On this Halloween, with nothing much on my mind, let me share some ghostly goings-on in Houston.
A houseful of visiting relatives - it's a classic mixed blessing.
Just ask businessman Tony Barton and his wife, Kim.
First came a relative, then the relative's friend, then relatives of relatives who lived with the couple. Soon, the trim, three-bedroom house at the end of a Pearland cul-de-sac was packed and life was a nonstop romp.
The real problem with these kinfolk, though, was that they were all dead. Tony Barton, 43-year-old ex-military man, salesman, and connoisseur of craft beer, was haunted.
It's the type of tale - filled with woooos, boos and goosebump-popping fright - that you'd expect to hear around Halloween, which, of course, is Monday. The Bartons say their woes started in the sunny days of summer.
"Nothing big happened right away. It was little accumulations," Barton says. "The wife and I both disregarded them - maybe hearing something, shadow movements, feelings of being watched. ... Only when things really escalated did we look at each other and say, 'Something's going on here.' " (more here)
The Houston - Galveston area abounds with stories of hauntings. One of the more famous supposedly spooky sites here is the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston.