Want to do something different this weekend, and you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts? Then check out the supernatural side of El Paso.
Hunt for Ghosts at the De Soto Hotel
The 100-plus year-old De Soto Hotel has some serious ghost action going on. How serious? When the popular paranormal television reality show Ghost Adventures came to El Paso this past July searching for ghosts, the downtown hotel was one of two the crew settled on.
The De Soto's basement is said to be home to at least three spirits — one of which claims to be a demonic force. Sudden temperature changes, and people being touched, bit, and scratched have been documented by paranormal groups and their respective ghost tour guests. [Read More]
If you’re down for some serious ghost hunting, meet up with El Paso Ghost Tours. The group is holding a downtown ghost tour that includes entering the hotel's basement this Friday, Aug. 11, beginning at 8 p.m. [More Details]
Catch a Play at the El Paso Playhouse
Like many of the buildings on Montana, the one housing the El Paso Playhouse at 2501 Montana has been around for a many, many years. And for just as many of those years, actors and patrons have spoken about the paranormal phenomena they've experienced there.
Unexplained activity most frequently reported includes hearing footsteps on the wooden staircase when no one is on it, voices and whispers when no on is there, and doors slamming shut on their own. [Read More]
This weekend, El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the hilarious comedy, Calendar Girls. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. [More Details]
Have Dinner at L & J Cafe
Known as much for the otherworldly visitors its said to attract as it is for the tasty Mexican food dishes it serves and the small but comfortable everyone-is-welcome-here-hole-in-the-wall bar, L & J Cafe is an iconic El Paso landmark.
Many old-school locals refer to the long time family owned restaurant as “the Old Place by the Graveyard” because of its location across from Concordia Cemetery. In fact, it's believed its proximity to "El Paso's City of the Dead" is the very reason for the clientele from beyond the grave.
Incidents such as knocking on walls, doors opening and closing by themselves, and windows that must be hand-cranked opening on their own are said to be common. Stories of shadows passing when no one is nearby, and staff feeling the presence of someone or something standing behind them have also been reported.
Now, I’m not guaranteeing you’ll have a paranormal encounter at any of the spots mentioned above, but if there was ever a place where the odds are good, it would be one of these!