Like any major city, Los Angeles has its fair share of ghost stories. From haunted buildings to haunted ships, if you know where to look, this famously sunny city can be a paranormal playground. Even surrounding communities like Pasadena and the City of Orange have found favor among local paranormal investigators, and have contributed a rise to a variety of spooky tours through crime scenes and celebrity graveyards. Most of these tours take place year-round, but will run more frequently in October when things start ramping up toward Halloween.
The most famous haunted attraction in the LA area is the Queen Mary in Long Beach, which brought its ghosts along when it cruised into the port in 1970. Not just a ship, but also a hotel and an attraction in its own right, the Queen Mary offers a variety of ghost tours that cater to scare-seekers of all ages. For a more mild experience, check out the Illusions of the Passed Tour, which includes a special effects show. For something more spooky, try the Haunted Encounters tour.
On this guided walking tour of hauntings, massacres, bombings, and horrific crime scenes, you can learn about the dark side of Los Angeles. Your guide will walk you through the city's grim history, from the first cemeteries ever built in the city to the famously gruesome murder of the Black Dahlia in Leimert Park. Offered by Downtown LA Walking Tours, this tour runs year-round and although it's open to all ages, parental guidance is suggested.
Starline gives guided nighttime tours of famous death and scandal sites around Hollywood. The tour starts at the Chinese Theatre and also makes stops at the Roosevelt Hotel, said to be haunted by the spirit of Marilyn Monroe, and filming locations, like the Halloween House, from popular horror movies.
Popular psychic and paranormal investigator Michael J. Kouri offers several different tours of his favorite haunted neighborhoods and haunted theme parks. Each tour includes dinner at a haunted restaurant and short psychic aura reading. The Pasadena tour is a walking tour, but the Hollywood and Orange County tours are a combination of walking and driving tours, which you will need your own car for.
Olde Town's Haunted History Ghost Walk is a 90-minute outdoor-only walking tour of the charming Olde Town District in the City of Orange, which is located about 30 minutes from downtown. Here, you'll find many houses that were built before 1920. During the tour, you will learn about the town's dark history and visit a variety of antique homes and businesses, including an undertaker's parlor.
Rudolph Valentino's ghost has been reportedly seen in 13 different locations around Los Angeles, including at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he and scads of other stars of the silver screen are buried. With tours led by Hollywood historians, you'll learn a lot about your favorite stars buried in the cemetery like Judy Garland and Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny. Alternate tours that focus on themes like Jewish heritage and forgotten celebrities can be booked upon request.
On this gruesome tour through Hollywood, the focus is on tragic happenings like suicides, accidental overdoses, mass murders, and serial killings. Dearly Departed tours include the Tragical History Tour, the Helter Skelter Tour, and Nasty Nellie's Hollywood Tour. During October, you can also sign up for the Halloween Horror tour.
Esotouric is an offbeat tour company that offers literary, music, and architecture tours, but the company is best-known for its crime scene tours. Ghosts might be mentioned, but locations of the crimes, victims, criminals, and investigations are the focus of the tours, even if they've been bulldozed and paved over.
Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) is not a tour company. It's actually a social group for paranormal enthusiasts that hosts regular events like movie screenings and free tours for members and non-members alike. On the group's website, you can even find maps of haunted places in LA, so you can design your own self-guided tour.
In 1969, the Charles Manson murders occurred 200 feet away from the Oman House in Beverly Hills, which is reputed to be haunted by a variety of spirits, including a Tongva Indian buried on the property. Believed to be a paranormal hotspot, the house is open for ghost tours and paranormal investigations. You're welcome to bring your own ghost hunting tools or use theirs.