Thrill-seekers needn't tour the haunted house circuit to get spooked this season - one simply has to visit Austin's most iconic hotel, The Driskill. Many refer to the hotel as one of the most "haunted venues" in the city with an impressive list of unexplained phenomenon and paranormal activity occurring within its magnificent walls. The hotel was built in 1885 by Col. Jesse Lincoln Driskill who, some believe, remained in the hotel "spiritually" after his passing. Guests claim to feel his presence as he roams the hotel, lighting cigars and turning on lights in the rooms. His portrait in the lobby with its enduring stare, provides an even stronger presence of the proud hotelier. Whether you believe these stories or not, one thing is for certain: The Driskill Hotel is a city treasure, full of stories inspired by its many patrons throughout its relatively long history. It stands as spectacular evidence of the true Austin of olden days. Nonetheless, if the desire for deliberately frightening yourself for fun still sounds too appealing click on the link below to find spooky events this season. If you just want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city, look for the Events section towards the bottom of the newsletter where you can enjoy things like The Texas Book Festival and The Austin Film Festival.