Galveston Historical Foundation
Haunted History

Haunted History


Your spirit is summoned to Galveston Historical Foundation’s Haunted History experiences! For an island that is no stranger to the strange, this Halloween season GHF is offering a breath-taking roster of uniquely created events for adults and youth alike. The island is a treasure of haunted stories and spooky places and our rich history and fascinating buildings are ideal for a truly unique Galveston Halloween event experience.

Galveston Ghost Stories
at the
1838 Menard House
Oct. 22, 23, 29 & 30 @ 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Historic Galveston Island is no stranger to strange stories and occurrences. The oldest home on the island, the 1838 Menard House, serves as your host for a tour and talk of some of the island’s most haunted history. Complementary beer and wine will be served on the porch before the tour.


Haunted Harbor Tours

Oct. 22, 29 & 30 4:30-6 p.m.
$25, 5 & Under – Free

Galveston Bay’s historic waters are tied directly to the beginnings of the island. On this special 90-minute tour, onboard Galveston Historical Foundation’s SEAGULL II, guests will hear the haunted history of Galveston’s harborside. These special cruises are BYOB.


Mariner’s Masquarade Party
Onboard the 1877 ELISSA

Oct. 29 @ 6-9 p.m.


The official tall ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, turns 144, and to celebrate, our friends at Saint Arnold Brewing Company are making it a day to remember. This special outdoor costume party welcomes you to the Galveston Historic Seaport. Cake, food, beer, dockside music, and more are included in your ticket purchase for this special evening.


Movie Night at MenardMovie Night
at the 1838 Menard House
Oct. 30 @ 6:30 p.m.

The oldest house in Galveston, the 1838 Menard House, invites you to its spooktacular grounds for a showing of a frightful feature movie. Guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs for the evening. Craft beer, wine, and water will be available for purchase and a food truck will be on-site for food options.


Trick or Treating
at the 1838 Menard House
Oct. 31 @ 5-6 p.m.


Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House opens its gates to trick or treaters for history-making fun! Individual bags of candy will be given to young guests with free admission on the property. Please note: the house will not be open for tours, GHF staff and volunteers will be on-site with pre-packaged treats on the porch.



Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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