ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As Halloween approaches, haunted houses pop up for people looking for a thrill. But, there are reportedly haunted places all throughout New Mexico, where there’s no need for actors or fake zombies to scare you.
A web site that specializes in haunted places, named several haunted spots in New Mexico. Whether it be hallways of old buildings, or out in the open, According to hauntedplaces.org, there are ghosts scattered throughout New Mexico.
“Theaters are very spooky places, and this place has a lot of history,” explained Larry Parker, Manager of the KiMo Theater downtown.
One of Albuquerque’s hot spots for seekers of the supernatural, is the KiMo theater.
“The story goes that Bobby’s spirit haunts the KiMo theater,” said Parker.
Bobby Darnell was a young boy when he was killed in a theater explosion in the 1950s. His mischievous ghost is said to haunt the building. Behind the stage, is a Bobby Darnell shrine. Legend has it that performers can leave mementos there for Bobby, as sort of a bribe to his ghost to allow their shows to run smoothly.
“There are a lot of people who are firm believers that without giving a gift to Bobby, their show will not go well,” explained Parker.
Then, down the street is the old Bernalillo County courthouse.
“The basement of the courthouse is the old, there’s a jail,” described Jesse Herron, Co-Owner of ABQ Trolley Co. Herron runs the “Trolley of Terror” tour.
You won’t find fake zombies popping out to scare you. But historically, he said the old courthouse is their creepiest stop.
“People were capturing orbs in their digital cameras, we were feeling a wind come through there and there’s no doors down there, there’s no windows, just creepy stuff,” explained Herron.
Legends also surround Sandia Ranch, what used to be a sanitorium for the mentally ill. The list goes on. So if you want to explore the darker tales of New Mexico, you may not have to go far.
“About three weeks ago I got locked on the second floor on a Sunday afternoon with no way to get out,” recalled Parker. “Maybe because I’d been making fun of Bobby the day before, who knows.”
“If I didn’t believe in Bobby before, having been locked in my office now, I’m re-thinking my position on the Bobby story,”
The KiMo Theater is doing tours on Halloween night, where you can learn more about the story of Bobby Darnell, and watch the Nightmare on Elm Street in the theater. For the list of Haunted sites in New Mexico, click here.