Five little and chilling Halloween stories from San Antonio

5 Little Stories (Jack Dennis)

Warning. This is not a 5 Little Pumpkins article.

Reality can be more nightmare-inducing than anything on the big screen. Every Halloween season for the past eight years, I’ve made it a point to post at least one horror story. While researching and interviewing witnesses or authorities for these articles, I found many to be more terrifying than made up stories.

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If you read them, it could be because you can’t sleep—or you’re a bit concerned about the noise you heard coming outside your window. Whatever the reason is you continue to bury yourself into them, please know these are the top most troubling real-life stories according to readership numbers. My favorites are not necessarily my readers’ picks, but some of these truly scared me just writing them.


#1 Halloween Story

Chilling Story Behind the Door of 636

The Horror of Room 636 (Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, TX)

“He butchered someone in that room, but who?”

In 1975, an envelope addressed and mailed to the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas contained a shocking discovery: The original key and key tag to room 636. Chambermaid Maria Luisa Guerra placed her pass key into entry the door lock of suite 636 at the Gunter Hotel in downtown San Antonio not realizing the horror she was about to witness…


#2 Halloween Story

The Butcher of Elmendorf

Alligator (Photo by Jack Dennis)

John Gray, an off duty deputy sheriff in Bexar County, left San Antonio on the early morning of Sept. 23, 1938 to go dove hunting in nearby Elmendorf, a small community just southeast of the Alamo City. Not long after he arrived, Gray saw an older man walking toward him with concern on his face.

The man told the deputy about a large barrel sitting behind the house of Joe Ball’s sister. He said there were flies all over it and it smelled bad, like something dead was inside it.


#3 Halloween Story

Creepy History of Chinese Graveyard

There’s nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it’s 2 a.m., there’s only four teens in the car, and you’re in the middle of the cemetery at 10445 Zarzamora Street.

San Antonio’s haunted Chinese Graveyard (Jack Dennis)

For decades, the curious who visited the ‘Chinese Graveyard’ in San Antonio have reported strange feelings of spirits around them, sightings of ghosts and mysterious sounds. But one of the most spine-chilling claims comes from July 4, 1973. Four McCollum High School graduates from the south side decided to drive outside the city limits on Zarzamora after a night of fireworks and Independence Day celebration.


#4 Halloween Story

The Donkey Lady

Haunted (NL)

The bone chilling legend of the Donkey Lady claims a half-woman-half-donkey-like creature persistently haunts the concentrated woods amid the Medina and San Antonio Rivers just south of the Alamo City.  The south Texas tradition of searching for the terrifying Donkey Lady–or by now, perhaps her ghost–has been a faithful teenage ritual going as far back as the late 1940s.


#5 Halloween Story 

Woman Hollering Creek 

The Legend of Woman Hollering Creek (San Antonio)

Maps dating as far back as the 1830s shows a small creek in an area east of San Antonio that dumps into Martinez Creek just northeast of St. Hedwig. The name of the creek, according to those early maps, was “Arroyo de la Llorona.” This translates to “Woman Moaning Creek” or “Wailing Woman.” Anyone driving on Interstate 10 towards Seguin from San Antonio will cross over what is officially known as “Woman Hollering Creek.”…



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