5 Terrifyingly Haunted Places in Houston

Ever heard of the bartender ghost named Carl, or Mr. Cramer and his dog?

You may not be a believer, but I bet $100 you'd feel a twinge of horror if something — or, rather, someone — tapped you on the shoulder in one of Houston's most haunted locations.

The city supposedly houses several incredibly active spectral hotspots, from libraries and restaurants to historic landmarks.

So, whether you're an aspiring paranormal investigator or supernatural thrill seeker, here are five of Houston's most haunted locales:

1. The Spaghetti Warehouse

Often regarded as one of the most haunted buildings in Houston and even the nation, the innocuous-sounding Spaghetti Warehouse was once home to a pharmacy where a young pharmacist (or several, depending on the tale) allegedly fell to his death down the elevator shaft. A year later his wife passed away, most likely due to a broken heart. Her ghost and others are said to haunt the second floor of the restaurant, with common paranormal experiences including photographed orbs, shoelaces coming untied, children's voices and rearranged objects.

2. La Carafe

Built in 1866 and located in downtown Houston, La Carafe is believed to be one of the oldest bars in the city, naturally making it a hotspot for supernatural phenomena. Carl, a former bartender, is the spirit most often encountered by employees. The sounds of footsteps, moving objects and breaking glass are also common occurrences on the bar's eerily vacant second floor.

3. Julia Ideson Building

If you're looking for a quiet place to catch up on some reading, you might want to reconsider heading to the Julia Ideson Building, a public library in downtown Houston. Back in the early 20th century, caretaker and watchman Jacob Frank Cramer routinely ambled through the halls with his dog, Petey, stopping on the top floor to play the violin. He passed away in 1936 in his room, which was located on-site in the basement of the library. Since then, employees have reported footsteps and the soft echo of a violin.

4. Battleship Texas

A historic U.S. Navy ship anchored off the Houston Ship Channel, Battleship Texas is a survivor of two World Wars — not to mention a surefire oasis for creepy encounters. Spine-chilling susurrus, vaporous anomalies and the spirit of a benevolent red-headed sailor await guests at this chilling monument.

5. Glenwood Cemetery

It may sound clichéd, but Glenwood Cemetery, with its 60+ acres and 19th century roots, is a popular venue for ghost enthusiasts. Many influential Houstonians have been buried here, including the famous aviator, Howard Hughes. When it comes to paranormal activity, rumors tell of an unsolved murder of the cemetery's former owner. His spirit, unable to rest, continues to haunt the burial ground to this day.

Hannah Muniz is a freelance writer and ghost enthusiast based in the greater Houston area. You can learn more by visiting her website.