(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)
Yesterday, we visited Casa de las Brujas. It took us about 2 ½ hours to find the place due to the winding streets of Guanajuato. The Casa de las Brujas (the House of the Witches) is a blue Victorian-looking house on Paseo de la Presa. The trick to finding it is basically to first get to Paseo de la Presa, and then walk until you see it. Don’t turn back. It takes a little time to get there. In terms of how to get to Paseo de la Presa, print out a map, ask for directions, get lost. As far as I can tell there’s no other way to navigate around in Guanajuato.
When we were there, there were some construction workers working on the building. It looked like they were trying to restore it, but I’m really not sure what they were doing. The house itself was really cool though. We didn’t experience any strange paranormal activity or anything like that, although the house is supposed to be haunted. But then again, we also didn’t go inside. From what I could see, it didn’t really look all that safe to go into it.
And now for the hauntings and the history.
Casa de las Brujas was built in 1865 by a Dutch mine owner named Juan Carson. According to stories, Juan Carson had mental health issues, and was a little bit off his rocker. When he murdered a man in a cantina (basically like a bar in Mexico), he was toted off to prison. His daughter, Susan, was left in the custody of her two aunts. Of course, the aunts were mentally ill as well. They abused Susan, and supposedly left her to starve in the cellar of the house. Her father had begun to wonder why she hadn’t been visiting him as often as usual, so the police went to check up on her. She was found dead and tied up with scratches on the wall.
The hauntings of Casa de las Brujas include apparitions, disembodied voices, electrical disturbances, shadows, cold spots, and feelings of unease. Some people who stayed in Casa de las Brujas when it was a hostel reported actually seeing apparitions of Susan, and her aunts.
The building was a hostel for a short period of time afterwards. I couldn’t find anything online about how long the hostel was in business, but I do know that Escuela Falcon (Academia Falcon) was located in the building recently, before they moved to their new location.