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10 Best Haunted Houses in Texas

If you’re looking to find the scariest haunted house in Texas then you’re in the right place! We dare you to try any of the following top haunted houses in The Lone Star State.

We don’t just list the most haunted places in Texas on Haunted Rooms, we’re loving some of the haunted houses Texas has to offer too! That’s the haunted attractions and trails designed to give you a fright around Halloween!

Do you have what it takes to walk through the very creepiest attractions and haunted houses in Texas?

The Lone Star State has everything and then some. So, the next time you’re there, why not check out the creepiest haunted house attractions this side of the Mississippi. Texas is so big it has dozens of spine-tingling adventures just waiting for you.

Here is our rundown of the top 10 haunted attractions and haunted houses in Texas!

#1) Purgatory Scream Park, Kingwood

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If ever there was a place that holds terrifying secrets within its walls, Purgatory Scream Park is it.

It’s not just the attractions inside that are tainted either, it’s the woods all around and the very earth beneath your feet. There has been no one there for decades and for good reason; the unfortunate souls who were treated by Dr. Phillip Blackman and his staff still walk the halls and the grounds.

With stories of their own to tell.

The Indoor Asylum will scare whatever creep you have left in you. Don’t let that be all you see.

The Wood Trail will have you screaming for home as demonic and evil forces will jump out at you just when you think all is safe.

Whatever you’re thinking, you’ll be wrong. The Purgatory Scream Park will leave you guessing and have you remembering gruesome things for a long time to come.

#2) Doc Wilkes House of Horrors, Longview

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In Longview you’ll stumble upon the longest running haunted houses in East Texas. Doc Wilkes House of Horrors won’t let you go without a fight.

After all, every neighborhood has that one house which no one goes near, and for good reason. This place is different from the rest and you can explore its evil depths right up until the witching hour at midnight.

Based on real events, bring your friends, because you’ll need someone to hold onto as you make your way through this maze of horror.

Discover the secrets that are found only in its walls and rooms. Doc Wilkes has a long history of making people shiver for their lives. Don’t miss out!

#3) Texas Terror Trail, Canutillo

This place was once home to German POWs during World War II. The Texas Terror Trail may not be a haunted house, but it is one scary and terrifying experience that won’t let you go.

Dark and mysterious forces were unleashed in this place many decades ago and the screams of the poor soldiers can be heard as you make your way through the trails towards the haunted house.

Dare to walk the Terror Trail alone or with a group and discover which creatures are just waiting for you behind every tree and dark shadow. No use running, as they are all around you!

#4) Scream Hollow Halloween Park, Austin/Bastrop/Smithville

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Here you’ll find 20 acres and 18 buildings that will get you all mixed up and one haunted house more terrifying than the next. Just four miles down the road from the location of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the site in Smithville…

Don’t get too close to Adella, the wicked woman who runs the orphanage. Little children tend to disappear if they get near her. In the Mansion of Terror, her former home, you’ll encounter demonic forces that will have you running for your life.

Zombies await you in the factory, and they haven’t eaten in awhile. You’ll have work to do in order to keep out of their clutches, and at the two-story Slaughterhouse (a massive building new for the 2018 season), it’s a life or death battle between circus clowns and horrible cannibals who all want to feast on you! Scream at Scream Hollow – who will hear you!?

#5 Houston Terror Dome, Houston

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Just missing out on the number one spot as the scariest haunted house in Texas! If you think you’ve seen it all where haunted houses are concerned, you’ll find a whole new level of terror awaiting you at the Houston Terror Dome – the scariest haunted house in Houston!

This attraction will scare you worse than any Hollywood movie, and you won’t have a clue as to what’s real and what’s fake.

Demonic creatures, flesh-eating zombies, and bloody spirits are all waiting within. With new rooms, new effects, and new characters added every year, it won’t be like the last time.

It will be worse.

Run for your life at the Terror Dome because your life depends on it. Just don’t get lost inside. You may never find your way out again.

#6) Dark Hour Haunted House, Plano

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Do you love witches? If you do, run don’t walk to the Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano . Known as Coven Manor, this attraction is home to all the evil witches you could ever conjure up in one spell.

Because they want to reign over everyone, they hold a ‘dark hour’ – a ritual to gain control over everything unholy.

Try to find a place to hide; there’s nowhere, as you run from the cemetery in front of the house to the greenhouses out back where witches are concocting their famous potions. You better be brave or you’ll be next!

The Dark Hour Haunted House is one of the best year-round haunted houses, open every month except January. Come, if you dare!

#7) Cutting Edge, Fort Worth

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Haunted houses are scary, then there are haunted houses that scare the life out of you. The Cutting Edge haunted house in Fort Worth, Texas, will do just that! It is located in a former meat-packing plant where horrors of all kinds still walk the rooms and halls.

You know what slaughterhouses are good for; and at the Cutting Edge, the demonic people who walk within are just waiting for you.

See also: Haunted Hotels in Dallas-Fort Worth

Just when you think it’s safe to open your eyes, the horror starts all over again, as this attraction is known for its longest adrenaline rush ever.

Once you’re inside, it’s a race to get out, but you’ll have to fight your way through all of the evil entities who are determined to get you. Just be sure you have all your parts when you exit. One of if not the best haunted house in DFW!

#8) 13th Floor, San Antonio

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This gruesome haunted house is in San Antonio and you should only go if you don’t care about nightmares for the rest of your life. The 13 th Floor is one of the best haunted houses in San Antonio. It’s a theatrical, intense, gripping show that grabs you the minute you walk in and won’t let you go, even when you walk out.

This 107-year-old building has places you shouldn’t descend into, but you will, as you begin your journey going down into the basement. Go face to face with ghouls which will have you running for cover. Think you’ll be safe in the tunnels?

I don’t think so.

If you have nightmares about dark and creepy places where horrible phantoms and spooks are just lurking in corners, you’ll love The Void. What happens here is seldom talked about, and then you get your final thrill on the mysterious thirteenth floor of the building.

You’ll never forget it. In fact, it may haunt your dreams forever!

#9) House of Torment, Austin

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If you are looking for one of the most elaborate seasonal attractions in all of America, look no further than the House of Torment in Austin . Here you will find not one, but three spine-tingling attractions that will have you screaming long after it’s over. It comes #1 on our list of haunted houses in Austin !

At the Laughterhouse, you’ll be in the company of evil clowns who have taken over the slaughterhouse. Don’t be their next victim.

It only gets worse from there at Hex of the Harvest, where witches are coming to get you. Traveling through the pumpkin vines, you’ll soon find yourself at the Dead End District.

Half-insect, half-human creatures live there and they’re looking for their next meal. Be scared and run for cover or take them on.

#10) Creepy Hollow Haunted House, Rosharon

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What could get creepier? What could get scarier? Well, things at Creepy Hollow Haunted House are definitely ramped up for a whole new scare season.

Come visit the 288 Scare Factory, where research experiments have gone horribly wrong. Here is Zombie Central and you’re in the middle of the walking dead. Think it’s easy to find your way out? Think again!

Or you could begin your nightmare in the Dark Woods a dense forest located behind the Scare Factory. Chemical wastes never properly disposed of have found their way into these woods, and now everyone who goes there never comes out looking the same.

Pitch Black is a holding facility insane freaks are running amok. Between complete darkness and blinding lights, you’ll be turned around more times than you can yell “help me!”

So, there you have it; top ten scariest haunted houses in Texas just waiting for you!

Be sure to check dates and months, as each attraction is different.

But the darkness that lies within and the screams you hear will be with you for a long time to come.

You’ll see.

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23 Haunted Houses In TEXAS (Creepy, Scary, & Traumatizing)

You must have heard that Texas, the second largest state in the US, is home to diverse cultures, food , flavors, and tourist attractions .

But did you also hear that the Lone Star State, as it is fondly called, is home to numerous creepy and terrifying haunted houses ?

In fact, it is argued that Texas is the world’s haunted house capital.

Are there really haunted houses in Texas, or are the reports mere assumptions?

Well, this article will take you on a tour of some of the haunted houses in Texas, providing you with all the info you need, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Be assured that when you are done reading this, you’ll either be too excited and eager to visit Texas’s haunted houses or be too scared to attempt such a visit.

You had better keep reading to find out more!

And by the way, you may also want to check out the best Hidden Gems in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Fort Worth, Texas

1. cutting edge haunted house (multi-themed & intense experience).

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This haunted attraction built in an abandoned meat packing plant in Fort Worth is known for its multi-themed, intense, and highly-horrifying experience.

The 55-minute tour is filled with scary twists, drums, strange sounds, animations, and slippery floors.

Some visitors even claim there are real spirits there.

Cutting Edge House utilizes special effects, live actors, and a zombie live band to give guests a mind-blowing experience.

You’d experience a nearly-suffocating foam bubbles experience, being chased by some crazy guys with chainsaws, and walking through a dark, creepy closet.

Can you get to the end, or will you tap out midway?

Address: 1701 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA

2. Stockyards Hotel (Reports Of Hauntings)

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This hotel might seem like a pleasant place for a good stay ; however, numerous reports of guests claim this hotel is haunted.

In fact, in the infamous Bonnie & Clyde Junior Suite, the water taps are said to turn on and off by themselves occasionally.

Also, TVs and radios are reported to switch themselves on and off at intervals.

Moreover, the hotel’s elevator is said to ascend and descend at will without anyone inside.

Guests claimed they saw a young girl’s ghost , received “strange calls,” and constantly felt watched.

It is believed the strange events are caused by the spirit of a former employee of the hotel who died years ago.

But are the horror stories real or just figments of the guests’ imaginations?

You may want to visit the Stockyards Hotel to find out for yourself,…or not.

Address: 109 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164, United States

3. Miss Molly’s Bed & Breakfast Hotel (Ghost Sightings & Strange Occurrences)

Guests in this hotel have reported sighting the ghost of a little girl, hearing strange laughter, and seeing shadows when alone.

They say toilets sometimes flush themselves, room doors lock and unlock themselves, and the TV volume increases and decreases at will.

The innkeeper, Paula Gowins, claimed she had several close encounters with ghosts and strange beings during her occupancy.

She confirmed that it gets “a little eetsy at times” and that the ‘Madame’s Room ’ is definitely haunted.

The ‘bed & breakfast’ hotel is said to have some permanent residents– ghosts of some cowboys and several Victorian women.

Visitors also experienced inexplicable smells, the disappearance and reappearance of items, ghostly sightings of dead workers, and the infamous Jake, the cowboy.

Could these stories be real ?

Address: 109 W Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164, United States

Also see our article on Escape Rooms in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Texarkana, Texas

1. 7 th street house of horrors (changing themes annually).

This haunted house is filled with scary treats and scream-provoking spooks.

The theme and layout of the house are changed each year, making it impossible for guests to know what dark and devilish experiences await them.

As soon as you enter the haunted house, you’ll be immersed in a world of ghosts and ghouls.

The special effects and sets are top-notch, and the actors do a great job of creating a genuinely unsettling atmosphere.

A plus to this spot is that the house has a Pumpkin Patch , where a wide variety of pumpkins are sold.

While it costs just $10 to access the 7 th Street House of Horrors, would you like to find out what it costs to leave?

You had better be careful with the scary narrow hallway in the house before you get lost forever.

Address: 5301 w 7th St, Texarkana, Texas 75501

2. Hotel Grim (Former Hotel & Remodeled Now)

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From its name (Ghastly, Gloomy, and Sinister) you can tell this hotel is only for the brave.

This building was once an architectural wonder and a regular spot for Texarkana’s wealthiest men and women.

The famous Bonny and Clyde couple reportedly once appeared at this hotel.

However, numerous strange occurrences were reported to have taken place there, with some claiming to have seen ghostly apparitions roaming the halls and heard strange noises coming from empty rooms.

Even after closing its doors in 1990, visitors claimed they had their hair pulled and clothes tugged at by unseen beings.

Unfortunately, thrill-seekers looking forward to otherworldly and frightful encounters at Grim Hotel may not be able to experience one today, as the formerly abandoned haunted hotel is now being remodeled into an apartment building.

Address: 211 W 3rd St, Texarkana, TX 75501, USA

Also see our article on Abandoned Places in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Houston, Texas

1. la carafe bar (haunted by multiple ghosts).

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La Carafe Bar is rumored to be haunted by multiple ghosts, including that of the “Lady in White,” who allegedly pushes beautiful women down the staircase.

The ghost of the bar’s former bartender has also been reportedly seen around the bar, with some guests even claiming they heard his voice shouting “last call.”

Workers in the bar claim that countless times, they’ve seen bottles fall off the shelves and heard sounds of a young child playing with a ball in the upper room.

According to the bartenders, multiple footsteps of people walking around upstairs and even sounds of moving equipment are often heard upstairs when nobody is supposed to be there.

Guests also report hearing music playing from nowhere during their visit.

Are you ready to drink beer with ghosts around you at La Carafe Bar?

Address: 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002, United States

2. The Rice Hotel/Lofts (Known For Paranormal Activities)

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Now known as The Rice, the former Rice Hotel was known as a dwelling place for spirits, ghosts, and paranormal activities.

Just before his assassination, former President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie had spent the day there on November 21, 1963.

Guests claim to have felt chills, heard ghostly sounds and rattling of objects, and seen strange apparitions in the room where the former president died.

Some corporeal dancers have also been reportedly seen performing in the ballroom.

With its renovation, there are claims that the ghost ballroom dancers at the former Rice Hotel have taken their dance and activities to the roof of the Rice Apartments.

Do you dare to visit ?

Address: 909 Texas Avenue in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States.

3. Houston Scream Fest (Largest Haunted Event)

Popularly referred to as Houston’s largest haunted event, the Houston Scream Fest features seven haunted houses, each with its own unique theme and scares.

Carnival games, Zombie Paintball, creepy entertainment, adult beverages, a Zombie Paintball, and more are some of its offerings.

But don’t be fooled by the live concerts, air-conditioned restrooms, and free drinks at the Scream Fest!

You will indeed have a harrowing experience at this event, especially inside its haunted houses.

In fact, guests claim only an insane person would attend the haunted houses alone.

The Fest offers scary and disturbing entertainment that might mess with your head; hence, you had better ensure you’ve got what it takes before going for this event.

And oh, watch out for your shoes as they may get damaged!

Address: 1500 Elton St, Houston, TX 77034, USA

Also see our article on Attractions in Texas .

Haunted Houses in El Paso, Texas

1. de soto hotel (haunted by various ghosts).

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This historic hotel has gained a reputation for being home to some less-than-living guests.

A young girl’s ghost reportedly haunts De Soto in the basement and other ghosts and apparitions.

El Paso natives claim one gets a weird feeling by merely looking at the building.

Investigators have reported hearing laughter and singing from a little girl’s voice and hearing an invisible being asking, “who cares?”

The image of a faded otherworldly being has also been reportedly caught on camera in a recording.

Various accounts claim some satanic worship goes on in the hotel’s basement.

Sadly, De Soto Hotel “mysteriously” caught fire last year, with the police describing the cause of the fire as “undetermined after investigation.”

Address: 309 E Mills Ave, El Paso, TX 79901, USA

2. Monteleone’s Ristorante (Renovated & Claims Of Ghosts)

Food isn’t the only thing Monteleone’s Ristorante is known for.

In fact, the real reason for its “fame” is its “hauntedness.”

During its renovation, the workers reportedly sighted ethereal beings and perceived mysterious odors.

Customers claim they experienced heavy banging on the walls and occasional loud chimes.

Monteleone himself reported how a dark, metaphysical arm had tried grabbing him once.

After psychic investigations, it was “discovered” the restaurant was a portal between the living and the dead and hosted guardian spirits and entities.

After its “cleansing,” the Monteleones claim the remaining ghosts are friendly.

Are you ready to dine with the supernatural, or you’d rather sit this one out?

Address: 3023 Gateway Blvd W, El Paso, TX 79903, United States

3. The Magoffin Homestead (Reports Of Ghostly Sightings)

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This home is reportedly haunted by ghosts, including that of Charles Richardson, a brother-in-law and best friend to Joseph Magoffin, the initial owner of the home.

Visitors claim to have seen Octavia Magoffin tending to the garden or felt her presence brush past them at the homestead.

In fact, many late members of the Magoffin family are said to still dwell there to date .

Even the late Charles’ favorite rocking chair by the fire can still be observed rocking on its own sometimes.

The workers even claim the chair always returns to the same position whenever anyone tries to reposition it elsewhere.

Are you brave enough to visit the Magoffin Homestead?

Address: 1120 Magoffin Ave, El Paso, TX 79901, United States

4. The El Paso Playhouse (Paranormal Activities During Performances)

Community plays, musicals, and other performances are definitely not the only things that go on in the legendary El Paso Playhouse.

In fact, consistent paranormal activities have been reported in this house.

Things like hearing whispers near the concession and spotlight areas, toilets flushing themselves, disappearance and reappearance of props, sounds of heavy footsteps on the wooden staircase, and more are some of the reported paranormal activities that go on in the house.

Some people believe the house is haunted by the ghost of a technician killed in the building years ago.

A shadowy figure walking to the women’s bathroom has also been caught in a camera footage.

Performers equally reported seeing some creepy things backstage.

Would you like a night of entertainment by men while surrounded by spirits?

Address: 2501 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79903, United States

Also see our article on Castles in Texas.

Haunted Houses in Plano, Texas

1. dark hour haunted house (plano’s most terrifying).

This haunted house claims it’s “Plano, Texas’ most Terrifying Haunted House,” but is this true?

As you go through the haunted house, you’ll encounter jump scares and special effects at every turn, making it a heart-pounding and unforgettable experience.

The house is designed to push the limits and test your bravery as you navigate a series of terrifying rooms and scenarios.

A new witch is introduced every year, and participants are made to go through what has been described as “daring and daunting” tasks.

Their performances feature horror-filled depictions and creatures, including midgets, spiders, and zombies, that will definitely give you chilling nightmares.

Guests have repeatedly described the Dark Hour Haunted House as “very scary” and claim the entire experience felt real.

How real can it get?

Address: 701 Taylor Dr, Plano, TX 75074, United States

2. Masonic Lodge No. 768 (Haunted Old Building)

Easily Plano’s most haunted old building, this lodge is a historic one with a disturbing past.

It is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of former Lodge members.

Some have reported hearing ghostly whispers and heavy footsteps that sound like a man wearing work boots, while others have claimed to see ghostly apparitions.

Other visitors reported that the lodge’s main room seats raise and lower themselves at will without anyone else being there.

A past master of the lodge also alleged he heard a little girl’s laughter late at night.

Even a team of paranormal investigators reported they had seen objects moving on their own and other signs of abnormal unnatural activities.

Are you courageous enough to take a tour of this terrifying building?

Address: 1414 ½ J Ave, Plano, TX 75074, United States

3. The Plano Interurban Railway Museum (Rumored To Be Haunted)

Formerly known as the Plano Electric Railway, a partnership of the city of Plano and The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc manages this railway.

However, it is rumored to be haunted by ghosts and supernatural beings.

The co-founder of the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, who also doubled as the co-director of the Interurban Railway Museum, Russ Kissick, had shared a story about the infamous Zodiac Rider.

The Zodiac Rider was alleged to have occasionally ridden the Interurban Railway, selling sweets and candies to children while dressed in all-black apparel with a pointed hat adorned with zodiac sign symbols.

Whether or not this was an actual ghost or not remains unknown; however, tales of the Zodiac Rider form a crucial part of the city’s scary stories.

Address: 901 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074, United States

Also see our article on Museums in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Mineral Wells, Texas

1. haunted hill house (reports of entities & hauntings).

Not even the owner, Katherine Estes, who was attacked by invisible beings would agree to sleep in this house again.

And she’s not the only one– numerous victims were left traumatized by what Katherine described as “entities and bad things.”

Victims reportedly woke up with scratches, bite marks, burns, and piercings on their bodies.

Most paranormal occurrences here are attributed to Toby, one of the “entities” haunting the house.

Visitors claim they’ve heard Toby’s voice and growls and have even seen his shadows when alone.

A woman allegedly woke up badly scratched and soaked in her own blood.

Many people who stay never make it through the night as they often hurry away as soon as something strange happens.

Can you spend an entire night in this house?

Address: 501 NE 1st St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067, United States

2. Baker Hotel (Haunted By Various Ghosts)

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The hotel is said to be haunted by ghosts of sick people who had come there to benefit from the curing mineral water pools but eventually died and its late owner, T.D. Baker.

TD. Baker’s spirit is said to still haunt the hotel, walking majestically on the hallways, filling the rooms with smells of cigars, and even causing visitors’ items to disappear and reappear later.

Even the ghost of Baker’s mistress has been sighted numerous times by the hotel’s workers and guests.

Other ghosts reportedly haunting the Baker Hotel include a young boy who lost his life in the hotel’s elevator and another young boy who had died while seeking treatment from the mineral springs for his leukemia condition.

You should visit the Baker Hotel if you are ready for a spooky and unforgettable experience.

Address: 201 E Hubbard St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067, USA

3. The Crazy Water Hotel (Paranormal Activities Post-Reconstruction)

Just after the reconstruction of this hotel, two known entities are said to have repeatedly made their presence known in the hotel’s vicinity, especially in the newly-constructed kitchen and basement.

Some of the kitchen staff claim to have seen full apparitions of a man dressed in black and of a cheerful young girl appear right in front of them.

Other employees say they’ve been touched by invisible hands while serving food.

Strange voices, including the sobs of a young girl, have reportedly been heard in the hotel’s basement.

While nobody seems to know who exactly these spirits are, it has been agreed that all the paranormal activities started after the reconstruction of the kitchen area.

Could the reconstruction have stirred up the spirits, or is there something else behind their appearance?

Address: 401 N Oak Ave Ste 107a, Mineral Wells, TX 76067, USA

Also see our article on Fun things to do in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Dallas, Texas

1. snuffer’s restaurant (owner acknowledges haunting).

Even its owner, Pat Snuffer, said he’d never go in there alone.

Employees report frequently being tapped by invisible hands or feeling a brush against their arms.

Sudden temperature drops, pendulum lights sways, children’s voices, creaking doors, and heavy footsteps sounds are regular occurrences there.

Some reports claim the paranormal activities are caused by the ghost of a guest who died after being shot there.

In fact, some employees alleged they often heard the sounds of a man grumbling in pain while dragging himself to the bathroom– the same way the late guest had tried walking to the restroom after he was shot.

This restaurant is clearly not for the faint of heart.

Address: 3526 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, United States

2. The Millermore Mansion (Largest Remaining Historic Mansion)

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Often described as the largest remaining historic mansion in the city of Dallas, the Millermore Mansion is said to be filled with paranormal activities and otherworldly beings.

Guests claim to have seen the ghosts of a woman dressed in a long brown dress at various parts of the mansion, with some claiming they had seen her going up the staircase.

The spirit is said to be that of Emily, the third wife of William Brown Miller, the land and slave owner who built the home in 1855.

Staff and visitors often report feeling they were being watched by unseen beings and experiencing other weird occurrences in the home.

You should only visit this mansion if you are ready for a truly harrowing experience.

Address: 1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75215, United States

3. Sons of Hermann Hall (Haunted Dance Hall)

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There’s a whole lot more to this hall than just dance, music, and entertainment.

To put it straight, Sons of Hermann Hall is haunted!

Whether or not you choose to believe it, guests have reported ghostly sightings and hearing strange sounds in the hall.

In fact, Kathy, a dance teacher at the hall, confirmed the building has a “presence.”

Paranormal activities reported here include sounds of children running around and moving the chairs, flashes of shadows and light, and more.

A guest even said he had seen a “Victorian-dressed couple” casually walk in and head upstairs, but the couple neither came back down later nor were ever found upstairs.

Though people claim the ghosts in the hall are harmless, would you like to verify for yourself?

Address: 3414 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226, USA

Also see our article on Date Ideas in Texas .

Haunted Houses in Austin, Texas

1. the driskell hotel (austin’s oldest hotel & numerous ghosts).

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This Austin’s oldest hotel has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted houses in Texas.

Jesse Driskell, the hotel’s late owner who had to forfeit the hotel’s ownership due to financial problems, is said to haunt the hotel.

It is believed his ghost occupies the hotel since he never got to enjoy its success while alive.

The ghost of a jilted bride who had killed herself in the hotel has been reportedly seen walking down the halls with shopping bags, while another jilted bride’s ghost is said to mournfully walk the halls sometimes.

Some guests claim they’ve heard the ghost of a child –who fell to his death in the hotel – giggling and bouncing a ball, while others say they felt a presence around them.

Can you spend a night with the ghosts of the Driskell Hotel?

Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

2. The Littlefield House (Haunted By Alice Littlefield)

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Numerous tales of ghostly sightings and paranormal activities surround this home located at the University of Texas in Austin.

It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Alice Littlefield, the owner’s wife.

Some guests even claimed they heard her voice singing and saw her face around the windows .

Some visitors also reported screams and footstep sounds in the house, while others claimed they felt Alice’s presence there.

Other paranormal occurrences in the Littlefield House include unexplainable echoes, loud shrieking sounds, and even sounds of someone playing the piano upstairs without anyone actually being there.

Even though people claim the ghosts are friendly , do you dare to visit the Littlefield House?

Address: 302 W 24th St, Austin, Texas

If you liked this article, you may also like to read about the best Pumpkin Patches , Ghost Towns , and Festivals in Texas.

Looking beyond Texas? Check out our article on the creepiest haunted houses in New York and Florida’s scariest haunted houses .

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Amid all of the fun and festivities that you’ll find in the Lone Star State, the haunted places in Texas – the creepy hotels, warehouses, and hospitals lurking in the shadows – are what draw in the brave. Plenty of places exist for the spooky and downright terrifying to hide here, but these spots definitely top the list for the most bone-chilling sites in the state of Texas. Beware: These scary spots might haunt your dreams tonight, so proceed with caution. Hey, at least we warned you…. Below are 13 haunted places in Texas that will send chills down your spine!

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Can I visit any of the abandoned places in Texas?

From ghost towns to fallen hotels, Texas has plenty of abandoned places that would give anyone the creeps. Most of these buildings are off-limits to the public, but you can visit them and see them from the street. If you find yourself in Wichita Falls, pass by the Old Asylum, also known as Dr. White’s Sanitorium . In Sherman, you can see the old Woodmen Circle Home, which served as a home to hundreds of women and children between 1930 and 1971. Established in 1874, Zedler Mill in Luling is one of the few abandoned buildings you can tour, as it has since been converted into a museum and park.

Are there any urban legends in Texas?

Just like any other state, Texas has its fair share of urban legends that will keep you up at night. In San Antonio, there’s a railroad crossing at Villamain and Shane. As the story goes, a school bus full of children stalled on the tracks in the 1940s. When a train slammed into it, everyone inside was tragically killed. It’s said that if you go to the tracks and stop your vehicle in the same spot as the bus, your car will mysteriously begin rolling to safety. Many believe those are the spirits of the children moving the car, who died all those years ago.

What are the most popular ghost stories in Texas?

From haunted bars to abandoned buildings, Texas is chock full of spooky ghost stories . One of the most popular legends in Texas that often gets passed around is that of the campers from Camp Lulu Sams. Located near Brownsville, the camp was closed down after one of the counselors went insane and murdered several of the campers. Legend has it that in the evenings, you can hear the screams of the children.

What are the most haunted hiking trails in Texas?

This list of 8 haunted hikes in Texas will send you running for the hills. Here are a couple of highlights.

  • Witch Mountain (Old Plume Texas Road, Cedar Hill, TX): While hiking this mountain in the evening, folks have claimed they have encountered a witch. The spirit of a young girl attempts to lead them to a cabin on the top of the mountain that you can only see at night. The single light of a wooden cabin is visible lighting up the darkness, leaving us with goosebumps. Those who have made the trek report of an abandoned barn and three little girls. The only reply is them motioning you to come closer. It is featured on the Haunted Fort Worth Facebook page.
  • River Legacy Park (701 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX): This somber story involves the hanging deaths of a number of Union soldiers by Confederate rivals. Leading to their horrifying end, they had to pass through what's now known as "Hell's Gate" to reach the hanging tree. Visitors to this sacred ground have reported feeling an immense sadness fixed with determination, such as how a soldier might feel. Others also claim to hear boots marching. A visit to this park may bring you face-to-face with some brave veterans who defended our country.

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In the heart of the Lone Star State, where everything is bigger, the ghost stories and paranormal lore are no exception. Texas is brimming with spine-chilling tales and eerie locales that will leave you trembling in your cowboy boots. Venture with us on a journey through the most haunted places in Texas where paranormal activity looms large!

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Texas is one of the best destinations for all things haunted. With its long and diverse history, rich cultural traditions, and stunning landscapes, Texas has earned a reputation as one of the most haunted states in America. The echoes of the past reverberate throughout Texas with its military history alone accounting for thousands of deaths and potential hauntings. From the lingering spirits of Confederate soldiers from the American Civil War to the restless souls of The Alamo’s 13-day siege, the state is steeped in tales of tragedy and paranormal activity.

1. Historic Bowers Mansion

The Historic Bowers Mansion in Palestine, Texas, is a magnificent 140-year-old Victorian masterpiece that proudly stands as a Texas Historic Landmark. Nestled just a short distance from downtown Palestine, this stunning mansion is also tinged with a darker side, intertwined with tales of death, murder, and tragedy.

In the 1950s, a profound tragedy struck when the then-owner, Mr. Bowers, committed a heinous act by taking the life of his wife, Mary. As law enforcement approached the mansion, Mr. Bowers tragically took his own life, leaving behind a haunting legacy. Locals have long believed that the spirits of the tormented couple, along with others who met their untimely end at the mansion, continue to linger, shaping its eerie haunted house reputation.

2. The Alamo

The legendary Alamo is a Texas landmark that not only holds historical significance but is also steeped in tales of the paranormal. Nestled in San Antonio, The Alamo’s haunting reputation has drawn countless ghost tours and intrigued ghost hunters for years. Visitors and personnel have reported spine-chilling encounters with the spirits of fallen soldiers. Apparitions of brave Texan and Mexican soldiers are said to roam the limestone walls, forever bound to this site of their ultimate sacrifice. Eerie echoes of battle cries can still be heard reverberating through the air, a haunting reminder of the fierce 13-day siege that transpired here in 1836.

One of the most compelling specters is that of a young boy, whose identity remains a mystery. An uncanny apparition of none other than the iconic John Wayne himself has been purportedly seen here. A legendary actor, connected to The Alamo’s history via his portrayal of Davy Crockett, reportedly wanders the walls today.

The haunting atmosphere is further intensified by the lingering aura of the thousands of bodies left unceremoniously buried on the grounds after the siege. The Alamo became their eternal resting place, and their memories continue to echo in the whispers of the wind and the shadows cast on the walls. For those brave enough to explore the Alamo’s chilling mysteries, after-hour tours can be arranged for groups.

Explore more spooky sites on our “ San Antonio Ghost Tour Scavenger Hunt: The Spirits Of San Antonio .” Numerous reliable reports have documented sightings and eerie sounds of ghosts throughout downtown San Antonio. From The Alamo to the hotels, the Tobin Center, and the Briscoe Museum, paranormal activity has been observed and experienced by all over this old American city.

3. Jefferson Hotel

In the mysterious town of Jefferson, where paranormal phenomena abound, The Jefferson Hotel stands as a focal point for ghostly encounters. Renowned not only in Texas but across the nation, this historic hotel has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted establishments in America.

Within its walls, mischievous, and perhaps malevolent spirits, have been known to throw objects at unsuspecting guests and mysteriously lock them in their rooms. But that’s just the beginning of the chilling occurrences. As night falls, the air fills with the sounds of mysterious knocks on the walls, phantom footsteps racing down empty corridors, and the echoing laughter of children who are nowhere to be seen. Disembodied voices whisper in the shadows, adding to the palpable sense of unease.

4. Bragg Road

Bragg Road, nestled in Saratoga, stands as the most renowned haunted road in Texas, captivating the imaginations of all who hear its chilling legend. Among the East Texas locals, the tale of Bragg Road is a well-known and spine-tingling legend.

Travelers along this old logging road have shared accounts of flickering light in the distance, casting an otherworldly glow as they venture forward. This elusive phenomenon is aptly named the Ghost Road Light, also known as Big Thicket Light, Saratoga Light, and Bragg Road Light. The haunting narrative originates from the lantern carried by a tragic railroad worker. It is said that he met a gruesome fate, losing his head to the merciless blades of a passing train. Yet, even in the afterlife, he remains trapped in eternal search by lantern light, forever seeking the head he lost.

5. The Magnolia Hotel

Dating back to 1840, The Magnolia Hotel in the small town of Seguin, Texas, has earned a formidable reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in Texas. Within its historic walls, at least 13 poltergeists are said to roam, manifesting in an array of chilling paranormal phenomena. The hotel’s restoration in 2013 seemed to awaken these otherworldly inhabitants, unleashing a surge of spectral activity that continues to captivate and terrify all who enter.

Visitors to the Magnolia Hotel have encountered doors that slam shut as if guided by unseen hands, while strange shapes and figures materialize in photographs, defying rational explanation. Furniture mysteriously shifts and moves on its own, and ethereal voices echo through empty rooms, sending shivers down the spines of those who bear witness. Phantom footsteps reverberate through the hallways, only adding to the eerie ambiance of the place.

The hotel has become a mecca for paranormal experts and ghost hunters from far and wide, drawn by its reputation as one of the most haunted locations in the country. Featured on esteemed TV shows such as Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures , Discovery Channel’s When Ghosts Attack , and Destination America’s Ghost Brothers , the Magnolia Hotel’s notoriety as a haunted hotspot is firmly cemented.

6. The Driskill Hotel

Dating back to 1886, the iconic downtown landmark of Austin, The Driskill Hotel, was originally built by Colonel Jesse Driskill. Today, it holds a storied history, and its former owner seems to linger in the shadows, making his presence known to both staff and guests. The unmistakable scent of cigar smoke wafts through empty rooms, a ghostly reminder of Colonel Driskill’s enduring spirit.

However, Colonel Driskill is not the sole specter haunting the halls of this historic hotel. The tragic tales of two brides who allegedly took their own lives in room 525, twenty years apart, have left an eerie imprint on the space as well. Guests who stay in this room report an overwhelming sense of unease and inexplicable sorrow that seems to envelop them.

In addition to these haunting stories, a spectral presence of a little girl, clutching a bouquet of flowers, has been spotted throughout the hotel. Her apparition often graces the grand staircase, as well as various other common areas, leaving a sense of both wonder and trepidation in those who bear witness to her ghostly form.

For more haunted adventures check out our “ Austin Ghost Tour Scavenger Hunt: Austin Ghost Hunt .” Join us on this fun-filled ghost hunt, as we explore the city’s spookiest places and interactively discover their eerie secrets.

7. La Carafe

Houston’s La Carafe is not your average bar. It boasts a unique and bewitching charm that draws patrons back time and again. Established in 1847, this historic gem holds the title of the oldest pub in the downtown Market Square District. Stepping into this cozy nook feels like descending into a time capsule, every corner brimming with eclectic history.

Adorned with black and white photographs and steeped in stories of famous figures like Sam Houston, La Carafe is a place where the past comes alive. But with such antiquity comes tales of the supernatural, as a couple of resident phantoms have chosen to make this place their abode.

Among the spectral residents is Carl, a former bartender who seemingly never left. Even after closing time, he diligently keeps an eye on the establishment, particularly on the vacant second floor. Patrons have recounted mysterious occurrences, from the sound of breaking glasses to unsettling footsteps and ghostly bangs. The bathroom, in particular, is said to harbor inexplicable cold spots that send shivers down the spines of those who encounter them. Despite the spectral company, La Carafe remains a beloved spot, where patrons can enjoy candlelit dinners with a few invisible friends.

8. USS Lexington

In Corpus Christi, the USS Lexington carries a legendary nickname, “Blue Ghost,” earned during its valiant service in World War II. However, its haunting reputation goes beyond the battlefield, as local residents believe the ship to be occupied by lingering spirits. Among the reported apparitions is an engine room operator, who tragically lost his life during one of the ship’s battles and is said to wander the vessel in the stillness of the night. Visitors have recounted eerie experiences, from doors mysteriously slamming shut to lights flickering on and off without any logical explanation. It’s as if the spirits of the past continue to roam the ship’s historic decks.

Despite its ghostly lore, the USS Lexington is a cherished national treasure that welcomes inquisitive guests to explore its hallowed grounds. The ship generously allows visitors to immerse themselves in its history, but do check the website for admission times and safety guidelines. For the truly fearless, a special one-or two-night program offers the chance to spend the night aboard the ship, an experience that promises both excitement and chills. As the “Blue Ghost” remains a poignant reminder of the past, this revered vessel beckons those with a taste for history and the brave at heart to delve into its haunted mysteries.

9. Marfa Lights

Marfa, a remote and charming artist colony nestled in the desert, is not only known for its delectable food and delightful cocktails but also for an intriguing phenomenon that has fascinated Texans for generations—the Marfa Lights. These mysterious yellow-orange spheres, which hover just above the desert foliage, near US Route 67, have left people pondering their origin. Are they UFOS, the restless spirits of Spanish Conquistadors, or simply a mundane reflection of car headlights in the atmosphere? Despite countless theories, the enigma of the Marfa Lights endures, and to this day, they remain unexplained.

Before embarking on an investigation of these otherworldly lights, take the time to bask in the beauty of Marfa for a couple of days.

10. Hotel Galvez, AKA the “Queen of the Gulf”

Once the bustling heart of Texas, Galveston thrived as a prominent commercial center until destructive natural disasters and other calamities struck, causing its population to dwindle. The devastating Hurricane Ike in 2008 further reduced the city’s residents from 57,000 to 48,000. Since then, Galveston has been on a quest to revive its quaint charm, welcoming new enterprises to breathe life back into its streets. However, this isn’t the city’s first attempt at rejuvenation. In the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricane in 1900, Galveston sought to rekindle its appeal with the majestic Hotel Galvez—a magnificent structure adorned with features reminiscent of the Spanish Colonial era.

Though a product of the past, the hotel has left behind spectral remnants that persist to this day. Among the rumored phantoms is Audra, a tragic bride-to-be from the 1950s who occupied room 501 while her fiancé was away at sea. Devastated by the news of his ship’s demise and the loss of all hands, she met a sorrowful end by hanging herself in her room. In a heart-wrenching twist, her fiancé miraculously survived the shipwreck and returned to the Galvez, only to find his beloved lifeless. To this day, guests and employees report sensing the presence of the forlorn spirit, and doors mysteriously slam shut in the stillness of the night. Strange smells and visions of ethereal orbs are also common occurrences that add to the hotel’s haunted aura.

11. Yorktown Memorial Hospital

Founded by the Felician Sisters, Yorktown Memorial Hospital came into existence in the 1950s with a noble mission to aid alcoholics and drug addicts. However, since its inception, the hospital has borne witness to a tragic history, with over 2,000 troubled souls meeting their end within its walls. It is believed that the spirits of many of these patients still linger within the abandoned halls, haunting the building to this very day.

Ghost-hunters who venture to south Texas and into the now-deserted facility often recount spine-chilling encounters, feeling as if they are being pushed, touched, and even having their shirts tugged by unseen forces. The hauntingly aggressive nature of these encounters leaves visitors both amazed and unnerved.

12. Presidio La Bahia

Our last stop on the haunted tour of Texas takes us to Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, a place steeped in tragic events. Founded in 1721, the fort was the site of numerous conflicts during the Texas Revolution, including the infamous Battle of Goliad and the heart-wrenching Goliad Massacre. With such a tumultuous past, Presidio La Bahia has become a hotbed for paranormal activity, with countless spirits said to be lingering within its walls.

Some spirits are trapped, scared, and hurt, while others are consumed by anger and unrest. Visitors to the fort have reported hearing cries and screams of injured soldiers echoing through the night, haunting reminders of the tumultuous past. Witnesses have also claimed to see the apparitions of soldiers. As darkness descends upon Presidio La Bahia, the souls of the past make their presence known, leaving an indelible mark on those who dare to explore the haunting history of this historic site.

Closing Thoughts

Visiting the most haunted places in Texas is a journey that takes you beyond the realm of the ordinary and into the mysterious and unexplained. A visit to each of these locations carries with it a rich tapestry of history, tragedy, sightings, and legend. From the chilling apparitions that roam the halls of old buildings to the eerie sounds that echo through abandoned spaces, these encounters leave a lasting impression on the adventurous soul.

Looking for a dark tourism adventure for Halloween? Take a look at our “ Most Haunted Places in The World ” for more spooky places to visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best places to see UFOs in Texas are Bragg Road , with flickering lights casting an otherworldly glow, and the Marfa Lights’ with mysterious yellow-orange spheres that hover over the landscape.

Hotel Galvez , The Driskill Hotel , Magnolia Hotel , and The Jefferson Hotel are the best-haunted hotels to visit in Texas. Pair one of these haunted hotels with an interactive Texas ghost tour !

Among the most haunted places in Texas , the infamous Magnolia Hotel holds the reputation of being Texas’ most haunted hotel. For more spooky places to explore check out the “ Most Haunted Places in The World . “

USS Lexington has a haunting reputation beyond the battlefield. Though it’s popular for historic tours, local residents believe the ship to be occupied by the lingering spirits of soldiers.

Presidio La Bahia and The Alamo are the best haunted Texas Revolutionary sites to visit in Texas. After you visit these sites check out our Austin ghost tour and San Antonio ghost tour .

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Ghosts probably aren’t the first thing most people think of when they hear the name Texas. After all, the arid, sweltering climate and year-round sunshine don't exactly facilitate the typical stuff of nightmares; however, when you factor in 19th-century history, when Texas sat on the cusp of the frontier and housed a number of significant skirmishes between Indigenous Americans and cowboys (not to mention slavery and plantations), plenty of eerie stories comes into focus.

Many of Texas's most haunted locations are Victorian-era mansions that still stand today. They're as ornate as they are ghost-ridden, and the hauntings range from angry ghosts that physically attack people to sexualized spirits reveling in Dionysian ecstasy. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and these haunted spots don’t fail to impress.

The Huebner-Onion House In Leon Valley

The Huebner-Onion House In Leon Valley

The tale of the Huebner-Onion House begins in the late 1850s or early 1860s, depending on who's relaying the story. Due to its location between San Antonio and Bandera - a desolate, dangerous place prone to raids by Indigenous Americans - it was turned into a hotel. In 1874, the raids ruined Huebner's business and left him with almost nothing.

Then, in 1882, a crate of whiskey arrived, but  some of the bottles were filled with kerosene . Huebner mistakenly consumed kerosene and died; however, some say Huebner was buried alive and still haunts the house.

A new family called the Onions was excited to move in until abnormal occurrences flared. They allegedly heard footsteps on the stairs, and one family member said ghosts frequently entered his room, though he didn’t share this with his family in case they didn’t believe him. In fact, the other family members also had similar experiences.

Unexplained occurrences reportedly continued. Plates would mysteriously shatter, machinery would turn on by itself, and distant piano keys would ring out of thin air, leading some to speculate the hotel is still operating on another plane of existence.

Spiritual mediums and psychics have entered the house and discovered ghostly presences, but unfortunately, the house has been closed off to the public due to certain ghost-hunting groups disrespecting the property. If it ever re-opens, it might be just the place for a first ghost encounter.

Haunted Hill House In Mineral Wells

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Haunted Hill House is terrifying because of just how malevolent the spirits residing within its walls seem to be. The property was once a hotel and a brothel. Nine ghosts are said to live in Haunted Hill House , and they don’t play nice.

To make matters worse, a couple of the ghosts are incredibly naughty children. One was the son of a sex worker named Sarah Kyle and died at the age of 6. Another prominent ghost is a past owner who fell into a well behind the property and died. The house also claimed the lives of many others who succumbed to the flu.

The Estes family purchased the home in 2017 and chanced upon a frightening discovery: While cleaning the fireplace, they found a fake brick wall and began dismantling it. They pulled out a burnt newspaper which bore the name “Estes,” almost as if someone knew they were moving in.

Nowadays, people can sleep there for a fee; however, some guests have been physically bitten, scratched, and shoved, and one woman's hair was allegedly tied to the bed. Most of the worst experiences seem to occur in an upstairs room. The room became famous when a video surfaced online of a seemingly invisible force tossing a girl off of a bed after she taunted the aggravated spirit.

If you ever decide to stay here, you might want to prepare yourself for a long night of ghostly activity.

Tarlton House In Hillsboro

Tarlton House In Hillsboro

The Tarlton House was built in 1895 for the family of a wealthy Texas attorney. The Tarltons had seven children in the house, but only four of them lived to adulthood.

In 1907, Mrs. Tarlton mysteriously died, and Mr. Tarlton almost immediately remarried. Due to his children's enmity for his second wife, he built her a house next door where she could stay. Like many people, the Tarltons lost all of their wealth in the Great Depression; furthermore, Tarlton's second wife also died in the 1930s. All they had left was the house.

A gruesome, Psycho -esque tale has emerged claiming that Mr. Tarlton left his second wife's corpse in the yellow house, then proceeded to hang himself in the attic of the original home.

The house is still a successful bed and breakfast, and the most common ghost sighting is beds sinking on the third floor as if someone else was lying on them. Many other sightings have also emerged: A former cleaning lady claimed she saw Mr. Tarlton on his hands and knees crawling in the hallway. There are also accounts of strange happenings such as floating objects and conversations between invisible beings in certain rooms.

The most terrifying story is of a teenage girl named Victoria who was contemplating taking her own life. She encountered Mr. Tarlton on the third floor. He reportedly stunk of death, and his lips were visibly decaying. The teen claims he somehow held her in place and said he could tell what she was thinking , imploring her to look at him and think about whether or not death was really what she wanted. As terrifying as the encounter was, Victoria claims Mr. Tarlton saved her life.

Though the bed and breakfast is pricey, guests looking to encounter ghosts might want to give Tarlton House a go, and according to rumors, the ghosts are more active when teenagers and younger people are present.

Baker Mansion In Weatherford

DAILY HAUNTS: Baker Mansion, Weatherford, Texas Built in 1894, JD Baker’s son, Charles who mysteriously disappeared in 1908, is said to haunt the house. Owners have complained about being touched, loud banging in the basement and seeing shadows throughout the house. #ghost pic.twitter.com/4auDlJKdm8 — Mack’s Paranormal (@MacksParanormal) December 4, 2018

J.D. Baker's business struck gold in the 1880s. In 1894, he constructed a dazzling mansion for his family. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another soon befell them and didn't stop. Around the time the mansion was built, their 13-year-old daughter, Ethel, passed away. Mr. Baker died in 1899, and one of his sons, Harry Baker, died 10 years later due to a ruptured appendix.

The most mysterious death was that of another son, Charles Baker, who took a business trip to Seattle but never reached his destination. To this day, nobody knows what happened to him. Mary Baker, the last surviving child, eventually died in 1942, and this was allegedly around the time the dead began to take over.

Many people have claimed to see a shadowy figure on the stairs, while others have heard strange sounds in the basement. Many believe this is the ghost of the missing Charles Baker.

The most frightening events happened to the Fants, who later moved into the house. Their teenage niece recorded their ghostly stories in a diary. During the first incident, she awoke to see a shadowy figure walking in the hallway toward her bedroom. As the figure entered the room, she screamed, which woke the rest of the family, but in traditional ghostly fashion, they saw nothing.

Twenty years later, she and her husband lived in the home alone, but her husband usually worked nights. The same thing occurred when a shadowy figure walked into her room, only this time, it clutched her shoulder. According to her diary, this event recurred six to seven times over the course of many years.

The most terrifying story took place one night when she was alone and a storm was brewing outside. She suddenly heard a loud banging on the basement door, which she identified as knocking. The banging persisted, so she rushed to call her aunt who lived next door and ran out of the house to meet her. Between going through a divorce and the ceaseless haunting, she chose to move out within a year of her final encounter.

The current owners have lived there for 20 years without any supernatural encounters - except for one. A nanny claimed a ghost tried to push her down the stairs on the second floor.

 Littlefield Home In Austin

Littlefield Home In Austin

The Littlefield Home was constructed in 1893 and commissioned by businessman and Civil War veteran George Littlefield. He married a successful artist, Alice Payne Tillar, but they soon encountered bad luck: They had two children, both of whom died in infancy.

Not to be deterred, Littlefield built the mansion for his many nieces and nephews to stay in. No expenses were considered too extravagant - the most far-fetched addition to the home was an imported Himalayan Cedar tree .

Suddenly, the family's lives began changing for the worse. Tillar’s mental health deteriorated, and some rumors suggest Littlefield worried Yankees would either kidnap or kill her, so he  locked her in the attic whenever he left the house. Others suggest this story was fabricated, that Littlefield did not induce Tillar’s delusions.

Littlefield eventually took ailing wife to a mental institution but ultimately decided to help her recover at home with the assistance of three nurses. Later, Littlefield died of pneumonia. While Tillar did recover after his death, she eventually died at the age of 88.

The University of Texas currently owns Littlefield Mansion, and Tillar’s ghost is said to haunt the residence, as well as a dormitory named in her honor. People claim to hear rattling noises and wailing from within the walls. Multiple students have even claimed Tiller acts as a guardian angel and has protected them from precarious situations where physical harm or mortal injuries seemed almost inevitable.

Students on campus hold an annual séance in Tillar’s honor, and those visiting the mansion might just see her peering out a window or through her eerie portrait that sends a shiver down some visitors’ spines.

Millermore Mansion In Dallas

Millermore Mansion In Dallas

Millermore Mansion tells the tragic tale of multiple deaths, two of which occurred in the very same room. The mansion’s location in Dallas's Old City Park area, a secluded section of the city with few other buildings, adds to the creep factor.

The mansion was constructed in 1861 and owned by William Brown Miller, who came from a family of wealthy plantation owners. Miller married three times in his life, and both his second and third wives died in the house's master bedroom. His second wife, Minerva, died of a terminal illness, while his third wife, Emma, died in childbirth. Both wives are said to haunt the master bedroom, while a child is said to haunt the nursery.

The house was uninhabited for many years after Miller’s passed, and it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that a woman’s club raised money to renovate the home.

Visitors believe Minerva still haunts the master bedroom. They claim to experience massive cold spots, even in the middle of summer, and feel like they're being watched by a presence they can't see.

One tour guide can recall a supposed run-in with the supernatural: She had just finished a shift and suddenly heard a shrieking sound emanating from upstairs. Afraid, she enlisted a male bodyguard to accompany her. As they climbed the stairs, the shrieking grew to a fever pitch until they reached the nursery door. They threw open the door, and the sound ceased. Inside was an empty crib. They went back downstairs but immediately heard the same shrieking sound, as well as a heavy dragging noise. Terrified but curious, they returned upstairs and found scratch marks all over the floor. The crib was missing - they discovered it next to the bed in the master bedroom.

Another bodyguard reported finding a dead crow outside the home; eventually more and more crows began running straight into the master bedroom’s window and plummeting to their deaths. Upon finding the initial dead crow outside, the guard reportedly looked up and saw a pale face watching his movements.

Those visiting the mansion might just run into Emma. A number of visitors say they've seen a woman wearing a long, brown dress on the stairwell or near the nursery.

Bowers Mansion In Palestine

We just secured our next location and it is the legendary Bowers Mansion in Palestine, Texas. Over 140 years old, and harboring stories of murder, suicide, and death. Look out for a video coming soon. We are going to try to keep ODDTOBER spooky 👻👻👻 pic.twitter.com/Nh319jWRER — Otherworldly Oddities TV (@OtherworldlyTV) October 3, 2022

The Bowers Mansion was built in 1878 for a wealthy merchant, Henry Ash, and his wife. They continued to build upon the structure until 1921 and eventually sold the house to the Bower family. In 1956, Mr. Bowers murdered his wife, then shot himself before police could reach him. While this is hearsay, some locals claim other people have also died inside the home .

After the Bowers’ murder incident,  their six children lived there until 1973 . The site has been a popular spot for ghost hunters, who have reported cold spots and disembodied voices, as well as malfunctioning equipment. Many believe the ghost of one or both of the Bowers haunts the residence to this day.

The Grove In Jefferson

The Grove In Jefferson

The Grove has had many owners in the century-and-a-half since its construction, and it's arguably the most haunted house in Texas. The original owners moved into the Grove in 1855 but eventually stumbled upon hard times and sold the house in 1879. The Burke family bought the home but  moved out almost as soon as they moved in , simply stating they “couldn’t live there.” The alleged hauntings have continued ever since.

Miss Louise Young, who inhabited the home for decades, said that  “haints'' lived in the house with her . Later in her life, she grew more paranoid about her supernatural roommates. She had a light installed in the garden, where she claimed to see people walking around at night. The sightings became so frequent, she called the police on multiple occasions, but whenever they arrived, they'd find no evidence of anyone else in the home.

Young wasn’t the only one who saw spirits in the home. Some visitors have smelled perfume and rancid body odor in specific rooms. Patrick Hopkins, another owner of the residence, saw a woman walk into the powder room and never come back out. Other sightings have included mysterious footprints and even a phantom dog attack.

If the house is, in fact, haunted, the inhabitants seemingly don't take much of a liking to sharing the home with strangers.

Hill House Manor In Gainesville

We have just secured our next investigation location which is Hill House Manor in Gainesville, Texas. This house was a speakeasy, a brothel and much more. We are looking forward to communicating with the spirits and entities that reside here 👻👻👻 pic.twitter.com/Mli0SawfXf — Otherworldly Oddities TV (@OtherworldlyTV) December 7, 2022

Sex and ghosts don’t usually mix, but the Hill House Manor, built in the 1850s, once served as a brothel. Over the years, the manor has also served as a hotel and rental space, and it’s so large, visitors can get lost if they don’t know their way around.

The current owner, Linda Hall, never believed in ghosts. Hall originally rented out the apartment, but none of the tenants stayed longer than six months. One of the ex-tenants finally told her the place was haunted. She was converted into a believer one night when she was taking a shower and heard a voice say , “Looking good.” Thinking the voice was her husband, she called his name, but when he later entered the room, he swore it wasn’t him. She's also heard other ghosts sputtering in sexual delight as if they were being caught in the act but didn’t care.

While these stories have a comical edge, the house is supposedly very, very haunted, and the ghosts seem to pick on female guests in ways that make them feel uncomfortable. The house carries a lot of unconfirmed history, including a ghost cat, a murder committed by an upset client, and a spirit dubbed “the Cowboy” who has a putrid appearance and attacks female guests .

Hall has given up on finding tenants to live in the apartment, but those looking to find evidence of ghosts might be able to book a stay at Hill House Manor.

Terrell Castle In San Antonio

The Edwin H. Terrell mansion aka Lambermont at 950 E. Grayson Street in San Antonio, circa 1900. After contracting syphilis and ending up with dementia, Terrell committed suicide in it in 1910. The place still stands. Here's what it looks like today: https://t.co/ZWYLTAME2T pic.twitter.com/yaPZoV060M — Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) July 19, 2022

If the finest fixings from European castles and the American West are your thing, Terrell Castle has plenty of haunts.  The ex-ambassador to President Benjamin Harrison , Edwin Terrell, asked a famous English architect to build him a castle in Texas. The architect studied European style ceaselessly and brought his ideas to the construction of what would become Terrell Castle.

Terrell didn’t get to live in the castle long. In 1910, he contracted a severe case of syphilis. Afflicted by dementia and confusion, Terrell tried to die by suicide to escape the terminal illness; however, he survived another 10 days before finally passing on.

The home was subject to a second murder during WWII, when the home was cut up into apartments and used to house families stationed at Fort Sam Houston. One soldier came home to discover his wife cheating on him with another man. He killed the other man, then pushed his wife over the railing. The bloodstains from her fall supposedly remained for years - and possibly invited a new ghost into the home.

One couple staying at the home claimed their TV went flying across the room , while others smell cigar smoke in the parlor. There are also frequent sounds of footsteps in the hallways, as well as phantom children playing upstairs.

Thistle Hill In Fort Worth

Thistle Hill In Fort Worth

Thistle Hill tells a story of extreme luxury and pre-Depression lavishness. The mansion was built in 1903, and Tom and Electra Waggoner were the first to move in.

Electra was raised in a wealthy home, and her expensive tastes earned her the nickname “Princess of the Panhandle.” She demanded fresh flowers be brought to her daily (even today, some people claim they smell something fragrant when inside the mansion), but Electra only lived in the mansion for a few years, dying elsewhere at just 43 years old.

What came next was a series of inheritance battles that saw the mansion sway between owners, including Winfield Scott, who spent millions on renovations but died prematurely and never got to live in the mansion. Scott’s son then lost all the family's money, and the home was eventually sold to a non-profit. In 1976, the house was renovated to look just like it did in 1912.

Nowadays, the home is a popular place for couples to stay and get hitched. While the house lacked tragedy within, it's allegedly haunted by both Electra Waggoner and Winfield Scott Jr. One woman claimed that while getting ready for her wedding ceremony, she ran into the ghost of Waggoner wearing a fancy dress, who nodded at her. Others claim they see the ghost of Scott Jr. wearing 1940s tennis clothing. Some guests claim to hear mysterious music and see objects moved around, sometimes floating in the air. Despite this, many young couples clamor to get married at Thistle Hill.

Witches Gate In Wichita Falls

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Witches Gate is a unique mix of real-life horror and potential ghost lore. The two Keith brothers were avid gun and coin collectors - their coin collection was allegedly worth half a million dollars . In the early 1970s, they donated it, little by little, to the American Numismatic Museum in Denver, CO.

The coin collection eventually caught the interest of a band of criminals fronted by Clyde Burns. Three of his henchmen were sent to rob the home while Burns and another of his associates waited at a hotel for them to return.

They first encountered Jim Keith reading on the couch in the front of the house. They shot him and moved on to Kenneth, who was in the back. They found him, tied him up, and searched for the collection to no avail; however, they found a safe and obtained the combination from Kenneth, but inside, they found only a couple of guns and no coins in sight.

Jim Keith died from his gunshot wound, and all the criminals except Burns were apprehended within a year. Kenneth moved out, unable to bear living there without his brother, and the same day Burns was finally caught, the house was consumed by flames. Some claim the ghost of Jim Keith was behind the arson, but real-life evidence seems to suggest the home was subject to another criminal attack.

Nowadays, all that's left are some of the walls and crumbling infrastructure. Whether or not it's haunted is unknown, but it sure looks spooky, and it would take a brave soul to venture there at night - especially alone.

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10 Scariest Haunted Houses In Texas (True Halloween Terror)

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10 Scariest Haunted Houses In Texas (Pee-Your-Pants Halloween Terror)

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Updated 2/11/2020 – As summer comes to a close, many seasonal changes are quickly approaching.

The transition into fall means something a little different to everybody: for youth, it signifies the beginning of another school year, for sports fans it means that football season is nearly upon us, and for horror and paranormal enthusiasts it means that Halloween is just around the corner.

The official holiday only lasts one night, but diehard fans find ways to celebrate Halloween all month long.

In between costume shopping, and horror movie marathons, thousands of Americans like to test their nerves by visiting as many scary haunted houses as possible each year.

These days, it’s not hard to find a haunted house attraction near you.

  • But which ones are worth the cash?
  • Which attractions will truly terrify?
  • Where is the metaphorical diamond in the rough?

We have looked through countless haunted houses, and seen all sorts of things.

Among the average productions, we have listed ten of the scariest haunted houses in Texas that will test your limits and fears with every turn.

But be warned!

These are not for the faint of heart; you may even pee your pants !

The 10 Scariest Haunted Houses In Texas To Visit This Halloween

Table of Contents

  • 1 #10) Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano
  • 2 #9) Scream Hollow – Smithville
  • 3 #8) Texas Terror Trail – Canutillo
  • 4 #7) Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rosharon
  • 5 #6) Thrillvania Thrill Park – Terrell
  • 6 #5) Terror Nights Haunted House – Tyler
  • 7 #4) Cutting Edge – Fort Worth
  • 8 #3) Houston Terror Dome – Houston
  • 9 #2) House Of Torment – Austin
  • 10 #1) 13th Floor – San Antonio
  • 11 Final Word

#10) Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano

Planning to spend some time in Plano, Texas? Don't miss this place.

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This terrifying and theatrical haunted house builds on a dark and complex history.

The Dark Hour Haunted House , known as Coven Manor, is home to malicious witches of the Dark Hour Coven.

Intent on reigning over all that is evil, the witches attempt to gain control of all that is unholy by a ritual known as the dark hour.

From the cemetery that sprawls in front of the house, to the greenhouses behind it where the coven concocts poisonous elixirs, there is no safe place to hide from this coven of evil sorcerers.

Can’t wait for Halloween?

This Texas haunted house offers frightening tours every single month of the year except January.

So, put on a brave face and battle against the witches of Dark Hour Coven.

#9) Scream Hollow – Smithville

Scream Hollow is one of the best haunts in Texas, they open for 2016 in September.

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Scream Hollow  is located on a walloping twenty acres and is four miles away from the location of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This park includes not one, but three haunted houses, each with a terrifying and unique theme.

The Mansion of Terror is the former home of a woman named Adella.

She ran a children’s orphanage out of the home.

Little did locals know that Adella often conjured up demonic forces by use of a spirit board .

These demonic forces would gain strength by devouring the abandoned children that lived with her.

In the factory, you will encounter your worst fears as you try to escape an evil horde of zombies.

Once a military experiment gone horribly awry, you must search for the cure amongst those who want to feast on your flesh.

In Slaughter Circus, a battle rages.

You must try to escape the evil clutches of both a murderous gang of circus clowns, and their enemies, a long standing family of horrific cannibals .

#8) Texas Terror Trail – Canutillo

Texas Terror Trail Scary Clown

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Among the scariest haunted houses in Texas, there are a few gems that are not houses at all, but haunted trails.

The Texas Terror Trail was once home to a POW camp for German soldiers during WWII.

When a paintball facility was built in the area decades later, they unwittingly unearthed a mysterious and deeply disturbing force from deep underground.

Now, staff members are the victims of an inexplicable, evil force that like to terrorize them as they work.

Face the unknown at the Terror Trail and find out for yourself what undead creatures lurk behind the trees that surround you in all directions.

#7) Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rosharon

Creepy Hollow is filled with horrors that will terrify you to the core.

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If you’re near Rosharon and looking for one of the scariest haunted houses in Texas, check out Creepy Hollow Haunted House .

It has an array of attractions to stun and terrify.

Once a facility meant to experiment on feral hogs in the area, the factory has now become an infected zone of rabid creatures with a penchant for murder.

In the dark woods , you’ll encounter vagrants who have called the forest home for years.

These sadistic folks have been contaminated by the genetic fluids dumped there from the factory, and have evolved into gruesome half-human, half-animal hybrids of pure evil.

This Texas haunted house attraction is sure to have you on your toes all the way to the bloody end.

#6) Thrillvania Thrill Park – Terrell

Do you dare see what awaits you at Thrillvania?

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Thrillvania Thrill Park  is a fifty acre park that has three haunted houses, to fit your darkest desires.

In Verdun Manor, a psychotic werewolf enjoyed experimenting on travelers, turning them into violent creatures of the dark.

At Cassandra’s Labyrinth of Terror, resident clowns have been the victims of another of the werewolf’s horrific experiments , making them descend into deranged madness.

This maze of horrors distorts time and space for all that dare to enter.

In the Trail of Torment, you will find Sam, who was bitten by the vampire Cassandra.

Enraged by his fate, Sam now takes his anger out on unsuspecting victims who dare to enter his lair.

#5) Terror Nights Haunted House – Tyler

Terror Nights is one of the best haunted houses in all of Texas.

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Claimed by locals as one of the most terrifying haunted houses in Texas, Terror Nights Haunted House now has two chill worthy attractions on its premises.

At Chiseltooth Manor, you will find a backwoods, barbaric family with a penchant for torture and chainsaws.

Use your wit to escape their house from hell, or become a permanent play thing for this depraved family .

A beloved toy maker once had a store full of his creations.

But the untimely death of his daughter sent him into a manic state, and now those who enter Nightmare Factory must battle against the psychotic toy maker, or face becoming a toy themselves.

Battle for your life, in this factory of evil.

#4) Cutting Edge – Fort Worth

The Cutting Edge Haunted House is one of the best in all of Texas. Real sharp place, you might say.

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Among haunted houses in Texas, Fort Worth’s Cutting Edge is by far one of the most intense.

The Cutting Edge is located at an abandoned meat packing plant, which provides a fantastic setting and makes it the perfect location for scaring the crap out of your date.

Once used to process animal meat, the facility has since developed the grotesque purpose of grinding up and processing humans for consumption.

Demonic creatures, sadistic humans and other ghastly figures have been attracted to the evil emanating from the plant and now call the facility their home.

Race against the clock and all of the plant’s evil entities so that you can escape with your life—and all of your body parts intact.

#3) Houston Terror Dome – Houston

The Houston Terror Dome is absolutely terrifying and a must-see for anyone in Texas that loves to be afraid.

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The Houston Terror Dome has earned it’s spot on our list for good reason.

The Terror Dome is where some of the most demanding of Halloween enthusiasts get their scare on.

Filled with Hollywood quality props, you won’t know what is real and what is fake in this horrific attraction.

Littered with demonic creatures, bloody spirits and flesh eating zombies, the Terror Dome is so downright terrifying because it is drastically different every single year.

#2) House Of Torment – Austin

House of Torment is a huge haunt with tons of terrifying things to experience.

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Austin’s House of Torment will thrill you, and scare the crap out of you.

This award winning Texas haunted house contains three terror-inducing attractions.

Sadistic clowns have taken over a local slaughterhouse, calling it the Laughterhouse.

These evil clowns derive power from the fear and screams of others, so try to remain composed or else you’ll be their next victim.

At Hex of the Harvest, a coven of witches is bent on summoning an evil ancient being to Earth, known as the Ancient of the Harvest.

You must make your way through the pumpkin vines safely if you do not want to become cursed by the evil coven.

The Dead End District is a dilapidated town, now home to half-human, half-insect creatures bent on devouring any who enter their city.

Join forces with the remaining humans to rid the town once and for all from this grotesque horde of violent insects.

#1) 13th Floor – San Antonio

13th Floor is easily one of the best, biggest, and most intense haunts you'll ever encounter.

#1 on the list is the 13th Floor .

This Texas haunted house is based in San Antonio , and has gained quite a nasty reputation.

At the Burial Ground, you will explore the basement of an antique building, where victims of depraved experiments were held captive.

Go face to face with a horrific warlock who still oversees the grounds, and see if you can successfully escape through the tunnels underground.

Think you’re safe once you reach the tunnels?

Think again.

You will find yourself in The Void , a dark and creepy space where cold spots and horrible apparitions lurk for you in the corners of the dark…

The attraction concludes on the mysterious thirteenth floor of the building, where few dare to tread.

The spooks and terrors that await you there are very little talked about, so come prepared for the ultimate evil.

Check it out and see for yourself why the 13th Floor is the scariest haunted house in Texas…

And bring an extra pair of underwear.

You’ll need it.

These Texas haunted houses are bound to thrill and chill you to the bone , whether you are a haunted house aficionado or new to the terror scene.

So many haunted house attractions across the country provide uninspired, lackluster scares all the while breaking the bank.

But these ten are worth every penny, and every blood curdling scream.

This Halloween season is sure to be a promising one if you visit any of these frightening attractions.

And remember that some of them provide year-round frights, so you don’t have to endure the agonizing wait for September or October to roll around.

Happy Haunting!

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13 of the Most Haunted Places in Texas

With the advent of more and more great horror/paranormal shows, ghost hunting has become a popular pastime for visitors and locals alike looking for the most haunted places in Texas.

If you’re into an experience that keeps you on your toes, this is definitely something to try out.

The complicated and often brutal history of Texas makes it a hotspot for paranormal activity, and even some smaller towns like Granbury have also started to host tours specifically for ghost sightings.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, you’re bound to have fun checking out these haunted locations in Texas!

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Bragg Road is located in Big Thicket National Preserve, which is a huge, heavily forested region that spans over 110K acres.

This area is frequented by hikers and is perfect for explorers looking for ghosts!

The imagery of this area is right out of a movie, let us set the scene for you.

The forest itself gets pitch black at night. Bragg Road is essentially an unpaved, dirt road that leads through the thick forestry. I

n 1902, railroad tracks were laid in this area to transport cattle and oil.

The story goes that a railroad worker was decapitated while working and that the light that is seen in the forest is the light from his lantern as his ghost searches for his head.

Bragg Road Hardin County, one of the most haunted texas places to visit

U.S.S. Lexington

The U.S.S. Lexington is quite literally nicknamed “The Blue Ghost” if that doesn’t convince you of its paranormal notoriety, nothing else will!

This ship was decommissioned and preserved in Corpus Christi as a museum in 1992.

According to the staff at the museum, there are hundreds of reports each year of supernatural or paranormal activity such as feelings of being touched or mysterious figures in the distance.

There are certain “characters” that are most frequent aboard the ship such as a man on the deck, or a sailor in the engine room.

The stories have been so intensely corroborated that this museum has been featured on popular shows like Ghost Adventures and Ghost Lab .

USS Lexington in Corpus Christi TX belongs on any list of what to do in Texas

San Antonio Ghost Tracks

The ghost tracks in San Antonio are a fun spot to visit on the south side of San Antonio.

This location isn’t a specified attraction so there is no “check-in” per se but it is often included on a ghost tour if you choose to book one!

The legend behind the tracks says that an accident occurred on the railroad tracks and small children unfortunately perished.

If you go to the tracks and stop at a specific part and put your car in neutral your car will start to move.

T he legend says that the spirit of those children moves the car and that their little handprints will show up as evidence. Some say that this legend has been debunked and some still believe it to be one of the most haunted places in Texas. Check it out to find out for yourself!

Book your San Antonio ghost tour today!

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Yorktown Memorial Hospital

What’s creepier than an old abandoned hospital? Yorktown Memorial Hospital was a hospital in the 50s that was renovated into a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation center.

It was run through the Catholic church by women called “The Felician Sisters”.

After the hospital was decommissioned in 1992, it is said some patients never left the grounds. In the sense that their spirits remain there to haunt the hospital.

Everything from talking dolls and door knocks being heard is evidence of the possibility of paranormal activity.

The hospital is currently on private property so if you want to explore, you will have to book a tour first!

Goatman’s Bridge

Goatman’s Bridge, otherwise known as Old Alton Bridge, near Denton , is a popular spot for runners and hikers… during the day, of course!

It got its name from the demonic entity in Greek mythology. The Goatman is also tied to the story of the ghost at the bridge.

Back in the 1930s, there was a goat farmer named Oscar Washburn, who grew to fame in the area. Due to his race, several people began to grow infuriated at his success.

In an attempt to remove the competition it is rumored the Klan kidnapped him on the bridge and threw him over, when they looked over the bridge Mr. Washburn had disappeared.

It is believed that if you drive across the bridge without headlights on, you will be greeted by The Goatman himself.

Old Alton Bridge in Denton Texas at sunset, with the red iron bars of the bridge in the foreground

Hotel Galvez

The Hotel Galvez is a beautiful, historic hotel in Galveston . I t is still fully operational but is also quite popular for ghost tours. There are some floors of the hotel that are more active than others.

Residents who have gone purely for a recreational trip don’t seem to have any issues.

However, some residents report drawers opening or apparitions being seen at night in certain areas.

There are legends of several spirits such as a ghost bride looking for her husband and a hotel worker that still haunts the hallways. 

Want to stay in one of the most haunted hotels in Texas? Book your stay at the Hotel Galvez for your next trip to Galveston!

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Marfa Lights

The Marfa Lights are a random phenomenon out on Route 67, and while it’s a bit of a stretch to call them a haunted Texas destination, they’re certainly mysterious and perhaps paranormal.

This area is pretty much open desert land, there isn’t much happening for miles.

First documented in the 19th century, these mysterious orbs of lights show up in varying colors year-round.

They can be of varying sizes, some people seem to feel they are miles away from them, and others have reported them as up close and personal. Some people report them to fly at rapid speeds and then just disappear into thin air.

The physics of it has never really been explained, so the spirit legend has lived on.

marfa lights viewing platform as seen during the day

Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel is an old spa-and-resort style hotel located about half an hour from Fort Worth in a town called Mineral Wells.

This hotel used to cater to the rich and famous in a former life.

Throughout the damaging impacts of war, the hotel stood as a steadfast part of history.

The hotel was closed following a long stint of misfortune and vandalism.

Recently, however, it has had a resurgence, and in 2010 there were plans to reopen the hotel to visitors.

This area is still reported to be one of the most haunted locations in Texas and was featured on a Ghost Adventures episode.

black and white photo of elaborate doorway to baker hotel, one of the most haunted locations in tx

You often hear a lot about haunted hotels and abandoned sanitariums, but what about a haunted bar?

I suppose ghosts might need the odd shot of tequila every once in a while!

This Houston landmark is one of the oldest buildings in Houston. It has seen the city grow and change from years to decades to centuries!

The bar is frequently featured on Houston ghost tours and the vibe definitely caters to that.

The bar is still operating, although it’s cash only.

The cash register is known to start clicking on its own, glasses fall with no one touching them, it’s definitely an interesting place to grab a drink with friends.

You might make new ones…of the ghost variety, obviously!

mixed drink sitting on a dark bar

The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel is also a newly renovated hotel that has preserved its charm and apparently its ghosts.

The hotel is frequently part of a walking ghost tour and the actual room that is said to be the most haunted can be rented out!

The legend says that a jilted bride died in that room out of anguish that her beloved never met her at the altar.

The room she continues to haunt is Room 19, now named the Haunted Bride room (there’s even a wedding dress hanging in it!).

Residents describe an odd blur in photos, other employees say that they experience technology issues like phone switchboards going haywire and electronics turning on and off on their own.

Demon’s Road

Demon’s Road is a name that sounds scary enough on its own.

What makes this place even scarier is the fact that it bypasses a cemetery near Huntsville.

Most folks in this area don’t like to pass by here if they don’t have to, especially at night.

There is a story of a sighting that is particularly eerie, a woman once reported going to the cemetery and seeing a man in the distance.

Thinking nothing of it, she went home. Later that day when she went to take a shower she saw the man in the doorway of her bathroom. When she screamed the man disappeared into thin air.

Stories like this fuel the fire for the adventurous souls who come to explore the scariest places in Texas!

view from demon road, one of the most haunted places in texas, with small cemetary visible in the background

Magnolia Hotel

This hotel is one of the most popular haunted locations in all of Texas.

Situated in the small town of Seguin, about an hour’s drive out of Austin, this little bed and breakfast has enough power to scare the wits out of you.

This venue is available for rental through Airbnb but you could also get a guided tour with the owners of the property for a more detailed look into the hotel’s history.

The owners mention that the hotel has 13 spirits that have been identified.

These spirits have scared away every attempt to have the building restored. Several workers on the property have alleged ghostly interactions.

Nonetheless, the owners chose to lean into the presence of ghosts and have welcomed several camera crews onto the property to film their experiences at one of the most haunted places in Texas.

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You can’t drive in Goatman’s Bridge, but there is a place to park and you can walk on it. It’s a popular ghost hunting destination and you probably won’t be the only one there when you visit.

really should have had the Haunted Hill House in mineral Wells Tx

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13 haunted places in Texas that should be on your Halloween bucket list

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Everything's bigger in Texas — even the number of ghost stories to keep us up at night.

There are a lot of places in the biggest state in the Lower 48, so it makes sense that there are a lot of haunted places. These dirt roads, bridges and other creepy places are the stuff of sleepless nights. 

U.S.S. Lexington - Corpus Christi

2914 N Shoreline Blvd.

There's a reason why people have called the  Lexington Museum on the Bay  one of the most haunted places in America. 

There are things that cannot be explained on the decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier, including ghostly touches and shadowy figures roaming the decks.

Charles "Rusty" Reustle, director of operations and exhibits, said the museum receives hundreds of reports of "supernatural" activity   each year.

Among the most famous sightings are a sailor dressed in uniform helping lost guests find their way back to the deck and a sailor in the engine room giving a lecture on how the turbines work before vanishing into thin air. 

Want to see the ghosts of Lady Lex yourself?  Take a paranormal tour of spaces around the ship where sightings or activity  have been reported or stay overnight to investigate yourselves. Guests can reserve their group tour at the sales office at 361-888-4873 ext. 305. 

More: A Haunting on the Blue Ghost Haunted House offers thrills, scares and more

More: Is the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi haunted? These people think so

Presidio La Bahía - Goliad

217 U.S. Highway 183

The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreta de Bahía, known more commonly as Presidio La Bahía was a fort constructed by the Spanish Army in 1747.

It is best known for playing one of the biggest roles in the Texas Revolution — namely, the Battle of Goliad in 1835 and the Goliad Massacre in 1836.

Legend has it, a woman in white wanders the fort's courtyard, searching the graves for a name that can't be found. Other ghostly tales include the sounds of cannon fire, banging on the walls in the officers quarters and the smell of blood in the quadrangle, near the chapel's courtyard.

Want to stay the night at this historical fort? Guests are welcomed to stay the night in the Quarters at Presidio La Bahía for $200 plus tax a night. The space features a queen bed, two twin beds and a full kitchen. Visitors can even walk the grounds at night.

To make a reservation call 361-645-3752 or fill out this online form at www.presidiolabahia.org.

Jefferson Hotel - Jefferson

124 W Austin St.

The city of Jefferson is said to be one of the most haunted small towns in Texas. But the Jefferson Hotel, which was built in the 1890s, is considered to be the hotbed of the city's "paranormal" activity.

Guests have experienced whispers from nowhere, knocks on walls and headboards, the smell of cigar smoke, children laughing and faucets turning on water on their own accord.

Some of the most haunted guest rooms at the hotel are Room 5, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24.

Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at the Jefferson Hotel at 903-665-2631.

Yorktown Memorial Hospital - Yorktown

728 W Main St.

Founded by the Felician Sisters of the Roman Catholic Church in 1950, the Yorktown Memorial Hospital  served as a rehabilitation center for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. 

But these days the former hospital is no longer operational, abandoned and decaying. Some people think the ghosts of those who died at the hospital are still roaming around. 

Some people have reported seeing large black apparitions with red, glowing eyes, evil spirits and eerie electric voice phenomena recordings.

Want to see if the hospital is really haunted?  Book a tour at 210-748-4475.

Marfa lights - Marfa

U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa

The mysterious glowing orbs that appear in the desert outside of Marfa have mystified people for generations.

Reportedly, the Marfa Lights hover, merge, twinkle, split into two, flicker, float up into the air or dart quickly across Mitchell Flat. 

There seems to be no way to predict when the lights will appear; they're seen in various weather conditions, but only a dozen or so nights a year. Some have attributed the lights to aliens, the wandering ghosts of Spanish conquistadors or just an illusion. 

To celebrate this supernatural phenomena, the city of Marfa hosts its annual Marfa Lights Festival , which welcomes many across the state with live music, food and parade.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 festival has been canceled; however, paranormal fans can look forward to celebrate the festival with locals in 2021.

Want to see for yourselves?  The official Marfa Lights Viewing Area is located 9 miles east of Marfa on U.S. 90, towards Alpine. 

Goatman's Bridge - Denton

Built in 1884, the Old Alton Bridge, also known as Goatman's Bridge, originally carried horses and later automobiles over Hickory Creek at a location that once was a popular ford for crossing cattle.

But legend has it, a legendary demonic satyr is believed to inhabit the forest surrounding the area. Some say a black goat farmer who moved his family to a residence just north of the bridge was also killed by Klansman who haunts the bridge.

Locals warn that if you cross the bridge at night without headlights, you will be met on the other side by the Goatman. Ghostly figures and strange lights are said to also appear in the surrounding woods, as well as reports of visitors being touched, grabbed, and having rocks thrown at them.

Want to take a tour? Beck's Ghost Hunters offers private Goatman's Bridge Tours to those brave enough to see the legendary bridge up-close in Denton. To schedule a tour, visit  http://www.becksghosthunters.com/p/old-alton-bridge-ghost-tour.html  and email [email protected].

Due to COVID-19, the ghost hunting group will require anyone attending a tour to wear masks and we to adhere to safe social distancing.

Driskill Hotel - Austin

604 Brazos St.

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskill hotel is probably best known for its rich history and its proximity to Sixth Street.

But the 130-year-old building also is known to have a haunted past.

Ghosts that have been spotted throughout the hotel’s grand hallways and rooms include those of original owner and cattle baron Jesse Driskill, a jilted bride, and a young girl.

Want to stay at this hotel? Book a room at The Driskill hotel at 512-439-1234 or at  driskillhotel.com  

Demon's Road - Huntsville

Bowden Rd. near 4658 Farm-to-Market Road 1374

Located among the back roads of Huntsville, Bowden Road, otherwise known as Demon's Road, has earned a name for itself as being one of the most haunted places in Texas.

Travelers who make their way down the dirt road towards Martha Chapel Cemetery have seen strange sightings of red lights, hand prints on cars, an apparition of a young child, hitchhiking ghosts and other spirits following them home.

Some have even claimed shape-shifting demons known as Jinnat, best known as genies, haunt the road and cemetery's grounds.

Hotel Galvez - Galveston

2024 Seawall Blvd.

At first sight, Hotel Galvez looks like any other grand hotel. It has a fancy spa, nice pool and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. But some say the hundred-year-old hotel has a haunted past that will send chills down your spine.

Rumor has it the hotel is haunted by a ghostly woman who is said to have jumped off an armoire and strangled herself to death in room 505. Guests can stay in the room but some never make it through an entire night. 

Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at Hotel Galvez at www.wyndhamhotels.com .

De Soto Hotel - El Paso

309 E Mills Ave.

The De Soto Hotel has stood tall in downtown El Paso for more than 100 years, welcoming guests from all walks of life.

But in the case of this Texas hotel, some guests are not even living.

Some say they have seen a shadow in one of the hotel's abandoned hallways that can only be seen on video, accompanied by an eerie voice, a playful spirit of a young girl known as Sara. And then there's the basement, which is said to be home to "something truly demonic."

Local tales speak of a history of Satanic worship occurring in the basement of the De Soto. People passing through have reported tales of feeling watched and unwelcome as well as being attacked with scratches, bites, pinches and hits by an unknown entity.

The hotel's haunted history even got the attention from Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures. "

Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at De Soto Hotel at 915-533-5595.

Baker Hotel - Mineral Wells

200 E Hubbard St.

In 1929, the Baker Hotel opened its doors to travelers from across the country as a "top tier health spa destination." Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller and future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson made a stop at the hotel.

But after closing its doors in 1972, the Baker has stood mostly abandoned and slowly decaying in the heart of Mineral Wells.  

Since then, some have said the once glamorous hotel is haunted by guests who never left and some who fell to their death while exploring the abandoned building.

The hotel was featured in Bio's "Celebrity Ghost Stories" with a story of actor Eric Balfour's alleged paranormal experience .

Thinking about staying at this hotel? The Baker Hotel & Spa will get a revival and undergo renovations before opening its doors once again in late 2022.

Donkey Lady Bridge - San Antonio

Applewhite Rd.

The Donkey Lady Bridge, which is located 30 miles southwest of San Antonio, has one of the most interesting ghost stories in the state.

There have been dozens of tales about the ghostly tale but the most popular version follows the story of a woman who raised donkeys.

According to a 2006 article in the San Antonio Express-News , one of the donkeys bit a child, angering the child's father. 

The father and other men ambushed the woman and one of her donkeys on a bridge. The donkey and the woman supposedly fell into the river and drowned.

According to the legend, if you drive to either of the one-lane bridges at night to the area the incident was said to have happened and turn off your engine, you might hear the hee-haw of a donkey or a human imitating the sound.

Magnolia Hotel - Seguin

203 S Crockett St.

Built in 1840, the Magnolia Hotel began as a two-room log cabin before transforming into Seguin's "largest and most elegant hotel" during the 20th century.

But the inn has earned a new name now as "the most haunted hotel in Texas" and the hotel's owners Erin and Jim Ghedi claim that there are 13 ghosts haunting the building, according to the hotel's website.

The hotel has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," "Ghost Aventures After Shock," "Nick Groff's Tour," the Discovery Channel's "When Ghosts Attack," Destination America's "Ghost Brothers," PBS' "Strange Towns" and more.

Want to stay at this hotel? Book a room at the Magnolia Hotel on www.airbnb.com 

Meagan Falcon covers entertainment, things to do and trending news in South Texas.  Consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription to the Caller-Times.

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10 Must-See TEXAS Haunted Houses in 2023

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If you love Halloween haunted house attractions , then you’ve come to the right place! We currently have 90 spooky haunts listed in Texas including twisted trails , haunted hayrides , home haunts , corn mazes , and more!

Here’s a list of some of the most popular haunted houses on our website that you don’t want to miss this season!

10. Graystone Haunted Manor – Longview, TX

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Graystone Haunted Manor offers five scary attractions at one low price plus shows, movies, the Boneyard Bistro, a gift shop, and more! The scaring begins September 29th!

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9. Silo of Screams Haunted Attractions – Temple, TX

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Silo of Screams will be bringing you five full-size haunts for the 2023 Halloween season! Over 30,000 square feet of horror all for one price starting September 22nd!

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8. Nightmare on 19th Street – Lubbock, TX

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Nightmare on 19th Street is a Halloween scream park in West Texas with four haunting attractions. All new for this October is the Ice Caves of Krampus! Experience their 17th year of fear beginning on September 30th.

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7. Haunted Mayfield Manor – Galveston, TX

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The Haunted Mayfield Manor is housed in the Butterowe Building, which was once the site of a temporary morgue following the great hurricane of 1900. Are you ready to join Dr. Mayfield in his home as he reveals the secrets that dwell inside? This attraction is open nearly every day of the year!

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6. Purgatory Scream Park – Kingwood, TX

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The former “Kingwood Asylum” haunted house, Purgatory Scream Park , is an immersive, terrifying experience north of Houston. The gates open September 22nd.

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5. Phobia Haunted House – Houston, TX

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Phobia Haunted House ‘s BW 8 location (Houston) offers eight haunted attractions! The screaming begins September 30th.

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4. Cutting Edge Haunted House – Fort Worth, TX

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Cutting Edge Haunted House is a “dark attraction filled with live actors, amazing special effects, and incredible monsters.” This is said to be an intense, multi-story, multi-themed haunt! Opening night is September 30th.

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3. House of Torment – Austin, TX

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House of Torment Haunted Houses brings multiple haunted attractions in 2023. Are you ready to experience this legendary event? They opened on September 15th.

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2. Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano, TX

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Dark Hour Haunted House presents “Rise of the Sea Witch” beginning September 22nd! At Dark Hour, they want you to scream loud and often… are you ready?

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1. Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rosharon, TX

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Creepy Hollow Haunted House is going bigger and scarier than ever for 2023! Be prepared to experience hours of entertainment including three haunted attractions, multiple shows, food, games, and more! They open on September 29th.

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For a full list of all scary attractions in Texas, please visit our TEXAS Haunted House Directory

Now get out there and STAY SCARY!

Note from the editors: This list is not a top haunts list. We are not saying these are the best or scariest haunts in the state or the only ones you should visit. It would be best if you considered these when making your Halloween season plans, as they are some of the most popular amongst our reviewers and our site visitors.

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The 10 best haunted attractions in Texas

A car on the road passing by a creepy foggy forest with the text overlay the best haunted attractions in Texas perfect for a Halloween date

Why not make your Halloween date night the most nail-biting yet by visiting some of the best haunted attractions in Texas?

A creepy horror house in the night woods perfect as one of the best haunted attractions in Texas

It’s kind of crazy how people love to be scared.

We watch movies and tv shows in darkness to get spooked – then we wonder why we want to sleep with the lights on.

We take this to the next level during the Halloween season, inviting ghosts, ghouls, zombies and evil spirits to find their way through the cracks and holes to scare the good out of us – all in the name of frightening fun.

If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, I’m talking about adding some fright night to your Halloween date night this scary season by checking out a haunted attraction – or 10.

Now, Texas does everything big, and that applies to its haunted attractions.

Here’s a look at some of the scariest haunted attractions for your Halloween thrills!

Screams Halloween Theme Park – Waxahachie

Located in  Waxahachie, about 30 minutes south of Dallas, Screams Halloween Theme Park is recommended for people 16 and older.

Be prepared to encounter zombies, evil spirits, monsters and more at any time you’re wandering the grounds.

With five haunted houses on your itinerary, and a whole lot more (such as Cool Ghoul Boolevard, Scary-oke and Rottingwood Cemetery), you’re sure to receive your fair share of horror and thrills.

House of Torment – Austin

With truly frightening attractions, Austin’s House of Torment will challenge your senses during a visit.

From unique smells to ghastly sights, House of Torment is considered Austin’s premier haunted attraction, scaring people for more than 20 years.

House of Torment has a great cast of characters who bring a sense of realism to their roles.

The park is also home to an escape room, ax throwing, and a lounge.

Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano

Dark Hour’s general admission ticket will take you on a journey into the unknown as you explore the grounds of Coven Manor.

The 13 witches of the Dark Hour Coven have gathered to cast the most terrifying spell…your worst nightmares come to life.

For 2023 Dark Hour Haunted House is undergoing a massive expansion that includes adding more terrifying scenes, creatures, horrors, and nightmares that are sure to thrill all who enter our Coven.

Can you survive an encounter with the Coven?

Purgatory Scream Park – Kingwood

At 27,000 sq ft  and a 30-40 minute walk through, Purgatory Scream Park is the largest haunt in the state of Texas.

Come see Kill Count, Dredzo, Lester the Jester, Bendy and the crew of signature characters who have been tormenting North Houston for years.

Cutting Edge Haunted House – Fort Worth

Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as “Hell’s Half Acre,” the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear.

The meat packing equipment from the Old West is still in use, but now it is a two-story human processing area. 

It takes an average 55 minutes to explore Cutting Edge Haunted House.

13 th Floor Haunted House – San Antonio

Have you ever noticed you rarely see a 13 th floor on an elevator?

It’s generally viewed that 13 is considered an unlucky number, so building developers often skip using a 13 th floor during construction, and therefore elevator companies do the same.

But is 13 really unlucky?

As you make your way through San Antonio’s 13th floor haunted house , you’ll find out why it’s truly an unlucky, even evil, number.

As you attempt to safely get off the floor alive, you’ll encounter challenges of the evil kind – perhaps the undead, perhaps something even worse.

The haunted attraction is considered one of the best haunted houses in Texas.

Scream Hollow – Smithville

With four haunted houses and almost 20 buildings scattered over 20 acres of horror, Scream Hollow in Smithville challenges you to remain calm as you navigate covens, asylums and clowns (all equally frightening in my opinion).

With all kinds of evil and horror awaiting you, rest well in knowing that you will enjoy the thrills of a night in the dark.

Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rosharon

Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon ties each of its three attractions to a genetics experiment gone wrong.

As a lab tried to create a cure for all of humanity’s ills, an accident occurred while testing feral hogs.

Make your way through the lab, navigating your way through the throng of undead occupying the facility.

As – more like if – you succeed, you’ll need to travel through the Dark Woods swamp, home to mutated humans, bent on surviving no matter the cost- and this may include by making you their victim.

The third area is a blacked out area where former test subjects are kept.

Fright fest – Six Flags Theme Park – Arlington

Evil takes over the Six Flags theme park nightly with Fright fest.

Ghouls, zombies and more evil bodies come out of hiding to roam the park as the park closes for the day.

As you seek to safely make it through your visit, scare zones are located throughout the haunted area.

As part of the fun, visitors can enjoy rides as part of their park admission as well as take in live shows.

While the ghouls, evil clowns and zombies patrol the grounds looking for new souls to take, you can enjoy a timeout and take in some fun.

Moxely Manor Haunted House – Fort Worth

Moxely Manor is not your average haunted house. It’s inspired by the murders of Charles Moxley, his wife Grace, and his son William in their Dallas mansion who were brutally killed one by one between 1920-1922 allegedly by one of the maid’s Lillian, who had a more than friendly relationship with Charles.

But that’s not all. With two more attractions aimed to scare Halloween out of you, Regan’s revenge and Big top terror, makes for a killer of a date night.

Haunted attractions in Texas

There’s no place like Texas, and there’s no haunted house attractions as scary as those in the Lone Star state.

No matter where you live, a frighteningly fun time awaits just a short car ride away.

Have fun touring the haunted houses around the state, but be safe! That ghoul you said hi to earlier in the evening may take that as an invitation to haunt you.

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Dan's Haunted House in Lake Dallas, Texas

Dan's Haunted House presents for 2018: " V " The Final Chapter A Tsunami of Fear is headed your way Dan's Haunted House Evil has again fallen on Dan’s Haunted House. A tsunami of darkness has broken over the land, drawn by Hachiman’s foul magic and the curse that festers in the haunted trees. What hasn’t been washed away has become tainted by evil. Now the land swarms wit... [ Read more ]

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Tayman Graveyard in Midlothian, Texas

Tayman Graveyard Haunted Theme Park features multiple attractions for the ultimate night of terror! For the 2021 Season, we are proud to bring you Tayman Mining Co., The Theatre of Wonders, and Tayman Funeral Home. One low price gets you unlimited admission to all of the haunted attractions for the evening! Don't forget, the things that crawl the night at Tayman Graveyard might touch you!! Ple... [ Read more ]

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Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon, Texas

Creepy Hollow Haunted House HIGHLIGHTS: Voted Scariest In Texas, Top 13 in the nation by The Haunted House Association, Top 5 in the US by Coaster Nation, Featured on ABC13, KHOU, and Click2Houston. Rated Top Haunted in Houston by the Houston Press & Houston Chronicle, Come See Why, We will be waiting............ Dark Woods Haunted House: You can barely see your hands in front of your face as y... [ Read more ]

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The Parker House Haunted Attraction in Denton, Texas

The Parker House Mortuary and we are bringing back The Ratliff Sanitarium

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Fearshire Farms in Angleton, Texas

Texas Haunted House FEARSHIRE FARMS highlights: We are the biggest haunted attraction venue in Texas, located on an old Texas farm/ranch. The venue features an actual haunted farm house which was built in the early 1900's, a 2 acre haunted corn maze, a haunted hayride and "Spooky Jack's." The Haunted Hay Ride Curtain Choaz and Spooky Jack's are Scary fun for all ages! We have live entertainment a... [ Read more ]

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Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park in austin, Texas

We want you to come experience the ultimate Halloween event in Texas! Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park creates an evening experience with live bands, 3 themed bars, draft beer, fortune tellers, shopping, café and bakery with homemade BBQ brisket sandwiches and beer batter pizza made fresh on site and best of all, 4 haunted attractions across 20 buildings in the woods! Plus a Haunted Hayride co... [ Read more ]

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WACO HAUNTED HOUSES in WACO, Texas

At the TX CHAINSAW NIGHTMARE site they found a lot of bodies and rotting flesh. Hacked up carcasses and human skins stripped away from the remains left behind but they never found the people who did these atrocities and maybe they never will. Here "where it really happened" was once their home, they grew up here and it has been reported they return often. Dementia rules this house the most disturb... [ Read more ]

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Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano, Texas

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World of Khaos Thrill Park in Tyler, Texas

What's lurking in the shadows, hiding in the next room and waiting - only you can find out. Every measure is taken to bring out the best experience possible. Everything from our cutting edge sets to our terrifying actors. No detail is over looked. See what everyone was screaming about last year and why some never made it out. Terror Nights Events: "Chiseltooth Manor" 780 people are reported... [ Read more ]

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13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio's largest haunted house! Prepare yourself San Antonio Haunted House lovers, for a Halloween Haunted House experience like nothing before in the Alamo City, 13th Floor Haunted House! Designed by nationally recognized haunted house designers 13th Floor Haunted House will transport you to new levels of horror.

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SLAUGHTER HOUSE in Dallas, Texas

Slaughter House has a NEW LOCATION for 2010 and is 2 TIMES LARGER! Still Billed as the most graphic Haunted House in Texas. Slaughter House is located in Deep Ellum near Downtown Dallas.

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The Haunted Hotel in Beaumont, Texas

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Reindeer Manor Halloween Park in Red Oak, Texas

Reindeer Manor Abusement Park Celebrates its 39th Season! "Where Death Is Only The Beginning and The Rumors Are All True." Featuring 3 Haunted Houses in 1 Terrifying Location: 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon Of Doom and The Famous Haunted House at Reindeer Manor. Located at 410 Houston School Rd. Red Oak TX, 75154 "Texas Top 10 Scariest Haunted Houses" - Hauntworld.com "Reader's Choice Award-13th... [ Read more ]

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SCARE for a CURE in Manor, Texas

SCARE for a Cure is an extreme, interactive haunted adventure in Manor, TX just outside Austin. Each year we create an original story and guests will dodge, crawl, climb, and otherwise make their way through while being chased, threatened, separated, and touched by the evil that lurks. That's right our haunt is full contact. OUR ACTORS CAN AND WILL TOUCH YOU! We will also splatter you with gore, b... [ Read more ]

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Haunted Trails in Houston, Texas

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Texas Chainsaw Nightmare in Waco, Texas

TX Haunted House HIGHLIGHTS: At the TX CHAINSAW NIGHTMARE site they found a lot of bodies and rotting flesh. Hacked up carcasses and human skins stripped away from the remains left behind but they never found the people who did these atrocities and maybe they never will. Here "where it really happened" was once their home, they grew up here and it has been reported they return often. Every year m... [ Read more ]

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Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus Texas in Grand Prairie, Texas

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus is voted one of the best Haunted Houses in the World. Tickets are on sale NOW! Don't miss out!

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Hallow Creek Acres in Quinlan, Texas

Hallow Creek Acres is a haunted trail located in the Quinlan/West Tawakoni area that does a yearly haunt. Currently admission is a donation to help local animal rescues. Any donation is welcome, money, supplies such as dry & wet food, leashes, beds, shampoo, brushes, formula for puppies & kittens, toys such as tennis balls and treats. Last year we gathered supplies for Texas Best Choices Rescue & ... [ Read more ]

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Terrorplex in Mansfield, Texas

WELCOME to TERRORPLEX SCREAMPARK 2012, "5 Years of Fear!" Terrorplex offers 4 haunted attractions in 2012 and other Dark Amusements. The 2012 season starts September 21 - November 3. Our attractions include Midnight Manor, Infected, The Circus of the Dead (NEW 2012), and our outdoor maze, Limbo (NEW 2012). We have an improved festival area with music, psychic reader, Gore Store, concession area, e... [ Read more ]

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Strangling Brothers Texas Haunted Circus in Irving, Texas

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HEART STOPPER FRIGHT in Shepherd, Texas

www.3HaunTs.com Toxic Mine: Careful what you touch, watchout for what touches you! Bloody Maze: Get lost, get scared, get BLOODY! House of No Mercy: It is what it is. No Mercy, No early exits!

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Haunted Mayfield Manor YEAR ROUND in Galveston, Texas

Haunted Mayfield Manor is located at 23rd and Strand in downtown Galveston TX. Housed inside the Butterowe Bldg., which was once the site of a temporary morgue following the great hurricane of 1900. Join Dr. Mayfield in his home as he reveals the secrets that dwell inside. Next door to the Manor is its sister attraction Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast. Special group rates for groups of 15 o... [ Read more ]

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National Museum of Funeral History's Family Friendly Haunted House in Houston, Texas

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Frightmares at Whatz-Up in Seven Points, Texas

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Terror on Two Jacks Haunted House - Austin Texas in Round Rock, Texas

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Zombie Safari DFW in Forney, Texas

Just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas a Government cover up has gotten out of control. U.S. Military Helicopters transporting "Biohazard" materials from Fort Mead, Maryland to the Nevada Testing Grounds has crash landed in Forney, Texas! The surving soldiers, rescue team, and members of the clean up crew have been INFECTED by a Virus! We need you to help stop the spread of infection by elimi... [ Read more ]

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Haunted Briargrove in Houston, Texas

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Moxley Manor in Bedford, Texas

This year Moxley Manor Haunted House celebrates it's 6th year of fear! Join us this year and enjoy all new scares in this intense haunted house. - Featured in the feature film "The Houses That October Built" - One of “North Texas’ Scariest Haunted Attractions” – NBCDFW.com - Featured Haunted House of HauntCon 2013

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FRIGHT NIGHT HAUNTED HOUSE in CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas

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DEADZONE HAUNTED HOUSE in Waco, Texas

TX Haunted House HIGHLIGHTS: DEAD ZONE $13 CHAINSAW NIGHTMARE $13 OR $20 FOR BOTH HAUNTED HOUSES 8pm-Midnight Two full size Haunts, one location N of Waco Where It Really Happened Paranormal activity is everywhere and the dead walk again. Walk the halls of the undead. You are surrounded by horrid flesh eating creatures and vampires who await you in the darkness. They smell your fear and thei... [ Read more ]

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The Screamatorium in Midland, Texas

What are you doing for Halloween? Come check out one of the scary Yard Haunts in Midland TX. It's Free, Safe and Fun! Yeah!!!

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Nightmare on 19th Street in Lubbock, Texas

Texas haunted house, Nightmare on 19th Street, HIGHLIGHTS: Nightmare on 19th Street, Lubbock's only Halloween Scream Park!! 1. CITY OF THE LOST: The gods of antiquity , the demons, the monsters, relegated to the last unknown place on earth. A place long ago discovered by man, but never survived. They lie in secret building their strength with human blood , as they always have. Joining togeth... [ Read more ]

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Redrum Haunt in richmond, Texas

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Kingwood Asylum/Hallowed Grounds in Kingwood, Texas

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The Rotting Flesh Factory in Harlingen, Texas

A 7,500 square foot walk through Haunted House Attraction with over 25 Live actors and movie quality props & animatronics.

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REDRUM Haunted House in Richmond Texas in Richmond, Texas

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Screams Halloween Theme Park in Waxahachie, Texas

Screams is a totally immersive Halloween experience with 5 haunted houses a whole lot more celebrating its 25th season in 2021! Each haunted house has a different theme including two all new themes: Klownz in 3-D and the Times Up Maze! Plus, theres the Rottingwood Cemetery walk through attraction, stage entertainment, Scary-Oke, games of skill, a food court, pubs, shops, and much more for an en... [ Read more ]

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The Asylum Haunted House in Talco Dallas TX in Talco, Texas

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Theater Of Carnage in Lake Dallas, Texas

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Texas Maze of Terror in vidor, Texas

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Darke Hollow in Garland, Texas

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HALLS OF THE DEAD in Porter, Texas

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Doc Wilkes House of Horrors in Longview, Texas

Doc Wilkes will scare the yell out of you with live ghouls or most likely some dead ones! Now in its 37th year in the area, and the past 20 years in its PERMANENT ADDRESS @ 1228 MARKET STREET OFF HARRISON ROAD IN LONGVIEW TEXAS. We have revamped the attraction for the 2022 season! Doc's House is Scarier than EVER, and we added 2 ATTRACTIONS this year "MINE OF MYSTERY & FRIGHT SHOW MUSEUM"! It's de... [ Read more ]

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Haunted Hayrides in Concan, Texas

Hayride along the Frio River--Ages 8 and up.

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The Asylum Haunted House in Mt. Vernon, Texas

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Espantos Haunted Trail in Dale, Texas

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Terror On The Plaza/CarnEvil in San Antonio, Texas

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Purgatory Scream Park in Kingwood, Texas

Purgatory Scream Park is a top rated haunted house attraction. Over 27,000 sq ft attraction consisting of 4 attractions. Average walkthrough is approx 40 minutes

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Panic in the Park! in Groesbeck, Texas

Panic in the Park features a Haunted House, Trail of Terror, Haunted Hayride, and Zombie Survival Lazer Tag!

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Nightmare Factory in corpus christi in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Show time frightmare on hwy 6 in Cisco, Texas

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Owl Creek Farm Haunted Hike in San Antonio, Texas

Owl Creek Farm has a haunted hike (daytime is family friendly/night time is terrifying). A single trail leads you in and a single trail leads you out. Between the two you must find your way through a maze of dark, terrifying woods. During the day a pumpkin patch with a petting zoo, playground and pony rides take place. Something to entertain everyone is available.

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Amarillo Scaregrounds in Amarillo, Texas

The demented souls behind Amarillo's oldest and longest running haunted house, Terror on 10th, now bring you Amarillo's Largest Haunted Attraction with 5 events, in 1 location. Insanitarium, Terror, The Basement, Blackout Maze, & Zombie Apocalypse Laser Tag.

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The Blackness Haunted House in Plainview, Texas

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Hallow Creek Acres is a haunted trail located in the Quinlan/West Tawakoni Texas area that does a yearly haunt. Currently, admission is FREE for everyone, all we ask is a donation to help local animal rescues. Any donation is welcome, money, supplies such as dry & wet food, leashes, beds, shampoo, brushes, formula for puppies & kittens, toys such as tennis balls and treats. Last year we gathered s... [ Read more ]

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South Down Asylum in Pearland, Texas

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Haunting on the Blue Ghost in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Terror at its Best in El Paso, Texas

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Fright Fest in San Antonio, Texas

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Pioneer Farms Haunted Halloween: Victorian Gothic Tales of Terror in Austin, Texas

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Haunted Trails at B*E Winery in Conroe, Texas

Hidden in the woods surrounding B*E Winery in Conroe, lies a secret that only the brave dare to uncover. Mixing wine tastings and haunts, this annual haunted trail attraction is entering its third season for the year of 2022.

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Zombie Apocalypse in Corpus Christi, Texas

This is not just another haunted house. ZombieTX is a realistic Zombie Apocalypse Survival Simulation. You will be armed with cutting edge laser tag equipment. Explore the corridors of an abandoned military base where you will encounter Nazi Zombies and Shoot them before they get you!

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Thriller at Murray's in Amarillo, Texas

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Deep Roots UNEARTHED in Plantersville, Texas

Join us for fun and for scares at the first ever Deep Roots UNEARTHED at the new Deep Roots Winery in Plantersville TX. Come for the wine tastings, stay for the thrills and scares as you enter a world you've never seen before..

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13 Vultures Haunted Estate in Baird, Texas

13 Vultures is a haunted house, haunted trail and more.

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Corpse Grove: the Wicked Playground in Tyler, Texas

Corpse Grove: The Wicked Playground is an over 1/2 mile-long Halloween trail with multiple scenes of fright to terrorize even the toughest of the tough! Each scene is unique and new scenes are added each year. Come play with the Lady in White…it's her playground and we're just scaring in it… On Saturdays, VIPs will not only enjoy the Haunt, but go for a real Ghost Hunt on the grounds with a pro... [ Read more ]

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Corpse Grove: The Wicked Playground in Tyler, Texas

Corpse Grove: The Wicked Playground is a hybrid outdoor and indoor haunt that is 1/2 mile long!

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Haunted Hotel of Arkansas, inc in Little Rock, Arkansas

Thrills, Chills and Room service that kills.. Featuring Midnite red meat buffet, Indoor blood pools, Rooms to die for.... Come stay with us ... Frequent screamer miles accepted, best Heart rate in town and where we NEVER leave the lights on!!!!

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The 11 Best Haunted Houses in Austin, Texas

They’re not for everyone; but, for those who enjoy a good scare, there’s nothing quite like a haunted house.

As for us, we’re a family divided: my wife, Heather, and youngest son, Jack don’t much care for getting scared stiff in haunted houses or even during a respectable zombie movie.

My older son, Luke, and I can’t get enough of it.

Each October, this father-and-son duo pays money to have their socks scared off in an old haunted barn at a local Halloween Fest. And while it provides a fantastic fright, we’ve kind of been wanting something a little more …

… Austin .

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When it comes to finding the best-haunted houses, Austin, Texas’ weirdest city , has some of the best in the business and none of them are the same.

Some specialize in traditional haunted houses, while others feature terrifying escape rooms, hair-raising hayrides, and innumerable other blood-curdling attractions.

And with October fast approaching, the best haunts and houses of torment are gearing up to give visitors the fright of their lives.

From live actors to animatronics, these attractions know how to turn up the scares.

So, without further ado, here are the best haunted houses in and near Austin, Texas:

  • 7. Haunted ATX, Austin, TX
  • 11. Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House, Georgetown, TX

Year-Round Haunts

For some of us, Halloween is to be celebrated year-round. If that’s you and you want something more visceral than a weekend horror movie, you’ll want to hit up some of these establishments that are ready to spook your socks off any time of the year.

Be sure to check their individual websites for business hours as many of them are only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Helpful Tip: For those with younger children (or those who prefer a milder scare), we’ve indicated which haunts are recommended for the whole family, and which are best enjoyed by those 12 years and older.

1. House of Torment , Austin, TX

(Only recommended for children 12 and older.)

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Anyone who loves haunted houses knows who 13th Floor is: one of the leading creators of Haunted Houses across the country. So, when they opened a new attraction in Austin a few years back, we knew we had to check it out.

The House of Torment is located in an old abandoned warehouse on the east side of town and features a rotating selection of terrifyingly-themed haunts that are not for the faint of heart.

Straight up: this is one of the scariest haunted houses in Austin and, according to the Travel Channel, is one of the 6 scariest in America!

Currently on their macabre menu:

The Boogeyman: This haunt is based on the urban legend of the Boogeyman, a monster who lurks in the closets and beneath the beds. Here, you’ll relive the dark demise of the Jensen family on Blackthorn Drive after they’re visited by a demon from the darkness.

The Forsaken: This haunted asylum is a Halloween classic. The battle between the living inmates and a darker, malevolent force rages around you as you jump, scream, and run through eerie industrial wards, smoldering ruins, and the prison’s machine shop.

Operation: Laughing Place: Simulating a horrific hallucination that causes you to see chaotic colors and monstrous apparitions, this haunted house is not for those with coulrophobia (the fear of clowns).

While both are great, the asylum is definitely the more intense of the three and features plenty of jump scares, tight quarters, and live actors that will have you screaming for your life.

But, if all that isn’t enough, the House of Torment provides mini escape games, axe throwing competitions, and other spooky spectacles to add to your experience.

2. Bat City Scaregrounds , Buda, TX

(This haunt may not be suitable for pre-teen children. Do your research before you buy tickets.)

If ever a true zombie city existed …

Rated as one of the “Top 10 Most Fun and Immersive Experiences in Austin,” Bat City Scaregrounds is one of the newest to Austin’s fright scene. Located only 25 minutes southeast of Austin proper.

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The attention to detail in their multi-acre interactive haunted house complex is simply mind blowing! Add to that Vegas-style shows, live music, and great food … your evening will be packed with more than heart-stopping scares. The ticket price gets you everything!

Stand toe-to-toe with the evil of Castle Orlock, the primeval horror of Ancient Evil, or the Clownocalypse.

Afterwards, jam out to the hard rock of The Immortalz and be mesmerized by the flaming performance of the incredible Illumintra.

You’ll either sleep good later … or not at all.

3. Scare for a Cure , Austin, TX

(Only recommended for children 12 and older (except on Halloween … see below).)

A non-profit organization 100% operated by volunteer staff to raise money for Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas and other local charities, Scare for a Cure was founded in 2007.

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What started as a backyard haunt by local celebrity Jarrett Crippen, a.k.a. The Defuser, has grown into SCARE for a CURE, an interactive haunted adventure that mentors youth and raises money for Breast Cancer Resource Center and other local charities.

Their devoted, creative and diabolical crew of special effects artists, set builders, audio and lighting technicians, costume designers, make-up artists, and actors work year-round with community members from all around Central Texas to expand the attraction annually.

And, their haunted house … whew, what a trip! It is not for the faint of heart.

Expect to creep, crawl and duck through goosebump-inducing, obstacle-strewn environments and interact with an immersive narrative-and-actor-driven story.

Brave the Fairy Tale Nightmare, endure the Carnival of Lost Souls, and traverse the Mutant Wasteland if you dare!

Helpful Tip: If you have young children, their Kids’ Trick or Treat on Halloween night at J. Lorraine Ghostown is free to all ages and features face paining, costumes, candy, and more. This is a family-friendly event that is more catered to fun than fright.

So, if you’re looking for an intense and unique haunted house experience in Austin, TX, and would like your admission to support local cancer survivors, look no further than SCARE for a CURE.

They’ll be sure to give you a good scare for a great cause!

4. Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park , Smithville Tx

If you want more than just scary haunted houses …

About 45 minutes southeast of Austin in Bastrop County, the sleepy little town of Smithville sits surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling farmland and old forests.

And just outside its town limits lurks a wickedly fun park and truly unique haunted attraction.

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The 20 acres of Scream Hollow consists of 22 different buildings scattered through an old pine and oak forest linked by a dimly lit, winding path.

As you make your way through the grounds you will encounter a myriad of spine-tingling attractions, including three haunted houses: The Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Asylum, and the Sinister Circus.

Each haunt provides a starkly unique world, that will immerse you in dimly lit passages with stained walls, horrifying creatures, hidden torture rooms filled with screams, and a full spectrum of macabre experiences.

If that’s not enough, grab a seat on the haunted hayride, Hell on Wheels, as it snakes through the dark forest of the Wendigo spirits, or brave the Wicked Darkness Maze, a diabolical labyrinth where the lines between our plane of existence and that of an evil dimension are blurred.

Trust me: those chintzy haunted corn mazes have nothing on this!

And, when you’ve scared yourself up a good appetite, drop by the on-site Cackling Witch Cafe or the Dragon’s Breath Tavern for some fuel for your next frightening escapade.

5. Austin Ghost Tours , Austin, TX

(While not super-scary, younger children may get bored on these tours.)

Over 20 years ago, when Jeannie Plumer decided to start an Austin-based walking tour company, she had no idea that her business would end up specializing in ghosts.

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A native Austinite, Plumer’s original intent was to create a tour focused on the history and architecture of downtown Austin. But as she began to research the buildings and sites her tour would cover, she kept hearing stories about the “ghosts” that supposedly inhabited them.

“I started hearing all these stories about ghosts and I thought, ‘Well that’s kind of weird,’” Plumer said. “I had never really thought about it before. But the more I heard, the more I realized that a lot of people believe in ghosts. And then I started thinking, ‘Well, maybe there IS something to this.’”

Plumer began to do her own research on the subject and soon realized that there was a wealth of information – and stories – about ghosts in Austin.

She decided to focus her tour on the city’s “haunted” history, and Austin Ghost Tours was born.

Her team of “spiritual” guides currently provide four unique and mesmerizing walking tours that span from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on your preference.

From exploring ghostly cold spots of downtown Austin’s most haunted places to abandoned buildings of Bartlett and stories of love, murder, and suicide along 7 sprawling Austin city blocks.

Feeling up for an epic paranormal investigation? Explore the historic buildings from the late 1800s and mingle among the disembodied ghosts of those who came before.

6. Fatal Fear Haunted House , Austin, TX

A volunteer-based home-haunt (meaning, it’s located in an actual neighborhood) is dedicated to raising money for local charity organizations …

… and scaring people senseless.

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If you enjoy a horrific haunted mansion or a proper sadistic sanatorium, you’ll want to venture into Mortis Mansion and Hillside Sanatorium, their flagship haunts.

With an ever-changing layout, this home haunt is sure to keep you on your toes – and maybe even send you running for the hills.

While it’s not as intense or gory as some of the other local haunts, Fatal Fear does a great job of providing a truly creepy and atmospheric experience.

And, if you’re looking to add a little extra scare to your life, they offer a special “Fright Night” event on select nights where the lights are turned off and you’re given a glow stick to find your way through the darkness.

Just be warned: while it’s for a good cause – it’s not for the faint of heart.

7. Haunted ATX , Austin, TX

It’s a horror of a haunt … on wheels!

Welcome to Haunted ATX, the only mobile haunted tour in Austin!

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Join them as they visit historic locations in and around Austin that are rumored to be haunted or have confirmed paranormal infestations.

Their van tour is great for larger groups, and our private tours ( in an actual hearse! ) offer custom pickup and other perks.

On both tours, you’ll venture from the safety of your vehicles frequently and go inside the actual haunts, but walking is kept to a minimum.

The spooky hearse limousine and van trips are exciting, engaging, frightening, and hilarious! So come on board if you dare… Haunted ATX promises a fantastic experience for everyone!

Seasonal Haunts

The following haunted attractions only pop up once a year. These are generally more community-centered and conducive for families with small children.

While we’ve linked to the websites that typically provide information on these attractions, be aware that the info may not be available until the Halloween season approaches.

8. Pioneer Farms: Haunted Halloween Trails

(Appropriate for kids of all ages.)

A living history museum that preserves the history and way of life in 19th century Texas, the Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a great place for families to celebrate Halloween.

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The Haunted Halloween Trails are perfect for getting into the spooky spirit and offer a unique and educational experience at the same time.

On Friday and Saturday evenings in in October, Pioneer farms puts on their Grimm’s Ghostly Tales” that provide three unique trails: a fun-oriented trail for young children, a mild jump-scare oriented trail, and an intensely scary pathway for the bold and adventurous.

Learn about the history of Central Texas while you’re being scared out of your wits – it’s the best of both worlds!

Helpful Tip: As October approaches, keep an eye on Pioneer Farms site for up-to-date Halloween event information. Sometimes, their themes and schedule change.

9. Boo at the Zoo , Austin, TX

The Austin Zoo is open every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And in October, the Zoo gets a creepy face lift.

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Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween event for families with younger children that features kid-friendly activities like pumpkin painting and a hay bale maze. Older kids will enjoy the Haunted Trail, which is not too scary.

This is a great option for families with younger children or for those who would rather not go into cardiac arrest at the more intense haunts in Austin.

Plus, the Austin Zoo is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of retired or ill treated animals including those from research laboratories, the conservation of exotic species, and the education of the general public.

Have a spooky fun time, and do some good with your entrance fees. That’s time well-spent!

10. Terror on Two Jacks , Round Rock, TX

On the west end of Round Rock, TX, a short drive north of Austin, an unmarked grave rested unknown to the folks that purchased the old home of Hairy Man of Brushy Creek.

It wasn’t until after they had moved in and strange things started happening that they realized what they had disturbed.

The family decided to make the best of it and turned their home into a shrine for Hairy Man and other evil spirits.

Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each October to create an ever-changing garage labyrinth for local children (and adults!) to come and pay homage to the Hairy Man.

Proceeds from admissions benefit the Round Rock Serving Center. They also accept donations of canned goods, as well.

The Terror on Two Jacks is open to the public from October October 11 – November 2. Check the Round Rock city website for times and details.

11. Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House , Georgetown, TX

If you were a fan of the popular show “Ghost Hunters, then you know why the Historic Williamson County Jail in Georgetown, TX is a Halloween haunting hot spot.

Forty-five minutes north of Austin, over a century after it was built in 1889, the imposing stone walls of the Williamson Jail housed outlaws and murderers of the worst breed.

Here, the state of Texas brought down the hand of justice with all its fervor through brutal executions which, some say, is the reason that the retired jailhouse isn’t as empty as we suppose it to be.

Join the community in Georgetown Texas during the month of October for Ghosts on the Square Tours and a myriad of Halloween events. Some tours are scarier than others; so, be sure to ask when purchasing tickets.

Keep an eye on the Georgetown city website as October approaches for up-to-date information and prices.

A Haunting Ending

There you have it, some of the best haunted houses in and around Austin, TX!

Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for a good scare, enjoy learning about local history and legends, and want to create so great memories, these haunted houses are sure to please.

Keep your eye on their sites for up-to-date info on general admission and special events, especially as October approaches … that’s the time of year they kick things in high gear!

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and family and head out for a spine-tingling good time!

Now, get out there!

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Joshua Davis

Live Science

Live Science

8 of the most haunted places in the US

Posted: January 16, 2024 | Last updated: January 16, 2024

<p>                     You don’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy a ghost story about some of the most haunted places. The tales that have grown over generations around reputedly haunted houses can take on a fantastic life of their own in folklore, and the stories that surround a place can influence our experiences of them. All it takes is a creepy place, a touch of imagination and a glimpse of something unexpected, only half seen. So prepare to suspend your disbelief for this countdown of the histories of 11 of the most haunted places in the United States.                   </p>

From a former sanitarium to a well-known lighthouse to a battlefield from the American Civil War, here are the most haunted places in the United States.

You don’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy a ghost story about some of the most haunted places. The tales that have grown over generations around reputedly haunted houses can take on a fantastic life of their own in folklore, and the stories that surround a place can influence our experiences of them. All it takes is a creepy place, a touch of imagination and a glimpse of something unexpected, only half seen. So prepare to suspend your disbelief for this countdown of the histories of the most haunted places in the United States.

<p>                     Home to dozens of celebrated haunted houses and hundreds of ghost sightings, Savannah is often called "the most haunted city in the United States" — especially by its many ghost tour operators, who often begin with a visit to the city's historic Bonaventure Cemetery, a tangle of stone tombs, eerie statues and spooky trees laced with Spanish moss. Among the cemetery's resident ghosts is that of Gracie Watson, a 6-year-old who died of pneumonia in 1889. Her ghost is said to haunt the life-size statue that stands over her grave, which like several other funereal statues in the cemetery are sometimes said to move as if they were alive, while the sounds of children playing or crying is sometimes heard nearby.                    </p>                                      <p>                     Savannah's Hampton Lillybridge House was built in 1797 and was relocated to its current location several years later — despite the discovery of a mysterious crypt beneath the new property, which has never been opened. Since then, no fewer than 26 families who have lived in the house have complained of various ghostly goings-on that forced them to move out. These strange encounters included furniture moving around and doors locking themselves.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The most famous haunted house in Savannah may be the Sorrel-Weed House, which appeared in the opening shots of the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," directed by Robert Zemeckis. The Sorrel-Weed house is said to be haunted by at least two vengeful ghosts: the wife and the rival lover of shipping merchant Francis Sorrel, who built the house in the 1840s. Francis' wife, Matilda Sorrel, allegedly jumped to her death when she discovered her husband’s infidelity — but historical researchers point out that by the time of her reported suicide in a "moment of lunacy," the Sorrel family had moved out to another property next door.                   </p>

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Home to dozens of celebrated haunted houses and hundreds of ghost sightings, Savannah is often called "the most haunted city in the United States" — especially by its many ghost tour operators, who often begin with a visit to the city's historic Bonaventure Cemetery, a tangle of stone tombs, eerie statues and spooky trees laced with Spanish moss. Among the cemetery's resident ghosts is that of Gracie Watson, a 6-year-old who died of pneumonia in 1889. Her ghost is said to haunt the life-size statue that stands over her grave, which like several other funereal statues in the cemetery are sometimes said to move as if they were alive, while the sounds of children playing or crying is sometimes heard nearby. 

Savannah's Hampton Lillybridge House was built in 1797 and was relocated to its current location several years later — despite the discovery of a mysterious crypt beneath the new property, which has never been opened. Since then, no fewer than 26 families who have lived in the house have complained of various ghostly goings-on that forced them to move out. These strange encounters included furniture moving around and doors locking themselves.

The most famous haunted house in Savannah may be the Sorrel-Weed House, which appeared in the opening shots of the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," directed by Robert Zemeckis. The Sorrel-Weed house is said to be haunted by at least two vengeful ghosts: the wife and the rival lover of shipping merchant Francis Sorrel, who built the house in the 1840s. Francis' wife, Matilda Sorrel, allegedly jumped to her death when she discovered her husband’s infidelity — but historical researchers point out that by the time of her reported suicide in a "moment of lunacy," the Sorrel family had moved out to another property next door.

<p>                     The most famous address in the United States — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. — is also famously haunted. Since 1800, the White House has been the home of the president of the United States, starting with the second president, John Adams — and the ghost of his wife, Abigail Adams, has been seen there, sometimes walking through walls or carrying laundry to dry in the East Room, <a href="https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/ghosts-in-the-white-house">according to History.com</a>. The ghost of the third president, Thomas Jefferson, has been heard playing the violin in the Yellow Oval Room. The ghost of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, is said to have been seen lying on his old bed, while the sound of his "guttural laugh" has often been reported, including by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The ninth president, William Henry Harrison, is said to haunt the attic of the White House, while the 10th president, John Tyler, is said to haunt the Blue Room.                    </p>                                      <p>                     Many of the ghostly sightings and events revolve around Abraham Lincoln; the ghost of the assassinated 16th president has been reported so many times that the phrase "Lincoln's ghost" has become well known. Some of the most famous of these events are multiple sightings in 1940 by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was spending a night in the Lincoln Bedroom. Churchill claimed to have just climbed out of the bath, naked but smoking his habitual cigar, when he encountered Lincoln's ghost leaning on the mantelpiece above the fireplace, according to a <a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/ghost-stories-part-of-the-white-housee28099s-legacy">blog entry by the National Constitution Center</a>, a U.S. nonprofit. Churchill said, "Good evening, Mr. President; you seem to have me at a disadvantage," and then the ghost smiled and disappeared. (Churchill said he then moved to a bedroom across the hall.)                    </p>                                      <p>                     Two years later, in 1942, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands reported seeing Lincoln's ghost, dressed in a top hat and frock coat, standing at the door of her bedroom during a visit to the White House — and fainted at the sight. Many others — including U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, first ladies Grace Coolidge and Eleanor Roosevelt, and dozens of White House aides and staffers — have reported seeing apparitions or hearing ghostly footsteps or knocks that they have attributed to Lincoln's ghost.                   </p>

THE WHITE HOUSE

The most famous address in the United States — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. — is also famously haunted. Since 1800, the White House has been the home of the president of the United States, starting with the second president, John Adams — and the ghost of his wife, Abigail Adams, has been seen there, sometimes walking through walls or carrying laundry to dry in the East Room,  according to History.com . The ghost of the third president, Thomas Jefferson, has been heard playing the violin in the Yellow Oval Room. The ghost of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, is said to have been seen lying on his old bed, while the sound of his "guttural laugh" has often been reported, including by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The ninth president, William Henry Harrison, is said to haunt the attic of the White House, while the 10th president, John Tyler, is said to haunt the Blue Room. 

Many of the ghostly sightings and events revolve around Abraham Lincoln; the ghost of the assassinated 16th president has been reported so many times that the phrase "Lincoln's ghost" has become well known. Some of the most famous of these events are multiple sightings in 1940 by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was spending a night in the Lincoln Bedroom. Churchill claimed to have just climbed out of the bath, naked but smoking his habitual cigar, when he encountered Lincoln's ghost leaning on the mantelpiece above the fireplace, according to a  blog entry by the National Constitution Center , a U.S. nonprofit. Churchill said, "Good evening, Mr. President; you seem to have me at a disadvantage," and then the ghost smiled and disappeared. (Churchill said he then moved to a bedroom across the hall.) 

Two years later, in 1942, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands reported seeing Lincoln's ghost, dressed in a top hat and frock coat, standing at the door of her bedroom during a visit to the White House — and fainted at the sight. Many others — including U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, first ladies Grace Coolidge and Eleanor Roosevelt, and dozens of White House aides and staffers — have reported seeing apparitions or hearing ghostly footsteps or knocks that they have attributed to Lincoln's ghost.

<p>                     Whaley House in San Diego is "[t]he most haunted house in America," according to Life Magazine. The home was built in 1857 on the site of a former graveyard and gallows. Over the years it has served as a family home; a grain store; the San Diego county courthouse; the city’s first commercial theater; a ballroom; a billiard hall; and a school. It subsequently opened as a museum in 1960.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The oldest resident ghost at Whaley House is said to be the convicted robber "Yankee Jim" Robinson, who was hanged in 1852 from a gallows that stood on the property before the house was built. According to a newspaper report, as the wagon holding him beneath the gallows moved away, Yankee Jim dragged his feet on the wagon for as long as possible, before swinging like a pendulum and slowly strangling to death.                   </p>                                      <p>                     Although Thomas Whaley, a settler and merchant, witnessed Yankee Jim's gruesome execution, that didn't prevent him from purchasing the property a few years later and building a house there. But within a few weeks of moving in, the Whaley family reported hearing heavy footsteps, as if made by the boots of a large man.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The reports of footsteps and other sounds have persisted for more than 100 years: The youngest daughter of the family, who lived in the house until 1953, was reportedly convinced that it was haunted by the ghost of Yankee Jim, and visitors to the museum in the 1960s also reported hearing a phantom walking noise.                   </p>                                      <p>                     Other visitors say they’ve seen the ghosts of the Whaley family themselves, and the ghost of a woman in a long skirt in the former county courtroom. One parapsychologist reported that he saw a phantom dog running inside the house, similar to a fox terrier — the type of dog owned by the Whaley family.                   </p>

WHALEY HOUSE

Whaley House in San Diego is "[t]he most haunted house in America," according to Life Magazine. The home was built in 1857 on the site of a former graveyard and gallows. Over the years it has served as a family home; a grain store; the San Diego county courthouse; the city’s first commercial theater; a ballroom; a billiard hall; and a school. It subsequently opened as a museum in 1960.

The oldest resident ghost at Whaley House is said to be the convicted robber "Yankee Jim" Robinson, who was hanged in 1852 from a gallows that stood on the property before the house was built. According to a newspaper report, as the wagon holding him beneath the gallows moved away, Yankee Jim dragged his feet on the wagon for as long as possible, before swinging like a pendulum and slowly strangling to death.

Although Thomas Whaley, a settler and merchant, witnessed Yankee Jim's gruesome execution, that didn't prevent him from purchasing the property a few years later and building a house there. But within a few weeks of moving in, the Whaley family reported hearing heavy footsteps, as if made by the boots of a large man.

The reports of footsteps and other sounds have persisted for more than 100 years: The youngest daughter of the family, who lived in the house until 1953, was reportedly convinced that it was haunted by the ghost of Yankee Jim, and visitors to the museum in the 1960s also reported hearing a phantom walking noise.

Other visitors say they’ve seen the ghosts of the Whaley family themselves, and the ghost of a woman in a long skirt in the former county courtroom. One parapsychologist reported that he saw a phantom dog running inside the house, similar to a fox terrier — the type of dog owned by the Whaley family.

<p>                     The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is famous as the remote mountainside "Overlook Hotel" featured in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie "The Shining." It was also the inspiration for the Stephen King novel that was made into that movie, supposedly after he'd spent a night there during a snowstorm.                    </p>                                      <p>                     The hotel was built in 1909 by Massachusetts inventor F.O. Stanley, who moved there with his wife, Flora. Flora Stanley was an accomplished piano player, and according to myth, her ghost sometimes can be heard playing the piano in the music room at night. F.O. Stanley is sometimes out of place in old photographs — a spooky trick that inspired the last scene of the movie. Staff at the hotel also say that ghosts have unpacked the bags of visitors and turned lights on and off and that the ghostly laughter of children can be heard in the hallways.                    </p>                                      <p>                     The hotel's infamous Room 217, which features in both the book and the movie, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a maid who was reportedly blown out of a window there — but not killed — in a gas explosion in 1911. That's the room that King and his wife spent the night in, according to his later interviews. But while the hotel is undoubtedly creepy, the gruesome events suggested in the book and movie seem to be entirely derived from his imagination.                    </p>                                      <p>                     It's now possible to book Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel, among other rooms. "The Shining" plays continuously on one of the in-house television channels, and the hotel conducts a thriving ghost-tour business. In addition to the ghosts of the Stanleys and the maid, a spooky cowboy is said to haunt Room 428, and hotel staff say ghosts have been seen in the tunnels under the hotel that staff once used to navigate the immense property.                   </p>

COLORADO'S STANLEY HOTEL

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is famous as the remote mountainside "Overlook Hotel" featured in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie "The Shining." It was also the inspiration for the Stephen King novel that was made into that movie, supposedly after he'd spent a night there during a snowstorm. 

The hotel was built in 1909 by Massachusetts inventor F.O. Stanley, who moved there with his wife, Flora. Flora Stanley was an accomplished piano player, and according to myth, her ghost sometimes can be heard playing the piano in the music room at night. F.O. Stanley is sometimes out of place in old photographs — a spooky trick that inspired the last scene of the movie. Staff at the hotel also say that ghosts have unpacked the bags of visitors and turned lights on and off and that the ghostly laughter of children can be heard in the hallways. 

The hotel's infamous Room 217, which features in both the book and the movie, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a maid who was reportedly blown out of a window there — but not killed — in a gas explosion in 1911. That's the room that King and his wife spent the night in, according to his later interviews. But while the hotel is undoubtedly creepy, the gruesome events suggested in the book and movie seem to be entirely derived from his imagination. 

It's now possible to book Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel, among other rooms. "The Shining" plays continuously on one of the in-house television channels, and the hotel conducts a thriving ghost-tour business. In addition to the ghosts of the Stanleys and the maid, a spooky cowboy is said to haunt Room 428, and hotel staff say ghosts have been seen in the tunnels under the hotel that staff once used to navigate the immense property.

<p>                     New England's historic covered bridges have accumulated stories of ghosts over the years. One of the best known is Emily's Bridge in Stowe, Vermont, about 30 miles east of Burlington. The spooky-looking covered bridge was the scene of a young woman's suicide by hanging in the mid-1800s, supposedly after she'd arranged to meet a lover there to elope but he didn't turn up. According to <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/emilys-bridge">Atlas Obscura</a>, Emily's ghost is now said to haunt the bridge, leaving claw-like gouges on passing cars and scratching the backs of people who cross the bridge on foot. Strange noises, including the sound of a woman screaming, have also been reported there. Emily's Bridge is now a fixture of Vermont's ghostly tourism industry. (However, the town of Stowe has enacted an ordinance to keep people away from the bridge at night to avoid disturbances by would-be ghost hunters.) Despite its fame, however, the story of Emily might not be true, according to the blog <a href="https://urbanpostmortem.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/emilys-bridge/">Obscure Vermont</a>.                    </p>                                      <p>                     Another haunted bridge is the Eunice Williams Covered Bridge in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It's named for Eunice Williams, who was killed in 1704 after she'd been taken captive during a raid by <a href="https://www.livescience.com/39149-french-culture.html">French</a> and Native American forces on the English settlement at Deerfield; 47 villagers died in the assault, and the survivors were forced to march for nearly 300 miles (480 kilometers), <a href="http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/popups/scenes.do?shortName=Captivity">according to a local museum</a> in Massachusetts. Williams, the wife of a local clergyman, had reportedly given birth only a few days before; she collapsed as the captives were marching by the Green River, and was killed by a tomahawk blow. Legend has it that Williams now haunts the covered bridge that was built at the spot; her ghost has been seen near the water under the bridge and supposedly has mistaken passersby for members of her family.                   </p>

NEW ENGLAND'S COVERED BRIDGES

New England's historic covered bridges have accumulated stories of ghosts over the years. One of the best known is Emily's Bridge in Stowe, Vermont, about 30 miles east of Burlington. The spooky-looking covered bridge was the scene of a young woman's suicide by hanging in the mid-1800s, supposedly after she'd arranged to meet a lover there to elope but he didn't turn up. According to  Atlas Obscura , Emily's ghost is now said to haunt the bridge, leaving claw-like gouges on passing cars and scratching the backs of people who cross the bridge on foot. Strange noises, including the sound of a woman screaming, have also been reported there. Emily's Bridge is now a fixture of Vermont's ghostly tourism industry. (However, the town of Stowe has enacted an ordinance to keep people away from the bridge at night to avoid disturbances by would-be ghost hunters.) Despite its fame, however, the story of Emily might not be true, according to the blog  Obscure Vermont . 

Another haunted bridge is the Eunice Williams Covered Bridge in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It's named for Eunice Williams, who was killed in 1704 after she'd been taken captive during a raid by  French  and Native American forces on the English settlement at Deerfield; 47 villagers died in the assault, and the survivors were forced to march for nearly 300 miles (480 kilometers),  according to a local museum  in Massachusetts. Williams, the wife of a local clergyman, had reportedly given birth only a few days before; she collapsed as the captives were marching by the Green River, and was killed by a tomahawk blow. Legend has it that Williams now haunts the covered bridge that was built at the spot; her ghost has been seen near the water under the bridge and supposedly has mistaken passersby for members of her family.

<p>                     The paranormal has a distinctive local flavor in New Orleans, which vies with Savannah for the title of the Most Haunted City in America. One of the city’s most infamous haunted houses is the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. The mansion is the former home of Madame LaLaurie, a wealthy widow and prominent socialite. In April 1834, after a fire at the house, rescuers found bound slaves in a secret torture chamber in the attic who had been horribly tortured over a long period, and there were signs that others had been murdered there. When the discovery became known, the house was raided by an outraged mob of citizens, and Madame LaLaurie fled the city. Later occupants of the building have claimed it is still haunted by the ghosts of her victims.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans has something of a reputation for the dead not staying in their graves — among them Marie Laveau, the city's historical "Queen of Voodoo," who died in 1851 but who is said to materialize above the crypt where she is buried each St. John's Eve (June 23).                   </p>                                      <p>                     The Myrtles Plantation, at St Francisville just outside New Orleans, is rumored to have been built on a Tunica Indian burial ground. At least 12 ghosts are said to haunt the plantation grounds and buildings, including Chloe, a slave who was accused of poisoning the family of the plantation owners. The ghosts of her victims, a mother and daughter, are reported to be trapped inside a mirror in the main house.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The ghost of a later owner, William Winter, is said to haunt the main staircase of the plantation house. Winter died in 1871, after being shot by a stranger who approached the house. Winter staggered inside and climbed the stairs to the 17th step, where he died in his wife's arms. It is said his phantom footsteps can sometimes be heard on the staircase, climbing to the 17th step before stopping.                   </p>

NEW ORLEANS

The paranormal has a distinctive local flavor in New Orleans, which vies with Savannah for the title of the Most Haunted City in America. One of the city’s most infamous haunted houses is the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. The mansion is the former home of Madame LaLaurie, a wealthy widow and prominent socialite. In April 1834, after a fire at the house, rescuers found bound slaves in a secret torture chamber in the attic who had been horribly tortured over a long period, and there were signs that others had been murdered there. When the discovery became known, the house was raided by an outraged mob of citizens, and Madame LaLaurie fled the city. Later occupants of the building have claimed it is still haunted by the ghosts of her victims.

The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans has something of a reputation for the dead not staying in their graves — among them Marie Laveau, the city's historical "Queen of Voodoo," who died in 1851 but who is said to materialize above the crypt where she is buried each St. John's Eve (June 23).

The Myrtles Plantation, at St Francisville just outside New Orleans, is rumored to have been built on a Tunica Indian burial ground. At least 12 ghosts are said to haunt the plantation grounds and buildings, including Chloe, a slave who was accused of poisoning the family of the plantation owners. The ghosts of her victims, a mother and daughter, are reported to be trapped inside a mirror in the main house.

The ghost of a later owner, William Winter, is said to haunt the main staircase of the plantation house. Winter died in 1871, after being shot by a stranger who approached the house. Winter staggered inside and climbed the stairs to the 17th step, where he died in his wife's arms. It is said his phantom footsteps can sometimes be heard on the staircase, climbing to the 17th step before stopping.

<p>                     The largest and deadliest battle of the American Civil War took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. More than 8,000 combatants were killed at Gettysburg, and in the years since the bloody battle, an uncommon number of ghost stories have been linked to events and personalities on the battlefield. Several visitors to what is now the Gettysburg National Military Park have reported hearing sounds of battle, including phantom cannon fire and the disembodied shouts or screams of ghostly soldiers.                   </p>                                      <p>                     At a high, rocky outcrop on the battlefield called The Devil’s Den, where heavy fighting took place on the second day of the battle (July 2, 1836), several visitors over the years claim to have heard the sound of drum rolls and gunfire. Devil's Den is also said to be haunted by the apparently friendly and sometimes talkative ghost of a soldier wearing buckskin clothing, a large hat and no shoes.                    </p>                                      <p>                     Several ghost sightings have also been reported at the hill called Little Round Top, where Confederate troops were forced back from an assault on the flank of the Union forces, also on July 2, 1863 — an event regarded by many historians as a turning point in the battle. It has been claimed that some Civil War enactors who worked on the 1993 film "Gettysburg," a dramatization of the battle, met and spoke with a man in a shabby Union Army uniform who gave them some musket rounds, which they assumed were movie props — but which they later learned were Civil War rounds in pristine condition.                   </p>                                      <p>                     Legend tells that three Confederate soldiers were hanged at Sach's Bridge, a covered bridge a few hundred yards west of the Gettysburg battlefield. Some stories say the soldiers had deserted from their unit, while others say they were hanged as spies. The bridge is now a favorite site for ghost hunters, and some claim to have heard sounds of loud gunfire and galloping horses, while others reported seeing strange moving mists and inexplicable lights. Sach's Bridge was on the line of retreat for Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeated Army of Northern Virginia after the Union victory at Gettysburg, and the smell of smoke from the general’s pipe has sometimes been reported nearby.                   </p>

The largest and deadliest battle of the American Civil War took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. More than 8,000 combatants were killed at Gettysburg, and in the years since the bloody battle, an uncommon number of ghost stories have been linked to events and personalities on the battlefield. Several visitors to what is now the Gettysburg National Military Park have reported hearing sounds of battle, including phantom cannon fire and the disembodied shouts or screams of ghostly soldiers.

At a high, rocky outcrop on the battlefield called The Devil’s Den, where heavy fighting took place on the second day of the battle (July 2, 1836), several visitors over the years claim to have heard the sound of drum rolls and gunfire. Devil's Den is also said to be haunted by the apparently friendly and sometimes talkative ghost of a soldier wearing buckskin clothing, a large hat and no shoes. 

Several ghost sightings have also been reported at the hill called Little Round Top, where Confederate troops were forced back from an assault on the flank of the Union forces, also on July 2, 1863 — an event regarded by many historians as a turning point in the battle. It has been claimed that some Civil War enactors who worked on the 1993 film "Gettysburg," a dramatization of the battle, met and spoke with a man in a shabby Union Army uniform who gave them some musket rounds, which they assumed were movie props — but which they later learned were Civil War rounds in pristine condition.

Legend tells that three Confederate soldiers were hanged at Sach's Bridge, a covered bridge a few hundred yards west of the Gettysburg battlefield. Some stories say the soldiers had deserted from their unit, while others say they were hanged as spies. The bridge is now a favorite site for ghost hunters, and some claim to have heard sounds of loud gunfire and galloping horses, while others reported seeing strange moving mists and inexplicable lights. Sach's Bridge was on the line of retreat for Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeated Army of Northern Virginia after the Union victory at Gettysburg, and the smell of smoke from the general’s pipe has sometimes been reported nearby.

<p>                     St. Augustine's Light Station may be the best known of the hundreds of lighthouses in the United States. The first permanent lighthouse beside what is America's oldest city was built on Anastasia Island in 1824, and the current lighthouse tower was built in 1874. Tragedy struck that year when the teenage daughters of Hezekiah Pity, a man employed on the rebuilding project, were playing around a cart used to carry building materials to the site. The cart broke loose and slid down the hill, and both girls were drowned. It is said that the laughter of the two girls at play can be heard around the tower at night; and the ghost of the older girl is said to have been seen, wearing the blue dress and blue hair bow that she was wearing when she died.                   </p>                                      <p>                     The ghost of the original builder of the St. Augustine's Light Station is also said to haunt the garden beside the tower, roaming in fury after a land dispute with the city government in the early 1880s, according to the <a href="https://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/get-involved/about-mission-uvp/history/">St. Augustine Light Station & Maritime Museum</a>. Additionally, the ghosts of at least two former lighthouse keepers are said to tread the steps and gantries of the tower late at night. One of the ghosts — that of lighthouse keeper Joseph Andreu, killed in the 1850s when he died in a fall from the tower — is said to leave a trail of cigar smoke as he makes his rounds.                   </p>                                      <p>                     Local legend holds that the island is also haunted by the ghosts of 13 pirates who were buried around the tower. But while there haven’t been any pirate graves found at the site, an archaeological team based at the St. Augustine Light Station discovered a number of historic shipwrecks nearby and other maritime remains, including traces of the wooden watchtower that served as Florida's first lighthouse.                    </p>

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

St. Augustine's Light Station may be the best known of the hundreds of lighthouses in the United States. The first permanent lighthouse beside what is America's oldest city was built on Anastasia Island in 1824, and the current lighthouse tower was built in 1874. Tragedy struck that year when the teenage daughters of Hezekiah Pity, a man employed on the rebuilding project, were playing around a cart used to carry building materials to the site. The cart broke loose and slid down the hill, and both girls were drowned. It is said that the laughter of the two girls at play can be heard around the tower at night; and the ghost of the older girl is said to have been seen, wearing the blue dress and blue hair bow that she was wearing when she died.

The ghost of the original builder of the St. Augustine's Light Station is also said to haunt the garden beside the tower, roaming in fury after a land dispute with the city government in the early 1880s, according to the St. Augustine Light Station & Maritime Museum. Additionally, the ghosts of at least two former lighthouse keepers are said to tread the steps and gantries of the tower late at night. One of the ghosts — that of lighthouse keeper Joseph Andreu, killed in the 1850s when he died in a fall from the tower — is said to leave a trail of cigar smoke as he makes his rounds.

Local legend holds that the island is also haunted by the ghosts of 13 pirates who were buried around the tower. But while there haven’t been any pirate graves found at the site, an archaeological team based at the St. Augustine Light Station discovered a number of historic shipwrecks nearby and other maritime remains, including traces of the wooden watchtower that served as Florida's first lighthouse. 

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