Ghosts and Mystery Make Granbury the Place to Be in October!

October 1, 2014
By Brandy Herr 
Guest Blogger and Author of Haunted Granbury

When you walk Granbury’s downtown square, especially when you feel the nip of October chill in the air, it’s impossible not to believe in the legends and ghost stories that haunt the historic buildings.  This Old West town is rife with intrigue and mystery.  You can have a stay at the Nutt House Hotel, where former owner Mary Lou still checks on her guests, years after she herself has been gone.  You can catch a production at the Granbury Opera House, where presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth is believed to still perform from time to time, having moved to Granbury after faking his death.  Another cheater of death is believed to be buried at the Granbury Cemetery, where you can visit the grave of the infamous Jesse James.

The history and mystery of Granbury has become so renowned, it spawned a weekly tour dedicated to the past residents of the town that just don’t want to leave.  The Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, named one of the seven best ghost tours in the country by Frommer’s Travel Guides, takes guests on an hour-long walking tour around the square and shares with them the spooky tales that surround the town.  Tours are Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 and 9:15.  Ticket prices are $10 per adult, $7 for children 12 and under.  The Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour runs year-round.

For visitors that can’t get enough of Granbury’s spooky history, they can also take the Last Mile Cemetery Tour on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:45.  This is an hour-long walking tour through the Granbury Cemetery by flashlight where we visit the graves of many of Granbury’s founders and celebrities.  Reservations are required for the Last Mile Cemetery Tour, as the tour is subject to availability. For information on both tours, visit

The success of the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour inspired tour co-founder Brandy Herr to pen a book, titled Haunted Granbury, released in February 2014 by The History Press.  The book tells of many of the known ghost stories found throughout the square, but adds a more in-depth look, with Herr sharing her personal experiences as a ghost hunter investigating the square.  In the book, you will also find more personal eyewitness accounts from people who have worked on the square throughout the years and have experienced strange happenings themselves.  Haunted Granbury is sold at several shops throughout the square, including Artefactz, the Nutt House Shoppes, and Spellbound.  You can also find it available on Amazon and all other major online retailers, and it is available as an e-book. 

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For the traveler that wants to make sure they get the most ghostly bang for their buck, you can now purchase a Granbury Ghostly Getaway, an all-inclusive Granbury vacation package that hits many of the haunted hot spots around town.  There are several different package options to choose from, depending on when and how long you will stay.  For more information about booking a Granbury Ghostly Getaway, contact the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour.

This October, Granbury is becoming a one-stop-shop for Halloween.  Along with the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, there are a few events you might want to check out.  On October 25, dog lovers can join us for Bow Wow Trick or Treat at Shanley Park, just off the square.  This fundraiser for Hood County Animal Lovers Organization (HALO) and Second Chance Farm will bring a Halloween carnival to the dogs, complete with trick-or-treating for dog treats. 

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If a really healthy dose of Halloween fright is what you are looking for, don’t miss the first annual GranScary, a haunted house at the Hood County Reunion Grounds to benefit the United Way’s partner agencies.  This year will benefit Hood County Christmas for children.  Not only will GranScary host a haunted house that is not for the faint of heart, but there will also be an alcohol-free nightclub with games and music, hay rides, and a ghostly tram ride through the Granbury Cemetery.  Tickets for the entire attraction will be $20 per person.  For more information,

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There is also a public Trick or Treat around the square.  October 31 from 3-5. 

Wait Until Dark  a suspense THRILLER Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Opera House

Granbury is the place to be this October for spooky fun.  If a tingle in the spine is what you are looking for, look no further.  The historic downtown square is the perfect setting for thrills and chills.  So, as you walk the square, and you feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck, just ask yourself one thing: is that really just the chilly October air? 

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