Scare Up Some Fun at These Spooky California Spots

Chills and thrills.

Sure, you could jump on a haunted hayride or get chased around an amusement park by a zombie/actor, but what about a rendezvous with the real haunted haunts around California? If the hair on the back of your neck tingles at the idea of paranormal activity, check out these picks from Visit California for ghostly gathering.

Above: Photo by JP Smith


Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, Eureka

“Overlooking a rugged bluff in Humboldt Bay, this former fort’s remote location in Humboldt County lends an eerie air. The real draw, however, is the supposed ghost of a deceased commander who succumbed to malaria in 1897 and now stares out hospital windows as hikers stroll past.”

Above: Photo by David Bunnell


Moaning Cavern, Vallecito

“Named for the wailing sound air once made passing through the cave (prior to its eventual widening), this Calaveras County wonder is also a site for some of America’s most ancient remains. Bones up to 12,000 years old have been discovered here, and many believe that the cavern is home to prehistoric paranormal activity.”

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

“A door that leads to nowhere and a staircase that dead ends into the ceiling? It’s said that widow Sarah Winchester designed the house this peculiar way to confuse the ghosts: men killed by her late husband’s creation, the Winchester rifle.”

Photo by Frank Schulenburg

Point Sur Lighthouse, Big Sur

“This picturesque lighthouse has been illuminating the waters off the coast of Big Sur since 1889. Perhaps it’s the original keeper who some believe still visits the site in his original uniform. Moonlight tours are available for the brave and the curious.”

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