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—and consulted our friends over at Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA). Founder Richard Carradine has been collecting tales of L.A. haunted spots for years, and every month—on the 13th, naturally—GHOULA hosts Spirits with Spirits mixers (currently on hiatus) at some of the city’s spookiest venues, as well as other ghost tours. “We have two rules on where we meet—it’s got to serve alcohol and it’s got to be haunted,” he says.
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 where ghosts of the past still rattle a few chains.
If you’re feeling brave, consider embarking on a haunted tour of Downtown L.A.