On Halloween some people dress up to have a good time with their friends. Others prefer to go to the cinema to see a scary film. But if you think you’re really brave, you should spend the scariest night of the year in one of the haunted houses scattered throughout Spain.
There are all kinds buildings: with ghosts, places where atrocious crimes were committed, old mental hospitals where tortured souls are trapped, or houses with walls where strange apparitions are witnessed…
The House of the seven chimneys, Madrid
The “Casa de las siete chimeneas” is located at number 1 of Plaza del Rey and used to be the love nest of Captain Zapata and his wife Elena. But the happiness of their marriage was short-lived: the soldier died in the war in Flanders. His wife was found dead in his bedroom, but the cause of her death was never clarified. The fact that the body disappeared without a trace did not help either. Since then, the ghost of a woman is said to walk among the seven chimneys that crown the roof of the palace.
Thorax Hospital, Terrassa
This former hospital in Terrassa, which specialised in patients with very serious respiratory illnesses, was for many years the medical centre with the highest suicide rate in Spain. It is said that the sick were thrown from the ninth floor into the garden, nicknamed “the Jungle”. The slow and painful death of the sick provoked a general psychosis that in many cases ended in suicide.
Cortijo Jurado, Málaga
Terrifying stories are told about this mansion in the neighbourhood of Campanillas in Málaga. The Heredia family, from the high bourgeoisie, was the owner of the farm-house, and suspected of the disappearance of girls on whom satanic rites were allegedly practiced. Many people claim to have heard strange noises, and others claim to have seen human figures in the window. Some versions claim that there are instruments of torture in the basement and that the victims are buried under the house.
Sanatorium of Santo Ángel de la Guarda, Madrid
This sanatorium was built in 1941 to treat some of the serious diseases that were plaguing the civilian population back then, such as tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, fibrosis and lung cancer. It was eventually converted into a psychiatric hospital until 1995, when it closed its doors once and for all. Until not long ago it was possible to go inside and find the records and personal objects of former patients. Those who have been there speak of mysterious presences in the corridors, electrical devices that stop working for no reason and doors that close violently. Many people also claim to have seen lights in the immensity of plants like lanterns walking around.
The mystery of Ochate, Burgos
In this enigma, it is not only a house but the entire village of Ochate where paranormal mysteries take place. This village, abandoned and uninhabited since the middle of the 19th century, suffered different epidemics that decimated the population. In 1981 even the presence of a UFO was detected.
The ghost of Catalina in Casa Lercaro, Tenerife
The origins of this story are related to the old house of the Lercaro family, which is located in the street of San Agustín and dates from the late 16th century. Catalina lived in this building, which some suppose was the daughter of Antonio Lercaro and forced to marry an elderly man, so the young woman decided to take her own life by throwing herself into a well in the back of the house, which is now walled up. Legend has it that Catherine's body is buried in one of the rooms of the house because, having committed suicide, the Church opposed her receiving a Christian burial in a cemetery.
Preventorium of Aguas de Bussot, Alicante
This old sanatorium for tuberculosis during the civil war is associated with strange events and rumors that in its church were held sessions of spiritism, Ouija and black masses.
Old building of the Provincial Council of Granada, Granada
During the works of accommodation of the site as a public building, human bones were found. Later, when the building was used as a provincial council, strange phenomena such as ghostly presences, blows, noises and mysterious lights happened that frightened the workers of the place.
Bélmez de la Moraleda, Jaén
Another paranormal event of great national impact has been that of the faces of Bélmez. Stains on the floor and walls that resemble human faces have been appearing and disappearing since 1971 in a house on Calle Real number 5 in the village of Bélmez in Jaén.
Teatro Eslava, Madrid
Literary rivalry and a quarrel over a woman were the cause of the murder of playwright Luis Antón on March 2nd, 1922 at the hands of Alfonso Vidal in the old theatre, now converted into a discotheque. Since then it has been said that his soul wanders around the place.