Whether or not you truly believe in ghosts, everyone is fascinated by tales of haunted locations and the stories of how they came to be. With Halloween coming up and a chill creeping up in the weather, make sure to check out these haunted areas around Houston – who knows, you may be turned into a believer in the supernatural.
509 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
A fixture of downtown Houston nightlife, this Irish pub is known for great drinks and food as well as a tale of mystery and grief. According to legend, the pub is haunted by the spirit of a homeless woman who was assaulted and murdered in the building, and female patrons of the pub have seen a brunette figure around the second floor bathroom and behind a piece of textured glass near the back of the pub. The spirit is friendly and only appears to female patrons and employees – there has not yet been a sighting by any of the male employees.
Rice Hotel/Rice Lofts
909 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
One of the last places to have hosted President John F. Kennedy before his assassination is rumored to play host to some strange spirits. Now, the hotel has been transformed into the Rice Lofts, where residents have heard strange noises and it is rumored that spirits dance on the roof. As a building that is more than 100 years old and has many interesting stories and people attached to it, one can only guess at what could be hiding in this downtown high-rise. The restaurant Sambuca is in this building and open to the public for any brave Houstonians wishing to get a glimpse.
2328 Broadway St.
Galveston, TX 77550
This old building is one of Galveston’s most beloved historical buildings and is the first brick house to be built in Texas – all the way back in 1858. The eccentric bachelorette Bettie Brown was the mistress of the manor, and you can see her likeness in a life-sized painting that still hangs in the gold room. The Galveston Historical Foundation manages the home now as a museum open to the public, so intrepid ghost hunters can visit the home for themselves to hear one of Bettie Brown’s ghostly piano recitals or see her at the top of the staircase waiting to greet her guests.
Bear Creek Park – Langham Creek Bridge
Area residents say that if you want to experience the haunting of this bridge, you should drive up to the edge of it and turn your car’s lights off to feel the ghosts of Civil War soldiers tap your car as they walk past in parade fashion. Others claim to see a ghostly figure at the other end of the bridge as you turn the bend in the road. Of course, you should always be safe when driving and use your lights when it is dark out.
Cinemark Tinseltown 17
1600 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
This large cineplex in The Woodlands now sits on a plot of land that used to be home to a mobile home park. Moviegoers have said that a young boy and an elderly man can be seen in the parking lot from time to time, looking for their mobile home that is no longer present. Rumor has it that the two were killed in the mobile home park.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.