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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office(409)797-5152
Email: lcast@galvestoncvb.com

Take a Historic Ghost Tour on Galveston Island – Place of Deadliest Storm in US History

Galveston’s Ghostly History to Draw Thrill Seekers This October

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 21, 2015) – The season for thrills and chills is quickly approaching and Galveston Island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for “haunted” travel. From a 104-year-old “haunted” hotel to Galveston’s storied harbor, cemeteries and Victorian mansions, 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.

Galveston has many sites that are considered haunted, including an 1867 building that served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The building now houses Haunted Mayfield Manor – a year-round haunted house attraction in downtown Galveston. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a psychologically thrilling experience.

Also embracing its reported haunting is the island’s 104-year-old Hotel Galvez, which has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for its paranormal significance. The hotel, which offers ghost tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hung herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be.

The Galveston Historical Foundation, which manages many of the island’s well-preserved historical sites and Victorian mansions, also offers ghost tours throughout October. Many of the island’s historic places have ghost stories attached to them as Galveston has been home to epidemics of disease, war, fires, storms and many merciless pirates, including the infamous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island’s first European settlement.

“Many, many people have lived and died by these waters, and perhaps some of the dead still reside here,” said Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. “We invite our guests to listen to the stories and decide for themselves. But you don't have to believe in ghosts to know that the dead are a presence on this island.”

Galveston is also home to the nationally recognized paranormal expert Dash Beardsley, who offers ghost tours in the island’s cemeteries, downtown district and other parts of the island year round. Visit www.ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com for information on Dash Beardsley tours.

Ghostly Galveston Attractions 2015

Haunted Mayfield Manor

Date: Year round

Time: Varies

Price: $10

Location: 2312 Harborside Drive

Info: www.hauntedmayfieldmanor.com

Wake the Dead Horror Paracon

Date: Oct. 9-11

Time: 7-11p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sat/Sun

Price: $20 general admission day pass/$35 weekend pass

Location: Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Boulevard

Info: Celebrity guests, including Hocus Pocus star Kathy Najimy and American Horror Story’s Jennifer Lynn Warren will headline the event, which will include lectures, psychic readings and Q & A sessions. Costumes are encouraged! Visit www.galvestoncomiccon.com.

Haunted Harbor Tours Onboard The Seagull II

Date: Oct. 23-24; Oct. 30-31

Time: 5:15 p.m. (extra 4 p.m. tour on Oct. 30 and 31)

Price: $15 adult/$12 youth/ Free for 5 and under

Location: Pier 22, Harborside Drive at 22nd Street

Info: The narrated exploration of spooky corners and tragic sites in and around Galveston’s storied harbor takes place onboard aboard the 50-foot passenger boat, Seagull II and continues through October 31, with departures from the Texas Seaport Museum.

Ghost Tours at Ashton Villa
Date: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30

Time: 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Price: $30 per person
Location: Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway Avenue

Info: The public is offered a rare set of tours through the 1859 Ashton Villa. Join your guide for an unprecedented tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown.

Ashton Villa Séance
Date: Oct. 30
Time: 10 p.m.

Price: $150 per person
Location: Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway Avenue

Info: Join Sharon Michelle as she guides a group of 12 guests through the spirits of Ashton Villa. A natural born psychic, Sharon first started using her many gifts more than 40 years ago. Since then, the spirit has continued to guide her and add to her knowledge and abilities.

Sailor’s Superstitions and Folklore on the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Date: Oct. 31

Time: 1 p.m.

Price: $15 adult / $12 youth
Location: Pier 22, Harborside Drive at 22nd Street

Info: Come join us for a spook-tacular tour of the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA and learn what makes sailors so superstitious! From bananas on board to whistling up a storm, this special tour will delve into the world of nautical know-how and uncover the ghostly past of this national landmark.

Menard House Trick or Treating
Date: Oct. 31

Time: 5-7 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Menard House, 1605 33rd Street

Info: Galveston’s oldest residence opens its doors for one night of ghostly fun. Bring your kids by for treats (and a few surprises) to the 1838 Michele B. Menard house. Be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment!

History on Tap Costume Party & Craft Beer Tasting
Date: Oct. 31
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Price: $50 per person
Location: Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway Avenue

Info: A Halloween occurring on a Saturday night shouldn’t be missed and the spirits at Saint Arnold’s are here to help! Come in your best Halloween garb for special prizes and a tasting of select Bishop’s Barrel and Divine Reserve releases. Tickets are limited!

Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour and Dinner

Date: Tuesday-Friday throughout October

Time: 6 p.m.

Price: $45 per person (includes three-course dinner; reservations required)

Location: Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard

Info: Hotel Galvez & Spa opens its ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a dinner tour package on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in October. 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. Advance reservations are required. For more information, click here.

Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston

Date: Fridays/Saturdays Year-round

Time: Varies

Price $20 adults/ $15 children 10 years old and younger (toddlers free)

Location: Varies

Info: Galveston Paranormal Expert Dash Beardsley offers the island’s most popular haunted tours, including “Original Ghost Tour on The Strand,” “Restless Spirits Tour,” Secret Society Cemetery Tour,” and the “Jack The Ripper Mystery Island Tour.” For details, visit www.ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com

Movie Nite on The Strand: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Date: Oct. 3

Time: Dusk

Price: Free

Location: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand

Info: Free outdoor showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” For more information, visit www.galveston.com.

Music Nite on The Strand

Date: Oct. 10 and Oct. 31

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Price: Free

Location: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand

Info: Free outdoor concerts featuring various local bands. For more information, visit www.galveston.com.

Ghostly Gardens

Date: Oct. 25

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Price: Free

Location: Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard

Info: Trick-or-Treating, Creepy Crafts and Costume Contest for Kids plus $5 Admission to Moody Gardens attractions if a member of your group is in costume. For more information, visit www.moodygardens.org.

About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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