Monday, April 14, 2014


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. (i.e. LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)

NOTE: This event at the Magic Castle is now closed. Only those who are already on the guest list will be admitted. Please DO NOT try to "crash" this event or we will be not be allowed to repeat it in the future.

THE DATE: May 13th, 2014 (Tuesday)
THE PLACE: The Hat and Hare Pub @ The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
(GHOULA's festivities begin in the Hat and Hare Pub at 8:00 p.m., but it's advisable to arrive a little early to explore. A GHOULA representative will be in the lobby to greet you from 7 p.m.)

NOTE: Due to the nature of this unique venue, we have to limit our group to the first 13 people to sign-up. To be one of the lucky 13, simply click the RSVP button below.  Also, 
The Magic Castle is a private club. Guests must be 21 or older and carry ID. There is a strict dress code, including coat and tie for men and dresses, skirts or pants outfits for ladies. For full dress code details, see


Eventbrite - SPIRITS with SPIRIT Special Event!


The building we know today as the "Magic Castle" was built in 1909 by banker, real-estate developer and philanthropist, Rollin B. Lane. According to urban legend, the Lane House was the only home built from a failed housing development that proposed to cover those hills with similar Chateau-themed mansions. It is said that the historic Chateau-style Janes House (the oldest house in Hollywood) was the "model home" and sales office for this doomed real estate venture. Fortunately, this French-inspired "castle" wasn't alone very long, because two years later the equally bizarre Japanese-inspired "Yamashiro" was built up the hill, above it.

Over the last century, the Magic Castle has been a family residence, a multi-family residence, a home for the elderly, an apartment building, and finally an exclusive private clubhouse for magicians. With a life like that, is it any wonder that this old Victorian is said have a ghost or two, or many more, lingering around? (We're not counting the ghostly illusions of the Houdini Seance Room,  or "Irma," the piano-playing ghost.)

Also, we are purposefully avoiding the specific details about the building's many haunted areas, because we have something very special planned for our visit...

To help us explore this secret haunted side of this historic hide-away (the side that the magicians would rather not talk about), Tom Ogden, author of "Haunted Hollywood," will share with those present these little known ghost tales for a casual ghost tour of the labyrinth-like premises... and perhaps during the evening a few spooky magic tricks will be thrown in for good measure.

So come out, and join us for this very unique glimpse inside "the most unusual private club in the world," and all of its other-worldly members... If you dare!

(to read about the last haunted location... )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations... )

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ghost-buster Ghost-Bus-Tour!

GHOULA presents...


To celebrate Ghostbusters' 30th anniversary, as well as this classic film's association with Los Angeles, GHOULA will be conducting a (ONE DAY ONLY) bus tour of some of the local locations connected to this blockbuster, and discussing the real-life ghost stories connected to these sites and the movie.

In many ways the 1984 comedy "Ghostbusters" set the template for today's ghost-hunting culture. Long before the glut of paranormal reality shows that follow the antics of ghost enthusiasts in matching shirts, armed with pseudo-scientific devices to measure possible paranormal activity, there was Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston (played by Bill Murry, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson respectively).

Part of what made this movie about the paranormal unique was its urban setting. These uniformed ghost-hunters (busters) were not at some creepy haunted house on a hill, or some far away castle, they were in the middle of, and all around, a major metropolitan city. Because of a few recognizable "Big Apple" locations, many see Ghostbusters as a quintessentially New York film. However, proud New Yorkers may be surprised to learn that most of this comedy was shot and conceived here in the "City of the Angeles."

Whether you're a fan of the film or a fan of phantoms, don't miss this chance to come out and follow in the Ghostbuster's footsteps (slime not included).

Seating for this bus tour is limited. (12 guests per tour. 3 tours. 1 Day)

DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 10:30am, 1:30pm, or (4:30pm SOLD OUT)
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATION: The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90071 (map)


...or visit...

NOTE: This tour is in no way affiliated, or authorized, or endorsed by Sony Pictures.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


(Artwork by Jose Cabrera)

GHOULA and LA Hauntings Ghost Tours

Come join us on the eve of his 140th birthday as we travel across our city and explore the super-natural sites connected to the famous magician's life (and after-life)...

Harry Houdini is generally thought of as the greatest showman that ever practiced the craft. Additionally, because of his knowledge of the art of illusion and his work exposing the tricks of fraudulent mediums during the age of Spiritualism, he has become the poster boy for generations of skeptics and debunkers of paranormal phenomena. However, despite dozens of books and biographies, the man's personal views on the occult are still an enigma, with experts debating to what degree did he actually BELIEVE. Ironically, to this day, Houdini is the only historical figure whose ghost people across the country routinely try to contact, usually on Halloween (the date of his death).

Although Houdini did not spend much of his life in Los Angeles, the time he did spend under our palm trees were moments that defined his life, career, and possibly his views on the spirit realm. Indeed, not only did he leave his mark on this town, it may have also left its mark on him... Even all these decades after his death, the great escape artist just can't seem to get away from LA.

Seating for this bus tour is limited. (12 guests per tour. 3 tours. 1 Day)

DATE: March 23, 2014
TIME: 10:30am (SOLD OUT), 1:30pm (SOLD OUT), or 4:30pm (SOLD OUT)
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00 (plus a handling fee)

MEET-UP LOCATION: The Hollywood Heritage Museum (The Lasky-DeMille Barn)
2100 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (map)

For the 10:30am bus tour... (click here)
For the 1:30pm bus tour... (click here)
For the 4:30pm bus tour... (click here)

NOTE: Your ticket also includes free entry into the museum, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. So please plan to spend an extra hour with their historical exhibits either before or after the tour.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

GHOULA's Annual Report 2013

(Alhambran F.E. Ormsby, creator of the 13 month calendar, 1929)


GHOULA has many great things planned for the upcoming year.

But first, let's take a last look back at 2013.

This year we said "good-bye," to "SPIRITS with SPIRITS" after five+ years of meeting every month at a different haunted location. GHOULA will be taking a temporary hiatus from this event, so that we can focus on other events in 2014. The is not the end however, "SPIRITS with SPIRITS" will return, since there are still so many haunted restaurants/bars we haven't been to yet. (To revisit the 2013 "SPIRITS with SPIRITS" locations see below)

Speaking of SPIRITS with SPIRITS, it should be mentioned that last year, in May, we reached a milestone, the 60th monthly gathering (the five year mark). To honor this anniversary, we celebrated in the (private) Oviat Penthose, Los Angeles's first Art Deco Residence. This historic landmark graciously opened their doors to us for the night, allowing us access to all the haunted areas. There were also live performances from the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater and The Noble Gasses.

Last Year, in addition to letting Angelenos know about ghost-themed events that are happening in their own back yard, GHOULA continued events like...

Our "Haunted Films in Haunted Places" film series in October. In a partnership with the Echo Park Film Center's Filmmobile. For a fourth year, we screened a spirit-themed movie in actual haunted location that corresponded thematically with that film. We showed the cult classic "Plan 9 from Outer Space," which is about an aliens plot to take over the Earth by bringing the dead back to life, on a screen inside the haunted Pioneer Cemetery in the San Fernando Valley (where the movie was filmed).

That same evening GHOULA also hosted a "GHOULA Challenge," where we let people explore the cemetery with a a mini-map, and asked them to mark down locations that they "felt" or "experienced" ghosts (or the willies). Maps were collected before the screening, and the results were revealed (with the actual ghost story) after the movie. Interestingly, the majority of those present not only indicated the location of the ghost, but they also found the two mass (and unmarked) grave sites (as confirmed by a historian present). The experiment was such a success, we plan to do this again at another location.

GHOULA also continued its tradition of honoring one of Hollywood's most famous ghosts with the "Peg Entwhistle Memorial Hike" to the Hollywood Sign, on the anniversary of her suicide (jumping off of the "H"), along the very same trails that hikers claim to have seen her ghost.

Last October, GHOULA also brought back the ghost-themed "walking" tour, we initiated last year, the "Haunted Red Line Tour," where we take groups along the Metro's Red Line. stopping at various stations to talk about the ghosts and haunted sites at that location.

This was also the year of "STRINGS that Go Bump in the Night!" a celebration of one of Los Angeles' greatest (haunted) treasures, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. It was an evening of spooky puppet shows, a discussion with the legendary Bob Baker, ghost stories about the theater from the staff, a back stage look, and a dark and twisted puppet film (BLUEBEARD) with Bob's puppets, which were on display. We had so much fun that evening that a couple of months later, we did the "Return of STRINGS that Go Bump in the Night." This time we featured a different dark and twisted puppet film (SHANKS), had a discussion with the daughter of the film's director, the legendary William Castle, more ghost stories from the staff, a backstage look, different spooky puppet shows, and the film's puppets on display.

Because of our group's LA-centric interest in the ghost folklore of this city, GHOULA participated in Los Angeles' first ever Halloween Convention, ScareLA, where other groups and companies that create spooky content and events in October, got together under one roof to share (and promote) what would be happening in October with each other and the public. It was so much fun, GHOULA plans on returning next year.

2013 was a great year for GHOULA, and judging from the surprises that are in the works, 2014 will be even better.

The SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations of 2013.

January - Taix
February - The Edison
March - Akbar
April - Chimney Sweep Lounge
May - Oviatt Penthouse
June - Ray and Stark Bar (LACMA)
July - Bona Vista Lounge (Bonadventure Hotel)
August - Hollywood Bowl
September - Beachwood Cafe
October - Saddle Ranch
November - El Cid
December - El Carmen