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Devil’s Backbone Tavern. Is that the devil’s face on a fireplace rock!?

Head on up to the reportedly haunted Devil’s Backbone, a five-mile limestone ridge that runs from Wimberley to Blanco. It’s very close to Canyon Lake and Fischer.

The nationally famous Devil’s Backbone Tavern, 4041 FM 32, established in 1932, is planning a Halloween party at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. You can dress in costume, enjoy the honky-tonk Texas bar experience, and wait for the clock on the wall to spin backward or the devil’s face to emerge from a rock on the fireplace.

“If doors and windows open and close by themselves, just ignore it,” advises a sign. “It’s just our ghost trying to get attention. He thinks it’s funny.”

Owner Rick Ferguson told Blaze.com last year: “There are some (stories) where people see confederate riders that ride on horses at night. Then there’s Indian ghosts and various other ghosts they see in the area. There are also stories about a lady in white walking off on the side of the road and then suddenly disappearing.”

Nearby Riley’s on the Backbone, 3971 FM 32, hosts its own Halloween celebration 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Costumes are encouraged. Winners will be announced at 10:30 p.m. First prize is $60, second $40 and $30 for third-place winner.

“We hope some hallowed ghosts will show themselves, too,” say owners Margie Hickle and Richard Calhoun

Pick your ghost

GhostGhost stories have abounded in the region for decades. There are reports of a ghost girl with a bullet hole in her head, who explains her father shot her instead of allowing the family to be captured alive by marauding Indians.

Other reports include sounds of thundering horse hooves, the spirit of a wolf who possesses humans, ghosts of Confederate soldiers, a Spanish monk, long-dead cowboys, and a woman who walks the road holding a baby and crying out for her husband.

Scenic views

Devil’s Backbone was created by an earthquake over 30 million years ago, which separated the area into two different regions, Edward’s Plateau to the west and lower coastal plains to the east.

Some say it boasts the most-scenic views in the Texas Hill Country.

Dia de los Muertes

Thrills continue at Saturday’s New Braunfels Farmer’s Market.

Events for little trick-or-treaters

There’s lots of plain, old-fashioned fun in the area for kids. Events on our calendar include:

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