This year, in order to get in the mood for Halloween, I went on a Texas Ghost Tour in the historic and charming city of Galveston, Texas. It was the perfect alternative to the standard costume party and I figured I could find inspiration for some terrifying tales.
Admittedly, I experienced some slight chills (no seriously, it was freezing out there) and thrills along the way. The tour guide showed us an old church and explained how its grounds served as the place where they burned the many bodies of those who had tragically passed in a historic storm, to this day people still see men walking with the torches used to light the piles. We saw historic homes of old money families and learned the harrowing histories that haunted them. Once or twice I even caught myself looking over my shoulder at the sound of crunching leaves underfoot or a mysterious noise in the trees.
Despite the fact that I don’t much believe in ghosts and demons and participate in such sport mostly for the fun, it was a little creepy at times.
But as much fun as I was having out on the trail, I realized that the thing I was looking forward to most that evening was getting home. I could not wait to burrow under some blankets on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and talk all of the creepy stories that we heard and mysterious things we saw on the tour. The ghost tour was great, but in that moment I realized that the reason that I love Halloween so much is not because of the things that are not real, but because of the things that are…family and friends. I love Halloween for the same reason that I love every other holiday because it is just a goose bumps and giggles themed opportunity for me to create awesome memories with my family and friends, who are the true inspiration for everything.
Check out pictures of the ghost tour at the link below (Sorry, there are no actual ghosts in them).
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