“This time of year, I’ll get between 20 and 150 calls a day on the ghost walk,” Russell said. “It’s gotten so big that we even have two hotels there offering special guest rates for those taking part in the walk.”
She says she would love to get a ghost walk started in Weatherford, which also has talk of paranormal activity. She says three or four business owners on the downtown square have contacted her about strange goings on at their businesses.
Not all the talk in Mineral Wells has been positive about the walk.
“I’ve been asked why I’m trying to paint Mineral Wells as a ghost town,” Russell said. “I’m definitely not because there have been Indians and others saying the place has been haunted for years.”
Russell likes to think what she’s doing helps the local economy, putting “heads into beds.” She has also begun working with other groups, such as the Mineral Wells VFW and their haunted house.
Even though Halloween is over, Russell said at least three more public ghost walks are planned, including one on Saturday. Other walks are planned closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tickets are $15 for those ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 5 to 12. Russell insists nothing vulgar is seen on the Ghost Walk and the walk is family friendly for those who don’t mind a good scare. She tries to keep the walk fun, with prizes such as lottery tickets and candy being given away.
Russell said many people really get into the spirit of the walk, which takes just under two hours, depending on the level of “activity” that evening, coming in costume. For more information on the Ghost Walk times and exact dates, visit Baker Hotel Ghost Walk on Facebook or contact Russell directly at 817-629-8127.