The spooky season is upon us here in the Myrtle Beach area. We're about a week away from Halloween, where we're sure to get our fill of costumes, candy and children of all ages.

But for us, what we love more than anything about this time of year are ghost stories. Whether it's catching "The Exorcist" on television or spinning yarns over a campfire, we like tales that make us consider sleeping with the lights on.

The beauty of the Grand Strand is we've got a few ghost stories of our own. One comes straight from Pawleys Island, and it's the story of The Gray Man.

There are numerous incarnations of this story, and we certainly won't try and divulge all of them here. But ultimately, the legend is that if you see The Gray Man, it means a hurricane is on the way.

Sightings of The Gray Man go back as far as the early 1800s. One Pawleys Island couple is said to have seen the ghostly visitor while walking along the beach on Sept. 19, 1989. They packed their bags and got out of town just two days before Hurricane Hugo struck.

You can read the entire legend of The Gray Man here. Suffice it to say, if we ever see him, we'll start packing. Or, at the very least, check to see that our hurricane kit is fully stocked.

Happy Halloween!