October 15, 2018

The 20 Creepiest San Antonio Urban Legends

San Antonio loves creepy stuff. Plain and simple. So, in an effort to fulfill the need for scariness in your life, we rounded up some of our city's many creepy AF urban legends.

We skipped over La Llorona, the Donkey Lady and the ghost tracks (PSA: the latter didn't even happen in SA, but whatever). After all, everyone and their abuelita already knows those stories. And we didn't include the Alamo or the other Spanish Missions either, since spirits are obviously still around those.

But we did include plenty of ghosts, a fang-toothed baby and even Bigfoot. So go ahead and wallow in all of the creepiness.
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Tragedies went down at the Terrell Castle … and now it’s a wedding venue
Known today at The Lambermont (yes, the wedding venue), Terrell Castle was built for the influential Edwin Holland Terrell and fashioned after European castles. The property remained a source of pride until Terrell’s suicide in 1910 after years of suffering with syphilis. He shot himself in his head, but didn’t get the right shot and took 10 days to die. During World War II, the castle was split into apartments for military families station at Fort Sam Houston. At that time, a man discovered his wife in bed with another man and killed her lover before pushing her from the stairwell on the third floor. It took years for her bloodstains to fade. Guests have said items in the rooms have floated in mid-air, there’s mysterious smells, and random sounds. So yep, there’s plenty of tragic spirits here.
Photo via Instagram / otponce
Tragedies went down at the Terrell Castle … and now it’s a wedding venue
Known today at The Lambermont (yes, the wedding venue), Terrell Castle was built for the influential Edwin Holland Terrell and fashioned after European castles. The property remained a source of pride until Terrell’s suicide in 1910 after years of suffering with syphilis. He shot himself in his head, but didn’t get the right shot and took 10 days to die. During World War II, the castle was split into apartments for military families station at Fort Sam Houston. At that time, a man discovered his wife in bed with another man and killed her lover before pushing her from the stairwell on the third floor. It took years for her bloodstains to fade. Guests have said items in the rooms have floated in mid-air, there’s mysterious smells, and random sounds. So yep, there’s plenty of tragic spirits here.
Photo via Instagram / otponce
The devil impressed San Antonio women with his dancing back in the ‘70s
Back on Halloween 1975, many locals said a handsome man dressed in all white showed up to El Camaroncito Night Club. Legend says the man was an excellent dancer and wooed plenty of women that night. As the night wore on, one of the women looked down at the man’s feet and discovered his shoes had transformed into clawed chicken’s feet. Others says it was goat’s hooves. Either way, people said he was the devil. Attendees said he fled the scene to the bathroom, where he escaped through the window and left a cloud of smoke as well as a sulfuric smell.
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The devil impressed San Antonio women with his dancing back in the ‘70s
Back on Halloween 1975, many locals said a handsome man dressed in all white showed up to El Camaroncito Night Club. Legend says the man was an excellent dancer and wooed plenty of women that night. As the night wore on, one of the women looked down at the man’s feet and discovered his shoes had transformed into clawed chicken’s feet. Others says it was goat’s hooves. Either way, people said he was the devil. Attendees said he fled the scene to the bathroom, where he escaped through the window and left a cloud of smoke as well as a sulfuric smell.
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Grim reapers protect the cemetery at Milam Square
Did you know that this downtown park is built on top of an 18th-century Catholic cemetery? Yup. the remains of Native Americans and Spanish settlers who fought over the land were laid to rest here. So it’s only natural that this site would be hella haunted. The urban legend claims that visitors who walk through the park with thoughts of hatred or anger will awaken the spirits here. So maybe be in a good mood the next time you stop by?
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Grim reapers protect the cemetery at Milam Square
Did you know that this downtown park is built on top of an 18th-century Catholic cemetery? Yup. the remains of Native Americans and Spanish settlers who fought over the land were laid to rest here. So it’s only natural that this site would be hella haunted. The urban legend claims that visitors who walk through the park with thoughts of hatred or anger will awaken the spirits here. So maybe be in a good mood the next time you stop by?
Photo via Instagram / mando_ranaxvii
There’s spirits of the Institute of Texan Cultures – which actually makes sense
Officials won’t say there’s spirits here, but employees have said they’ve felt some sort of presence. One employee said she saw a longtime employee walking the halls the day after he died. But more telling is all of the reports of disembodied voices and apparitions. Some guess these are spirits from angry residents whose homes were torn down to make way for Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area. Others say it has to do with thousands of artifacts being taken from their unofficial resting places and all put under one roof. Then there’s artifacts that are straight up haunted according to experts. Hell, it’s probably all three as ITC is considered in the top 10 most haunted museums in the world.
Photo via Instagram / johnny._boii
There’s spirits of the Institute of Texan Cultures – which actually makes sense
Officials won’t say there’s spirits here, but employees have said they’ve felt some sort of presence. One employee said she saw a longtime employee walking the halls the day after he died. But more telling is all of the reports of disembodied voices and apparitions. Some guess these are spirits from angry residents whose homes were torn down to make way for Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area. Others say it has to do with thousands of artifacts being taken from their unofficial resting places and all put under one roof. Then there’s artifacts that are straight up haunted according to experts. Hell, it’s probably all three as ITC is considered in the top 10 most haunted museums in the world.
Photo via Instagram / johnny._boii
Students and faculty aren’t the only ones at Our Lady of the Lake University
Considering how old OLLU is, it makes sense that there’s some spirits in history. There’s Jack, who has been reported hanging around Pacelli Hall, one of the dorms. Students have never seen him, but say he’s taken their stuff and made noises. But Jack is a reasonable ghost, and will supposedly return your stuff and stop the noises if you ask nicely. Perhaps more creepy to most, the spirits of nuns have been seen roaming throughout the West Side campus.
Photo via Instagram / roxxiebird
Students and faculty aren’t the only ones at Our Lady of the Lake University
Considering how old OLLU is, it makes sense that there’s some spirits in history. There’s Jack, who has been reported hanging around Pacelli Hall, one of the dorms. Students have never seen him, but say he’s taken their stuff and made noises. But Jack is a reasonable ghost, and will supposedly return your stuff and stop the noises if you ask nicely. Perhaps more creepy to most, the spirits of nuns have been seen roaming throughout the West Side campus.
Photo via Instagram / roxxiebird
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn is considered one of the most haunted places in the U.S.
If you haven’t heard of this one, you’re in for a treat. The building is a destination for ghosthunters and thrillseekers alike. The Battle of Salado Creek between the Mexican Army and Texans took place here in 1842, so you have plenty of those ghosts roaming around. But wait, there’s more. The site also previously served as a Native American encampment, with many visitors saying they’ve seen their spirits in the woods. A couple, Jolene Woods and Park Street (yes, that was his real name), previously lived here. Jolene died of cancer and Park later killed himself. Jolene can be seen walking to the gazebo in the front yard, while a girl named Sarah is said to communicate via Ouija board.
Photo via Instagram / erikjongustafson
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn is considered one of the most haunted places in the U.S.
If you haven’t heard of this one, you’re in for a treat. The building is a destination for ghosthunters and thrillseekers alike. The Battle of Salado Creek between the Mexican Army and Texans took place here in 1842, so you have plenty of those ghosts roaming around. But wait, there’s more. The site also previously served as a Native American encampment, with many visitors saying they’ve seen their spirits in the woods. A couple, Jolene Woods and Park Street (yes, that was his real name), previously lived here. Jolene died of cancer and Park later killed himself. Jolene can be seen walking to the gazebo in the front yard, while a girl named Sarah is said to communicate via Ouija board.
Photo via Instagram / erikjongustafson
The owner of the Grey Moss Inn just can’t leave
Mary Howell, the original owner of the Grey Moss Inn, died more than 30 years ago. But that hasn’t stopped her from keeping around this Hill Country restaurant. Employees say they’ve smelled her signature rose-scented perfume. Others have seen a vision of an older woman they say looked like Howell. Here’s the most telling occurrences: sometimes, when employees made decisions or do things that Howell wouldn’t have liked, weird things happen. Items will swing, glasses will fall to the floor or tables will overturn on their own. ~Spooky~
Photo via Instagram / misslissa808
The owner of the Grey Moss Inn just can’t leave
Mary Howell, the original owner of the Grey Moss Inn, died more than 30 years ago. But that hasn’t stopped her from keeping around this Hill Country restaurant. Employees say they’ve smelled her signature rose-scented perfume. Others have seen a vision of an older woman they say looked like Howell. Here’s the most telling occurrences: sometimes, when employees made decisions or do things that Howell wouldn’t have liked, weird things happen. Items will swing, glasses will fall to the floor or tables will overturn on their own. ~Spooky~
Photo via Instagram / misslissa808
The Haunted San Antonio State Hospital has a lot of history – and creepiness
It goes without saying that asylums have their share of spookiness. Formerly known as the Southwestern Insane Asylum, which has a history of corruption, scandal and death. Legend has it that spirits of the mentally ill and those wrongfully checked in are still creeping the grounds today. Established in 1892, the massive hospital could house more than 2,000 patients and was almost always past capacity. Many say the spirits belong to those who mysteriously died while admitted haunt the hospital still. There was also major abuse going on in the 20th century, so those spirits are said to be here too.
Photo via UTSA Libraries Digital Collection
The Haunted San Antonio State Hospital has a lot of history – and creepiness
It goes without saying that asylums have their share of spookiness. Formerly known as the Southwestern Insane Asylum, which has a history of corruption, scandal and death. Legend has it that spirits of the mentally ill and those wrongfully checked in are still creeping the grounds today. Established in 1892, the massive hospital could house more than 2,000 patients and was almost always past capacity. Many say the spirits belong to those who mysteriously died while admitted haunt the hospital still. There was also major abuse going on in the 20th century, so those spirits are said to be here too.
Photo via UTSA Libraries Digital Collection
Though beautiful, the Majestic Theatre is also super haunted
We can’t say it enough: the Majestic is incredibly gorgeous. So gorgeous that spirits want to hang out here, too. The Zoroastro, a longtime magician here, is said to still have spooky performances today. There’s been sightings of ghosts attributed to a ballet troupe who supposedly died on the stage as overhead lights crashed on top of them, killing some of them. All in all, these departed performers are still excited to show off their talents today – even if they’re ghosts.
Photo via Instagram / clarkdashark27
Though beautiful, the Majestic Theatre is also super haunted
We can’t say it enough: the Majestic is incredibly gorgeous. So gorgeous that spirits want to hang out here, too. The Zoroastro, a longtime magician here, is said to still have spooky performances today. There’s been sightings of ghosts attributed to a ballet troupe who supposedly died on the stage as overhead lights crashed on top of them, killing some of them. All in all, these departed performers are still excited to show off their talents today – even if they’re ghosts.
Photo via Instagram / clarkdashark27
Lots of spirits dwell at San Pedro Springs Park
Being the second oldest park in the U.S., it goes without saying that plenty of people have hung out here. Apparently, urban legends say some park-goers never left. There have been reports of park visitors hearing children’s voices (and more creepily, children’s laughter) even though there’s no one else in the park. Supposedly some have also heard Native Americans performing a ritual drum ceremony, though no one has even seen a group come or go.
Photo via Instagram / mixmaster_mo
Lots of spirits dwell at San Pedro Springs Park
Being the second oldest park in the U.S., it goes without saying that plenty of people have hung out here. Apparently, urban legends say some park-goers never left. There have been reports of park visitors hearing children’s voices (and more creepily, children’s laughter) even though there’s no one else in the park. Supposedly some have also heard Native Americans performing a ritual drum ceremony, though no one has even seen a group come or go.
Photo via Instagram / mixmaster_mo