With All Hallow’s Eve fast approaching, we’re busy stocking the pantry with eye of newt and practicing our spells to ward of hangovers and morning breath. But once that’s done, it’s time to scare ourselves silly.
Usually that’s accomplished by visiting one of the thousands of local haunted houses or people watching in Highland Park Village to see who opted for the “discount” plastic surgery. Spoooooky.
But keeping with the theme, we’ve added a new ritual to the mix: a stroll through one of four cemeteries that are part of the Uptown Trails Cemetery Tour. Now we should preface that this leans more towards This Old House than Tales From The Crypt, but it’s still fun.
Before the Yuppies roamed the earth in Uptown, we buried people there. In Greenwood Cemetery (established 1874) you can see “famous” graves like that of Dr. John A. Seegar, the one-time employer of notorious outlaw Doc Holliday. (Okay, the fame thing is kind of a stretch).
There’s also the Calvary Cemetery (established 1878), Freedman’s Memorial (dedicated 1999) and the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery (established 1884), which is also the final resting place of the founders of Neiman Marcus. Hallowed ground for all high-end shoppers!
Even though it’s not filled with brain-eating zombies or blood-sucking vampires (we hear their new haunt is Ghost Bar), the Uptown Trails Cemetery Tour is a festive way to get in the Halloween spirit while remembering that Dallas does actually have some history, too!
Uptown Trails Cemetery Tour
Monday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The self-guided tour is FREE. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by calling (469) 341-1199.