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.

This year’s Galveston Halloween events feature reduced capacity and require masks to be worn. Full details are available on the ticket purchasing pages below.

Galveston Ghost Stories
at the
1838 Menard House
Oct. 23, 24, 30 & 31 @ 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. 23, 24, 30 & 31 4:30-6 p.m.
$20, 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.


Moonlight Tours
of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace
Oct. 23, 24, 30 & 31 @ 8:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Historic Landmark 1892 Bishop’s Palace takes on a new light with this special moonlight tour. Enjoy a guided tour of all floors, including the typically closed third floor, and learn the history of the building, the Gresham family, and more. Complimentary beer and wine will be served on the porch before the tour.


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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