Chasing Shadows reviews San Antonio’s top haunted houses

Nightmare on Grayson

Scare factor ★★★★
Historicity ★★★
Paranormal activity ★★

A San Antonio mainstay for over two decades. Plus: several local paranormal investigators have stated that the Grayson Street location is actually haunted, making this the perfect place to test one’s moxie.


201 E Grayson
(210) 979-5522
Fri-Sat 7:30pm-midnight; Sun-Thurs 7:30-9:30pm
$17 per person; group rates available


Terror Mansion

Scare factor ★★★★★
Historicity ★★
Paranormal activity ★★

Boasting 23 terrifying rooms, this haunted attraction has received awards for its extreme brand of spine-tingling frights. It also hosts real-life haunts according to Eddie Hill of After Dark Paranormal, who told me that while conducting an investigation there he recorded several creepy EVPs (technical lingo for disembodied voices).


414 W Laurel
(210) 226-2666
Thurs & Sun 7-10pm; Fri-Sat 7-midnight; Halloween 7-11pm
$20 per person; group rates available


13th Floor Haunted House

Scare factor ★★★★★★
Historicity ★★
Paranormal activity ★

The new kids on the block as far as spook houses go, 13th Floor offers the kind of scares that are typically associated with some of the top haunted attractions around the country. A disclaimer on the website cautions that it might be too intense for children under the age of 12.


1203 E Commerce
(210) 338-0382
Fri-Sat 7pm-midnight; Thurs-Sun 7-11pm; Open till midnight on Halloween
$19.99 per person



Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Scare factor ★★★
Historicity ★★★★
Paranormal activity ★★★★

If it’s a more family-friendly spot you seek, this haunted house provides scary fun at a decent price. One local ghost hunter told me that the location has a history of intense paranormal activity, adding to its intrigue.


329 Alamo Plaza
(210) 226-2828
Sun-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
$19.99 per person


Menger Hotel

Scare factor ★★
Historicity ★★★★★
Paranormal activity ★★★★★★

Generally recognized as one of the nation’s 10 most haunted places by paranormal investigators around the U.S., this historic hotel boasts no less than 23 apparitions, including a murdered housekeeper named Sally White. Request one of the most haunted rooms for a night to increase your odds of encountering something truly unnerving.


204 Alamo Plaza
(210) 428-6542
From $99


The Alamo

Scare factor ★
Historicity ★★★★★★
Paranormal activity ★★★★★

According to veteran ghost hunter Martin Leal, the San Antonio landmark plays host to at least 43 spirits, some of whom might be spotted on one of his nightly ghost tours, which are now in their fifteenth year. Participants are even provided with authentic ghost-hunting equipment.


300 Alamo Plaza
$10 adults, $5 7-17, Under 6 free


Ken Gerhard is a real life monster hunter who has investigated reports of creatures like Bigfoot, vampire-like chupacabras, the Loch Ness Monster, and werewolves. He blogs for the current as Chasing Shadows at

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