Ghost Walking Tour of San Antonio

8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Meet in front of the Alamo

Host: Adrienne Foster

When the Gold Rush erupted in the mid-19th century, it prompted people to move west. With scant law enforcement in the towns that abruptly appeared throughout the U.S. expansion of the 19th century, there was plenty of violence. Violence leads to trauma and many researchers believe ghosts grow out of psychological stress. LoneStarCon 3 members are invited to join us for a ghost walking tour of historic San Antonio.

In 2003, I reserved a spot on a ghost tour in Toronto when I planned my trip to Torcon 3. This is my favorite thing to do when travel. As it turned out, the other reservation that evening bailed on the operator. Although it was great having all that personal attention, it really is more fun when there are more people around. In addition to ghost stories, we hear plenty of San Antonio's local history - albeit with a macabre focus. I eventually learned other Worldcon members had this overlapping interest, so it seems worth booking a big group. This ghost walk is being scheduled so it won't conflict with either the LoneStarCon 3 Masquerade or Hugo ceremonies.

This 90-minute ghost tour takes visitors through San Antonio's most haunted sites. Guides perform in true storytelling format and it is great fun for all ages. Guides will be dressed in period costume and holding lanterns.

Please be advised to dress accordingly for the weather. My past experience visiting San Antonio at this time of year has been hot and humid. If participants would like to try to collect EVPs, wear soft-soled, snug-fitting shoes - noisy shoes such as Uggs can interfere with any captures. Cameras are encouraged. Flashlights could be helpful, too.

The tour will cost $13 if booked in advance, or $15 on the night. We will be meeting in front of the Alamo and there should certainly be some ghost stories around that place. To reserve a spot on the tour, please go to the event page on meetup.com.

Bay Area Ghost Hunters (BAGH) membership is required to reserve a spot on the tour, but participants can opt out after the ghost walk. Although this tour is being arranged particularly for the convenience of LoneStarCon 3 members, you do not have to be a member of Worldcon to join us on this ghost walk.

Organizers will have a BAGH sign and be wearing flashing ghost necklaces. BAGH organizers will be there by 8 p.m. to check in preregistered tour-goers.