If you’re planning to visit the home of Hollywood, LA, on your next vacay and want to see more than the glitz and glamor, my friend, you have come to the right place. Today, we’ll show you the dark and creepy side of this sunny town that only a few have seen. So, if you’re also a daredevil looking for some goosebumps, then this list of the creepiest places in LA is definitely for you.
Check them out if you dare to visit!
Suicide Bridge in Pasadena
Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge was built in 1913, claimed its first fatality in 1919, and has been the scene of a string of untimely deaths ever since.
We heard plenty of ghost stories. People have seen a man jump off a railing, but when they go to help, they find no one. In another accounting, a woman is seen crossing the bridge, causing cars to hit the brakes to avoid an accident, but when the drivers come out of their vehicles, the woman is nowhere in sight. And if these two stories haven’t freaked you out enough, a few people have reported their own spooky brush where they recall walking with a friend at night in the tunnel beneath the bridge. They claim that six lights illuminated the path, and as they passed the first one, it went out. After that, the second light went out, and this continued as they passed each light. Till they reached the end, it was just complete darkness behind them.
Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard
The Hollywood wax museum not only houses the Haunted Chamber, where you see wax statues of some of the creepiest ghouls, goblins and characters of classic cinema peering down at you eerily, but the place is also said to be haunted. Rumor has it that ghosts are seen moving among the wax figures. In fact, according to General Manager Tej Sundher, a couple of séances have taken place there, and weird disturbances appear in photographs taken there at night.
‘Queen Mary’ the Haunted former cruise ship-hotel
There’s no question that the Queen Mary has an intriguing past that could make for a modern-day ghost story. As a luxury liner, she set sail from Southampton, England, in 1937 and hosted Bob Hope and Winston Churchill guests. After WWII broke out, the Queen Mary was converted into a ferry ship, carrying thousands of troops into battle areas. After years of service in the war and at her majesty’s discretion, the Queen Mary was sold to a tour company and moved to Long Beach, where she has been used as a floating hotel and event venue since 1967.
Peter James, the late psychic/ghost hunter, known for leading tours around Queen Mary, says the ship has a pretty notorious reputation. It is said that almost every part of the ship, including the second-class pool deck and the engine Room 13, are haunted.
La Cañada-Flintridge Vintage Estate
It is said that ornithologist Robert Moore built this castle-like home in 1929, trying to keep his birdwatching secrets a secret (is birdwatching really so hush-hush, Mr. Moore?). Apparently, the halls are haunted by his spirit, as he lived there until he died on Halloween in 1958. If you want an exhilarating experience, you can even stay here as this castle-like home is now available on Airbnb for $150 a night. So, are you game?
Haunted Forest at Cobb Estate
There is a sign on the cobblestone gate of the Cobb Estate saying “a quiet refuge for people and wild life forever.” However, ghost seekers know it as the Haunted Forest as opposed to a refuge.
The Marx Brothers purchased the land in the 1950s and temporarily saved the mansion from destruction, but the sparse forest quickly became a favorite of the homeless and no-gooders alike.
The surviving foundation of the house is now more likely to attract adventurous youngsters at night, who might hear ghostly sounds at the top of the stairwell and become paranoid in the dimly lit forest. Ghost sightings are generally non-specific, though some have reported seeing ghostly figures moving along the staircase.
Pico House in Downtown LA
Built in 1869 and named after Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of Alta California, Pico House was the first grand hotel in newly settled Southern California. The building had 80 rooms, large windows, an inside courtyard, and a grand staircase. This plaza in the center of Los Angeles became the meeting place for society’s elite and outlaws, at a time when brothels, gambling halls, and saloons were the local attractions.
It has been reported that workers at the hotel, which is now a monument, have heard footsteps and seen shadows. Could the haunting be the spirit of long-dead governor Pico or one from the Chinese massacre of 1871? This is a lesser-known and shameful period in U.S. history and one of the largest incidences of mass lynching in the country till date, where a mob of 500 men attacked Chinatown’s residents on October 24, 1871. In this case, a local farmer was shot and killed by two Chinese groups that had a longstanding rivalry over the abduction of a Chinese woman named Yut Ho. Around the downtown business district, 18 Chinese men were hanged, and Chinese-owned buildings were robbed. In the years following, the area boomed and then went bankrupt, and Pico House became a shabby hotel for a while. Then, in 1953, it was acquired by the state and now serves as a window into a sometimes brutal past.
Well, folks! These are some of the spooky places that you can visit in LA. However, the list doesn’t end here; there are several more bone-chilling places in the state that you can explore, aside from those mentioned above. However, we recommend that to avoid any incidents, it’s best that you explore these places in groups because you never know what you’ll find there, so watch out!