Keep Austin Spooky
I took a lot of photos of Austin (all the above, all rights reserved).
Highlights include the resident Statesman bats who live under a bridge going into Downtown Austin, the 1886 Driskill Hotel and a stop by Voodoo Donuts!
*There are no signs that the bats are vampiric. They’re one the world’s largest bat colonies!
Here’s a video I took of the bats taking off one lovely evening:
My screenwriting friend April M. Sanchez lives in Austin and has more insights about haunted places there and a few spots for the rest of Texas (where she grew up) – if you happen to have time to tour around her state:
The Paramount Theater
Over a 100 years old, this theater is a known hot-spot for paranormal activity and is said to be haunted by three ghosts (one of which April knew when he was alive and she worked there).
Ghosts- “Emily,” The Man with the Cigar, and Walter “Wally” Norris
St. Edward’s University
This university is allegedly home to multiple ghosts, including that of Danielle, a 12-year-old girl named who students claim she asks the residents of the dorm if they would like to play with her.
Other Austin haunts:
The Driskill Hotel (Haunted by many ghosts)
Buffalo Billiards (Once a brothel, home of angry spirits)
The Littlefield House (On the UT Austin campus, said to be haunted by Alice Littlefield)
EL PASO, TX
El Paso High School
Built in 1916 and still in use as a school, it is one of the most famous haunts in El Paso. It is said to be haunted by a young woman who killed herself on the school grounds.
The Magoffin Homestead
Built in 1875 and home of Joseph Magoffin and his family. Several of the Magoffin descendants are said to haunt this home, including children.
Other El Paso haunts:
The Loretto Academy (said to be haunted by a Nun)
The Monteleone’s Ristorante (The building once housed the Texas Spiritualist Association Church)
The Ghost Lights of MarfaSince the late 1800’s people have reported seeing ghost lights on the horizon, though no one really knows what they are. American Indians in the area have seen the lights long before white people came to this land.
One day we’d love to go do a cross-cultural investigation of some haunted sites for you ala Haunted Hangouts …
Do you have any spooky Texas tales of your own to share?