Wednesday, October 31, 2012

GHOULA's Final Haunted Red Line Tour



When: Friday, November 1st (Day of the Dead)
Time: Tours start at 8pm
Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station
(800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Price: FREE TOUR + Metro Day Pass ($6.00)
Please purchase the Metro Pass before the meet-up to save time.

Parking: See below.

NOTE: This encore subway/walking tour will be last tour (at least until next year... maybe), so this may be your only chance to see it. Also, this tour will start an hour later (at 8:00pm), so people can enjoy the Olvera Street "Day of the Dead" procession at 7:00pm (across the street from the meet-up spot). So, come out this Friday for an night of remembering local spirits.

Los Angeles' lore is filled with tales of secret tunnels. Whether its supposed opium dens, rum-running passages, discontinued "Red Car" tunnels, munchkin transports, celebrity/mistress escape routes, or simply chambers belonging to a race of subterranean lizard people, many buildings and homes claimed to be connected to other buildings and homes below street level (if only we could find their openings).

So, is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway with the other living dead of this city?

We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.

Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.

Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the FREE lots provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station, and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group (The lots around Union Station are not free and they may close early).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last Sunday's Screening



Thank you to all, who came out to our "Tormented" (by the She-Ghost of Haunted Island) screening at an actual haunted lighthouse like the one in the movie, and thanks to the audience members who shared their local lighthouse ghost stories, and thanks to Los Angeles' own Zombie Squad (zombiehunters.org) for coming out to our event. And always, thanks to the EPFC Filmmobile for making these site-specific events possible.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse decided to not be involved with our event when they heard about the movie we were screening. They felt that it was not appropriate. Maybe they were correct, since our presence adjacent (just outside the picket fence) to the historic lighthouse seemed to stir up some possibly paranormal activity. While discussing the lighthouse's ghost lore, two strange things happened...

First, the lighthouse's alarm system sounded during the ghost stories. The on-site security guard came over to our group to inquire if we saw anyone walking around the grounds between us and the lighthouse (which we hadn't). He claimed that the sliding window to their gift shop had inexplicably slid open, triggering the alarm. When the police arrived with their flashlights, they could not find any evidence of someone breaking into the gift shop, or (based on the dirt below) someone approaching the window from the outside.

Secondly, just before we talked about the ghosts, the Echo Park Film Center's power shut down. Despite the generator's location being in plain site, the cable mysteriously detached from it, and when it was plugged back in, the generator would simply not work. A quick trip to a nearby gas station revealed that the generator's tank was indeed full as thought, and when it returned to our screening location (after the ghost stories were told) the generator fired up without a problem.

Coincidence? You decide.

(to read about this event's location... )
(to read about the  haunted film screened... )
(to read about this haunted location's ghosts... )

Monday, October 29, 2012

Free (Haunted) Lighthouse Tours (Pt. Fermin)



The Date: Tuesday-Sunday
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm (Guided Tours 1:00pm, 2:00pm, & 3:00pm)
The Location:
Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum
807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
[MAP]

Note: This event is not hosted by GHOULA. This is just a local (ghost related) event that exists independently that GHOULA wants its members to know about. As such, docents and staff at this event may not wish to discuss this landmark's haunted history.

The Ghost(s):

Unfortunately, because the ghost stories from the Point Vincente Lighthouse just eight miles up the road are more well-known, sometimes they get falsely attributed to this historic lighthouse, which predates that newer lighthouse by a half century.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse began its duty of protecting our shores in 1872 (some reports put it at 1974), although some portions of the building may be even older, considering it took about twenty years to build this seemingly simple Victorian home/lighthouse. Given the remote nature of the point it sits on, supplies had to be brought from either the Pacific North West, or the East Coast (around South America's Cape Horn), which made construction a very lengthy process.

Unlike the nearby Point Vicente Lighthouse, which is said to be haunted by a woman longing for her lost husband, this lighthouse appears to be haunted by the inverse, a lonely male lighthouse keeper carrying the torch (literally and figuratively) for his dead wife. When he passed away in October of 1925 (a couple of months after his wife died), the local papers reported he died of a broken heart. Two months after his death, the lighthouse was decommissioned and the grounds turned into a public park. Not only was he the last man to hold that job, some say he never left, and can still be seen (and heard) carrying out his duties, walking around the lighthouse and the lens house.

Although the current lighthouse staff claims that the historic structure is not haunted, they are familiar with the ghost tales, and curiously do not deny them. The explanation they give is that these yarns were originally fabricated by a ranger that used to live in the lighthouse (as caretaker of the building and park) as a means of scaring local children and teens so that they would not try to break in to the spooky old lighthouse or vandalize it. Needless to say, there are many locals that grew up around the lighthouse, who beg to differ.

Interestingly, the ghostly keeper may not be alone there with his feelings of loneliness, sadness, and regret. The adjacent cliff is well known in the area as a favorite spot for suicides (with stories of ghostly figures walking along the cliff's edge or the rocks below.) Also, Point Fermin Park was the site of the great UFO attack of 1942, but that's another story for another time...

http://www.pointferminlighthouse.org//index.htm

(to read about the ghosts of the Point Vincente Lighthouse...)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday's Screening Secret Haunted Location!



Location: Point Fermin Park (Home of the Point Fermin Lighthouse)
807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731(map)

Come out for this year's free outdoor screening tomorrow (Sunday, 0ct 28, @7:00pm) and see "Tormented" (1960) with Richard Carlson at a real haunted lighthouse like the one in the movie.
(For more info about the movie... )

Also, hear about this local landmark's history (and ghost stories).
(for more info about the lighthouse's ghost story... )

All are welcome to this family-friendly event. Don't forget to bring chairs and flashlights. Also, this 140 year old haunted lighthouse is now in the middle of a city park, so please follow all posted rules while in the park.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

3rd Annual Haunted Films @ Haunted Places



It's that time again...

...for our annual "Haunted Films at Haunted Places."

In a partnership with the Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile, we present free outdoor screenings of horror films at unusual locations that are said to be haunted, and discuss that ghost lore before showing the film.

Time: 7:00pm
Date: October, 28th (Sunday)
Location: TOP SECRET (revealed 24 hours before screening)
(location info:)
Admission: FREE!

This year we will be screening the Allied Artists masterpiece (about a female ghost that was actually shot in the KCET studios which are said to be haunted by a female ghost) starring the late, great actor/director/ author (and Encino resident) Richard Carlson...

TORMENTED (1960)
(The original title: "Tormented by the She-Ghost of Haunted Island")



Check out the trailer for this creepy classic!

Halloween @ The Barn



Our fiendish friends at CREEEPYLA.COM and Hidden LA are hosting this evening celebrating local ghost lore.

Be the first to find out if Hollywood's historic Lasky-Demille Barn is haunted... (learn more about the barn here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasky-DeMille_Barn)

Hear frightening tales of the ghosts of the Magic Castle, Knickerbocker Hotel, and other landmarks! Hang out with the crews of CreepyLA and HiddenLA! The ultimate event of the Halloween season!

There will be two showtimes available.

Tickets and info: http://hauntedbarn.eventbrite.com/

Use code "HAUNTEDBARN" for $10 off tickets!

Speakers include (schedules subject to change):
-Tom Ogden – Author of “Haunted Hollywood” and magician at the Magic Castle
-Sarah Troop – Host of the Cabinet of Curiosities podcast
-Richard Carradine – President/Founder of the GHOULA
-James Bartlett - Author of "Gourmet Ghosts - Los Angeles"
-Evening hosted by Scott Michaels - owner of Dearly Departed Tours.
-And more to be announced!

Other attractions will include:
-Screenings of classic ghost themed short subjects.
-Paranormal investigation "hands on" experience.
-Hollywood Horror Themed Photo Booth
-Spooky selection of food and drinks

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October's SPIRITS with SPIRITS


GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of each month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let's put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”

All those who attend will receive a free (square) G.H.O.U.L.A. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group.

THE DATE: October 13th, 2012 (Saturday)
THE PLACE: Intelligentsia Coffee
55 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena(Map)
(near METRO Gold Line's Memorial Park Station)
THE TIME: 7:00pm - ?

THE GHOST(S):

Like the other buildings that line Colorado Blvd in Pasadena's Old Town district, the building at 55 East Colorado Blvd, was built in the later part on the 19th century (1885). Because of Pasadena's rapid growth rate, and the large influx of vehicular traffic, in 1929, roughly 13 feet was chopped off of the fronts of the buildings that lined both sides of Colorado, and new facades were created for the remaining portions. Because of this unconventional Public Works project, many basements and tunnels are said to still exist under the asphalt of Pasadena's main drag. This idea has given rise to legends of secret rooms, tunnels, and skeletons (and ghost stories) that are inadvertently discovered during construction/maintenance projects.

One such ghost story involves the above mentioned address, now the home of Intelligentsia Coffee. Employees of this respected coffee house claim that there is a male ghost that haunts their basement, specifically their kitchen/lab and the stairs. Although his appearances may surprise the staff, he is by all accounts harmless. Exact descriptions of him are vague, and generally he appears as a black form. The popular belief is that this poor soul was the victim of a fire in this building's history. It is unclear whether his darkness is from his flesh being burnt black (like Ojai's "Char-man") or whether he is what Native American Folklore refers to as a "dark watcher" (aka a "shadow person").

It's also interesting to note that a few doors down on the same side of the street, there is another historic building with an almost identical ghost story. However, that location's male phantom is said to be the victim of a robbery-gone-wrong that occurred when a bank occupied the ground floor. Pasadena's annual "Old Town Haunt" haunted attraction operates out of that same haunted basement.

Although legends of ghosts connected to Spanish catacombs under Colorado Blvd (as mentioned on the attraction's website) seems a little far-fetched, it is possible. In the 1920's a series of tunnels in the hills around Downtown Los Angeles were discovered and thought to have originally been created by early padres. Then, there are persistent rumors about a secret tunnel that ran under Pasadena, whose opening was covered over when the Pasadena Freeway was built (not to mention the Lizard People who may have dug tunnels as far as Pasadena).

Could these two ghost stories be connected by those lost tunnels? Could these separate stories actually be the same ghost that travels between these two locations by an underground passage that no longer exists? So, if you like your ghosts like you like your coffee (black), come out and experience one of LA's best cups of Joe (or a glass of wine), and perhaps experience one of Pasadena's darkest spirits at the place where he dwells... if you dare!

Note: If anyone is interested in seeing the "Old Town Haunt" haunted attraction, at 10pm, we can put a group together to go over and take advantage of the group discount ($12 instead of $15).

http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/location/pasadena-cafe
(to read about last month's haunted location... )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations... )

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GHOULA's Haunted Red Line Tour



When: Three Fridays in October (5th, 12th, 26th)
Time: Tours start at 7pm
Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station
(800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Price: FREE TOUR + Metro Day Pass ($6.00)
Parking: See below.

Los Angeles' lore is filled with tales of secret tunnels. Whether its supposed opium dens, rum-running passages, discontinued "Red Car" tunnels, munchkin transports, celebrity/mistress escape routes, or simply chambers belonging to a race of subterranean lizard people, many buildings and homes claimed to be connected to other buildings and homes below street level (if only we could find their openings).

So, is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (blood) Red Line Metro Subway with the other living dead of this city?

We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.

Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.

Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the FREE lots provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station, and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group (The lots around Union Station are not free and they may close early).