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Halloween is just around the corner, that special time of the year when creepy stories, scary costumes and horror flicks take over the limelight and attempt to scare the daylights out of you. For those who want to stay away from the usual Halloween trick-or-treating, there are other ways to celebrate the age-old tradition. If you’re tired of running around collecting bags of candy or partying the night away in your best vampire or fairytale costume, visiting haunted places to get first-hand experience with the unknown may be your cup of tea. For the more daring and adventurous souls, visit some of Houston’s most haunted places.

The Spaghetti Warehouse
901 Commerce St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-9715

The Spaghetti Warehouse building was converted to a restaurant in 2011, but it was once used for cotton storage and as a pharmaceutical facility back in the 1900s. According to stories, the man who used to own the pharmaceutical shop fell down one night at the elevator shaft, which caused his death. He is said to still live in the warehouse. Strange activities within the restaurant include flying utensils in the kitchen, shoulder tapping and apparitions in photographs.

Elder Street Artists Lofts formerly Jefferson Davis Hospital
1101 Elder St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 223-2787
The hospital, built in 1924, was believed to have been constructed on a burial site used in the 1600s that was later converted to a city cemetery in the 1800s. Since its construction, the hospital had served the medical needs of many confederate soldiers and city officials. Guests report sightings of ghostly figures believed to be of past doctors and nurses haunting the facility as well as other haunted activities. The hospital has recently been transformed into a haven for artists called the Elder Street Artists Lofts.

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The Wunsche Bros. Café
103 Midway St.
Spring, TX 77373
(281) 350-1902

The restaurant, one of the oldest buildings in Old Town Spring, used to be a hotel, a brothel and a rail station. According to stories, one of the former owners of the building, named Charlie, haunts the place and its visitors. Many people have reportedly seen the man in his old hotel room and the café’s balcony. In some instances, employees have also been locked out of the building.

La Carafe
813 Congress St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-9399
A wine bar located in Old Market Square, believed to be the oldest building in Houston, La Carafe’s building was built during the pre-Civil War. It is said to have a haunted second floor, the spot for ghostly sightings and unexplained footsteps. Strange sounds that sounded like someone fixing a drink at the bar have also been reportedly heard by many during the night.

Julia Ideson Building
500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 393-1313
The library, which is now connected to the Houston Public Library’s Central branch, was the city’s main library for five decades, since 1926. Many believe the ghost of the building’s former janitor, who used to live in the old building with his dog, is haunting the facility. The janitor, who was also a violinist, was said to have died in the building in 1936. Guests have heard violin music in the library and sounds that seemed to have been made by a dog scratching its nails on the floor.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.