stairsHalloween certainly drums up images of ghosts, goblins and the sort, but the truth is, most Texans can tell you a solid ghost story anytime of the year. Whether skeptic or believer, sharing a first-hand experience or passing on the tale, there are many goosebump-inducing stories to be told.

Share a Scare and Win a Weekend in San Antonio

Have a ghost story to share? Email it to us (subject line: Share a Scare). We’ll share the best ones. One will win a fun weekend in San Antonio, home to many haunted places. That includes a two-night stay at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, breakfast for two at Bolo’s Restaurant, two tickets to the Miró exhibit at the McNay Art Museum and an exhbit catalog.

If you need a little inspiration, read about a few of Texas’ hottest haunts:

The Haunted Driskill

Hunting for Haunted Galveston

Ghosts of Galveston

Governor’s Mansion’s Ghost

Haunted Jefferson Ghost Tours and Spooky Train Rides

The Baroness Inn in Milford

Western Spectres at El Paso’s Concordia

You can’t swing a cat in Texas without hitting a haunted hotspot. Not that I would swing a cat! That would be mean.

My scariest story comes from an overnight stay in the officer’s quarters at Presidio la Bahia in Goliad. Did you know you can rent the quarters and have the whole haunted place to yourself, with the ghosts of massacred soldiers vying for your attention? Well, you can, and that’s what it felt like!

I was invited to go along with ghost hunters – gadgets and gear galore. Scared as I was of what frightening things I might encounter, my curiosity was stronger. So I accepted, and did I ever have some tales to tell.

Then there was the “Railroad Tracks” experience I had in San Antonio. I know some of you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps I’ll share those stories later this month, but for now I want to hear from you. Maybe you have your own stories about those locations or others.

Checked into a haunted hotel? Went on an especially ghoulish ghost tour? Maybe you have photos? Tell us about your haunting experiences in Texas. Preferably a public place that others could check out for themselves.

ghosttourWe’ll be sharing the best stories with our readers at the end of the month, and the best story will win a San Antonio prize package, along with a chance to check out the hauntingly wonderful exhibit of Joan Miro at the McNay Museum.

From the October 2015 issue

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