With Halloween just around the corner, who isn’t at least a little curious about the so-called haunted locations of our dear city? While many of the creepiest places are closed to the public, there are several you can see up close and personal – some unbeknownst to most who visit. If you’re looking for a thrill, these are some of the most haunted places in LA that you can set foot upon.
The Roosevelt Hotel is well known for having housed many celebrities over the years, often for long periods of time as they stayed in Hollywood to star in famous films. The most notorious of which is Marilyn Monroe, whose ghost is said to appear from time to time in the mirror she once used in her favorite poolside suite.
The Hollywood Sign, shortened from the original “Hollywoodland”, is a landmark that is symbolic of the hopes and dreams – and sometimes unfortunate circumstances – of those flocking to the city to pursue their acting careers. Some turn their dreams to reality, while others fail to make it. Over the years this sign has been the site of many suicides, the most famous of which being 24-year-old Peg Entwistle, who leaped to her death from the letter “H”. It is rumored that sometimes, at night, the ghost of a young, very noticeably upset woman can be seen pacing around near the sign.
The Del Monte Speakeasy, located in Venice, is one of the few remaining actual speakeasies from the Prohibition era. Maintained to give off the vibe of a 30’s bar, this quaint watering hole has been reported to have sightings of its deceased previous owner seated in his old favorite booth.
Yamashiro, famous for its gorgeous palace-like architecture and breathtaking views of the city, has become a popular wedding venue due to its grandiose beauty and romantic feel. But behind the glitz and the glamour of this exclusive private club, there are rumored hauntings by resident ghosts. One has been nicknamed the “Weeping Woman” – a woman dressed in white who can be heard sobbing from the second floor bridal suite. From outside of the building, there have also been sightings of a male figure passing through the windows of the second floor. There are some conflicting ideas of who the mysterious man is, but it is believed to be either a former bartender, or the old owner – whose remains are buried in the garden.
The Queen Mary was a major mode of human transportation from 1936 to 1967 between the US and the UK. Transatlantic travel was not always smooth sailing – numerous deaths have occurred on the boat, and paranormal activity is rampant on board this ship, now anchored in the Long Beach Harbor. Several sections of the ship have actually been closed off due to spooky sightings. If you’re into that kind of thing, ghost tours of the ship are offered daily. For the truly daring, you can even spend the night in the actual galley rooms which were once home to those making their voyage across the sea.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you’re bound to have a chilling good time checking out some of these so-called spooky spaces. Why not get in the spirit of Halloween and pay them a little visit? If you dare, that is! Happy haunting…