Halloween is right around the corner. Beginning Oct. 1, stores are full of pumpkin decorations and flavors, costumes adorn shelves in every clothing store and haunted houses begin to open their doors. Who doesn’t like celebrating with a little spooky fun? Instead of experiencing a fake haunted house, why not test your bravery by staying in a haunted hotel instead? Here are 10 haunted hotels in Texas that you should visit for Halloween.
10. Hotel Faust
Located in New Braunfels, Texas, the Hotel Faust was built in 1929 and is said to be haunted by Walter Faust Sr., who randomly roams the halls at night. Orbs, floating objects and other paranormal phenomena have also been reported. Said to be one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, the history in the area is rich and full of life.
9. Hotel Paisano
Marfa is famous for its mysterious flickering lights, so it’s no surprise that other reports of paranormal activity around town have been documented, including in the Hotel Paisano. You can stay inside the “James Dean Room,” where the legendary actor stayed during his last movie filming. You may just spot Dean himself, or the hotel’s former owner, who many guests and workers have spotted roaming the halls.
8. Gage Hotel
The Gage Hotel, located in Marathon, Texas, is said to be the home of three spirits. According to reports, the ghosts walk the halls of the hotel in the original building and make their way across the porch. Guests have complained about the sounds of someone screaming, and several residents think one of the ghosts is the hotel’s original builder, Alfred Gage.
7. 1910 State Hotel
A small town in west Texas is home to the 1910 State Hotel, formerly the Landmark Hotel. This old building had been a number of businesses in the past leading up to its current state. There have been reports of appliances turning on and off on their own and of footsteps have been heard when no one was around. According to one story, a little girl lost her locket one night and went to bed very upset. The next morning, the locket was neatly placed on the pillow next to her when she woke up.
6. Jefferson Hotel
Located in Marion County, the historic Jefferson Hotel garners attention as a place of supernatural happenings. There are accounts of strange noises, loud footsteps in the hall, ghostly meetings and cold spots. There is even talk of a Bigfoot-like creature that stalks the heavily wooded area around the eerie lake near the hotel. Among the legends is one of a couple who stayed in room 5, whose young son awakened them because a man in a long coat and high boots would not leave him alone. One guest also recounted seeing a petite blonde woman floating down the stairs smiling at him, disappearing before she reaching the bottom.
5. Inn at Pearl Street
The Inn at Pearl Street is located in Austin, Texas, off of the popular West Campus area. It dates back to the early 1900s when it was the home of Judge Charles A. Wilcox and his family. The house was abandoned for several years until Jill Beckford, the current owner, turned it into the Inn at Pearl Street. Reportedly, people have noticed apparition of a woman dressed in white sitting in a rocker with two babies. Others have also reported music, lights flickering and other noises while the place was empty and even without power. The ghosts however, are said to be “friendly.”
4. Stockyards Hotel
The Stockyards in Fort Worth are known to have some paranormal activity. Not excluded from this activity is the Stockyards Hotel. The hotel has been a rest stop to country music legends and famous outlaws. Room 305 is named after the hotels most notorious criminal guests, Bonnie and Clyde. It’s said that the water in the bathroom turns on and off by itself. There have also been reports of a ghostly little girl getting off the elevator on the second floor and vanishing after a few steps. Staff and guests have also complained about TVs and radios turning on by themselves. It’s said that several of these paranormal pranks are the work of Jake, an employee who died.
3. The Driskill Hotel
Built by Civil War Col. Jesse Driskill, the The Driskill Hotel, located in Austin, Texas, is a notoriously haunted hotel. It’s said to be the second most haunted hotel in the country. The “Hotel of Dreams” was an upscale luxury hotel which was met with tragedy. After less than a year of being opened, there was a documented death a Senator’s daughter who tragically fell down the main staircase while chasing after a ball. Guests claim to hear her laughing throughout the hallways. The second most famous story of the hotel is that of the suicide brides. Two women, both on their honeymoon, committed suicide in Room 525, 20 years apart. The room had so much reported phenomena that hotel staff eventually closed it off entirely. However, upon reconstruction of the hotel in 1998, the room was reopened, although the stories of apparitions and unexplained leaks continue to this day.
2. The Ott Hotel
The Ott Hotel, originally a 50-room inn, is located in Liberty, Texas. It was built to house passengers from the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and the town boomed with the discovery of large oil fields. Several strange incidents have been reported in the Ott Hotel, including doors slamming by themselves, the sounds of heavy footsteps when no one’s around, lights going on and off by themselves and loud knocking. Male and female voices have often been heard arguing in an empty room. Spectral bodies have reportedly been seen. Some reports are of a woman wearing a white nightgown, others of a tall figure in a black hat and coat. Many guests have reported seeing a man dressed in blue or a well-dressed red-headed woman. It’s been said that the hotel’s security cameras have even captured the doors opening and caught the sounds of people arguing.
1. Hotel Galvez
This beautiful, old hotel in Galveston has seen many storms in its day. It’s seen all kinds of changes, some that have lead to the untimely demise of guests and locals alike, so it only makes sense that their spirits still haunt the building today. Legend has it that the Hotel Galvez was built where an orphan asylum previously sat. It’s said that during a hurricane in the early 1900s, all but three children died. A little girl, presumably one from the orphanage, is said to roam the lower levels of the hotel.
The Hotel Galvez is best known for the ghost story of a young bride-to-be. It’s said that she checked into room 501 to wait for her fiancé, a sailor who was still at sea. She allegedly would climb onto the main roof every time her fiancé’s ship was to be in port. Word got back to the woman that her lover’s ship had been lost at sea due to a storm. Not wanting to live without him, she hung herself. It’s said that days after she did so, her fiancee showed up only to find that it was too late.