In honor of Halloween, here is a post for all you fright seekers, ghost and goblins, witches and warlocks. Warning! If you scare easily take heed. 😨
Growing up in southeast Texas, there were always plenty of spooky stories surrounding the swamp land of Brazoria County. Tales of days gone by, and the people who lived and died here, some not so good. As a kid, I remember hearing these ghostly stories, always popular at slumber parties and around campfires. Huddled together in our sleeping bags, on a chill autumn night, roasting marshmallows on the open flame, our eyes wide with terror as we watched the fire dance and listened ever so closely and quietly …BOO!
Here are a few of my favorite scary legends, true or not …Maybe you will decide for yourself.
One Saturday night, in the 8th grade, I had a group of my friends spend the night. Around dusk, we were out side playing and something dark swooped down out of the sky. It came just close enough to give us a scare and send us all running to the house. Later, as we were discussing what we saw, some of us said it looked like a large bat, one girl however, said it was “the chupacabra” sometimes called “goat sucker.” The chupa what??? Everyone wanted to know. She then explained to us that it was a well-known legend in Latin American countries. A wolf/devil/bat looking creature with spikes, claws, and scaly skin would fly down out of the sky at night and eat small animals and maybe even people. Ranchers would tell stories of this creature and how it ate their livestock. I never saw the chupacabra again, but I never forgot the story or that night.
The Ghost Of Bailey’s Prairie, Or Bailey’s Light
As the legend goes, the ghost of old man Bailey is seen at night, carrying a lantern and roaming his land, know as Bailey’s Prairie in Brazoria County, Texas – forever searching for a jug of whiskey that was supposed to be buried with him. Apparently, legend states, the jug was stolen by slaves who were digging his grave and he searches for it to this day. This is a popular story amongst the locals here, numerous folks have gone searching for the light and some who tell it, testify that they have indeed seen the lantern of Mr. Bailey. The mysterious light is known to even chase unwanted visitors clear of the land. I’m thinking maybe he doesn’t want to share his whiskey! 😉
Haunted Abner Jackson Plantation
Abner Jackson was a sugar plantation owner in Lake Jackson, Texas. His business was prosperous for a while until the Civil War eventually took its toll and Abner went deep into debt, became ill and died. Upon his death, Abner’s oldest son, John, took over the family business. He tried to hold the family business together and achieved a small fraction of success. However, his brother George, who was said to be a drinker and a gambler, did not have his brother’s eye for the business. When he tried to claim his rightful part, his brother John denied him, and further humiliated him publicly. George retaliated by shooting John six times and then took a machete and cut off his head. The story goes that George tossed his brother’s head into the lake and that John was buried without it, the head never to be found. As if this were not enough, George was never prosecuted and took over control of the plantation. Old George did not stay long enough to give much credit to this, running off after only a few nights, screaming in terror of something macabre trying to kill him in his sleep. John is said to still be walking the grounds of the old plantation and surrounding land, forever haunting, and forever searching for his lost head.
I hope you enjoyed tales of a haunting nature …until next time …
Happy Halloween! 🎃