It’s almost October which means Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s about time to start the festivities. Forget scary movies and haunted houses with actors that jump out at you – in Texas, there are too many places to see REAL ghosts to bother with things like that. Here are 11 places in our state where you’re almost guaranteed to spot paranormal activity.
1. Bragg Road (Saratoga)
I myself am very much a skeptic, but this place makes me question my beliefs every time I go. There are no logical explanations for what I've seen here. The infamous Bragg Light is real - it stays the same distance ahead of you even as you approach it, it isn't headlights, and it likely isn't swamp gas either because that's usually not white. If you want to see something you can't explain, I can say with 100% certainty that Bragg Road will make your wish come true.
2. Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)
This hotel just has creepy written all over it between the Victorian architecture and the fact that it's run-down and abandoned now. Plenty of people, including the owner's mistress who jumped off the roof to her death, have met their demise in the hotel, so there's no doubting the possibility of seeing a ghost peering out at you from one of the windows.
3. Presidio La Bahia (Goliad)
It makes sense that this mission would be haunted considering all the bloodshed that occurred here many decades ago. You just might see uniformed soldiers walking around on the grounds...no need to be afraid, though; I've heard they're friendly.
4. The Jefferson Hotel (Jefferson)
This hotel is thought to be one of the most haunted in the country. Guests have reported mysterious knocking on their doors at all hours of the night, footsteps running down the hall, children laughing, doors opening by themselves, and many more inexplicable occurrences. If you're brave enough, you can stay for yourself and see what all the hype is about...
5. Hotel Galvez (Galveston)
The Galvez is just as menacing and foreboding as it looks - at least, Room 505 definitely is. "The Lovelorn Lady" still inhabits this room after hanging herself in it upon hearing of her husband's death at sea. You may smell a fragrant, flowery scent, or merely feel an eerie presence all around you, but you'll experience her at some point during your stay. Especially if you decide to stay in that infamous room.
6. The Alamo (San Antonio)
Of course I couldn't forget The Alamo. It has a bloodier history than arguably any building in the country, so it makes sense that some paranormal activity would be almost commonplace here. Visitors have reported and even captured pictures and videos of apparitions walking around outside the mission.
7. Granbury Opera House (Granbury)
This opera house has a phantom of its own, and he's a tall man wearing all black right on down to his boots. Some people say this mysterious figure is the ghost of John Wilkes Booth. After all, he did perform in this theatre many times.
8. Menger Hotel (San Antonio)
This historic hotel is home to many lingering spirits. There are countless accounts from guests of things going bump in the night that the hotel staff can't explain. Regardless, many people still choose to stay in the hotel despite knowing what they're in for. Will you be one of those people?
9. Woman Hollering Creek (Guadalupe County)
Somewhere between Houston and San Antonio lies one of the many places across the Southern US where the tale of La Llorona has been passed down to every generation. The legend is that a divorced woman with a child finally met another man who happened to not like children. Before telling him of her own son, she drowned the boy in a desperate attempt to keep her new lover. She was then overcome with grief and killed herself. Passersby sometimes catch a glimpse of a woman in a flowing white dress walking along the riverbank, silently weeping for the baby whose life she took.
10. Baby Head Cemetery (Llano)
According to lore, this cemetery got its name after Native Americans beheaded a young girl and mounted her head on a stick as a warning to anyone thinking about invading their land. Visitors have heard strange noises like a baby crying with no logical source.
11. Enchanted Rock (Fredericksburg)
This gorgeous natural monolith might be harboring something more sinister than any of us could imagine. Native Americans reported seeing mysterious flames at its peak and hearing creaking and groaning in the middle of the night. Are those normal sights and sounds of nature or perhaps the manifestations of spirits?
12. Driskill Hotel (Austin)
This old-fashioned hotel has its fair share of ghostly rumors and folklore, as do most of its kind. The difference is that numerous guests and hotel staff have firsthand accounts of their experiences. You too can join the club if you make the brave decision to spend the night here.
Have you seen a ghost at any of these places? Where else in Texas is undeniably haunted? Tell us your stories!