Having a highly concentrated mix of the some of the most rich, famous and eccentric personalities to grace the earth throughout its history, Southern California is home to some weird history that has yielded many sites that have been known to evoke those from beyond the grave. As October wages on, there is no better way to get Southern California home owners in the spooky Halloween spirit than taking a visit to one of the many places where ghosts have been seen and weird occurrences have been known to happen.
Here are a few haunted sites to visit in and around Southern California’s oldest and most history-rich communities.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The final resting place of many of classic Hollywood’s finest stars and executives also happens to be at the center of some local lore. Many famous celebrities have been interred on the grounds including”The Sheik” himself, Rudolph Valentino. The actor was perhaps one of the first Hollywood heartthrobs to grace the silver screen and was at the height of his career when he died due to complications after surgery.
Every year on the anniversary of his death, a mysterious woman dressed in black would place a single rose at the crypt. The woman’s identity was never discovered, but today cemetery representatives continue the tradition in honor of Valentino and the woman in black. Valentino himself has been known to manifest at his grave as have other buried actors such as Clifton Webb and Virginia Rappe.
Throughout the history of San Diego, Whaley House served as a private residence, a general store, a county courthouse and the first commercial theater in San Diego. Simply put, a lot of history has occurred in this building located in Old Town, San Diego. As a result, spirit abound within the walls of Whaley House leading many to point to it as the most haunted house in America. Visitors have reported seeing the apparitions of Thomas and Anna Whaley in addition to ghostly footsteps thought to belong to James “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hanged on the property. Plenty of informative tours of Whaley House are available with October being the prime time for ghostly fun.
RMS Queen Mary
Docked in Long Beach, the storied ocean liner now serves as a nautical museum, hotel, and one of the most active supernatural locations in the entire country. After many years in service, the Queen Mary saw many passengers and many strange occurrences that have fueled her haunted reputation. Many visitors have reported seeing ghostly figures and the sounds of phantom children playing in a nursery, especially around Cabin B340, where a murder is supposed to have occurred. Other supernatural hotspots aboard the liner include the ship’s engine room, where many crew members were killed in a horrific crash with a smaller escort ship, HMS Curacoa.
With its varied history and interesting culture, Southern California is wonderful place to call home. If you are interested in luxury real estate in Southern California, please contact our team today.