Travel Channel’s ‘Trending Fear’ spotlights Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue

“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10 and features Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10 and features Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10 and features Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10.

“Ghost Train to Terror” features Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue—located at 200 N. Elm St., Tomball—and examines the alleged paranormal activity taking place at the barbecue joint, according to information from The Travel Channel.

“I think they discovered us through the social media post—I had posted some of the [paranormal] occurrences and some of the videos on our Instagram and Facebook pages and Twitter accounts,” Tejas co-owner Scott Moore said. “A ghost in a barbecue restaurant that makes chocolate I think just got their attention. ... And it happens to be the oldest building in Tomball. It just all added up to a compelling story that they wanted to tell.”

Moore, along with Greg Moore and Michelle Holland, opened Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue in fall 2015 in the city of Tomball’s oldest residential structure, known as the Hoffman House, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Travel Channel Executive Producer Christine Shuler said Tejas was chosen after Holland sent Adam Ellis of the “Trending Fear” team a video of the restaurant’s lemonade dispenser being pushed over during business hours and asked for Ellis’ help figuring out what was happening. The Travel Channel series follows Ellis—known for having documented the alleged image of a ghost child in his New York City apartment as #DearDavid—and friends Jen Lewis and Paul Bradford as they investigate alleged paranormal activity in various cities.


“It turned out that the lemonade video was just the beginning of her hauntings. We quickly learned that Travis, a trickster spirit, has been seen by many in the community for many years,” Shuler said in a statement. “She also related her experience with the train tracks just outside the restaurant—from time to time, the crossing gates would lower, but no train would cross.”

Moore said since the episode has aired, more business owners in the community have spoken up.

“We’re hearing all sorts of stories from other businesses around Tomball experiencing a lot of this kind of things happening, like Granny’s Korner and the beauty academy here. They’re starting to tell more stories about things that they’ve experienced,” Moore said.

Shuler said the episode can be seen on the Travel Channel as it repeats as well as on the Travel Channel Go mobile application. Moore said the episode is also available for purchase on Amazon Prime.

“Doing it was a lot of fun. They were here for an entire week,” Moore said. “People are just enjoying the whole story of it all.”

Read more about the episode here.
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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