8 Haunted Places to Get Your Scare On in Southern California

These Haunted Southern California Spots Turn the Scare Factor Up to 11

Written By: Barbara Beran 11 Best Haunted Places to Get Your Scare on in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Even as the seasons change, there is no shortage of activity in our Southern California paradise, and with fall in full effect it’s time to celebrate with ways other than pumpkin spice. Lace up your running shoes, warm up your vocal chords, rally your crew and get ready to be completely freaked out by the best haunted places to visit in SoCal.

God Save the Queen

Queen Mary


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There is something about Mary—she’s haunted! The over 1, 000-foot-long, 12-deck retired ocean liner has had 50 onboard deaths, countless paranormal experiences, and is known to “breathe.” Due to being a troopship during World War II, the Queen Mary is considered sacred grounds, thus housing spirits. The annual Halloween tradition, Dark Harbor, intensifies this fear with spooky mazes, over 200 monsters and live entertainment.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Fear Factor

Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle


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A disturbing air surrounds this Bermuda Triangle in Los Angeles. From Howard Hughes landing a plane into a row of houses in 1946, to Bugsy Siegel being shot nine times and murdered in his living room, to the recent murder of publicist Ronni Chasen in 2010, this area has proved wicked for those on site.

Native Knowledge: The home in which Michael Jackson passed away sits just over half a mile from this haunted zone.

N Linden Dr and N Whittier Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Los Angeles Haunted Hayride


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This spooky-ville has five scare zones to test your fear with a guest spotlight on the boogeyman. These zones include a 25-minute Haunted Hayride, an in-between dark maze filled with a trick or treat area, house of shadows and purgatory.

Native Knowledge: After appearing on Shark Tank, the founder of the Haunted Hayride partnered with Mark Cuban to build the attraction.

4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 92007


House of Horrors

American Horror Story House


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The Alfred F. Rosenheim mansion, built in 1908, has recently gained haunting fame from starring as the murder house in American Horror Story’s first season. The Victorian Gothic architecture has an Italian brick exterior, white paint contrasting with a glossy dark mahogany interior, Tiffany stained glass windows and a spine-chilling aura.

Native Knowledge: The historic landmark recently sold, but virtual tours disturb the internet.

1120 Westchester Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90019


The Old Zoo at Griffith Park


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The abandoned Old Zoo held lodgings for lions, bears and monkeys for five decades. Currently used as a hiking and picnic area, the daring can explore the haunted old stone caves and empty cages, which are known to house the spirits of the animals that once occupied them. Visitors often hear frightening animal calls and cries—though no animals occupy the space now.

Native Knowledge: A meat shortage during World War I left the zoo animals unsuitably cared for, causing many to die.

4801 Griffith Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Chills and Thrills

Stanley House


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Built in 1891, this Victorian-style farmhouse is known to host several ghosts. The home’s former caretaker confirms these claims with his own first-hand experiences. Other visitors have heard baby cries, seen a portrait’s solemn expression turn to a smile and have seen another portrait bleed.

Native Knowledge: Currently owned by the Garden Grove Historical Society, the property was originally the home of Edward Ware, who is credited with introducing the Valencia orange tree to Orange County.

12174 Euclid St
Garden Grove, CA 92840


Seriously Spooky Stuff

Stagecoach Inn


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The Stagecoach Inn, a former hotel turned museum showcasing items from the 1800s, is reportedly haunted by three different spirits. A young boy who wandered into the woods surrounding the inn was never seen again but can be heard yelling in the home, while an elegant phantom woman often flashes her silhouette and leaves traces of pungent perfume. The most well-known ghost, Pierre Duvon, was killed at the inn and frequents the room in which he was shot in his sleep.

51 S Ventu Park Rd
Newbury Park, CA 91320


Scare Zone

Olivas Adobe


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The Monterey-style home built in 1837 is the only remaining of its kind in Ventura County. Olivas Adobe is also known to be haunted by the ghost of a Native American woman named Maria. Maria, a servant, is said to have been murdered at the house after denying a suitor and had her eyes cut out. She roams the property with her dark hair and hollowed eyes, wearing a long white dress.

4200 Olivas Park Dr
Ventura, CA 93001

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A Palm Springs native, Barbara Beran now calls San Diego home. Receiving her B.A. from SDSU, she has worked in most areas of the media industry including Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media and creative writing. Her passions include travel, fashion, music, food, photography, giving back and being outside in nature.

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