Halloween is the season for spine-chilling fun—a time for visiting man-made haunted houses, donning creepy costumes, and trick-or-treating for candy. But did you know California is home to many apparitional locations that will scare you year round? We've gathered up some of these bone-chilling spots you can visit now for a Halloween experience, or any time you want a supernatural thrill.
Alcatraz, San Francisco
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closed in 1963, and the prison has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco. But is it haunted? Night guards and tour guides have reported hearing faint gunshots, screams, and muffled voices, and some have even seen apparitions. We’d recommend a night tour of the prison for maximum spookiness.
Hotel Leger, Mokelumne Hill
The ghost of George Ledger has been seen wandering around this hotel since he was killed there in 1879. There have been reports of blue orbs appearing in photographs taken by guests and ghost hunters, people having out-of-body experiences while sleeping, and others hearing the sounds of children giggling. While you can rent a room here, we’re not sure we’re willing to take the risk.