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Ghosts, Goblins, and Galveston

In one of Texas’ oldest cities, where dozens of buildings boast creaky floors and historical markers, it’s easy to get spooked—or thrilled—come All Hallows Eve. In a city as rich with history as Galveston, you know spirits are stirring.

So show ’em a good time. Don your best costume, and head for the first annual Ghosts of Galveston festival, to be held at Kempner Park on October 31 and November 1. Kids and adults alike can stuff scarecrows, carve jack-o’-lanterns, bob for apples, enjoy a craft show, and, above all, people-watch. Strolling entertainers, ghost-story tellers, and live music fill out the bill.

On Halloween night beginning at 8, adults can celebrate with a Ghosts of Galveston Costume Ball and Dinner at the 1880 Garten Verein Danc-ing Pavilion. Ghost stories will accompany your meal, then you can dance until 1 a.m. to live swing music. It’s enough to lift anyone’s spirits.

Admission to the festival (10-4 on Sat and 11-5 on Sun) costs $2, $1 age 12 and younger. Tickets to the dinner and ball cost $50 per couple, $30 for individuals. Call the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888/GAL-ISLE.

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