Spooky Houston – Top Local Mysteries & Ghost Stories

With Halloween quickly approaching, we couldn’t help but give you a good scare! There’s some amazing History that has named the Houston/Galveston region as one of the most haunted regions in the US.

These Houston hot spots will keep adventure seekers on their toes and there’s truly something for everyone!

Here’s our top 4 recommended haunted spots:

The Rice Hotel/Lofts (909 Texas Ave. Houston, TX)—One of the most iconic structures in the Bayou City, it’s most notably known for hosting six Presidents while in office, and the hotel where John F. Kennedy spent his last night before being assassinated in November 1963. It’s said that JFK’s room was haunted with cold spots, rattling doors and beds, orbs of light and a presence. The Rice Hotel has since been renovated into what is now called The Rice, luxury  high-rise apartments, and now those are said to be haunted by ghost dancers on the roof.  If you’re looking for a spooky adventure every day, consider calling this nationally historic icon home.

Glenwood Cemetery(2525 Washington Ave. Houston, TX)—Situated right along the Buffalo Bayou, this 84 acre cemetery provides endless statues and monuments pointing to Houston’s rich history. Just one mile west of Downtown Houston, it serves as the final resting place of many Houston dignitaries. These leaders include the last President of the Republic of Texas, four Governors, and more than twenty Houston Mayors, along with founders of major oil companies, religious and professional bests, and others who have made significant contributions to Houston. This popular landmark is one of the most beautiful in Houston, however, ghost enthusiasts have flocked to it for years given it’s EMF abnormalities and the unsolved murder mystery of the cemetery owner who is believed to haunt the grounds to this day.

La Carafe (813 Congress St. Houston, TX) —Known as the oldest bar in Houston and the oldest commercial building still in use, La Carafe is a popular wine bar destination! Noted for its mellow atmosphere, wine selection, and interesting people, La Carafe offers dimly lit, cozy seating areas where folks can enjoy the tunes ringing from the juke box. The spooky part of La Carafe is that it’s said to be haunted by a former bartender named Carl. It’s been said he can be heard walking around, moving furniture upstairs on the vacant second floor, and he has been seen from the second floor window after closing.  See for yourself at one of Houston’s most historical landmarks!

Hotel Galvez (2024 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, Texas)—Hotel Galvez is known as Queen of the Gulf since being constructed in 1911. This historic hotel has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for its paranormal significance. The hotel, which offers year-round audio ghost tours and special tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hung herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea.

We hope these historic landmarks help you get your “boo” on this Halloween season as you explore the rich history of our great city—it’s a pretty amazing place!

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