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Ghost tours and more, Halloween events on Galveston Island

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Photo of the sea wall statue courtesy of Galveston CVB

Galveston Island is still one of the nation’s top destinations for Halloween events. As the site of the horrific 1900 hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, Galveston has a history steeped in history. The island’s seaside resort has also become a meeting place with the paranormal.

With a haunted hotel over 100 years old, cemeteries and Victorian mansions from a bygone era as a backdrop, Galveston offers more than its fair share of Halloween events. Visitors are welcome to visit Haunted Mayfield Manor in the Historic Downtown District, where spooky ghost tours are offered year-round with supernatural expert Dash Beardsley.

Exterior of the Grand Galvez
Photo by Grand Galvez Courtesy of Galveston CVB

In October, the historic Grand Galvez (supposedly haunted by a ghost bride) also offers its own ghost tours. The Galveston Historical Foundation offers a wide variety of fun and spooky events, offering tours through the island’s historic sites and mansions.

Haunted Harbor Tours

The Galveston Historical Foundation invites guests to board their Seagull II from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 22, 29 and 30 for $ 25 (ABV, ages 5 and under free) for these harbor tours. The historic waters of Galveston Bay are directly linked to the origins of the island. During this special 90-minute Seagull II tour, guests will be captivated by the haunted history of Galveston Harbor.

Elissa moored in Galveston
Tall ship Elissa

A haunted Halloween party takes place at the historic Galveston Seaport on October 29, when Texas’ official tall ship, the 1877 Elissa, turns 144. Saint Arnold Brewing Company helps make this anniversary special with an outdoor event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $ 75 and includes a party cake, food, free beer, dockside music and more. Join in the Halloween fun by dressing up as your favorite historic sailor, Victorian sailor, or mermaid. Costumes associated with Tall Ship Elissa’s story are encouraged and prizes will be awarded in several categories.

1838 Maison Ménard

Galveston Ghost Stories at 1838 Menard House, the oldest house on the island, are told at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on October 22, 23, 29 and 30. Admission costs $ 45 for a tour of the house, followed by a lecture on some of the island’s most haunted history. Free beer and wine are served on the porch before the tour.

On October 30 at 6.30 p.m., the Maison Ménard from 1838 is showing a horror film on their “ghost” land. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and / or chairs for the screening which begins at 6:30 pm A food truck is on site and craft beer, wine and water are also available for purchase. Admission is $ 10.

On October 31, the day before Halloween, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to have fun with free Trick or Treating at 1838 Menard House. Individual candy bags will be given to young guests with free entry to the property. The house will not be open for tours, but GHF staff and volunteers will be on hand with pre-packaged treats on the porch.

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