Galveston, known for its beaches and sunshine, also has a dark side to it as well. A history blanketed by wars and storms, Galvestonians have lived and died by the Gulf of Mexico, and legend says some of these people have stuck around in the afterlife. This October, the island will be bustling with visitors seeking to be spooked by numerous ghost stories that stem from the country’s deadliest natural disaster and other tragedies. Here are some haunts you won’t want to miss this Halloween-season:
Moody Gardens is well-known for their holiday-themed attractions, and Halloween is no exception. Ghostly Gardens is a spooktactular, fun-filled event that will include free trick-or-treating, creepy crafting, face painting and a costume contest. Families with a member in a Halloween costume will only have to pay $5 per attraction. This event will be taking place on October 29, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Full Moon Tour of the 1892 Bishop's Palace
Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light, the moonlight, on their upcoming Full Moon Tour. This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight. This unique tour will only take place twice this year, so be sure to catch either one of the dates. Tour dates are October 5th and November 4th at 8 p.m., and tickets are running at $30.
Gallery Psychic Reading at the 1892 Palace
Speaking of Bishop’s Palace, the outstanding Victorian mansion is also home to psychic readings for you and your group. Join tour guide Dakota Lawrence as he leads an intimate gathering of guests through a very special group reading. This gifted clairvoyant medium has been guiding people on matters from lost loved ones and life questions to missing person cases. This event will take place on October 28th at 9 p.m., visit galvestonhistory.org to learn more!
Ghost Tours at the 1859 Ashton Villa
Toward the end of October, the public is offered a rare set of tours through this 1859 building. Join your guide for an unparalleled tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston's development and excellent life, and possible after-life, of the home's Miss Bettie Brown. Tours will be held on October 26th, 27th and Halloween Day!
Fall Sunset Cruise Onboard the Seagull II
Enjoy autumn’s outstanding weather and sunsets with this spectacular tour. Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests can enjoy a narrated exploration of Galveston’s historic bay on the 50-foot Seagull II passenger boat. Guests can bring on beverages of choice, as this Sunset Cruise is a BYOB attraction. You can catch this thrilling boat ride on October 13th and 14th, and again on October 27th and 28th.
Haunted Mayfield Manor
Mayfield Manor is the home of Dr. Horace Mayfield, once a respected doctor, upcoming community leader, and son of a prominent physician in Galveston. Dr. Mayfield focused on mental illnesses of humans, and during his tenure he began performing experiments on unwitting patients. His experiments involved the study of the impact of fearful situations on individuals. The Hurricane of 1900 delivered a personal blow to Dr. Mayfield, where he lost everyone he loved and later became insane. Take a tour through his manor this October at your own risk!
2017 Galveston Island Oktoberfest
Galveston's premier fall Festival - the 36th Annual Island Oktoberfest - kicks off October 27, 2017 with live entertainment on two stages, German-inspired food and TONS more. If you have never attended an Oktoberfest, Galveston Island's version is one you won't want to miss. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors' most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can also look forward to shopping with their long-time special vendors and eatting their favorite foods.
Haunted Zombie Tour Aboard the USS Cavalla Submarine
Head to Seawolf Park this October for a haunted tour of the zombie-infested USS Cavalla submarine. Guests will have to brave through the apocalyptic smoke and flashing emergency dive lights as zombies roam the haunted submarine. This spooky haunt will take place the evenings of October 28th and 29th.
Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour + Dinner
In celebration of “ghost season,” Hotel Galvez & Spa hosts weekly ghost tour-dinners during the month of October. The ghost tour-dinner is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as well as Fridays. During the tour, staff guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel, which is then followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. The one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package. Friday night tour dinner packages are available exclusively as part of an overnight ghost package. Reservations are required.
Lantern Light Tours of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace
With lantern in hand, explore the nooks and crannies of Galveston’s beloved Bishop’s Palace. Learn about the history of the Gresham family and the house itself with a rare guided tour of the 1892 masterpiece. This unique experience takes place October 27th and 28th, and you’re not going to want to miss it!
Menard House Trick or Treating
You could stick to your neighborhood while trick-or-treating with your family this Halloween, or you can take a trip over to Galveston’s oldest residence, Menard House, for a special night of ghostly fun. Bring your kids by this free event for treats and a few surprises. Also, you’re not going to want to forget your ghost hunting equipment!
Movie Nite on the Strand: The Addams Family
Last, but not least, be sure to bring your family out to Saengerfest Park on The Strand on October 7th for a free outdoor-viewing of a classic movie: The Addams Family, in which con artists plan to swindle an odd family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. For more information, visit www.galveston.com.