Haunted Places in Kyle, Texas
Buda Antique Mall
The antiques mall is rumoured to be haunted by four spirits, including a ghostly cat and a female presence that is attached to an armoire located at the rear of the store. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Thompson Island Bridge
San marcos, texas.
Thompson Island Bridge is said to be a favorite spot for the spirit of a Confederate soldier. His apparition, with his rifle, is said to appear more often before or during times of war. According to legend, the man lived in a nearby cabin and had made a promise with ...
This Home Depot is rumored to be haunted by a ghost employees call Fred. Actually, according to a report, the ghost is a craftsman named Herbert who passed away at age 74 in his workshop. He was cremated, and his ashes were let go in the outdoor garden section of ...
Austin Pizza Garden
People have reported seeing floating heads watching them in the pizza parlour. Staff and diners alike have also reported seeing weird apparitions roaming the empty lot behind the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
St. Edward's University
There are three popular spots with the haunts at St. Edward's University, according to student lore. One is Doyle Hall where a ghostly nun turns on the showers. Another is Mary Moody Northern Theatre, where the ghost of a young man who hanged himself using the sandbag ropes spooks witnesses. ...
Walter Tips House
House has a dark energy around it at night. It seems out of place in new location. There's probably a good reason its used by a bank because humans sense its not habitable at night. If you are drawn to these kinds of places you will go into the property and ...
Canyon lake, texas.
This beautiful scenic spot in Texas hill country is said to be haunted by a Native American cattle herder named Drago, a fatally injured miner's widow, and the spirit of a wolf. Other spirits seen here include Confederate soldiers, Spanish monks, and an apparition that appears on the hoods of ...
At this historic hotel, there is a portrait of a little girl holding some flowers on the third floor that causes a bit of a buzz -- literally as well as figuratively. Folks say that when they look at it, they get a curious tingling sensation of their heels being ...
Omni Austin Hotel
Rumor has it that the ghost at this hotel is the spirit of a man, Jack, who committed suicide by jumping off the balcony. Since he was unable to pay his tab, his name still remains in the computer log. Night staff say they can hear Jack in his room ...
The San Marcos River Entity
An invisible presence haunts the banks of the San Marcos River. An ominous feeling and impressions in the grass mark the place where the invisible presence passes.
Stage Stop Ranch
Guests and people driving by have reported seeing a shadowy figure hanging from a tree near the front of the ranch, as well as a wagon that drives past by itself late at night. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Texas Governor's Mansion
The 1853 mansion that was home to several Texas governors is said to be haunted. According to reports, the north bedroom is haunted by former governor Pendleton Murrah's nineteen year old nephew. He shot himself when the girl he loved refused his offer of marriage. The ghost of Sam Houston ...
Rumored to once have been a brothel, the tavern is believed to be haunted by a murdered prostitute named Emily. So the story goes, she and her daughter were killed by soldiers in the 1940s. Witnesses have been pinched, tapped, and watched by an unseen presence, and have heard the ...
Inn at Pearl Street
A ghost or two are said to haunt this inn, an 1896 building that was originally a private home for Judge Charles A. Wilcox and family. It had fallen into disrepair by the 1980s, and it was purchased and renovated as an inn in the 1990s. The apparition of a ...
Allegedly haunted by the original mistress of the house Alice Littlefield. She is variously reported to have been either insane or possibly agoraphobic, whatever the case, it appears that she rarely left the house in life and it is claimed that her ghost still haunts it to this day. ...
New braunfels, texas.
Once a 1920s electric cotton gin and now a Tex-Mex restaurant, Adobe Verde is the home of Frank, a ghost who likes to play pranks. According to local legend, Frank was a groundskeeper and a victim of unrequited love--he hanged himself from the rafters, and his spirit never left the ...
There have been newspaper articles written about this hotel's ghost. It has been seen drifting in the hallways on an upper floor, floating through closed doors, and turning the water and electricity on an off, among other things.
Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital
Mr. Davis himself is said to haunt this hospital. Staff have reported that doors open and close by themselves and medicine has been knocked to the ground before their eyes.
Milam Street is haunted, locals say, by a headless ghost. Although the ghost's identity is unknown, his pattern is unwavering: He walks from Riverside Cemetery due north. He's thought to be a Confederate soldier who lost his head to a cannonball.
Texas Lutheran University
The Wupperman Theatre is said to house the ghost of a small girl wearing a blue dress, and she seems to want to play hide-and-seek. Lights flicker and the trap door opens by itself at times. In the Trinity Building dorm, lights can be seen to flicker on and off, ...
Colorado River Forest
This location has had numerous sightings of Slenderman. There is a large forest where you can find symbols marked on trees, as well as abandoned buildings. Many sigtings of UFOS's have been reported as well. This place is a hot spot for cryptid activity. (Submitted by Morgan)
The 1900's building that houses the bar used to be a funeral home and a mortuary. It is rumoured to be haunted by those who were kept there prior to their burial, and were unable to move on. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Woman Hollering Creek
This creek was most probably named after the La Llorona myth. La Larona (the Weeping Woman) is the hispanic boogey-woman. She appears everywhere and the story is always the same: a woman drowns her child in a river/lake/ocean/pond/drainage ditch/bathtub and then spends all eternity wailing for her ...
Comanche Lookout Park
San antonio, texas.
Built by a local man long ago who wanted his home to look like a castle, this property is now owned by the city of San Antonio. It is said that strange lights are often seen coming out of the tower.
Saint James Inn
The 1914 historic inn was built by a merchant seaman, and is allegedly haunted by the former owner, his daughter and three other separate entities. Guest reports range from being awoken by a ghostly man in a dinner suit to seeing a female spirit in old-fashioned clothing roaming the ...
Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall
The Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall dates back to 1910, when the building served as a bordello and a speakeasy. Now rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in the state, the paranormal activity reported at the establishment ranges from appliances turning on and off of ...
The 1925 historic theater is rumoured to be haunted by the apparitions of a man, a woman and a child. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Georgetown Art Center
In this 1894 former firehouse, visitors have reported hearing disembodied footsteps and have seen the apparition of a man in old-fashioned cowboy attire. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
This antiques store is rumoured to be haunted by three spirits from a historical era. Dating back to 1895, much of the paranormal activity, including strange noises and items being thrown by unseen hands, has been reported in the upstairs section of the shop. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Williamson County Courthouse
The 1911 courthouse building is haunted by a woman in a long dress, who has been seen throughout the building wandering around in a dazed state. In the archival room, book pages have been known to flip over by themselves, and a ghostly man has been seen vanishing around ...
Dating back to (you guessed it) 1894, this old building is now an artists studio. The place is haunted by Luther Saint Paul Miller, a former owner. His apparition used to be seen standing at the top of the staircase, but he has not been seen since the interior ...
Masonic Building - Gumbo's North
A restaurant serving delicious southern cuisine now stands on the premises of this 1900 masonic building, which is rumoured to be haunted. Former tenants of the upstairs apartments reported that doors would open and close of their own accord, and cold spots and a strange presence were also felt. (Submitted ...
M.B. Lockett Building
The third floor of 1896 building is haunted. Housing a banquet hall, staff would often report hearing disembodied footsteps and furniture moving around from the otherwise empty room. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Spanish Main Apartments
Numerous sightings of a little boy in period clothing roaming the apartment complex. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Victoria's Black Swan Inn
A variety of ghostly activity has been claimed at this current wedding venue. Full-body apparitions, dolls moving location, eerie music, cold spots, doors opening and closing under their own volition and other haunted happenings.
Fort Sam Houston
The Officer's Quarters are said to be haunted. People claim that items move around on their own volition and people claim to see lights when there is no one there.
McNay Art Museum
The mistress of the home where the art museum is housed is said to haunt the west wing of the museum. Staff and visitors often claim to hear her humming and some claim to have seen her.
North Star Mall
Allegedly haunted by "shadows" that brush past you and whisper your name.
Alamo Quarry Theatre
Rumors abound that there was a body buried in the foundation of the theater. In addition, people claim there are cold spots and issues with the lights. Some people who claim to have worked there say they've seen the ghost of a child in the projection room.
Brackenridge Villa Mansion - Fernridge
Alamo heights, texas.
If you go to other websites, you'll see this stunning piece of haunting "evidence": There is proof that this place has been lived on for 7.000 years! Wow. And what does that have to do with it being haunted? We aren't sure, but other sites claim to find that ...
Caribbean Apartments - Willow Run Apartments
Formerly a motel, these apartments have lingering spirits from their violent early days. Crying women, running children's footsteps, and loud thumps can be heard; lights and toilets will activate on their own; and children who reside here are said to occasionally see and play with children's spirits.
University of the Incarnate Word
In the main administration building, which was built in 1922, there is said to be a spirit of a little boy playing with a bouncng ball on the 3rd floor. The 4th floor was once used as a quarantine area for TB, and many spirits are said to linger from ...
At the Chapman Graduate Center, you may feel an intense desire to get out of the building. At the Holt Center, you may experience a similar feeling.
Bullis House Inn Bed and Breakfast
The old inn was built in 1906 on the grounds of the site of an old prison, and inn staff and guests have seen the apparition of an American Indian chief roaming the second floor the inn. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Terrell Castle - Lambermont
Haunted by the former owner who committed suicide there. In addition there are apparently ghostly children who play on the stairs.
The 1908 antique store is haunted by a young boy in old-fashioned clothing. Running footsteps and ghostly laughter have also been reported here. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Country Spirit - La Mansion
La Mansion Mexican restaurant, formerly El Chaparral and before that, Country Spirit, is said to be haunted by three ghosts named David, Augustine and Fred. David is the spirit of a teen who, according to local lore, drowned in the upstairs bathroom's claw-foot tub and he still haunts that room. ...
Dienger Building - Boerne Public Library
Dienger Building or Boerne Public Library was built by Joseph and Ida Dienger in 1887. It was originally a dry-goods grocery store with the family living quarters upstairs. When the city purchased the building in 1991, ghost stories began to be told. Locals saw lights going on and off in ...
Ye Kendall Inn
At Ye Kendall Inn, according to local lore, reside the spirits of Erastus and Sarah Reed, who bought the land on which the inn stands in 1859. The Old Reed House, as it was called back then, was a stagecoach stop. Reports say the spots most often visited by the ...
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Halloween is less than a week away, and we’re sure that by now, your house is decorated, you’ve watched The Nightmare Before Christmas at least once or twice, and you’ve mastered your costume, or at least have an idea of what to do. If not, you can always scrape together something from Goodwill or your closet, right? If you’ve done all of the above (or even if you haven’t) and you’re looking for some fall and Halloween-related activities, there are a TON of things to do in Central Texas to help get you outside and into the spirit of the fall.
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One great way to do so is to visit a pumpkin patch. Kyle has its own at the Kyle United Methodist Church , which is open for your pumpkin pleasure until Halloween day. The patch’s hours are 2:30 p.m. to dusk, Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to dusk, Saturday; and noon to dusk on Sunday. When the season started, KUMC had over 1,300 pumpkins to choose from, and, with such a starting collection, there are still plenty of pumpkins for you and your family to carve or paint. If you’re up for more of an adventure, or just want to get out-of-town for some fun, Sweetberry Farm in Marble Falls and the Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop both offer more fall fun than just pumpkin patches. Sweetberry Farms’ festivities take place 6 days a week (save for Wednesday) and includes scarecrow hayrides, corn mazes for all ages, a petting zoo, ice cream, picnics and more. Parking and entrance to the farm is free, but there are some small charges for the activities. More information about Sweetberry Farm is available here . And info about Barton Hill Farms’ fall festivities, here .
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Haunted Houses are also fun ways to get in the spirit, and the area around Kyle is known for having some scary ones. Up in Austin, the House of Torment was recently voted one of the scariest haunted houses in the NATION by Haunt World. Three different haunted houses make up the House of Torment, and general admission to all three of them is just $24.99. House of Torment is open nightly until Halloween, and after Halloween they’re open on Fridays and Saturdays until November 16 th . You probably want to keep the kids at home for this one though, as it’s a pretty rough ride – but maybe you’ve got a trooper with nerves of steel who can handle the spookiness Other area haunted houses include the Shivers Haunted House and the 13 th Floor Haunted House , both a little further away in San Antonio.
For a little tamer Halloween fun, the Kyle public library is hosting a Halloween movie night and a Halloween story time the Tuesday and Wednesday before the big day. And the “R We There Yet Mom” blog has a robust list of family-friendly events taking place throughout the month across Central Texas, including the Halloween Children’s Concert from the Austin Symphony on October 27 th , Goblins in the Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in South Austin and the Umlauf’s Pumpkin Sculpting Competition.
So here’s to fall fun, being scared and eating lots of candy. Hope you and yours have a very Happy Halloween!
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Milburn and Rhonda King stand outside their home in The Trails subdivision in Kyle, as they decorate their yard and transform their home into a Halloween haunted house. It has been a tradition for the couple for the last 17 years. To see more of their decorations before they are taken down, visit 911 Whispering Hollow Drive in Kyle.
Roslyn Walker and Brandon Hall slowly observe the intricate details of the new additions at the home of Milburn and Rhonda King with this year’s Th...
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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Are you looking for scary things to do for Halloween in Tyler, TX? If it's fear you seek, it's fear you'll find at the World of Khaos. The goriest haunted house experience in East Texas is the area's best when it comes to walk through array of "hands off" fright. If you think you can handle the nightmares that'll haunt you for weeks, plan to visit our haunted house this fall. You can visit both of our houses for just $20. Tickets must be purchased at door. Check out the schedule for special "lights out" Sundays and we will "see" you there!! Ticket Pricing
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So, you're actually considering visiting World of Khaos. You really want to know more about our Halloween event in Tyler, TX? Well, this year's haunted house theme is buried until we're ready to exhume it, but there are some things you should know about the experience. Keep this in mind as you shuffle to World of Khaos this fall:
- We have two haunted houses on our property, and we take the production seriously to deliver the most terrifying experience possible.
- We hire professional law enforcement officers as actors. They're there to keep you entertained and safe.
Great haunted house. They got me a few times
Best haunted house ever! Very nice people, made for a great experience.
Top notch haunt with excellent prop work and actors. Really great value for the ticket price compared to many other large haunts
I am not easily scared, but they managed to make me jump a couple of times. There was one poor girl that totally lost it. She literally bit her boyfriend's arm. I had a great time. Glad I wasn't her boyfriend.
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Everything u expect from a haunted house!!! Loved it! Great experience!!!
Went last night it was amazing this and dark hour was the best ones I've went to so far I got there just in time was the last one left to go it was scary and the costumes and characters were great will definitely return
A fun haunt. Capable of making you jump and scream. Always a great time.
Enjoyed it....Was fun.
It was awesome our group ranged in ages 14-45 and we were all scared it was one of the best haunted houses we have ever been too!
Went there on "black out" night with my kids. The actors were fantastic. They send small groups in waves so you got the full effect.
Opening night and the new theme was amazing! Even better than last year... Was almost too scared to go in the second house � Best haunted house in East Texas!
Super fun haunted house! The decor was definitely awesome and got lotsa screams out of the kiddos!! We got there early and got to listen to them warming up, chanting and screaming, definitely added to the vibe! Recommended!
Wonderful haunted house, had my kids shaking and in tears!!! I don't scare easy and this scared me. Definitely worth it!!
Excellent job with rooms and actors! Great job Hostel and the rest of the crew!
I had an amazing time tonight! It was just the right amount of scary and the people who work there are amazing. My son was scared to go in at first but they calmed him and reassured him that everything was gonna be ok!
Loved it!! Had a lot of fun definitely got scared and the owner was super nice!
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What are the most haunted places in Texas?
From historic hotels to spooky swimming holes, Texas has no shortage of spine-chilling locations to visit.
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San Antonio's Menger Hotel is considered a hot spot for hauntings.
October is more than halfway over, which means spooky season is in full swing. You can find a haunted house or pumpkin patch in just about every city in Texas, but what about real hauntings in the Lone Star State?
From abandoned hospitals to historic hotels, Texas has its fair share of haunted locations. Kristina Downs, director of the Texas Folklore Society and an assistant professor at Tarleton State University, joined the Standard to tell listeners about the most spine-chilling sites. Listen to the interview above or read the transcript below.
This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity:
Texas Standard: When someone asks you about top haunted locations in Texas, what sites come to mind?
Kristina Downs: One that definitely comes to mind is the Menger Hotel, which is in San Antonio. It’s right downtown near the Alamo. It opened in 1859 and had a colorful history, and that’s led to some colorful hauntings.
What’s so spooky about it? It looks grand and beautiful.
It is absolutely beautiful. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War, which would have led to a lot of deaths there. There was also a fire there in 1924, which didn’t result in any fatalities, but added to the traumatic history.
There was a chambermaid named Sallie White who was murdered in the lobby of the hotel by her husband. According to the story, she actually ran to the hotel trying to get away from him, and he shot her in the lobby. The owner of the hotel paid for her funeral. Maybe that shows what a devoted employee she was, because she still is seen in the hotel folding laundry, carrying linens around – still very much acting as she would have as a chambermaid.
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The Menger Hotel in 1865.
What other stories have you heard from the Menger?
The famous Texas figure, Richard King, of the King Ranch, also died there in 1885. He’s still seen around the hotel. Apparently, it was his favorite hotel. He asked to be taken there as he knew he was at the end of his life.
Teddy Roosevelt also hangs out at the Menger Hotel in the bar. He apparently went there to recruit for the Rough Riders and will still strike up conversations with people in the hotel bar, trying to recruit them to join the Rough Riders.
Those are great stories. Hit us with some more of these haunted tales.
Close to where I am in Erath County, we have McDow Hole, which is connected with Green Creek as a deep water hole. There’s a lot of different stories about pioneer families being murdered there.
There was one woman in particular, Jenny Papworth, whose murder was never solved. In fact her body was never found – nor was that of her infant child. Her spirit is said to appear beside the train tracks near the hole. When the railroad was more active, she would be seen standing by the railroad holding her baby.
These things take on a life of their own, don’t they?
They absolutely do.
Why do you think that is? Is Texas unique in any way, or is this universal – the phenomenon of ghosts lingering long after their human personages are gone?
I don’t think we’re unique. You have those stories everywhere, but they say everything is bigger in Texas. I think that definitely applies to our ghost stories.
Texans are also storytellers by nature. You know, we love to share stories. I think that leads also to these stories spreading and being told. The more they spread, the more they can get embellished or start to take on new characteristics.
A lot of listeners are in the mood to get spooked. Do you have another one that you can share with us?
In Mineral Wells, there’s Hill House , which claims to be the most haunted house in Texas. It was a brothel and a bootlegging operation back when Mineral Wells was at its height. There’s been several deaths on the property, and you can actually go there and do ghost hunting. You can book a tour.
People get scratched. They hear voices. There’s videos you can find online of doors unlocking by themselves, banging noises, any of those kinds of things.
There’s got to be some truth underlying this somewhere, right? It’s not as if people are making these stories up. There must have been some noise, some visual indication that led people to think that they were seeing some paranormal phenomenon, no?
I absolutely think that there’s a truth to these stories, you know? I’ve had some spooky experiences myself in pretty mundane locations. But I think that sometimes when you’re looking for things, you might be more likely to notice them. It’s not even necessarily that you’re imagining things – maybe these things are happening all the time, and we are more likely to notice it if we know that it’s a place that’s haunted.
These older houses… Sure, they can have creaks and things like that that just happen in older buildings. But I think sometimes there are things that we don’t understand yet.
As director of the Texas Folklore Society, how do you interpret some of these ghost stories on a personal level? Do you tend to think of them as fiction or do you tend to put a little bit more fact into the scale?
Something one of my folklore professors once told me is that there’s truth in all stories. So, I don’t think my job as a folklorist is to try to figure out, ‘okay, is this paranormal?’ but to figure out why people are telling these stories. What can I learn about people, about their community, from listening to the stories they tell? What can those tell me about their beliefs?
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Why do you think that we are so interested in these kinds of spooky stories?
You know, they do surveys every so often that show that, even as we’re very scientifically educated as a society, about three quarters of Americans still believe in some kind of supernatural thing. I think we can get a little bit removed from that sense of wonder in our everyday lives, because everything is so rational.
There’s nothing wrong with that; I fully believe in science and rationality. Sometimes, we need something that’s a little bit more, something that goes beyond that – that sense of wonder. I think the scary stories give us some of that. There’s a thrill to hearing a story that makes your spine shiver and your hair stand on end, which I think we all enjoy.
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