There's a weird thrill to hearing seriously spooky tales, like unsettling ghost stories about children. While there are a ton of creepy, scary stories about Texas, the ones that originate from Austin are some of the best the west of the Mississippi River has to offer. There is certainly no shortage of haunted bars, restaurants, and hotels for paranormal enthusiasts to visit in the area. In fact, one of the most haunted places in Austin is the Driskill Hotel, and booking a room on the fourth floor will all but ensure a ghostly encounter.
Austin has some terrifying tales, like the one about the shapeshifting witches who like to spend their nights feeding on the flesh of humans. Collected here are the scariest ghost stories that confirm it’s best to proceed with caution when exploring haunted Austin, especially at night.
The Driskill Hotel Has Two Ghost Brides Haunting Its Halls
The Driskill is a historic hotel widely recognized as one of the most active paranormal locations in Austin. Many claim to feel the presence of Jesse Lincoln Driskill himself lurking on the premises. The hotel has all the classic staples, including a creepy portrait that makes viewers queasy, the spirit of a little girl on the staircase, strange noises coming from empty rooms, and two ghost brides who committed suicide in room 525.
The little girl on the stairs was a senator’s daughter who died on the steps while chasing a ball back in 1887. Sightings of her began a week later. The spirit of a woman who committed suicide on the fourth floor can be heard whispering and weeping. Only glimpses of her have been caught out of the corner of the eyes of witnesses.
Metz Elementary Is Full Of Violent Spirits
Metz Elementary was demolished in 1990, but not without giving a final scare. The demolition crew was haunted by the sounds of giggling children from within the walls and by scrawlings that would just appear on the chalkboards. The bulldozers would abruptly stop as they neared the building, equipment broke down, the workers constantly fell off ladders, and even their watches stopped ticking while onsite.
An exorcism was eventually performed and afterwards, a worker was killed when a wall fell on him. Today, a new school stands in its place, which probably wasn’t a good idea since the entire site is still ridiculously haunted.
Shapeshifting Witches Called La Lechuza Haunt The Night Skies
It’s believed that pretty much all of Texas is considered the stomping grounds of La Lechuza. According to legend, La Lechuza are witches who sold their souls to Satan for immense power and for the ability to shapeshift. They transform into horrible, bird-like creatures and prey on humans who dare to walk the streets at night. They are able to mimic voices and often pretend to be a harmless baby, crying off in the distance. When the would-be hero wanders off to rescue the child, they become witch food.
Shoal Creek Was The Site Of An Indian Massacre
One of the most haunted places in all of Texas is Shoal Creek. It was the site of a brutal Indian massacre, several battles, a flood, and contains burial grounds. Back in 1839, Gideon White built his log cabin home around the springs near Shoal Creek. By 1842, he was murdered by Native Americans. Now, his body is buried deep in the soil while his spirit roams the grounds with many others.
The Paramount Theatre Is Full Of Ghostly Drama
Ghosts and theater go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense that the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, has its own after hours cast lingering about. The smell of cigar smoke is often reported in an opera box and on a few occasions, witnesses have seen the apparition of an elderly gentleman sitting in the box puffing away on his stogie. A woman in white can also be seen strolling through the lobby from time to time. She like to startle onlookers by disappearing through a wall right before their eyes.
Longtime custodian Tony Johnson witnessed a pair of white shoes walking down the aisle in the auditorium, with no person attached to them.see more on The Paramount Theatre
Buffalo Billiards Has Regulars From The Other Side
Buffalo Billiards has been a few things since its opening day in 1861. It was once called the Missouri House and served as Austin’s first boarding house. It was even a brothel at one point before it opened as a pool hall in 1999. Buffalo Billiards is one of the many places that has their very own ‘woman in white’ who likes to appear and disappear on a whim. According to The Big Book of Texas Ghost Stories, she is often spotted staring out the window long after closing time.
The manager has reported finding things out of place on multiple occasions. One morning he even called the police to report a break-in after finding pool sticks out of place. The pool hall has its own ghostly mascot, a heavy drinker named Fred for whom they leave glasses of beer on the bar for. Fred apparently spends most of his time wobbling on bar stools while moving glasses and billiard equipment around.
The Littlefield House’s Original Owner Hasn’t Moved On
The Littlefield House is a lesser-known haunt, but it radiates with creepiness nonetheless. The owner of the ornate Victorian home, Alice Littlefield, was mentally ill. Some say she was agoraphobic, while others say her husband kept her locked in the attic when he’d go out. Either way, she never left the house.
Thus, it came as no surprise that she decided to remain inside the home long after her death. Passersby have claimed to see her walking past windows and even roaming the grounds at night. Sometimes, the sound of Alice Littlefield playing the piano can be heard floating from the house at strange hours in the night.see more on Littlefield House
The Clay Pit Has A Troublesome Child Toying With The Staff
According to the staff at The Clay Pit, there are many trouble-making ghosts hiding out in this historic building. They like to shatter plates, freak the staff out by giggling creepily in the empty ballroom, and wreak havoc in the kitchen.
The building was originally a trading post when it first opened back in 1853. It was also a general store, a saloon, and a private residence for the Bertram family. Tragically, the Bertram’s five-year-old son died in the upstairs bedroom from typhoid fever. It’s believed he is the mischievous spirit who enjoys pranking the staff.