head until her vertebrae could be seen, poking out from the wretched woman’s hair.

5) Hotel ICON

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There are so many cool places to visit in Houston, you may not get it all done in one day.

Thus, a few nights at the Hotel Icon might be a vital part of your trip.

The facility itself was built in 1911, to serve as the headquarters for a prominent finance company.

In 2004, The building was revamped and made into the luxurious hotel it is today.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Houston, as well as a place to relax and unwind, look no further than the Houston Hotel Spa, located within Icon.

Explore the city by day, and indulge in a massage or body wrap in the evening.

Unfortunately, the building is not without its tragedies…

After the Great Depression, it is said that a few people elected to commit suicide within the building after losing their fortunes.

Once in a while, guests of the Hotel Icon will speak about hearing phantom gunshots in their rooms, as well as the sound of a body dropping to the floor.

4) National Museum of Funeral History

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Still on the hunt for something both interesting and macabre?

Check out the National Museum of Funeral History.

Founded in 1992, the museum pays tribute to the funeral services industry, and all those who serve therein.

Explore thirteen unique permanent exhibits, such as the science of embalming, to a historical look at the evolution of hearses.

It even has an exhibit honoring the deaths of popes, which began in 2005.

The museum also puts on an annual haunted house !

Although some people believe every day is like a haunted house at the Museum of Funeral History…

Some Houston residents claim the building has been haunted since the early beginnings of the museum.

Some have claimed to have heard whispers, cries and yelling coming from the coffins that make up the Coffins and Caskets of the Past exhibit.

One terrified visitor even stated that one of the coffins began to violently shake after she walked passed it.

3) The Hotel Galvez

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Built in 1911 in the rebirth of a historic hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900, the Hotel Galvez is not only the oldest hotel on the island, but has been deemed one of the most haunted places in Houston.

Room 505 is said to be particularly haunted.

Guests have reported seeing the apparition of a young woman upon waking in the middle of the night.

After a few seconds, the woman is said to jump off an armoire and strangle herself to death, right in front of guests staying in that room…not that many people make it through an entire night.

Despite the haunting, or perhaps because of it, the Hotel Galvez offers up many amenities, including a pool with a swim up bar, a fitness center, spa, and ghost tours every October!

2) Stages Repertory Theatre

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In 1978, a group of Houston citizens rallied together in the basement of a brewery and decided to open up their own theater.

The theater was met with such praise from the community that by 1985, it moved to a new facility where two stages were constructed.

Deemed the Arena and Yeager Theater, respectively.

Stages is one of the few theaters in the area that have year round employment for actors, designers and directors.

Rumor has it that a young, blind man died before Stages took over the new facility.

Today, those who visit Houston to attend the latest and greatest show will sometimes describe the sensation of being touched by an unseen, cold hand underneath their theater seat.

Some Houston natives believe it is the spirit of the blind man, trying to discern where he is within the building.

1) Memorial Park

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If you’re looking for free things to do in Houston this weekend, look to Memorial Park.

While there are many parks in Houston, Memorial is one of the largest parks in the entire country.

Opened in 1924, the park is over 1,465 acres, and has many recreational sports and events.

It contains a top rated golf course, tennis courts, walking trails , softball, a track, running course, volleyball courts and a pool for swimming laps.

Interested in local flora?

Be sure to check out the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, located on 155 acres in the park grounds.

Some long-time residents of the city swear Memorial has been haunted since the moment it was first developed.

Shadow people have been seen wandering through the trees and gardens in the park.

One woman said that when her husband approached one of the mysterious figures, it revealed its face to him.

Her husband has refused to speak ever since.

Have you been to any of these haunted places in Houston?

What was your experience like?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Haunted Hotel Icon, Houston

220 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

On the corner of Congress and Main in Downtown Houston stands a hundred-year-old monument to commerce, recognizable by its original marble arches and signature red awnings. Once a functioning bank and office tower, this edifice is now home to the young and vibrant Hotel Icon, a fine steak and seafood restaurant, and a bar that features prominently in local ghost hunting pub crawls.

Why supernatural attention? In addition to the physical evidence that remains in this carefully preserved historical landmark, the grimmer days of the Icon’s history as a hub of business dealings and speculation seem to have left a subtler mark upon the place.

Or so many guests have come to believe in the middle of a sleepless night.

Hotel Icon History

Union national bank.

The building that is now the Hotel Icon was constructed in 1911 as the Union National Bank. It was briefly the tallest building in Texas before being surpassed in 1913, and it continued banking operations until the 1970s. Legend has it that Bonnie and Clyde once cased the location, but ultimately decided against targeting it.

Only the first two floors of the building were used by the bank, with the remaining ten devoted to offices for prominent businesses and entrepreneurs of the day. Even so, the palatial, Greek-inspired architecture clearly broadcasts the building’s banking origins, from the original Doric columns in the lobby to the front façade with its rows of Corinthian pillars and busts of Hermes, the Greek god of commerce.

Most striking of all is the enormous bank vault that now stands behind the Icon’s front desk. This too is all original, down to its inner gears, and is now used for staff offices.

Hotel Renovations

Though modifications to the building have been done with care to preserve points of historical interest, the accommodations of the Hotel Icon are lushly modern, introduced in 2004 and updated in 2011. Guests are invited to dine on an ever-changing selection of fresh seafood and steak at the upscale Line & Lariat Restaurant or relax in the onsite spa and order from a broad and indulgent room service menu.

For special occasions and events, the Icon offers luxurious penthouse suites, themed accommodation packages ranging from sports weekends to romantic getaways, and even a private, chef’s table dining room.

The experience of staying at the Icon today is one of comfort and glitz, but that hasn’t always been the story of those who’s spent their days surrounded by its marble splendor.

Financial Turmoil

The Union National Bank went through several mergers and buyouts, with the structure itself changing names to the Continental Building, the Pan American Bank Building, and even the Natural Gas Building. Meanwhile, rentals of the once high-demand office spaces on the upper floors dwindled over the decades. By 1973, there were only five upstairs tenants, and soon after, the last incarnation of a bank to inhabit the space closed for good.

In 2000, attempts were made to build a luxury apartment high-rise on the spot, but the City of Houston’s Archeological and Historical Commission declared the building a landmark, preventing the sale of the land.

The building’s 2004 transformation into the Hotel Icon, while applauded by historians, tourists, and locals alike for its respectful yet updated use of the space, cost $35 million and bankrupted the hotel’s independent first owners. In spite of steady bookings, the hotel was sold within two years to the hospitality management company that eventually signed with Marriott in 2011, kicking off the secondary $1 million renovation.

It seems those statues to Hermes may not have succeeded at winning the god of commerce’s attention, or at least not the way the designers intended. Hermes is known to be a trickster too, after all.

Ghosts of Hotel Icon

Ghosts of the crash.

Like most places that were around to see it, the most dramatic turning point in the Icon building’s history of economic struggle was the 1929 stock market crash. This opening blow of the Great Depression spelled the beginning of the end for many of the businesses operating out of the upstairs offices, and the bank itself, like many others, was unable to cover the sudden rush of customer withdrawals, having invested and lost so much in the collapsing market.

In the flood of mass panic that accompanied and exacerbated the very real financial losses of the crash, a wave of investors from both the bank and the upstairs businesses are said to have committed suicide on the property. Some guests report seeing, or more often hearing, the final moments of the dead repeating.

The most common phenomena are the phantom sounds of gunshots and bodies hitting the floor, and the image of a man in a 1920s business suit sitting on one of the guestroom windowsills, facing outward, before finally pushing himself over the edge.

Guests have also woken in the night to the sound of a stranger’s voice, or the distinct feeling of an intrusive presence in the room.

Regardless of the misfortunes that have befallen business owners and investors within the Icon’s walls, it remains a gorgeous luxury hotel, proud of and generous with its history. Even if you’re not staying the night, consider stopping for a drink in the L&L bar, browsing the lobby’s mini-museum, and soaking in the unique ambiance.

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Haunted Tours

We offer ten (10) different haunted tours. We also offer several options for overnight stays in haunted houses that you can read below. Seven (7) of the haunted tours are mostly driving and cover totally different areas. They may involve some walking, into abandoned cemeteries, haunted bars and buildings, or outside such sites when they are closed. These are Haunted Tours A through G. These are between 3.0 and 3.5 hours in duration.

We also offer three (3) exclusive walking haunted tours of downtown. These are Haunted Tours W, X, and Y. The longest one is between 3.1 and 4.0 hours. The moderate one is between 2.1 and 3.0 hours. The shortest abbreviated tour is between 0.1 and 2.0 hours.

The time varies, in part, based on whether one chooses to skip going into any of the bars. We try to start our tours close to dusk, but not too late to go inside the haunted structures. The tours usually begin at:

A. January – 6:00 PM B. February – 6:30 PM C. March – 7:00 PM D. April – 7:30 PM

E. May, June, July, and August – 8:00 PM F. September – 7:30 PM G. October – 7:00 PM H. November and December – 6:00 PM

Our tours go to recognized haunted places that can be found in books and on the Internet. No guarantee exists that you will see, hear, smell, feel, or taste a ghost. Furthermore, no guarantee exists that you will be scared. Ghosts do not exist to scare people. We are not going to commercial horror houses.

It is advisable that with Tour C, the tourists may wish to start the tour one to two hours earlier so that one can enter into The Magick Cauldron before it closes at about 7:00 PM as well as see the swirling bats at twilight.

Some of the driving tours are designed to be children appropriate. Tours C, D, E, and F do not have any stops where alcohol is served. Tours B and G have the most variety with alleged haunted bars, cemeteries, and historic buildings. Tour C is the only driving tour that does not include a cemetery stop. Thus, no special clothing or equipment is required. Tours E and F include only abandoned and lost cemeteries. They tend to be more eerie.

You must call or send an email and receive confirmation to reserve any of these tours. Like other tours, they are scheduled by appointment. Most people will make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Previous to our non-refundable deposit policy, over 50% of those people who called in a reservation within one week of a tour did not honor their request. A non-refundable deposit of roughly 50% is required to reserve all tours. An insufficient deposit will NOT hold a tour.

The balance can be paid at the outset of the tour in US cash only. Please bring the correct amount that is owed as the tour guide does not bring change.

Without a $100 non-refundable deposit per van or $200 non-refundable deposit per bus, no alcohol in the vehicles is allowed.

We offer the following tours:

Haunted hotels, introduction to the haunted walking tours, more important information.

Haunted Tour

This tour begins at Central Market’s east end parking lot close to Weslayan Street. This is a large, well-lit parking lot. Central Market (CM) is located at 3815 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77027. You might want to stop at CM for dinner before the tour.

Tour B – starts in Sawyer Heights and includes 1, formerly prestigious, but abandoned African American cemetery, 1 small and abandoned White cemetery in a residential neighborhood, 3 haunted bars, the former Jefferson Davis Hospital and abandoned crematorium, the Alley Theatre, Treebeards, a fake cemetery, and more. It has arguably the most diverse locations to visit. As this tour goes into 3 bars, it is inappropriate for minors. Some bartenders will not admit minors even when accompanied by their parents. Bring cash for your drinks at La Carafe. It normally has 6 or 7 stops.

This tour begins at Chili’s in Sawyer Heights. It is located at 2425 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77007. Drive on I-10. Exit #767B, Taylor Street. Go south. Chili’s will be to the right. You might want to stop at Chili’s for dinner before the tour.

Tour C – starts in the Montrose area. It includes the areas of Montrose, Neartown, Midtown, the Hermann Park area, Rice University, the Rice Village, the city of West University Place, and the River Oaks area. This is a large swath, mostly south, west, and southwest from downtown, and south of Buffalo Bayou. It includes going by a site where Samuel McIlhenney once owned a home. Against his wishes, his wife took their two daughters to Galveston for one more fun day at the beach on September 8, 1900, the date of the Great Storm. This hurricane killed between 6,000 and 8,000 people, the biggest disaster in United States history. A grieving Samuel, and his late children and wife are said to haunt the current building. We will see the location of the burial of the ashes of William Marsh Rice, the Waugh Drive Bat Colony, a house that looks like the front of Darth Vadar’s mask, the condominium where Ana Trujillo stabbed her boyfriend Professor Alf Andersonn at least 25 times with her stiletto heel to kill him in June 2013. We will stop by the condominium of where probable serial killer Robert Durst lived and the condominium of 2017 suicide victim Valerie McDaniel, who attempted with her boyfriend to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband and his ex-girlfriend. We also stop by the site of the former home of the 1965 Ice Box Murders.

This tour begins at the Magick Cauldron at 2424 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006 at Hyde Park Boulevard. This is four blocks north from Westheimer Road and across the street from Niko Niko’s. Limited parking is available in front and around the neighborhood. This may be the single best place to purchase anything associated with the occult and the building is said to be haunted.

Tour D – starts in the Heights area. This is a revamped tour created in 2018 that used to be part of Haunted Tour C when it opened in 2014. It includes the areas of Memorial Heights, Washington Heights, Houston Heights, Northside, Woodland Heights, and Acres Homes. This is a large swath, mostly west and northwest of downtown and north of Buffalo Bayou. In the Houston Heights, we will see the site where three people reported seeing a Batman in June 1953, the 1930s home where the bones of a skeleton were found in a wall in 2017, the site of the $2 million replica of a Virginia old Black mansion with a renowned million dollar doll collection that burned on January 3, 2011, Hogg Middle School that is said be haunted by a person who was hung there, and a haunted Masonic lodge. We will stop at one of the most fascinating shops in Houston, full of oddities and curiosities including shrunken heads, a real skeleton, voodoo objects, and dozens of taxidermy. We will visit the site where serial killer and homosexual pedophile Dean Corll lived and earned the nickname as the Candy Man. He may have buried his first victims at this site. We go by a restaurant where Corll and his two henchmen David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley picked up one of Corll’s at least 28 victims, and to another site where Corll would bound, torture, rape, and murder teenage boys, beginning by 1970, if not sooner. We will also visit sites where the serial killer of petite Hispanic heterosexual pedophile Anthony Allen Shore, The Tourniquet Killer, picked up a couple of young girls to abduct, rape, and strangle them. We will take a bathroom and refreshment break at one such site. Later, we visit one to three cemeteries. One cemetery is an old abandoned white family cemetery in an overgrown field located in Northside while the other two cemeteries are African American cemeteries in Acres Home, one abandoned and one active.

This tour begins outside of Five Guys at 3939 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007 at Leverkuhn Street. Five Guys is open until 9:00 PM every day. This location is in a strip center that also has a Buffalo Wild Wings at 3939 Washington Avenue #100, Houston, Texas 77007 that is open until at least 12:00 AM midnight every day and as late as 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is available both in the front and rear of the building. This is about 2 blocks west from Heights Boulevard.

Tour E – starts in southeast Houston. This is one of our two most eerie haunted tours. We visit 3 white family and 2 black cemeteries. It includes 2 lost cemeteries, 2 abandoned cemeteries, and 1 partially lost and partially still active cemetery on the east side of Houston. No one has been buried in any of these cemeteries since at least 1987. These include three white family cemeteries whose families abandoned them as the neighborhoods changed and one or two African American cemeteries. Each of these cemeteries is covered in heavy growth with headstones hidden amongst the weeds, trees, and brush. Wear goggles to protect your eyes and long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from sticker bushes. You may wish to wear gloves and boots. You may want to bring a walking stick or hedge clippers to help clear a path in front of you. Expect to push back branches and vines to get to the headstones.

It begins on the southeast side of town at Dot’s Coffee Shop at 7006 Interstate 45, Houston, Texas 77087. This is open 24 hours and always has vehicles in the parking lot as well as being easily accessible. If coming from the north on I-45, use Exit #41B/Woodridge Drive. Pass Woodridge Drive. The restaurant is on the right side. If coming from the south on I-45, use Exit #41A/Woodridge Drive. Make a U-turn. The restaurant is on the right side. If coming from the west on I-610, use Exit #33/Telephone Road/Woodridge Drive. Pass Telephone Road. Turn left on Woodridge Drive. Turn right on the feeder road of I-145. The restaurant is on the right side. If coming from the east on I-610, use Exit #31/Broadway Boulevard. Stay on the feeder road. Pass Broadway Boulevard and a YMCA. Veer to the right at the fork. The I-610 feeder road becomes the I-45 feeder road. Pass a school. Make a U-turn at Woodridge Drive. The restaurant is on the right side.

Tour F – starts in Sawyer Heights. This tour takes participants to lost, abandoned, and neglected cemeteries on the far west side of Houston and Harris County. We have 4 stops to cemeteries that have not been used since 1930, 1902, 1937, and 1944 and 1 stop by an active cemetery. The families are predominately Germans. The first stop is to the Koch-Schmidt Cemetery in Cullen Park. It has about 32 graves. The second stop is by Bear Creek Methodist Cemetery. This is the only cemetery on this night’s tour that is still in use. It was established in 1904. The third visitation is to the Blue Light Cemetery/Hillendahl-Eggling Cemetery in Bear Creek Park. This is one of the most famous and remote cemeteries in Houston. It has been known for its blue glow. Today, only 2 flatstones remain, about 12 nameplate markers that identify the planted members, and about 6 bases without headstones can be seen. In the 1970s and 1980s, people reportedly held occult meetings here. It cannot be seen or found from any street, road, or sidewalk. All of the burials are between 1889 and 1902. We drive over the Langham Creek Bridge on Patterson Road. Several fatal accidents have been reported here. The old bridge was allegedly haunted. The current bridge was erected in 2012. The fourth cemetery is the old Gastmann-Ohlendorf Cemetery. It has 4 headstones for 5 German Americans dating from the 1870s to 1937. It is covered in vines and sticker bushes. Wear protective clothing. Lastly, we go to the Beeler Cemetery. This is a haunted cemetery that has been investigated by spiritualists. It has about 10 burials. This tour covers the second greatest area with well over 50 miles as we drive west towards Katy.

Tour G – starts in Sawyer Heights. This is one of our two newest tours, opened in 2014. This takes us to the Spring and Old Town Spring area. We start by visiting a Walgreen’s that is said to be haunted since the store manager John Cedars was murdered in an execution style during a robbery there, in 1996. In Old Town Spring, we will spend about 2 hours walking around and visiting places. We will visit the outside of the Spring Historical Museum where staff and others have claimed to see young lovers named Marie Bailey and Albert Paetzold dancing to waltzes that can be heard playing on an antique Victrola. We will go by the Doering Court former barn where allegedly the specter of a 12-year old girl named Sarah can be seen. Sarah died from injuries suffered as a result of a fall from the barn’s loft in the 1940s. Later, we see the former Spring State Bank that opened its doors in 1910 and still has bullet pockmarks from where a gunfight occurred in 1932. After a series of robberies during the Great Depression, the bank shut its doors in 1933. We go by an alleged former haunted house. Then depending on the time and lines, we visit inside for a drink at two different bars/restaurants that are said to be haunted; one dates to 1902! If this is not enough, we also go to the Wunche Family Cemetery that is sandwiched between the feeder road and I-45. You could drive by this hundreds of times and not notice it. The second cemetery and last place that we normally visit is the Spring Cemetery that is located near railroad tracks and dates to 1910. It is largely hidden from view from the road. This tour covers the greatest area with well over 60 miles as we drive north to Spring and Old Town Spring.

In our research, we have been able to identify several cities with documented haunted hotels. These cities include in alphabetical order with the names of the hotels and the years that they were built are listed below:

  • Austin – The Driskill Hotel (1886) and the Inn at Pearl Street (1914) Downtown Austin is 167 miles/269 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 2.8-hour drive.
  • Dallas – The Adolphus Hotel (1912) and the Hotel Lawrence (1925) Downtown Dallas is 242 miles/390 kilometers. About a 3.6-hour drive.
  • Fort Worth – Miss Molly’s Hotel (1910) and the Texas White House (1910) Downtown Fort Worth is 264 miles/425 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 4.2-hour drive + with a comfort stop.
  • Galveston – The Hotel Galvez ((1911) Approximately 51 miles/82 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 1.0-hour drive.
  • Jefferson – The Jefferson Hotel (1851) Approximately 233 miles/375 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 3.9-hour drive + with a comfort stop.
  • Liberty – The Historic Ott Hotel (1928) Approximately 42 miles/68 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 0.8-hour drive.
  • Marathon – The Gage Hotel (1927) – Approximately 523 miles/842 kilometers from downtown Houston. It is more than twice as far away compared to any other haunted hotel. The drive is 10 to 11 hours each way including multiple stops for a meal and bathroom. Plan on spending two nights here.
  • New Braunfels – The Faust Hotel (1929) Approximately 174 miles/280 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 3.1-hour drive + with a comfort stop.
  • San Antonio – The Crockett Hotel (1909), The Emily Morgan Hotel (1924), the Gunter Hotel (1909), and the Menger Hotel (1859) Downtown San Antonio is 196 miles/316 kilometers from downtown Houston. About a 3.0-hour drive + with a comfort stop.
  • Schulenburg – The Von Minden Hotel (1929) – Closed in 2016 indefinitely. Approximately 96 miles/155 kilometers from Houston. About a 1.7-hour drive.

Offering tours to stay in haunted hotels is a novel experiment for us in 2016. Many people over many years have asked us about this option, but we have not acted on it. Obviously, this will be a more expensive tour with considerations of fuel, accommodations, meals, and time. Hotels in larger metropolitan cities (San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin) will generally cost far more than hotels in rural areas (Jefferson, Liberty, Marathon, New Braunfels, and Schulenburg). Many of these cities and towns have other interesting local historical places, museums, festivals, and sites to visit. In fact, some cities, particularly San Antonio and Dallas, have numerous other haunted sites.

If you know of other haunted hotels that can be accessed within a one-day’s drive, please share them with us.

We are willing to offer the following – we will conduct such a tour at cost + the amount of typical Haunted Tour A. For example, the interested party will pay for the fuel, private hotel accommodations at the same hotel, 3 meals (1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast) for each night’s stay plus the cost of what would be a local haunted tour. If a party wants to have 2 nights, then include 6 meals. The tour cost would be $100 + sales tax = $108.25 for 1 or 2 people or $35.00 per person + sales tax = $37.89 per person for 3 or more people.

Because advanced planning and paying for rooms are necessary, haunted hotel tours should be planned at least 1 month in advance.

Introduction to the Haunted Walking Tours Please Read

Hurricane Harvey ravished Houston for five days from August 25 through the 29th, 2017. Everything within three blocks of Buffalo Bayou that flows through downtown was under water. Beyond the three blocks, you would see little to no damage whatsoever. As I write this on January 21, 2018, almost five months since Hurricane Harvey hit us, many of these buildings are still rebuilding. However, the buildings along Commerce Street and Franklin Street that at different areas are the first streets south of Buffalo Bayou are still closed. They may never reopen. One can still smell the putrid odor of the mold escaping from these buildings. These include the Spaghetti Warehouse on Commerce Street and the Brewery Tap on Franklin Street. We used to sometimes go inside Alj, a newly opened jazz bar on Franklin Street. Who knows if these buildings will be reinhabited or torn down. If reoccupied, then the question may be by whom? The Spaghetti Warehouse has been non-committal if it will reopen at its current site or relocate.

In the meantime, we are meeting outside the former Spaghetti Warehouse at 901 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002. This is by Travis Street. Parking at street meters is free on Sunday and after 6:00 PM on Monday through Saturday. These tours are exclusively for those people who are 21 years and older since we will be going into bars that serve alcohol. They are inappropriate for minors. Do not bring minors.

If you want to enter a bar, plan on buying a drink. If you want to patronize a business, do not be cheap and refuse to buy anything. That is inconsiderate and rude to the owners. Let me know in advance if you do not want to buy anything and we can just look inside the bar from the sidewalk and peer through windows.

Tour W – This is a great tour for people who want something shorter than a driving tour, cheaper than a driving tour, want to drink, and appreciate history. We will go inside 2 haunted bars/restaurants for approximately 30 to 40 minutes each including La Carafe in the old Kennedy Bakery from 1860 and Molly’s Pub in a 1920 building, for you to have one drink in each one. Bring cash for your drinks at La Carafe. The more spirits you drink, the more spirits you are likely to see. Pace yourself accordingly. Do not drink in excess and or if you are going to drive after the tour. We also stop briefly at other haunted buildings to tell stories, such as at the 1903 former Spaghetti Warehouse and the 1912 former Brewery Tap, the 1861 Baker-Travis Building and the circa 1912 – 1914 Post Rice Lofts which was the site of the capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839 and again in 1842. We go to the site of the White House of the Republic of Texas, the Donnellan Crypt from 1849, as well as past many other historical buildings. We will walk in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wards. You will also:

  • See the remnants of a 1915 bridge when Houston was approximately 15 feet lower.
  • Go into Market Square Park where you will see photos of earlier city hall buildings on that site from 1841 to 1939 and a 911 memorial to Houstonian Lauren Grandcolas (1963 – 2001). She was a victim on UA 93. A memorial plaque is there.
  • View the Houston Cotton Exchange Building from 1884 when it was originally 4 stories and then the 1907 renovations that raised it to 5 stories. It has a historical marker.
  • Hear more stories of Houston’s growth, decline, transformation, and development, including the Cotswold Project to renew downtown in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
  • See a building’s original first floor from before the city was raised more than 15 feet that you thought was a basement.
  • Have more time to drink.

Tour X – This is a great tour for people who want something shorter than a driving tour, cheaper than a driving tour, want to drink, and or appreciate a moderate amount of history. This is similar to Tour W without as much history. We will go inside 2 haunted bars/restaurants for approximately 30 to 40 minutes each including La Carafe in the old Kennedy Bakery from 1860 and Molly’s Pub in a 1920 building, for you to have one drink in each one. Bring cash for your drinks at La Carafe. The more spirits you drink, the more spirits you are likely to see. Pace yourself accordingly. Do not drink in excess and or if you are going to drive after the tour. We also stop briefly at other haunted buildings to tell stories, such as at the 1903 former Spaghetti Warehouse and the 1912 former Brewery Tap, the 1861 Baker-Travis Building and the circa 1912 – 1914 Post Rice Lofts which was the site of the capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839 and again in 1842. We go to the site of the White House of the Republic of Texas, the Donnellan Crypt from 1849, as well as past many other historical buildings. We will walk in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wards. You will also:

Tour Y – This tour is similar to Tour W, only abbreviated. This is a great tour for people who want something shorter than a driving tour, cheaper than a driving tour, want to drink, and or appreciate a little history. We will go inside 1 or 2 haunted bars/restaurants for approximately 20 to 30 minutes each including the La Carafe in the old Kennedy Bakery from 1860 and possibly Molly’s Pub in a 1920 building. Bring cash for your drinks at La Carafe. We also stop briefly at other haunted buildings to tell stories, such as at the 1903 former Spaghetti Warehouse and the 1912 former Brewery Tap, the 1861 Baker-Travis Building and the circa 1912 – 1914 Post Rice Lofts which was the site of the capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839 and again in 1842. We will walk in the 1st and 4th Wards. You will also:

Unlike other companies, we do not spend more than 15 minutes for an introduction and we actually go into numerous buildings on a walking tour.

If tours start late due to the tardiness of the participants, some sites will have to be eliminated.

Wear and bring the following for the Ghost/Haunted Tours A, B, C, D, E, and F:

  • Long pants – to prevent rubbing up against poison ivy.
  • Socks – to prevent rubbing up against poison ivy.
  • Closed toe, flat, comfortable shoes that you can get dirty – to walk on uneven ground in abandoned cemeteries and to minimize anything that could crawl over your feet (and really scare you).
  • A flashlight with working batteries – for use in the abandoned dark cemeteries.
  • Insect repellent – if rain has fallen within 48 hours before the tour, standing water can be present which will serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  • Cameras – if you like to take photos and to be able to see orbs.

For Ghost/Haunted Tours D and E, also wear:

  • Protective eye wear (goggles) on Tours D and E.
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  • Gloves on Tours D and E.

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Haunted Experiences

Halloween isn’t the only time of year to get a good scare. With hauntings year-round in the regions around Houston, you’re sure to find a ghostly good time on a day-trip (or night-trip) somewhere close by.

Galveston has many sites that are considered haunted, including an 1867 building that served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The building now houses  Haunted Mayfield Manor , a year-round haunted house attraction in downtown Galveston. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a psychologically thrilling experience. 

Also embracing its reported haunting is  Hotel Galvez,  which has been featured on the Travel Channel’s  Ghost Stories  and on the Discovery Channel’s  Ghost  Lab for its paranormal significance. The hotel, which offers year-round audio ghost tours and special tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hung herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be. 

You might see a ghost for yourself in Brazoria County at the James Briton “Brit” Bailey Plantation. Brit Bailey, a pioneer Texan noted for his courage and eccentric behavior, was the captain in the local militia and fought in many battles. At his request he was buried on property standing up, facing west with a gun at his side. His ghost is said to walk the grounds.

Ghosts recognize quality barbecue too - at least the resident ghost at Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue does. Recently named the top sixth barbecue joint in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine , Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue is one of Tomball ’s hot spots for unexplained late-night groans and the sound of footsteps in the attic and on the staircase.

Neighboring shops including Jane & John Dough Bakery have tales about unexplained events like the opening and shutting of gates at Tejas and an all-around spooky feeling. In fact, the ghostly energy fills the bakery, a semi-remodeled house built in 1936, but the owner says it’s strongest in the hallway leading from the main kitchen to the dining room. What does it feel like, exactly? “Like you’re being watched,” he said.

Beaumont ’s local cemetery, known for its beautiful headstones and monuments, is also the site of a mysterious sculpture known as “The Kissing Statue,” a carving of a man and a woman looking toward the distance in a loving embrace. Legend has it that if you drive in after dark and shine your headlights in a certain direction, the loving couple will turn and kiss. Many brave nighttime visitors have also reported seeing paranormal movements, including the silhouette of a woman standing in the doorway of a nearby house. This apparition is believed to haunt the cemetery and anyone who dares to venture inside.

Mystery surrounds Bragg Road, a long dirt road in Beaumont shrouded by towering trees, with reports of unidentified orbs of floating lights lingering around the road. Some believe these orbs are the result of a never-ending fire during the infamous Kaiser Burnout, where a man was shot to death. Others say the light is from a spirit with a flashlight looking in the woods for his murdered bride and her killer. Whether you believe the rational explanation or the spooky lore, a drive down Bragg Road late at night will provide for a creepy chill or two.

On a winding road that leads towards Martha Chapel Cemetery in Huntsville , there is said to be a wandering ghost that looks like a little boy. Bowden Road has the nickname, “Demon’s Road” and there has been reports of people seeing what looks like a little boy walking around or riding a tricycle. Some say his eyes glow.

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Went on the interactive tour in Old Town Springs! It's a must if your in the area. We had a awsome time! My husband loves historical information the tour provided and I enjoy the paranormal. It was a great fit. Our tour guide was extraordinary. Will attend there other tours offered.

Doc is a super star! His tour was awesome - informative and interactive. Just enough history to give you the facts, and just enough mystery to make you want more! Highly recommend the Old Town Spring tour with Doc for a walk you won’t soon forget!

Truly had a great time. so amazing . Really felt like a spooky night . I will say this ghost tour was very worth it.

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My partner and I did the Old Town Spring Ghost Tour on Sat and I have to say I was very impressed. I have lived in the spring/woodlands area my whole life and know the folklore and yet our guide Lindy was full of tons of information I did not know. It wasn't hokey either just fun, a little unnerving and informative. We even caught things on our cameras such as mist (on a clear night) a vortex and a purple orb believed to be a little girl named Isobel. I tend to be more skeptical and go on these tours because I like the history, but I have to say the things that happened on this tour were odd and unexplainable. If macabre history and a scary good time is your thing The Old Town Ghost Tour is a must.

I took the Old Town Spring and it was the funnest thing that I did in Houston area. The tour guide was very entertaining while very informative. I love the history and spookiness. If you are in the Houston/Spring area check them out.

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This was a great ghost tour! Me and my dad absolutely loved it. Viv/Sol was an amazing tour guide and very engaging. The stories were very interesting and I highly recommend!

We took our granddaughter for her first ghost tour and we all loved it. Definitely recommend this tour. Take your camera's and be prepared for a wonderful time. Even if you don't capture anything thing, the story telling is awesome. We can't wait to go on another one. Our granddaughter can't wait either!!

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AWESOME experience! Very friendly staff who were eager to help us when we couldn't make a typical Friday or Saturday tour! Not only were there interesting and spooky stories that gave me and my friend chills, but we also captured many orbs on camera, and I even felt someone touch my leg!!! I hope I can come back and go to their other tours soon, and I strongly recommend this tour to anyone who is in for a scare! Big thank you to Doc and the rest of the staff for everything! You made my birthday better than I could've hoped for!!!

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We had a great time on our tour. It was a lot of fun to learn the history of the town, find out about the haunts in the area, and experience it first hand. It was a great way to spend the night!

This was a awesome tour thru the memorial Herman park. The history of the location made the tour 100% better. I definitely would recommend this tour and I'm looking into the Galveston ghost tour. I hope the outcome is as great!

I truly enjoyed my visit to Hermann Park on this ghost tour. I’d been to the park several times and was interested to know more of the history. Our tour guide delivered! It was one of their first times conducting the tour, but they did really great and were really knowledgeable about the park and the supernatural. I’ll definitely be back!

My wife and I went on the Old Town Spring Ghost Tour. We mainly go on the ghost tours to learn about the history and legends of the town. Old Town Spring is full of both. The Ghost Tour took us all around the city to numerous sites where we got to learn the history of the town, hear stories and legends from the past, and enjoy some good spooky stories. The tour guide was great and I recommend the adventure to anyone who enjoys these kinds of tours.

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35 haunted houses and spooky attractions around Houston to celebrate Halloween

Here's our guide to spooky, haunted attractions and not-too-scary fun for the family to check out this halloween season..

 Discovery Green hosts its annual “Scream on the Green.” 

Halloween may fall on a Monday this year, but don't let that get you down - there are still plenty of family friendly events and attractions to explore throughout the Greater Houston area.

HAUNTED HOUSES

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Drawing on all the superstitions of the 13th floor, there is the chance to connect with a slaughter maniac at the new “Chop House” attraction and practice your ax-throwing abilities at “Class Axe Throwing.” Through Oct 31; 7075 FM 1960 W.; $19.99-$29.99; 13thfloorhouston.com

Haunted Trails

The outdoor adventure at a new location goes through a psychedelic forest with twisted clowns and freaks. Through Oct. 31; 17115 Mueschke Rd., Cypress; $32; thehauntedtrails.com

Houston Scream Fest

Features include zombie paintball, haunted houses and a carnival-style midway. Through Nov. 12; 1500 Elton; $10-$40; thehoustonscreamfest.com/403.shtml

Phobia Haunted Houses

Get ready for the Dawn of the Machine, Mind Control, Genetic Nightmare, Clown Mania, Darke Institute and Exile. Through Nov. 5; 5250 S. Beltway 8; $15-$40; darke.com

Phobia Haunted Houses Kemah 

Among the attractions at Kemah Boardwalk are Doom and Darke Labs, packed with actors and custom animatronics. Through Nov. 5;  215 Kipp, Kemah; $25-$30; darke.com

Houston Terror Dome Haunted House

New this year is the Nightmare Alley Selfie Saloon, an experience that combines a haunted bar with haunted house themed selfie advertures. Other attractions include Axemania, an axe-throwing area, the Zombie Infection escape room and Sicko's and Freako's Paint Ball. Through Oct. 31; 16030 Interstate 10, Channelview; $5-$50; houstonterrordome.com

Purgatory Scream Park

The intense and realistic thrill experience features over 27,000 square feet of pure terror that lasts around 35 minutes. Halloween night, through Nov. 5; 1965 Northpark, Kingwood; $40-$100; purgatoryscreampark.com

Creepy Hollow

Featured attractions include Dark Wood, Pitch Black and 288 Scare Factory which takes you through laboratories where experiments have gone terribly, freakishly wrong. Through Nov. 5; 12872 Valley Vista Drive, Rosharon; $40; creepyhollowhauntedhouse.com

Redrum Fear Park

Park features a 3D Twisted Circus, Cinegore, Lazer Fury and Asylum. Through Nov. 5; 1800 E. Texas 90 Alternate, Richmond; $40-$60; redrumhaunt.com

Haunted Drive

The 1.5 mile long drive takes you through themed areas with actors and plenty of animatronics to keep you on your toes. Through Oct. 30; 235 Chain-O-Lakes Resort, Cleveland; $35-$45; haunteddrive.com

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

Halloween monster mayhem.

Partake in spine tingling experiments, spirit lifting activities and slime filled fun during the “Halloween Grosstopia” at the Children's Museum Houston. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 29; 1500 Binz; cmhouston.org

The Houston Zoo’s annual Halloween event features a Giant Pumpkin, a Lantern Tunnel, the Scary-Go-Round and photo ops throughout the Zoo. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Through Oct. 31; Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive; $19.95-$25.95; houstonzoo.org

Boo on the Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk comes alive with Freaky Fridays, Scary Saturdays, Spooky Sundays and Halloween day celebrations. Each event features free activities, live music and entertainment.  Through Oct. 31; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp, Kemah; kemahboardwalk.com

Annual Haunted House 

The family-friendly haunted house returns to the National Museum of Funeral History. Recommended for ages 7 and older. $5; $3 for ages 7 to 11. Through Oct. 31; 415 Barren Springs; nmfh.org

Scream on the Green

The Halloween celebration at Discovery Green features a costume contest, music and a screening of "Monster House." 6-10 p.m. Oct 28; 1500 McKinney; discoverygreen.com

Movie Night at Menard

Catch a screening of the classic 1988 film, "Beetlejuice," at Galveston's oldest house. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and food for the evening. Craft beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct 28; 1838 Michel B. Menard House, 1605 33rd St, Galveston; galvestonhistory.org

Family Movie Night: 'Hocus Pocus'

Levy Park hosts a family movie night, featuring the classic spooky film, "Hocus Pocus." 7 p.m. Oct. 28; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside; levyparkhouston.org

Haunted Warehouse

The Galveston County Food Bank’s annual fundraiser returns for a third year, transforming their warehouse into a unique, family-friendly haunted house and carnival to help end hunger in Galveston County. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28 and 1-10 p.m. Oct. 29; 213 6th St N, Texas City; hauntedwarehouse.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

Monster Mash Run

Karbach Brewing’s Halloween-themed race sends runners through the neighborhood around Karbach. The event ends with a post-race celebration with trick-or-treat stations for the kids.  7:30 a.m. Oct. 29, Karbach Brewing Company, 2032 Karbach; $20-$50; houstonrunningco.com

SpookTacular

The Woodlands Children’s Museum  non-spooky event will be filled with child-friendly games, activities.Monty the Magician Magic shows, live music by Mr. Will, art projects, science monster slime and face painting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29; 4775 W. Panther Creek, The Woodlands; $10; woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

Houston Family FunFest

Houston Family Magazine's Fun Fest returns to Katy's LaCenterra for a Halloween celebration with costume contests, live music and performances, games, face painting and a rock wall. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29; La Centerra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy; lacenterra.com

Haunted Halloween Horror Market Pop-Up

Shop from local vendors and meet horror celebrities from "Friday the 13th," "Hellraiser" and more. Noon-7 p.m. Oct 29; Wildcatter Saloon, 26913 Katy Fwy, Katy; $15; houstonhorrorfilmfest.com/popupmarket.html

Miss Ivy's Spooktacular Halloween Party

This all-ages celebration offers spooky games, sweet treats, crafts, yard games and tours of the 1883 Moore Mansion. Costumes are encouraged. Noon-4 p.m. Oct 29; The Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St, Richmond; $5-$10; fortbendmuseum.org

Halloween Town

Constellation Field hosts another year of Halloween Town, featuring candy, vendors, costume contests and a screening of "Hocus Pocus." 3-9 p.m. Oct. 29; 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land; $11-$40; milb.com/sugar-land/events/halloweentown

Hike, Bike & Fright Fest

M-K-T celebrates Halloween with a free festival that takes over the entire center. The annual event will include a Trick-or-Treat Trail, an outdoor Shop Local Market with local vendors, Spooky Salsa, craft stations, a pumpkin patch photo op and an outdoor screening of the 1996 teen horror movie "The Craft." 4-9 p.m. Oct. 29; M-K-T, 600 N Shepherd; themkt.com

Boo Dash 5K & Kids K Fun Run

The annual running event at Clear Lake Recreation & Community Center, brings together families for a Halloween costume contest in addition to the 5K and Kids Run. 5 p.m. Oct. 29; Clear Lake Recreation & Community Center, 16511 Diana; $15-$55; boodash.org

ROCO Connections: Musical Trick or Treat

This family-friendly evening begins with a welcome reception where Houston historian Mister McKinney will share background on The Heritage Society’s homes and their families. Starting at 5:30 p.m., individual ROCO musicians will begin performing, each in a different Heritage Society historic home. Guests will split into groups to rotate from home to home for trick-or-treating. 5 p.m. Oct. 29; Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby; $20-$45; roco.org

Trick or Treat on our Street

Pearland Town Center's Halloween celebration includes trick-or-treating throughout the shopping mall, a costume contest and a concert from the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. 5 p.m. Oct. 29; 11200 Broadway St, Pearland; pearlandtowncenter.com

Boofest Kingwood

The fifth annual family and pet-friendly Boofest includes vendors, a mini pumpkin patch and candy. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 30; Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N Main, Kingwood; facebook.com/events/town-center-park-kingwood/boofest-kingwood/625852632107133

Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee

Market Square Park's all-hallows-eve extravaganza, features adult and kid-friendly trick-or-treating, ghost tours, pumpkin carving and live bands. 6 p.m. Oct. 29; 301 Milam; marketsquarepark.com

Halloween Movies in the Park: 'Frankenweenie'

Head to the Picnic Loop for an outdoor screening of the 2012 animated Tim Burton film, "Frankenweenie." 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29; Memorial Park Picnic Loop, 301 N Picnic Ln; memorialparkconservancy.org

Rosenberg Railroad Museum: Halloween Fun Day

The Fort Bend railroad museum hosts a day of family fun with haunted tours and trick or treating. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 30; 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg; $6-$9; rosenbergrrmuseum.org

Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Families will have the opportunity to prowl around CityCentre for tasty treasures during a neighborhood trick or treat. Join DJ Dave in the plaza for spooky tunes, a witchy Halloween performance and fun activities from Life Time Athletic. 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30; 800 Town and Country Blvd.; citycentrehouston.com

Howl-o-ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest 

The 5th annual event at Levy Park will feature a pup parade around the park, a costume contest, prizes and tunes by DJ Mohawk Steve. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 30; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside; levyparkhouston.org

'Nosferatu': A Symphony of Horror

Join Friends of River Oaks Theatre for a 100th year anniversary outdoor screening of cinematic masterpiece "Nosferatu" with live musical score by Hescher. There will be a vampire costume contest and blood donations for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. 6 p.m. Pre-show 7:15 p.m., movie 8 p.m. Oct. 31;  River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray; $15; saveriveroakstheatre.org

UPDATE: This story was originally posted with 38 events but three have now already occurred.

Ana Khan is the calendar coordinator for the Houston Chronicle's features desk.

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