PLEASANTON -- Teri Carlson remembers seeing a man waving at her from the back of her store during the city's annual Ghost Walk two years ago.
The man was so distracting, the owner of Milfleur -- a regular pit stop for the tour -- stopped mid-sentence during her talk with a visiting group of ghost enthusiasists to ask the man what he wanted.
No one else saw the man, however. Carlson was talking with a ghost.
Such is the case with many of the places that have been deemed "haunted" and worthy of a visit during the tours that stop at some of Pleasanton's most popular restaurants, stores and buildings.
The city's annual Ghost Walk will be offered four times in October in downtown Pleasanton, this Friday and Saturday and Oct. 26 and 27. Two-hours tours start at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under. For details, call 925-462-2766.
The Ghost Walk features places such as the Pleasanton Hotel where a prostitute is said to wander the second floor, Gay 90s Pizza where the word "Boo" is mysteriously etched between a mirror and the wood on the mirror's frame.
The town is crawling with spirits of decades past, according to Jennifer Amiel, education director at the Museum on Main, and it is highly likely you could encounter one.
"Any time you have a town this old, you will end up having stories," she said.
Seeing lights turn on and off, seeing orbs and feeling someone behind you are just some of the indicators that a ghost could be near.
For those who think they want an eerie encounter, where should they go?
According to Irma Slage, a Livermore psychic who helps with the Ghost Walk, the Railroad Depot is the place to go.
"There were tunnels built in Pleasanton and some of the Chinese who came to the area were the ones who built them," she said.
"Also another man, who is not Chinese, occupies the building -- usually on the second floor. This man was there when the railroad first began," Slage said."
But for those who are skeptics?
"It is history coming alive through ghost sightings in Pleasanton that bring (these stories) alive," Slage said. "(People) have their own experiences, and without their courage in an unsettled town, Pleasanton would not be as it is today."
Contract Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.
Ghost Walk 2012 will be offered four times in October in downtown Pleasanton. To have your own ghostly encounter, you may buy tickets for Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Tours depart the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. Walks last two hours and take place rain or shine. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under. For details, call 925-462-2766.