We asked on Facebook: Do you believe in ghosts? And have you ever encountered one?
Ask about the two children on 81st dressed in white, glowing Victorian garb. Yes and yes.
– George Black
One Oct. 31, after our nighttime tour of the Broadway Cemetery, I heard young girls laughing.
– Belinda Reyes Sandoval
Yes and yes. The old house that we bought the first time we lived in Galveston together had a friendly ghost that turned all the living room lights on every full moon. We thought it was great.
– Susan Meads-Leahy
Yes and yes. I grew up in a 150-year-old brick house that served as a rooming house for travelers. The bedroom where they stayed was mine. I had nightly visits from a beautiful young woman in a nightgown and robe.
– Lisa Wilson Velasquez
Oh yes, I believe in them. Most of my photos have many, many orbs in them. My house is also an old one from the East End that was moved to the West End. When I’m home alone, I see things out of the corner of my eye; I hear things and get up to go look, but there is nothing there. Things also get “lost” in my house, only to turn up later — ha ha ha. I’m very receptive to these energies. I can’t communicate, but I am open to the spirit world.
– Amber Norris
Yes. In houses I’ve shown as a Realtor, and friends of mine have them in their homes. They occupy a storage facility downtown and there’s one house near Central United Methodist Church that was sold after six months because of really harmful spirits in it — they threw knives, etc.
– Debbie Borque
Yes, I saw two ghosts when I lived on 49th and P½. I heard later that bodies from the 1900 Storm were burned near there. One night, I distinctly saw a little girl with blond curls in a white dress and another night I saw a man walk through the front door and through the room. Yes, I’m a believer.
– Christine Ruiz Hopkins
I have been to a house here in Galveston where I would hear someone say “hello” or “hi” very distinctly in one particular room over a number of years. Later, when they removed the wallpaper in the same room, the friend sent me a text pic with an old watermark on the wall, which clearly read “hi.” I felt totally vindicated.
– Hope Truscott Chambers
Yes, there were several in my old house on Avenue L near 16th. The upper two floors existed before the 1900 Storm. One night, I went to the top of the stairs and yelled “Hold it down!” All the loud noises stopped.
– Jim Nonus