Want to have a scary good time this weekend?
In recognition of Halloween, we’ve rounded up the top five places in & around Houston to get a scare … if you’re up for the challenge.
Once occupied by a pharmaceutical company, this beloved eatery has been rumored to be haunted for decades. The story claims that a distracted young pharmacist suffered a fatal fall down a dark elevator shaft. His wife died shortly after, and the building is supposed to be haunted by souls in mourning.
Reported Experiences: Employees and customers have reported seeing floating objects and vibrating salt shakers, as well as feeling cold spots and moist breezes in bathroom stalls. Some even claim to have felt their hair being tugged and shoulders tapped, though no one was nearby.
Built in 1911, the Hotel Galvez is not only the oldest hotel on the island, but has been deemed one of the most haunted places in the Houston area. Room 505 is said to be particularly haunted.
Reported Experiences: Guests have claimed to see a young woman in their room in the middle of the night. Guests staying in Room 505 have claimed that they cannot make it through the night.
The Old Jefferson Davis Hospital
This landmark built in 1924 and often referred to as one of the most haunted buildings in America was built atop burial grounds for Confederate soldiers, slaves and city leaders. The Jefferson Davis Hospital sits eerily along the Buffalo Bayou near White Oak Drive in the Heights. At one point, it was a psychiatric hospital, thought it was recently renovated and transformed into the Elder Street Artist Lofts.
Reported Experiences: Before its renovation, the building stood vacant for decades. Those who were brave enough to sneak in during this time claim they heard the ghostly voices of soldiers, nurses and psychiatric patients.
Houston Ship Channel
After serving in World War I and World War II, the Battleship Texas ended up moored east of Houston near the San Jacinto Battlefield.
Reported Experiences: People have seen anomalies that appear to be nothing more than vapor, while other individuals have heard unusual whispering and chattering around the vessel. People have also reported seeing a red-headed sailor in a white sailor’s suit about the ship. He is most often seen on the different decks. Sometimes the ghost is spotted with a smile on his face while standing in close proximity to a ladder.
If you want to get out of the big city for your scares, head southwest to Richmond, where you will find the Richmond Jail. The station, built in 1897, was the only county jail at the time. When the jail was in operation the sheriff and his family lived on the first floor, while inmates occupied the other floors. The jail had gallows, solitary cells and a kitchen, which are still maintained today for historical purposes.
Reported Experiences: Renovated to be operational in the 2000s, employees and inmates have reported lights turning on and off, equipment turning on and off, and sounds coming from the gallows areas at all hours of the day.