Everyone knows that the spooky season isn’t complete without a scary ghost story. Celebrate Halloween (or any time of year) by trekking through Houston on a ghost tour and meeting some of the city’s spectral residents. Whether you’re a newbie to the ghost game or skilled with an EMF meter, H-Town’s haunted history has made it the site of some fascinating tours that you won’t want to miss.
The Hermann Park that we know and love is home to the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre—and, according to Houston Ghost Tours, a whole lot of visitors from other planes. Let them guide you along the park’s dark paths as you hear the spine-chilling stories of the specters that haunt Houston’s most beloved park. From $15. 6001 Fannin St
If your kiddos swear they “ain’t afraid of no ghost,” first, stop forcing them to watch your favorite movies from your youth. Then, bring them on this family-friendly tour. Temper the scary stories by taking the 4 p.m. tour and avoiding the dark, or book a later time for the whole spine-chilling experience—just don’t be surprised if they want to sleep in Mom and Dad’s bed that night. $20. Hotel Icon, 220 Main St
Not sure if you can take on the city’s post-heartbeat residents without a dose of liquid courage? This outfit has you covered with a combination ghost tour and pub crawl. You’ll spend the night creeping around the city on foot, exploring its most hallowed haunts, and learning more about the city’s spirits—of the ghost and drink variety alike. $25. Char Bar, 305 Travis St
Join the folks at Fort Bend Museum for this eerie after-hours tour of the museum grounds, including the 1855 Long-Smith Cabin and the 1833 Moore Home. Hear ghostly tales of the unexplained occurrences that have frequented the museum, then explore the historical (and definitely haunted) houses yourself. $15. 410 S Fifth St, Richmond
Already familiar with the spectral residents inside the loop? Then head to Richmond to tour its Historic District after dark and learn more about the city’s history and ghostly inhabitants. This tour is perfect for history lovers, as every supernatural story the expert guide tells holds at least a smidgen of truth. $15. 410 S Fifth St, Richmond
Tomball’s hair-raising history and eerie town secrets are revealed in this walking tour of Houston’s notably haunted neighbor (or so we’ve learned). What with black magic, evil doctors, and ghostly encounters, the town’s past is downright macabre—perfect for those who don’t get spooked easily. $10. S Elm St, Tomball