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October 4, 2022

UT’s Haunted Hotspots

Emma Berke

With Halloween fast approaching, students might want to explore the darker, spookier side of campus. The Daily Texan compiled a list of four creepy places on campus worth exploring.


Littlefield House

One of the most haunted buildings on UT’s campus, the Littlefield House served as the home of George Littlefield, a Confederate soldier and UT benefactor. After his death, Littlefield’s family donated the building to the University, which now uses it as an office and event space. Many witnesses report that members of Littlefield’s family haunt this Victorian-style building, especially Littlefield’s wife, Alice. According to these stories, ghostly noises echo throughout the house, a piano on the second floor plays by itself and the eyes on a portrait of Littlefield follow visitors around the main hall. Most creepily, sources report seeing a woman, seemingly Alice, peering through the windows on the second floor. 


Watson Chateau

Though not as well known as the Littlefield House, the 1853 French Colonial-style home next to the School of Nursing stands as one of the oldest and most storied buildings in Austin. Built as part of a slave plantation, Arthur P. Watson acquired the building in 1959 and lived in the house with his partner until the 1990s. During this time, the richly decorated house served as a hub for Austin’s gay community, as Watson organized exclusive parties frequented by celebrities from Austin and beyond. After Watson donated the house to the University, the campus developed around it. Today, the house lies abandoned behind a locked gate, slowly succumbing to nature. 


Moody College Basement

Well-known by members of Texas Student Media, the HSM basement houses The Daily Texan offices, but anyone who enters can see why the stairs make the list. The decrepit concrete slabs that lead down into darkness feel more than spooky at night, even if darkness only reveals a production team racing to submit the latest Texan issue before the deadline. 


The Tunnels

Though not publicly accessible but famously spooky, UT’s dense network of tunnels connects UT’s many buildings. They mostly house various utilities, including telephone lines, water and fiber optics. The heat, darkness and secrecy of these tunnels earn them a spot on this list. 

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the incorrect building that houses the Moody College Basement. The Texan regrets this error. 

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