Los Angeles is full of local haunts—and we're not talking about your local dive bar. No, we're referring to honest to goodness apparitions, the kind that people claim to spot all over town and that inspire ghost tours of popular attractions. It seems like most of L.A.'s restless spirits take up residence in Hollywood or Downtown, so you'll find most of the guided tours in those haunted hot spots. While there's plenty of nocturnal terror to be discovered during Halloween events, ghost tours let Angelenos step into the role of a ghost hunter all year long.
6 ghost tours to take in L.A.
This grand cruise ship hasn't sailed since the 1960s, and the same can be said for the many spirits that supposedly haunt the oceanliner. Guests claim to hear voices and rattling chains during overnight stays. The Queen Mary offers regular daytime ghost tours, but the real paranormal activity comes alive at night with everything from a twilight historical tour to a full-blown ghost hunt in the bowels of the ship.
Daytime tours daily, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30pm; $35. Prices vary for attractions at night.
Dearly Departed may be the the most well-produced and upbeat tour of misery and tragedy. Where else can you hear the gruesome details of infamous homicides, spot the locations of celebrities’ last meals and hear a list of all of the famous people that’ve died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center? The Tragical History Tour takes you on a fun, meticulous and historical bus tour of Hollywood while the G-G-G-Ghost Tour hits the Walk of Fame for a candlelit history walk.
Tragical History Tour daily, noon; $50. G-G-G-Ghost Tour Fri-Sun, 7pm; $30.
Starline Tours operates an entire network of double-decker bus circuits across the city, mostly through Hollywood. The company also runs an additional ghost tour in the area, with stops at the Roosevelt Hotel, the Comedy Store, Greystone Mansion and more. Listen to twisted tales from L.A.'s past and keep on the lookout for restless spirits along the way.
The Haunted Hollywood Tour Fri, Sat, 6:30pm; $55.
Downtown LA Walking Tours leads themed tours around the city center, including an evening haunted tour. This guided tour of murders, mysteries and unresolved crimes begins at the historic Pico House, which some believe to be haunted. The rest unravels unexplained tales at Downtown sites as well as the history of notorious massacres, bombings and more.
Haunted Tales daily, 6:30pm; $15.
Channel the spirits of celluloid luminaries such as Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield in this walking tour of the iconic Hollywood cemetery. It's also the resting place of Rudolph Valentino; legend has it that a mysterious "Woman in Black" still stalks the cemetery, mourning the demise of Hollywood's original loverboy. Brush up on the history of late stars like Marion Davies and Mickey Rooney along the way.
Tours Sat, 10am; $15.
Probe into the troubled past of Hollywood Stars during this ghost tour along the Walk of Fame. The on-foot tour includes tales of doomed stars as well as a mini ghost hunting investigation. Or if you'd like to combine spirits (of the ghostly kind) with spirits (of the alcoholic kind) embark on a bar crawl of haunted pubs and speakeasies.
Haunted Walk of Fame Tour Fri, Sat, 8pm; $35. Haunted Pub Crawl select weekdays, 7pm; $35.
Looking to hunt for ghosts on your own?
Call us old-fashioned, but we like our haunted places in L.A. authentic. We're not talking about manufactured scares at haunted houses; we searched the spookiest nabes for horror hot spots. Ready to scare yourself silly? Here’s your handy guide to the 13 most haunted places in L.A., including a Hollywood theater, a notorious Downtown hotel and a Long Beach oceanliner.