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The Top 10 Creepiest Places in the Texas Gulf

Since I live roughly an hour away from Galveston, Texas, one of my all-time favorite things to do is to get a little night swimming in. There's significantly less people, the atmosphere is incredible, and sharks won't bite me if they're sleeping...right? There is no doubt that no matter what time of day you decide to visit Galveston and surrounding areas, you can find some really interesting beach creeps.

01. The Tremont House Hotel Located on Ship Mechanics Blvd in Galveston, this place has been around since the 1800s. Its rich history not only includes a speech given by General Sam Houston in 1861 about the secession of the union, but politicians, celebrities, and other amongst the elite have passed through. It's no surprise, given its age, that numerous sightings and weird occurrences have taken place over the years. In the early 1900s, Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross, stayed at the hotel while helping with the great Galveston flood. Some say you can still hear the cries of victims. Other people say that you can see general ghosts and spirits of workers who have died during the construction. Who knows if these are actually true; what most people don't realize is that the location of the Tremont House has actually changed several times since its first opening.

While saying there, I personally did not have any kind of strange encounter. I did notice that most of the other patrons showed unusual behavior. Some aimlessly walked around the hotel, one man was howling, and so forth. The hotel staff assured me that it was simply because of a cruise rolling in. People celebrating with a little too much to drink I suppose. Either way, the vibe was definitely off. To book your stay, go here

02. Mall of the Mainland While it's not completely fair to call this mall "abandoned", one can certainly call it desolate. As of this writing, there is a smattering of stores, a movie theatre, and the Reality of Wrestling (of all things) still in operation. The malls demise is essentially the result of bad development decisions and an inability to draw customers in. There are plans revise the building and bring it back to its glor; for now it's an extremely creepy location and obvious eyesore. It goes without saying that this place is also incredibly dangerous (I would suggest not venturing in) because of its sheer size and the lack of upkeep. Although it may look like an apocalyptic theme park, you're more likely to be crushed by falling debris than be able to live out your Dawn of the Dead fantasies. The outside is just as creepy, including an abandoned playground Mall of the Mainland located at 10000 Emmett F Lowry Expy, Texas City, TX 77591

03. Midnite Slice Housed in what was once the original Seabrook Post Office, Midnite Slice is true to its name - you can order pizza at midnight as it closes at 3am on Friday and Saturday (usual hours are 11am to 12am Sunday through Thursday). The pizza is also incredibly delicious, with such offerings as 'The Jimmy Neutron' or 'The Ninja Turtle'. Also check out how cool their drink menu is (made from coloring books).

According to reports, doors often open and close by themselves and a faint ringing can be heard. Some also say that they have seen the ghosts of their relatives while dining here. During our visit, we didn't see anything unusual other than a general feeling of dread from the bathroom.

This could be the draft coming from this random trap door There is no doubt the staff is friendly and they do serve up some good, good pie. To learn more, go here.

04. The Galvez Hotel and Spa Located at 2024 Seawall Blvd, this hotel almost always makes the most haunted lists. Built in 1911, this massive hotel is one of the most majestic parts of Galveston. It has hosted the likes of Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and other notable figures. It is also said that many spirits from the 1900 storm often pass through the hotel. They too, are looking for rest after weary traveling. To book your stay, go here

05. Seawall Wal-mart Yes, a haunted Wal-Mart; located right on the Galveston, Seawall. This Wal-mart was once the home of the St. Mary's Orphanage. Not only did the place double as an asylum, but many deaths of both children and adults alike occurred here. Activity is said to occur most often at night with reports of children crying and toys being knocked off their shelf. In one such case, workers heard a child wailing and immediately went to locate the kid; this was especially scary because it was after hours the store was closed to the public. However, after a full sweep no child was found or reported missing.

05. Seawall Wal-mart Yes, a haunted Wal-Mart; located right on the Galveston, Seawall. This Wal-mart was once the home of the St. Mary's Orphanage. Not only did the place double as an asylum, but many deaths of both children and adults alike occurred here. Activity is said to occur most often at night with reports of children crying and toys being knocked off their shelf. In one such case, workers heard a child wailing and immediately went to locate the kid; this was especially scary because it was after hours the store was closed to the public. However, after a full sweep no child was found or reported missing.

07. The Witchery Hands down, this is one of my favorite shops in Galveston and you can certainly find a lot of eclectic ones on the Strand. Owned by Clyde and Kimberley Wood (who are always so nice and welcoming when I come in). The Witchery is a metaphysics shop housed in what was once the central drug store. The goal is meant to aid people in their "search for self-discovery, self-empowerment, and spiritual enlightenment." This is done through their offerings of candles, incense, herbs, crystals, jewelry, and other merchandise. While the shop isn't extreme (there are no real oddities for example) one can find an abundance of cultural items, books, and a psychic on hand to help with one's spiritual journey. To learn more, go here

08. Point Bolivar Lighthouse One of the best ways to get to Bolivar is by ferry. Once there, the Bolivar lighthouse certainly sticks out. From the years 1872 to 1933, the lighthouse was in operation, helping ships land safely to shore. There is no real indication as to why the lighthouse fell out of use, but it is now privately owned and has been for decades. Tales of a murderous crime taking place have haunted the lighthouse for years and many claim they can see ghosts wandering around from the utmost tower. While venturing into the haunted structure is considered illegal, as it would be trespassing, some have claimed that even the area around the lighthouse is haunted as well.

09. Broadway Cemetery The entire city of Galveston has been plagued with tragedy. Many know about the infamous Galveston storm of 1900, but the city was also home to many deadly fires, a yellow-fever epidemic, pirate raids, and a wide range of other atrocities. Many victims of these events are buried in one of the oldest cemeteries on the island. If you want to see these ghosts up close and personal, you're in luck. Not only are the cemeteries available to the public, but there are many ghost tours available.till has unclaimed treasure, a crying mistress to one of the developers of the island, and many other restless spirits. If you want to see these ghosts up close and personal, you're in iuck. Not only are the cemeteries available to the public, but there are many ghost tours available.

10. The Killing Fields By far, this is the creepiest place on the list and our visit was so unsettling, I had to sleep with the lights on. Just touching the Calder Oil Field, the appropriately named 25 patch of land (a mile from I-45) has been host to around 30 murders, stretching back to the 1970s, many of which remain unsolved. Due to the horrific and brutal way these victims died, it's no wonder that reports of ghosts in the area have been made. Some claim to hear women crying at night, or wandering the desolate road, asking for help and then disappearing. I myself thought I saw a figure of a crying woman when I was exploring the area. Whether or not it was real, I can guarantee that the whole place reeks of hopelessness. While the fields are mostly trailer parks, run down houses, and a stretch of wild growth, there is a small marker to honor the poor women whose lives were taken here.