California’s Haunted Hotspots
The following is a working list of places that are alleged to be haunted in the state of California. As the paranormal is experienced differently from person to person, please let us know if you have had any experiences so we can update our page. For pictures, click names, and for local maps, click addresses. All authors notes will be in green.
Washington Elementary School – 825 Taylor Ave.
This school has a young boy, about 13 years old, walking the halls at night. When the school was being rebuilt, a few sections of the floor were missing and a boy went walking through and fell. It was deep and dark, so he couldn’t get out, and the workers couldn’t see him. They filled the hole with cement leaving a draining hole with which he breather from. But sadly, later they filled in the hole. His spirit roams around room 13 and when people are alone in there they get cold chills, hear knocking and scratching.
Anaheim High School – 811 W. Lincoln Ave.
Voices have been heard in the theater/auditorium. Deep laughter has been heard in the balcony and erratic footsteps have been heard on the room. Also, there is a bomb shelter under the school from World War II. You can hear constant banging on the old locked steel door on certain nights, usually after football games. The Red Cross building right behind the football field fence is about as old as the school, and is said to be haunted by the original caretaker.
Disneyland – Disney Way
Haunted Mansion – There are 3 spirits that are in the place all of the time. The first, is an elderly man who died of a heart attack in August of 1970, before there was a first aid station on the west side of the park. There are also an elderly woman and a young man (who has quite a sense of humor). There is also something nasty in the attic just before the exit into the graveyard. Witnesses report having hair pulled in the crypt area with no one in sight. Some have been touched on the back by a hand in a car that was empty, or seen people walk up the portrait hall or grand staircase, and stop and vanish. Faces peer from behind the corner of the top of the grand staircase. Some have heard footsteps on the false floor behind the load area when there is no one else there, or been touched on the face by unseen hands. Some have seen a man in the mirror at the end of the ride.
It’s A Small World – The ride has 3 different ghosts. They were all people who worked there, and loved this attraction. Lights have turned themselves on and off by themselves, and the dolls have moved without power.
Matterhorn Mountain – It is haunted by the ghost of a woman named Dolly. She was crushed to death after she fell out of her sled, and was hit by the sled behind her.
Pirates of the Caribbean – The story goes that a young boy and his mom loved the ride. The boy got cancer, and his last wish was that his ashes be spread over the Pirates ride. Disneyland rejected that for health reasons, but his mother did it anyways. At night the ride operators can sometimes see a lone boy riding one of the boats on the video monitors, but when they check it out, no one is there.
Space Mountain – Both the ride itself, and the women’s employee locker rooms are haunted by the ghost of “Mr. One-Way,” a guest who died on the ride back in the 1970s. On the ride, he is described as a large man, with reddish hair, and a red face. He has been seen by guests getting into a car with a lone rider, but he vanishes before the end of the ride.
PeopleMover Ride – When it was operating, girls (especially those with long blond hair) would sometimes feel an unseen someone pull viciously at their hair. The boy died on a Grad Night, when he jumped out of the cabin of the PeopleMover, got caught and dragged underneath the car. He grabbed desperately at his girlfriends long blond hair to save himself.
Tom Sawyer’s Island – The ghosts of one or two people have been seen on Tom Sawyer’s Island. At least three boys, all Grad Night victims have drowned in the Rivers of America.
Tomorrow Land – There have been reports of a menacing presence accompanied by cold spots.
The Bakersfield Californian Newspaper – 1707 Eye St.
This old building is haunted by a few ghosts. One of them is a German Shepherd dog who can be seen waiting patiently for his master to come and pick him up. Another is an old security guard who can sometimes be seen in the lunch room. Finally, the former editor of the “Californian” can sometimes, thought rarely, be seen walking through the hallways of the building.
Bakersfield High School – 2200 Quincy Ave.
One area of the bleachers at the BHS football area is haunted by a young couple, they appear to be about 16 or 18. The girl is wearing a prom dress and the guy is wearing a football jacket with BHS embroidered on the back. The area where they are seen (up by the top of the bleachers) has a strange chill to it, and one gets a strange feeling of being watched. The couple has yet to be identified, and no one knows how they got there. They are usually seen during big games, either sitting there watching the game contently or making out, as a couple would most likely do.
Garces Circle – At the Intersection of 30th St. and Chester Ave.
One of the only circles in California, Garces Circle, has a large stone statue of Father Garces, a missionary who was in the area a few hundred years ago. People have reported that right before a major car accident at the circle, (and there have been quite a few) people can either see the hands of the statue moving or they hear him muttering a prayer for them.
Kern County Museum – 3801 Chester Ave.
This museum, founded in 1941, contains houses and buildings donated to the museum for public use. One building in question is the Norris School built in 1882. It served a neighborhood 5 miles northwest of the museum as a school for students in the first eight grades for thirty-two years. It was donated to the museum in 1958. One night, a group of Cal State Bakersfield students were allowed to spend the night in the old school house. They reportedly heard the tapping of chalk on the chalkboard, but saw nothing.
The Melodrama Theater – 206 China Grade Loop
This rather popular theater was built a long time ago. Before it became a theater, it was a big toy store. The theater is said to be haunted by an employee who worked at the toy store and hung himself in the attic. Unexplainable things happen in the theater where the attic used to be (the attic was removed and replaced with all the things a theater needs). Also, the women’s dressing room seems to have strange occurrences: sequined dresses on the clothes racks “rattle” on their own, and shadows can be seen where no one is standing.
Banta Inn – 22563 South 7th St.
The Inn is Haunted by the former owner who died behind the bar in 1967. He likes to knock things off walls, stack coins inside the cash register, and open and close doors. The Banta Inn has appeared on the TV show “Sightings.”
University of California, Berkley Faculty Club – U.C. Berkley
Room, 219 is haunted by the ghost of an elderly man.
Barrymore Estate – 6 Beverly Grove
Ghosts of John, Lionel and Ethyl haunt this estate. John Barrymore is Drew Barrymore’s grandfather.
Pickfair Mansion – 1143 Summit Dr.
The was the home of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Over the course of several years, several people have had the experience of seeing the ghost of a maid who was accidentally shot in the maids quarters. According to the previous owners, there were at least two other ghosts who haunted the place as well. In the beautiful entry way with it’s hand painted murals on the wall was often visited by a ghost who was thought to be Douglas Fairbanks. When the place was sold, the new owner tore much of the original home down and rebuilt on a different site on the property.
Green Acres Cemetery – 11175 Cedar Ave.
It has been reported that on Halloween every year there is said to be blood on the table found between the three marble chairs in the southeast part of the cemetery.
Brookdale Lodge – 11570 Highway 9
A girl in a formal dress runs across the lobby and then disappears into thin air. In an empty Mermaid room, voices and music are softly heard. Hidden rooms and secret passages are mysterious vestiges of the lodge’s rich past.
Knott’s Berry Farm – 8039 Beach Blvd.
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is said to be haunted by a ghost that is seen in one of the empty, windowless back dining rooms. It is said to look like an old woman and the busboy claimed that it was simply a fog.
Leonis Adobe – 23537 Calabasas Road
This old house/ranch from the 1800’s is said to be haunted by the original founder/owner of the house.
Los Angeles Pet Cemetery – 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane
This is where many Hollywood stars bury their pets. The Little Rascal’s dog, Petey, Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, Topper, and Mary Pickford’s dog are all interred here. However, the dead animal that does the most haunting here is Kabar, a Great Dane that belonged to Rudolf Valentino. The dog died in 1929, but it’s playful phantom is still reported panting or licking people that wander near it’s grave.
The Capitola Theater – 120 Monterey Ave.
A movie house-turned-opera-house and event site near the shores of Capitola Beach, has spooked set workers and construction workers especially in its conversion to an opera house in recent years. One late-night construction worker reported walking into the lobby of the theater and hearing voices and all kinds of racket going on in the theater as if there were a theater-going crowd. When he walked in, the sound “lifted.” Another woman, thinking the seamstress was upstairs where projectors once were, took a call and called up the stairway. Hearing a low sultry woman voice say, “I’ll get it,” she attempted to transfer the call. She went to search for the seamstress. No one was upstairs. The voice was described with similarities to a former owner of the movie house, who died in 1997.
Blue Sky Lodge – 10 Flight Road
The upper suites are very cold at night and some people very easy in the master bedroom of the two bedrooms.
The Vineyard House – 530 Cold Springs Rd.
Stories state that it is haunted by the owners and their son. It is also said to be haunted by old guests that stayed there.
Agua Mansa Cemetery – 2001 W. Agua Mansa Road
Supposedly this cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a woman searching for her children.
Fallon House Theater and Hotel – 11175 Washington St.
Years and years ago the theater burned down, and it was rebuilt as a replica of the old one. Now there has been many reports of noises, voices, overwhelming stench of smoke, in one room the smell of whiskey, and in rooms 9 and 13 a female ghost is even seen quite often. In the theater, lights go on and off, and shadows of people are seen.
Camp Bothin – For address and map contact the Girl Scouts of America
The area used to be an Indian reservation, then in the early 1920’s, it became a hospital for tuberculosis patients. Now, it is used as a Girl Scout camp, but it still has the original sinks from the hospital. You can hear the ghost of a nurse pushing her cart up and down the halls, moaning, and screaming. Appearances and disappearances of some ancient Indian spirits have been noticed here also.
Lord Bradley’s Bed and Breakfast Inn – 43344 Mission Blvd
Noises in the dead of night, heavy footsteps and apparitions have been noticed. The former owner’s daughter would see figures wearing Victorian style clothing.
Niles Canyon Road
A “White Witch” is said to appear trying to hitch a ride home. She supposedly died in a car crash on her Prom night back in the 1920s. When she is picked up, she gives the address where she would like to go. When the driver gets there, she is gone. The driver asks the people who reside there if they know anything about it and is told that she is related to them, and has been dead for many years.
Cal State Univ. at Fullerton – 800 N. State College Blvd.
The Science building (McCarthy Hall) has a service elevator that is haunted by a professor that was murdered in the basement, next to the elevator. On Sundays, when there is no one around, the elevator will go down to the basement and hold the person there, even if a different floor has been selected. The ghost has also been photographed on the 4th floor.
Plummer Auditorium – 218 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Haunted by Louis Plummer who the theater was named after. Incidents include people being pushed violently against walls and chandeliers swinging upward and stopping in mid swing. Still to this day a ‘ghost light’ is placed on its stage.
Garden Grove High School – 10331 Stanford Ave.
The main building of the high school was built in the 1920’s. During an earthquake, a section of the ceiling fell of and crushed a female student. Her ghost has been seen wandering the main hall from time to time, her face has been seen in the windows at night, and a disembodied voice heard. However, more volatile phenomenon has been observed in the very same location.
American River Inn – 6600 Orleans
Haunted by the ghost of an old miner.
Highway 152 (Blood Alley)
There have been numerous sightings of a woman searching for her child, hearing the sound of a stage coach and the snorting and breathing of horses, and a rumor that a woman was killed by a truck driver and she appears in the passenger seat of a truck, screams, and then vanishes.
Mt. Madonna State Park – 7850 Pole Line Rd.
Mansion ruins and surrounding areas are haunted by former owner Henry Miller and his daughter. The daughter has been seen in open fields riding a horse. She was killed on site when she fell off of a horse and broke her neck. There has been ghostly visions on horse back in mist seen floating in the Hills for decades.
South Valley Jr. High School – 385 Ioof Ave.
Inside the old ROP building, footsteps were heard in the hallway by the nightshift employees. Upon investigation, no one was located in or around the area.
Beachwood Drive Apartments – 1200 Block of Beachwood Drive
The ghost of an old man has been seen walking the central staircase near Apartment 4.
Chateau Marmont – 8221 Sunset Blvd.
This is a famous hotel from the 20’s that has been home to every legend from Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, Boris Karloff, Jim Morrison and of course is famous for the site of John Belushi’s death. Every kind of phenomena has been witnessed here. It is so creepy, that it is considered one of the top haunted hotels in the United States. (Read “Life at the Marmont”)
This place does not allow visitors unless they are staying at the hotel. Rooms start at over $1000 a night.
The Comedy Store – 8433 Sunset Blvd.
This famous nightclub from the 30’s and 40’s is said to have an evil entity haunting its basement.
El Compadre Restaurant – 7408 West Sunset Blvd.
There have been sightings of two ghosts that walk near the piano after closing. These two men were known to work in the restaurant and were killed as they were helled up by an armed robber. This occurred when the restaurant was called Don Pepe in the 1950’s. The bar is also haunted by some unknown presence by the large mirror in the wall.
Griffith Park Observatory – 2800 East Observatory Road
I do not know of any documented accidents or suicides here, but I had a personal experience here that still sends shivers down my spine. I am not sure where the location will be in the new building, but in the old observatory there is a balcony that has a wooded area several hundred feet below it and looks out onto the city. I saw a figure about five feet away from me climb up on the balustrade and leap into the woods hundreds of feet below. The entire area has a creepy vibe at night.
Hollywood Sign – Go to the top of N. Beachwood Drive. It is about 150 yards from the gate that blocks entry to the area. Enter at your own risk!
Two people have committed suicide off the Hollywood sign (“H”) and there have been many sightings of strange looking figures and lights by the sign late at night. This is especially true and documented a seen from the parking lot of the Griffith Park Observatory.
This entire area has been fraught with stories of hauntings and ghosts. This is a very creepy drive, especially at night, that curves and darts between the mountains.There have been numerous reports over the years regarding the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Lookout Mountain Drive. This is a canyon road that connects Hollywood to the San Fernando Valley. According to reports, on several occasions, almost on the exact moment of midnight, people have witnessed an old carriage, pulled by white horses, that seems to dart out onto the Laurel Canyon from Lookout Mountain as though the horses are at full speed gallop. The carriage disappears into the same nothingness from whence it came. Many car accidents have been reported as a result of sightings. Although there is only a tiny indent in Lookout Mountain Drive at which to park, (that says “No Parking” so be careful) this is a must visit site.
Just down the road from this intersection at 2398 Laurel Canyon is the property where Harry Houdini used to live. According to reports, Houdini once said that upon his death he would return home at midnight every Halloween to greet his fans.
Mann’s Chinese Theater – 6925 Hollywood Blvd
The ghost of actor Victor Kilian roams the sidewalk here, looking for the man who murdered him. According to police reports, Kilian met a man at a nearby bar on March 11, 1979. After a few drinks, Kilian invited the man back up to his apartment. Killian’s bludgeoned corpse was discovered the next morning. The killer has never been found.
Roosevelt Hotel – 7000 Hollywood Blvd
This is probably the single most haunted place in Hollywood. First, and most famous, is the mirror that was once hung in Suite 1200 frequented by Marilyn Monroe. The mirror was later housed in the lobby by the elevators, where it will be returned to once remodeling is complete. Also, trumpet playing can be heard around room 928, the room where Montgomery Clift stayed while filming From Here to Eternity. Several other confirmed entities have been observed here.
We have personally visited this site and can vouch for how creepy it is. We were there during the remodeling, so the mirror was stored away somewhere in the hotel. Though we did not have any specific encounters, I would personally NEVER stay there due to the eerie vibe that surrounds the place.
Vogue Theater – 6675 Hollywood Blvd
Built in 1935, and opened as an 800 seat movie theater in 1936, this theater has 9 documented entities since August of 1997. There are six children, one adult female, and two adult males. Entities are very active and communicative.
Wattles Mansion – 1824 North Curson Ave.
There used to be a bus stop right in front of the property, but it had to be moved because there were too many complaints of screaming, and mysterious sounds of horses galloping and whinnying all night long. People grew too afraid to wait for the bus and the city finally complied and moved it down the block. An apparition of a woman has also been seen on the grounds at night by neighbors.
Joshua Tree Inn – 61259 Twentynine Palms Highway
The Inn is the place rock star Gram Parsons (of the 1960s band, The Byrds) died. He overdosed in room 8 and visitors staying there say that he still haunts that room. Objects shake, move by themselves and sometimes disappear only to reappear later. Famed psychic Kenny Kingston stayed there in 1997 and could feel Parsons vibes. Friends of Gram also stole his body before it was to be shipped home to Louisiana and tried to cremate him near Joshua Tree. They were arrested and Parson is buried in Louisiana.
Leisure World – 24351 El Toro Road
In Leisure World, a gate-guarded retirement community, there is an 834 seat theater which is well known to the staff there to be haunted. Footsteps are heard in the booth by staff in the offices below, especially when there is no one in the building. Technicians have reported someone looking over their shoulders during shows. Opinion has it that this is “Bud,” a former printer who move to Leisure World in the mid 1960’s and working in the theater as its first tech.
The Chimes Bath House – 201 West Graham Ave.
When it was a bath house in the early 1900s, someone drowned in the pool, and it was forced to be closed. Now, it is re-opened and is an antique shop. People have said that they have felt cold spots where the china dolls are located. The spirit of the person who drowned in the pool has been seen roaming around in the basement area. Also, around 1888, a murder was committed on the grounds of the building. The after effects can be anywhere from not being able to enter the treatment room seven thought there are no doors, to having a sensation of having your ears plugged in the affected room.
Shamrock Carpet Cleaners – 45411 Sierra Highway
Footsteps have been heard in the back of the building and a telephone and carpet rolls have moved themselves. A ghost of a man has also been seen he is reportedly named George.
Queen Mary – 1126 Queens Highway
It is said that a male ghost has been seen in the engine room, where he was killed while the ship was still in service There have also been reports of the sound of children playing in the pool. The most accessible haunted area is near door 13 in the engine room, where a young man was crushed while trying to escape a fire. He was only 17 and had lied about his age in order to get the job. Another of the accessible haunting areas is the front desk of what is now the hotel portion of the ship. Sightings include a mysterious woman in white who will be sighted walking until blocked from view by a pillar. She is never seen coming out from behind it. Also, a couple has been seen walking down the hall to either side of the main entry to the first class rooms, but are never seen in the hallways themselves.
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Franklin High School – 820 N. Ave 54
The ghost of a deceased student haunts the auditorium and the surrounding classrooms. The student had died in the 1950’s and continues to be heard and seen by faculty and students alike. The ghost of a former student is haunting this school. Also, it is said that in the school’s early days, a girl committed suicide by jumping off the fourth floor, and that when you go to the fourth floor and stand on the balcony overlooking the quad you could see a girl standing next to you also looking over the balcony.
Virgil Junior High School – 152 N. Vermont Ave.
In the auditorium, it is said by students and locals that the dressing rooms directly below the stage are haunted by spirits of students who committed suicide there. Reports of doors opening and closing on their own, low moaning sounds emitted from empty rooms, and ropes hanging from a pipe in a bathroom stall (where a student allegedly hung himself). There has also been sighting of a glowing clown like apparition.
Marcy Conrad, a young teenage girl who was murdered and raped by Anthony Broussard (her boyfriend), was left dead at a bridge on Marsh Road. Witnesses passing by the bridge late at night claim to have seen the ghost of the girl. As the driver looks at the rear view mirror, she will appear in the reflection, but as you look back, she’s gone. It is said that she usually haunts couples that pass by the road.
This area of Marsh Road is now closed due to the influx of “lookie-loos.”
Modesto High School – At the intersection of 1st St. and H St.
The spirit of a young man paces the balcony of the auditorium. Supposedly, quite a few years ago, a young man had fallen from the balcony railing to the carpet-covered cement ramp below and was killed. There are also reports of knocking noises heard in the main hallway, where the floor slopes by the sewing room, that are coming from the tunnels that used to run under the school.
Hotel Leger – 8403 S. Main St.
George Leger, the owner of the hotel in 1880, met an untimely death, shot in a gambling argument. The odor of fresh cigar smoke is still smelled in his upstairs room. The current owners are always happy to give a tour.
Robert Louis Stevenson House – 530 Houston St.
The Lady in Black haunts the second floor of this boarding house where famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson lodged during his stay in Monterey. The Lady in Black is supposedly the proprietor of the establishment and haunts the nursery where her grandchildren died of cholera.
The Moss Beach Distillery – 140 Beach Way
This unusually shaped building is the current home of the “Blue Lady.” The building was used as a speak easy during the prohibition, and a woman who worked at the establishment was married to a seaman, but had an affair with a piano player. When the husband returned from Alaska and found out, he then murdered her on the beach below. The Blue Lady is a friendly and mischievous spirit.
Napa Cinedome – 825 Pearl St.
The Napa Cinedome is said to be haunted by two ghosts that look like a couple. There is one spot in the last theater room in the building that gets cold enough to shed ice over your coke, when you sit there you also feel like someone is watching you.
Holmes Book Company – 274 Fourteenth St.
Haunted by a male ghost that will throw books around.
Pardee Home – 672 Eleventh St.
Located in California’s Preservation Park Historic District, this house was home to California’s Governor (George Pardee 1903-1907). Pictures showing orb’s have been taken, but no naked eye sightings. The rest of the park is also haunted with orb’s having been photographed.
El Camino High School – 400 Rancho Del Oro Dr.
Sometimes the image of a student who hung himself on a tree by the 400 building in 1990 is seen.
Chaffey High School – 1245 N. Euclid Ave.
There is known to be the spirits of young woman and teen boy that haunt the west hall. Books in the A.P. English room fall off the book racks, doors open and close, and bells go off in the west only. Sometimes you can hear the gun go off that they shot each other with.
Haunted Ponds – Between 30th and 40th Street East, along the aqueduct
There’s a place next to the California Aqueduct where a house used to be, around 40 years ago. Legend has it that the woman that lived in the house was hung on a tree branch over a pond on the property by her jealous husband. It is said that on clear nights when the moon is bright you can see her hanging from the tree, and hear the sound of a woman weeping.
Palos Verdes Estates
Rocky Point – 3 miles south of Redondo Beach
Apparitions of dead skin divers, and odd traveling lights have been seen. Voices have also been heard.
Green Street Hotel – 50 East Green St.
It is said that a ghost woman has been seen on the very top floor of this hotel in an all white night gown.
Pasadena Playhouse – 39 S. El Molino Ave.
Once a school of theater arts, and now a state historic landmark theater, it is said to be haunted by the spirit of its founder, Gilmore Brown. The elevator mysteriously stopped and started, and often stopped for no reason on the floor of Mr. Brown’s offices. Also people have reported hearing a distinct male voice saying “hello,” but there is no one in the room.
Rialto Theater – 1023 Fair Oaks Ave.
The Rialto Theater is at least 70 years old, and many people have died there. In the bathroom a girl slit her wrists and climbed up to the balcony and bled to death in the seats. It is also said that a man went crazy in the projector booth. The doors to the stalls in the girls bathroom shake, and an apparition of an older man has been seen sitting in the seats. The older man has also been seen walking up and down the balcony stairs.
Charles Grill – Corner of Garey and Holt St.
A large dinner house comprised of three levels, restaurant and bar, a banquet room, and the third floor has a small number of rooms. Multiple entities, footsteps, slamming doors, arguments, apparitions, physical phenomena such as potted trees whose tops touch the floor for a few minutes and then spring to original position. Whatever is there does definitely like to share the space with the living.
El Fandango Restaurant – 2734 Calhoun St.
A woman in white appears at a dark table in the corner.
The Hotel del Corondo – 1500 Orange Ave.
Kate Morgan reportedly killed herself in room 302, which is now room 3312, and is seen there.
NAS Miramar – Miramar Rd.
Hangar I is haunted by the crew of a F-8 Crusader that crashed there in the late 1960’s.
The Whaley House – 2482 San Diego Ave
This house is haunted by the original owner, Thomas Whaley. This house was once the city’s courtroom. The haunting extends beyond Thomas Whaley, and to a man hanged just outside the house. His name was Jim, and he was hanged for stealing a boat.
Alcatraz – Located in the San Francisco Bay
Alcatraz, an old military base, then later a prison, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of many, many prisoners who died there, including the Bird Man, “Machine Gun” Kelly and Al Capone. Voices in the former eating area as well as the cell blocks are heard when no one else is around. Footsteps and the sounds of cell doors opening and closing also echo throughout the corridors. People have reported feeling “cold spots” in certain areas and the feeling that they are not alone, even when they are.
Golden Gate Park – Stanyan and Great Highway
There’s a police officer ghost that roams Golden Gate Park. People will get pulled over and get speeding tickets by this guy, but when they go to file it through the courts they’ll find out that the officer listed doesn’t exist. He’s been dead for 10 years. Anyways, the story goes that if a cop in the park is trailing you, you need to go outside of the park first before you pull over. and once you do, the ghost cop will disappear.
Haskell House – Located on Fort Mason
The ghost of Senator Broderick paces back and forth.
The Mansions Hotel – 2220 Sacramento St.
This hotel was built in 1887, and it is said that the original owner’s daughter, Claudia, can be seen and heard by staff and guests. She has also been known to answer to “yes” and “no” questions.
San Francisco Arts Institute – 800 Chestnut St.
Supposedly the institute is built on an old cemetery from the early 1900’s. After an earthquake, it is haunted by a few restless spirits.
Washington High School – 600 32nd Ave.
It has been said that the boy’s 3rd floor restroom, is haunted, supposedly by a young man, about 16 or 17. No one knows who it is, or why he has come there. But at night, or at later hours after school (when not as many people are around), people have reported seeing a figure standing by one of the stalls. One minute it would be there, and if you turn your head or look away for a moment, it will vanish.
San Jose State University (1857) – 1 Washington Square
The old gym was used as a collection area for Japanese internees during WWII. Voices and crying can he heard here at night.
Winchester House – 525 South Winchester Blvd.
It is a house that was owned by Winchester’s wife. After her daughter and her husband died, a medium told her to move out west (she was living in Boston, Massachusetts). In addition, she was told in order to keep away the evil spirits of those who were killed by Winchester’s guns, that she was to continue to build onto this ranch house. At one time the house had some 300 rooms, until it was partially destroyed and closed off after an earthquake. There are groups of 13 things in many of the rooms (windows, coat hooks, etc.), stairs leading into the ceiling, and a door to nowhere, just to name a few. She died in the house, but was buried in New Haven, Connecticut. It is said that you can still hear the sounds of hammering continuing throughout the night, and the screams of the workers that died there when the earthquake occurred.
San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano Mission – Interstate 5 and Ortega Highway
The was once this Indian girl that lived on the outskirts of the mission. She saw invaders coming to destroy the mission and she ran really hard to warn the people there, she ran so hard, that by the time that she got there and told the proper authorities, she died of exhaustion. The girl is seen by some at her memorial. They have also spotted shadows of people and heard children crying in the cemetery where a surprisingly large number of people were buried in a surprisingly small space (about 1600 people in a cemetery about the size of an Olympic sized pool).
San Miguel Mission – 801 Mission St.
It has been said that a woman, 2 men, and 2 children haunt the chapel at the mission. Apparently they went there to hide from men who were drunk and attempting to rob and murder them. Unfortunately they did not get away, and were indeed murdered. They have been said to relive the incident often.
The street is called Channel, but the twisting curves in the road have caused it to become known as “Snake Road.” On top of that, it is close to a fast flowing river, Kings River. Apparently, many years ago, a woman was driving down Snake road with her two daughters when she lost control of her car and drove off the road crashing into the river. Trapped inside the car, she drowned. The two girls were tossed from the car and went down the river with the strong current. Not strong enough to swim to safety, they also drowned. But, they drowned several miles down the river. Therefore, at night, the mother’s ghost can, on occasion, be seen walking along Snake Road, searching and even calling out for her daughters.
Fairhaven Cemetery Mausoleum – 1702 Fairhaven Ave.
In the lower level, there is a wall of the crypts of children. Occasionally the faint sound of a child crying pierces the silence of the hallway down by this wall.
Paramont’s Great America – 4701 Great America Parkway
The ghost of a ten year old boy, who was killed on an amusement park ride haunts the area where the ride once stood.
Santa Clara University – 500 El Camino Real
There have been countless reports of hauntings by the mission on campus. The mission is the oldest in the United States. This, the oldest, school west of the Mississippi River had much of its campus built on ancient Native American burial grounds. Students passing by the cemetery next to the mission claim to hear eerie moans and locked doors to the O’Connor building swinging open and shut. In the bell tower, reports of past Jesuits are seen praying.
Hart Mansion – 24151 San Fernando Rd.
This is the home of silent film star William S. Hart. Mr. Hart is seen by people that he recognizes and likes, namely decedents. He and his sister, also a ghost, are the only people to have ever really lived in the home. The ghost of their nurse, as well as Mr. Hart’s dogs, are also seen. Coffee is often smelled in the museum.
Red, White and Blue Nude Beach – Scaroni Road off of Rte. 1
A woman was killed at this beach by her boyfriend. Apparently, her ghost is seen haunting the beach.
The Rispin Mansion – 2200 Wharf Rd.
At the end of Claire’s street in the vicinity of Santa Cruz known as Capitola, a mansion built in the 20’s by oil baron H. Rispinand occupied through the 50’s by a group of nuns, it laid empty since the 60’s occasionally occupied by transients and hippie communes, now being restored and turned into a bed and breakfast hotel. Upstairs is haunted by a woman in a Victorian black dress who is looking for a book probably her bible or diary she also opens doors even heavily locked and bolted or nailed ones and windows. Downstairs, a man with glasses is seen in the empty fireplace, and in the basement an angry dog, probably from when local police used the place for search dog training, haunts the stairway and front door. Also a man, who fell through the rotting floor later in the house’s history and was injured and died before being found, ghost calls out for help from the basement. Secret rooms and passageways from the rum running days are part of the mansion’s history.
The Glen Tavern Inn – 134 North Mill St.
There is a young boy who died there and is seen playing on the second floor and in the lobby. Also, the piano that is in the lobby plays by itself. There have been sightings of a person or apparition looking out of the window of room 23.
Homestead High School – 21370 Homestead Rd.
According to many people, including a teacher who worked there, there is a ghost that walks the halls on the second floor. Usually the spirit is only seen at night. It’s been known to lock doors, open doors, and it’s presence can be felt. People have also said that they’ve seen it, and one teacher claims that the ghost tapped him on his shoulder.
Toys R Us – 130 East El Camino Real
Toys R Us is haunted supposedly by a young boy or man. Sylvia Brown appeared on National television and did a “walk through” at this “haunted Toys r Us.” Apparently the activity is just as strong today as always, and employees can attest to finding toys in aisles when opening up the store in the morning, and balls rolling down aisles when nobody else is around. There also have been pictures taken of this ghost.
Sutter Creek Inn – 75 Main St.
The Inn is haunted by a former California senator and his wife. The senator is heard pacing upstairs in the main house and his wife is sometimes seen in the hallway.
Stagecoach Inn – 51 South Ventura Park Rd.
The inn is supposedly haunted by a man that was murdered there, and also by an unknown woman. Perfume can be smelled in parts of then inn, which is now a museum open to the public, People have also reported seeing “a tall stranger” out of the corner of their eye, but turn around to see no one.
Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza
In the Back to the Future Ride, employees will clean the area and close doors to the ride rooms. A few minutes later they will go back to find candy wrappers on the floor and doors opened. Employees also experienced cold spots. AN employee stated a little girl died on the ride due to an illness. Universal has brought in well known medium’s to try and remove the haunting.
Bella Maggiore Hotel – 67 South California St.
The ghost of a prostitute who committed suicide haunts Room 17 – soft singing, a strong smell of roses inside the room and in adjacent halls, and occasional mist near the window has been witnessed.
The Olivas Adobe – 4200 Olivas Park Dr.
It is rumored that this place is haunted by the ghost of a woman. She is reported to have been seen standing in an upstairs window at night.
The Santa Clara House – 211 East Santa Clara St.
This restaurant, once a private Victorian home, is residence to a ghost of a young girl who killed herself after she had an affair with a salesman and got pregnant. She was married and didn’t want to tell her husband but when she did, he left her. After that, she waited for the return of the salesman, even though he never returned. She, in despair, hung herself in the attic. Now it is said that you can see her apparition looking out the window waiting for her lover to return to her.
Westwood Memorial Cemetery – 1218 Glendon Ave.
Marilyn Monroe’s ghost has been seen hovering around her tomb. Every year on August 5, a memorial is held here for her.
Whittier High School – 12417 East Philadelphia St.
A ghost named George who was supposedly hung by accident haunts the Auditorium. He is usually heard downstairs int he Green Room.
Banning Residence Museum – 401 East M St.
Generals of the Civil War are seen in one room planning a strategic attack of some kind and several people that once lived there are also seen.
Yorba Family Cemetery – Off of Fairlynn Blvd.
The cemetery is haunted by the “Pink Lady.” The origin of the “Pink Lady” is somewhat a mystery, but she is said to appear on the night of June 15th every other year. On these occasions, curious locals can often be found keeping watch around the cemetery, hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
This road is haunted by a woman who died in a car accident there in the 1950’s. It is said she crawled out of the car to get out and get help, police found her 1/2 a mile away, dead in the street. She is also known as the “Red Lady of Pendleton Road.”
Yucaipa High School – 33000 Yucaipa Blvd.
On the second level there is an old abandoned cafeteria, there are voices and ladle scraping noises during the day, and during the nighttime you can hear the old cafeteria ladies talking. It is an enclosed area that feels very cold when you walk inside.