It’s that time of year again, when the leaves turn brown and fall off the trees and children and adults start thinking about dressing up at the end of the month.
It’s the beginning of fall. That means we’re well on our way to Halloween, the scariest time of the year.
If you live in Houston, you don’t have to pony up a ton of cash to go to the haunted house if you want to scare the bejesus out of your family. All you need is a good story about a haunted place and some gas money. And Houston has been blessed with plenty of haunted places.
Start by getting everyone warmed up with a good ghost story at home or in the car. You probably don’t want to convince your kids that their house is haunted if you ever want them to sleep in their own beds ever again. Depending on their age, you might want to reassure them that your house is NOT haunted.
Then take them to one of these creepy, haunted places in Houston. Even if you don’t believe in the paranormal, it can be really fun to watch your kids’ eyes play tricks on them after you tell them a scary story and take them to a “haunted” place.
Jefferson Davis Hospital
The hospital was built in 1924, and it regularly appears on haunted top-10 lists. Hospitals are creepy even when they’re still running. Defunct hospitals are super-duper creepy, especially when they have the patina of age on them. It’s not hard to see why the place is haunted. It was build on top of a burial ground. Not just any old burial ground though, but one for confederate soldiers, city politicians, and slaves. That and I’m sure plenty of people died in the hospital itself. Even though the building was recently renovated and turned into lofts, walking the ground after hearing a ghost story will make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up – even if you don’t see anything.
Founders Memorial Cemetery
It would stand to reason that all cemeteries are haunted. You don’t necessarily have to go to a “haunted” cemetery for a good scare. Any old cemetery will due, assuming you visit at night. A cool, overcast day has the same effect. But the Founders Cemetery takes it a step further. People have reported seeing menacing, full-bodies ghosts walking the premises. You’ll also find an image of Robert Barr’s face weathered into his gravestone.
The Spaghetti Warehouse
This building in downtown Houston used to be a pharmacy. As legend has it, a young pharmacist fell down an open elevator shaft and died. His grief-stricken wife never recovered, and she died just a year later. The ghosts that haunt the building are said to rearrange furniture, throw silverware about, and pull on diners’ hair. This location also regularly shows up on haunted top 10 lists. Grab some food with the family and tell ghosts stories while you eat.