Haunted Places in Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock, Texas has quite a few organized Halloween attractions. But, with COVID-19, you may want to stay away from a particular type of business because of crowds. This article will provide you with some of the most haunted places in Lubbock, Texas, by far. They will help you get out of your home during the holidays.
Fall has finally arrived in Texas, which means it is that time of the year again. Let’s put on our fuzzy sweaters, step outside in the chilly Texas weather, and smell the bonfires. We get to listen to the sound of crumbling dry leaves, go to pumpkin patches, and we cannot forget about the spookiest season of them all, Halloween!
Halloween is the only time of the year where one can dress up as whatever they desire. It is best known for its candy-filled trick-or-treating tradition, playing scary movies and videos at home all day long, ghost stories, and amusement parks full of haunted houses. Halloween has become one of the most awaited days of the fall season by all children, and even adults brought back to their childhood days.
If you are a fan of ghost stories, paranormal activity, haunted sites, and all other spooky things, here are a couple of the best and by far most spooky places to visit in Lubbock, Texas, if you are brave enough.
Of course, we had to begin with one of Lubbock’s most well-known haunted sites, “Hell’s Gate,” located in East Lubbock, Texas. “Hell’s Gate” is allegedly one of the most haunted historical railroad trestles in West Texas; it has even made the news several times. This trestle is next to the neighboring Lubbock Cemetery, where the local rock n’ roll legend Buddy Holly is buried. There are a plethora of rumors, myths, and ghost stories surrounding this local historical Texas site.
The location has a no-entry sign, and has been chained over both sides of the trestle by the City of Lubbock. This is due to how dangerous it is to venture in, but one can see it from the ground. You can also find video footage from inside of “Hell’s Gate.”. For further reference, you can go back on our social pages and see our own Lubbock: Hub City of Awesome video. In the video, we went to go check out and venture into “Hell’s Gate” ourselves during the day. Although the word “Hell” is in the name, do not worry, it is not a literal gate to Hell.
The Pioneer Hotel
Next up on our list is the historical Pioneer Hotel, built-in 1925, pre-World War II era. The hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in Lubbock due to the string of mysterious murders that took place on the site. People to this day still claim and firmly believe they have seen the spirits of those who have passed, along with a series of paranormal activities. Although it is not free, one can still manage to simply log on an app and get a room at this Texas hotel, you can make a reservation at your own risk if you dare to spend the night.
Texas Tech University Chemistry Building
One place that we definitely could not forget about is located right on the Texas Tech campus’ Chemistry building. Legend has it that on the same night as the traditional Carol of Lights, a Biology student, unfortunately, decided to take his own life by jumping off the Chemistry building. To this day, there are many accounts of professors, students, and other people who claim to have seen a dark shadowy figure roaming the deserted halls at night, which might be a sign from the past event that took place there.
The City of Lubbock Cemetery
Another site we for sure had to include on our list is the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Established in Lubbock back in 1892, this Texas cemetery is home to more than 60,000 gravesites. Including Lubbock’s local Texas celebrity and great American musician, Buddy Holly. With so many buried bodies residing in one location, it comes as no surprise that the cemetery would drag along with it, it’s fair share of ghost stories and haunting paranormal encounters. This is definitely a place you can’t help but check out for yourself.
It is time to get in the mood for the fall season once again, and we could not be more excited about all the fun things that come along with it here in West Texas. So, put away your phone and that social media app, and head over to one of these haunted places in Lubbock, Texas.
Remember that if you choose to visit any of these spooky must-see haunted Texas sites, please try and make sure to bring a friend with you. Try not to go on your own, and always proceed with caution. You can also find a video on each of these sights if you are too spooked or do not currently live in Texas.
Now that you have made it to the end, which one of these haunted Lubbock sites was your favorite? Would you dare to go visit any of them? If so, which one would you visit?
Story by Fernanda Tronco, Journalist Intern for Campus Live.