Y’all had to know another road trip was in the works considering how close it is to Halloween. That’s right, we’re going on a HAUNTED road trip! With our rich history here in Texas, a few ghosts here and there are to be expected. Every town has its own stories, some scarier than others, but we’re going to 8 of the most notoriously haunted places in the state. It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see ghosts at every destination, so grab your bible and some holy water, and lets get this show on the road!
1. Emily Morgan Hotel (San Antonio)
Our first stop is this historic hotel in San Antonio. It was previously a medical arts facility with a hospital and crematorium, so it's no secret why so many guests have reported paranormal sightings like electrical appliances randomly turning off and on and a woman in a white dress who disappears as soon as you lay eyes on her.
2. Driskill Hotel (Austin)
Next up is one of the most notoriously haunted hotels in Texas. It has been around for decades, so it makes sense that a few restless spirits would be lurking inside. People have seen apparitions in the windows, felt as if their face or arms were being touched, and heard people above them...even when they were staying on the top floor. There's also a portrait of a little girl on the third floor that's said to bring about strange feelings to those who look at it - they feel lightheaded and dizzy as they look into her eyes, and the sensation remains for a few hours after the fact.
3. Granbury Opera House (Granbury)
Many people have seen a Phantom of the Opera-esque figure here wearing a black cloak and black boots. There's a rumor that the apparition is that of John Wilkes Booth because he used to perform here in his acting days. Several paranormal groups have captured EVPs with a voice claiming to be Booth, but nobody will ever truly know who haunts this opera.
4. Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)
Even though this hotel is currently closed for renovations, it was haunted long before it shut its doors. Guests used to report sightings of a bloody nude woman, most likely the mistress of the hotel's owner, wandering around on the seventh floor. Apparently, the stress of the affair took its toll on her, and she jumped off the balcony to her death. The other ghost is that of an old man who died in an elevator crash. Why am I mentioning any of this if you can't even stay in the hotel, you may ask? Well, for now, exploring the grounds still gives you plenty of opportunity to see spirits peering out the windows. And the hotel is opening to the public again very soon, so your time to spend the night is drawing nearer every day.
5. Jefferson Hotel (Jefferson)
And here we are at yet another hotel. Texas sure has a lot of haunted hotels, don't we? This one couldn't be left out, though, considering the rumors of the entire town of Jefferson being riddled with spirits. Some of the ghosts here have been known to throw objects at guests and even lock them in their rooms. Other patrons have experienced knocking on the walls and doors, footsteps running down the halls, children laughing, and doors opening of their own accord.
6. Bragg Road (Saratoga)
This is one of my family's and my favorite places to go around Halloween. I myself am a skeptic, yet have no logical explanation for what I've seen here. White orbs have streaked past my face multiple times while sitting in the bed of a truck, and the ever-present glow at the end of the road never gets any closer as you approach it. Is the light that of the headless horseman who supposedly haunts the area? Or is it something like swamp gas? I guess we'll never truly know.
7. Hotel Galvez (Galveston)
Another notoriously haunted hotel in Texas, the Galvez's famous ghost is called "The Lovelorn Lady." She was the wife of a fisherman who hung herself in the fifth floor suite after learning of his death at sea. Many people stay in this hotel, but room 505 is often vacant...are you brave enough to stay there?
8. Presidio la Bahia (Goliad)
It makes complete sense that a former mission would be haunted - I mean, just think about how many soldiers died in battle here, their spirits broken by the hardships of war. Nighttime visitors have reported hearing sharp cries of pain akin to someone being shot, and still others have seen the apparitions of uniformed soldiers walking around. It's more sad than it is scary, but still a paranormal experience that every Texan should get the opportunity to have.