By Ben Warton
Tour guides will teach history in a chilling way this Halloween in Buffalo Gap Historic Village. Ghost tours will incorporate ghost stories into a lesson on the history of the area.
The tours, led by flashlight, will focus on the history of Buffalo Gap, with a little Texas history thrown in, said Erin Owens, administrative assistant for the Grady McWhiney Foundation, which owns and operates the Village.
Owens emphasized the “family-friendly” nature of the tours.
“People of all ages can come,” Owens said. “It has been pretty popular in the past. Many families come out and enjoy the tours as a sort of warm-up for Halloween.”
Although families with kids make up the majority of visitors, Owens said she thinks college students would enjoy the tour, too.
“It’s a good place to go for Halloween and to learn, especially for history majors or other people interested in the area’s history.”
Kendall McQueary, junior information technology major from Brownwood, agrees with Owens.
“Halloween sometimes gets overlooked as a holiday, but I think it would be a good way to spend it, while still getting to learn about the area’s history,” McQueary said. “I want to get a group of friends out there to come to it with me.”
The buildings in the village play an important role in the tour.
“The buildings were built from the 1800s to the 1900s, and the guides incorporate the progression of these buildings into their stories,” Owens said.
Amanda Goodall, sophomore communications major from Fort Worth, also plans to go.
“I figure since I am going to be here a while because of school, I should at least know a little bit about the area’s history,” Goodall said. “If I am going to be learning, I think it would be cool to have a little fun with it and get scared at the same time.”
Ghost tours leave at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 17; tours last about an hour. Admission is $10 and will be taken at the door.