Among cities within the United States, Houston is a popular one. So popular, in fact, that is the most populated city in all of Texas, and the fourth most populated city in the nation. Not only is it architecturally pleasing, but places to go and things to do are positively endless. And it’s filled with extremely haunted locales.
Are you in the mood to celebrate your love for the paranormal in full? Consider checking out the places on this list, as they are considered the most haunted places to visit in Houston.
10 Most Insanely Haunted Places To Visit In Houston
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10) La Carafe
Looking for stuff to do in Houston? Why not check out the oldest bar in the city? La Carafe was established during the early 1950s, but the building itself dates back to 1847, before the Civil War.
The building was first used as a bakery, where freshly baked bread would be made for Confederate soldiers. At La Carafe, you can sip your glass of wine, and listen to the sounds of Etta James and Louis Armstrong emanating from the jukebox. This bar is the perfect place to not only revel in history, but in ghosts.
The apparition of a large man has been seen on the second floor of the building. One guest reported that the apparition looked as if he were about to speak, but nothing but blood came pouring out of his lips. Since then, the good folks of Houston who routinely visit La Carafe stick to the happy (and safe) first floor.
9) Cinemark Tinseltown
If you’re on the hunt for fun things to do in Houston at night, then consider visiting the Cinemark Tinseltown theater. From the outside it looks like it could be an ordinary movie theater, but they offer up so many services to the public, it’s hard not to be impressed. Whether you’re looking for a new weekend church service (yes, they have one in the theater!) or if you need a place to show off your directorial prowess, Cinemark can help.
Not to mention a traditional night of popcorn and the latest flick. It’s been said that Tinseltown is the permanent home of the ghost of a boy and man who lived on the property long before it was a public attraction. Recently a few guests claimed to have seen the ghost boy in a storage closet.
The movie-goers were shocked and frightened when, out of nowhere, the apparition of the man appeared and chopped the boy’s head off clean with a machete. Those who have unfortunately witnessed this horrible scene believe they are seeing how the boy wound up dying in the first place. And he is meant to live it over and over again.
8) The Rice Hotel
While the Rice building is still intact, and is now a registered historic place, the Rice Hotel is no more. Originally built in 1881, the hotel replaced what was once the former Capitol building of the Republic of Texas. The hotel was a huge success but eventually dwindled in popularity.
The Rice Hotel officially closed its doors in 1977, and remained empty for twenty-one years. However, in 1998, the historic building was converted into apartments, called The Rice Lofts. Now, the building boosts a heated pool and meditation room, a fitness center, a library as well as a salon.
There are some locals and visitors who are weary to step inside the Rice Lofts, however…They believe that a malicious spirit put a curse on the building after it was shut down in 1977. Since then, a few residents on the upper floors have said that they have started having horrific visions, such as waking up to blood soaked sheets.
7) Jefferson Davis Hospital
Jefferson Davis Hospital is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Houston, and rightfully so. The facility was built in 1924, and primarily served local indigenous groups. However, when a new hospital opened its doors in 1939, Jefferson Davis no longer had a set purpose.
It was used as a storage facility up until 2003, when a huge project was undertaken by the city. Costing over six million dollars, Jefferson Davis was converted into luxurious artists’ lofts, and other residential living spaces. But why is it so haunted?
The hospital was built over a city cemetery that had been established during the 1840s. While many tombstones were relocated, the bodily remains themselves never were. Now, the dead rise at night, and can be heard whispering incessantly from the closets in the posh new lofts.
6) Spaghetti Warehouse
There are several downtown Houston restaurants, but none with such a vivacious history as Spaghetti Warehouse. The building dates back to the early 1900s. Today, this family friendly restaurant offers up delicious home style meals, and pays tribute to its past by having a historic trolley smack in the middle of the restaurant, as trolleys were a common sight outside of the building when it first opened.
Before the restaurant, the warehouse was used as a produce store. During that time, it is said that an employee once plunged to his death due to an out of order elevator. It’s also believed that a woman died there after falling down the stairs.
Last spring, a young girl caused a huge scene in the restaurant, claiming she saw a scary looking woman with a bent neck standing on the stairwell. When the little girl looked up at the woman, the woman stared back, and continued to shift her head until her vertebrae could be seen, poking out from the wretched woman’s hair.
5) Hotel ICON
There are so many cool places to visit in Houston, you may not get it all done in one day. Thus, a few nights at the Hotel Icon might be a vital part of your trip. The facility itself was built in 1911, to serve as the headquarters for a prominent finance company.
In 2004, The building was revamped and made into the luxurious hotel it is today. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Houston, as well as a place to relax and unwind, look no further than the Houston Hotel Spa, located within Icon. Explore the city by day, and indulge in a massage or body wrap in the evening.
Unfortunately, the building is not without its tragedies…After the Great Depression, it is said that a few people elected to commit suicide within the building after losing their fortunes. Once in a while, guests of the Hotel Icon will speak about hearing phantom gunshots in their rooms, as well as the sound of a body dropping to the floor.
4) National Museum of Funeral History
Still on the hunt for something both interesting and macabre? Check out the National Museum of Funeral History. Founded in 1992, the museum pays tribute to the funeral services industry, and all those who serve therein.
Explore thirteen unique permanent exhibits, such as the science of embalming, to a historical look at the evolution of hearses. It even has an exhibit honoring the deaths of popes, which began in 2005. The museum also puts on an annual haunted house!
Although some people believe every day is like a haunted house at the Museum of Funeral History…Some Houston residents claim the building has been haunted since the early beginnings of the museum. Some have claimed to have heard whispers, cries and yelling coming from the coffins that make up the Coffins and Caskets of the Past exhibit.
One terrified visitor even stated that one of the coffins began to violently shake after she walked passed it.
3) The Hotel Galvez
Built in 1911 in the rebirth of a historic hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900, the Hotel Galvez is not only the oldest hotel on the island, but has been deemed one of the most haunted places in Houston. Room 505 is said to be particularly haunted. Guests have reported seeing the apparition of a young woman upon waking in the middle of the night.
After a few seconds, the woman is said to jump off an armoire and strangle herself to death, right in front of guests staying in that room…not that many people make it through an entire night. Despite the haunting, or perhaps because of it, the Hotel Galvez offers up many amenities, including a pool with a swim up bar, a fitness center, spa, and ghost tours every October!
2) Stages Repertory Theatre
In 1978, a group of Houston citizens rallied together in the basement of a brewery and decided to open up their own theater. The theater was met with such praise from the community that by 1985, it moved to a new facility where two stages were constructed. Deemed the Arena and Yeager Theater, respectively.
Stages is one of the few theaters in the area that have year round employment for actors, designers and directors. Rumor has it that a young, blind man died before Stages took over the new facility. Today, those who visit Houston to attend the latest and greatest show will sometimes describe the sensation of being touched by an unseen, cold hand underneath their theater seat.
Some Houston natives believe it is the spirit of the blind man, trying to discern where he is within the building.
1) Memorial Park
If you’re looking for free things to do in Houston this weekend, look to Memorial Park. While there are many parks in Houston, Memorial is one of the largest parks in the entire country. Opened in 1924, the park is over 1,465 acres, and has many recreational sports and events.
It contains a top rated golf course, tennis courts, walking trails, softball, a track, running course, volleyball courts and a pool for swimming laps. Interested in local flora? Be sure to check out the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, located on 155 acres in the park grounds.
Some long-time residents of the city swear Memorial has been haunted since the moment it was first developed. Shadow people have been seen wandering through the trees and gardens in the park. One woman said that when her husband approached one of the mysterious figures, it revealed its face to him. Her husband has refused to speak ever since.
Have you been to any of these haunted places in Houston? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments below.