Houston-Area Haunted Destinations

Looking for more authentic scares this Halloween season? The Houston area has a ton of reportedly authentic haunted historic sites and destinations.

Visit Houston has a great rundown of places said to be inhabited by ghosts. Here are a few highlights...

  • The Rice Hotel, where John F. Kennedy spent his last night before being assassinated, is now the Rice Lofts and residents report seeing ghostly dancers on the rooftop
  • Battleship Texas, anchored just off the Houston Ship Channel, has had visitors report inexplicable murmurs and noises, vapors appearing in photos and feelings of apparitions passing by
  • Glennwood Cemetery, located off Memorial Drive, is rumored to be haunted by the murdered one-time owner and is a hot spot for local ghost hunters
  • La Carafe, a Downtown wine and dive bar, is said to be home to a deceased former bartender named Carl
  • The Brewery Tap, another Downtown bar, is home to an outgoing spirit named William

Our friends over at KPRC 2, recently posted a Galveston-specific list of spooky spots.

The Hotel Galvez also appears on the Visit Houston list. The hotel opened in 1911 and has been home to at least a few ghost stories over the years, including one about a heartbroken sailor's sweetheart who hanged herself in room 501. Ashton Villa was one of the first brick residences in the state of Texas. It was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. This landmarks ghost stories include the original owner's long-dead daughters appearing, along with reports of Confederate soldiers still patrolling the grounds.

Read up on the Menard House and Bishop's Place, plus get more info on the Hotel Galvez and Ashton Villa, at the KPRC 2 link above.

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