Halloween Blog Hop – Oct 28th

Today’s post comes from author extraordinaire CR Richards. with thanks.

My Favorite HAUNTS

Once a year, I take a trip to some place I’ve never been. I usually spend the day sightseeing or lounging at a day spa. The nights I save for my favorite hobby – Ghosts! In the Spirit of Halloween, I’ve listed my favorite Haunts.

Old Alexandria, VA

 Do yourself a favor and visit King Street. The shopping is phenomenal and the food is scrumptious! Then take a walk to the Alexandria Visitor’s Center. It’s here you’ll begin the ghost tour. Get ready for a spooky walk by lantern light. Your guides are dressed in their best Colonial garb and are ready to spin tales of betrayal and tragic death.

New Orleans, LA

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – Photo by C.R. Richards


What can I say about the Big Easy? Death has been a part of its history from the beginning. I think that’s why there is so much celebration of life, music and food. Way too many tours to pick from in New Orleans. I like the French Quarter (Bourbon Street and the famous cemeteries). Be prepared to practice “Safe Tourism” though. Walking around at night on your own is not encouraged.

Santa Fe, NMloretto

The Loretto Chapel: Beware of ghostly nuns – Photo by C.R. Richards

Santa Fe is an eclectic town full of historical sites and amazing art. I went there for some healing time, but soon found I’d chosen a haunted hotel! Julia Staab, original and eternal owner of La Posada, is said to wander the rooms making certain her guests are comfortable. I made sure to spend time in the Rose Room (dedicated to Julia) where tales of a spectral torso is supposed to float.


San Antonio, TX


Zombie by the Alamo – Photo by C.R. Richards

And now for my favorite! San Antonio has it all. The River Walk. Mexican food. Music. Mexican food. And tons of ghosts. Treat yourself to a stay at the Menger Hotel. It’s right across the street from the Alamo. The last two times I’ve attended a writer’s conference in the hotel, the group and I have experience paranormal occurrences. Locked windows opening on their own. People being touched on the stairs. Dark spots in the elevator and halls. Love it!

These are my favorites so far. I have plans for more ghost tours in the near future.

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Tombstone

Happy Haunting on your own adventures and Happy Halloween!

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About the Author

A huge lover of horror and dark fantasy stories, C. R. Richards enjoys telling tales of intrigue and adventure. Having began writing as a part-time columnist for a small entertainment newspaper, Richards has worn several hats: food critic, entertainment reviewer and cranky editor. She has now published a handful of novels, including Phantom Harvest – book one in The Mutant Casebook Series – which took home the EPIC eBook Award for Fantasy in 2014. Richards beat out entries from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and other English speaking countries.

Her most recent literary projects include the horror short story, Lost Man’s Parish and the newly-released dark fantasy thriller, Pariah. She is an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Horror Writers Association.

In January, Richards releases her epic fantasy novel The Lords of Valdeon, the first installment in the Heart of the Warrior series. Through her storytelling, Richards aims to reach lovers of fantasy who are exploring alternatives to the traditional status quo. Her message is simple: One person can be a catalyst for change.

Author Website – CRRichards.com    

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Twitter – @CR_Richards


Author Website – CRRichards.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorcrrichards/

Twitter – @CR_Richards

Many thanks to CR Richards for her blog post today. Remember, to enter the Halloween drawing, comment on this post. The prize is signed copies of the Wisdom Court Novels: Edge of the Shadow; A Signal Shown; All In Bad Time.