Happy Halloween! If you have already survived the terrifying haunted houses around the city, been apple picking, and have finally learnt how to carve a pumpkin – for the last day of Halloween month we recommend visiting L.A.’s authentic haunted places. The founder of Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles, Richard Carradine, has been collecting stories of L.A. haunted spots for quite some time, so check out the following list of horror hot spots and get freaked out for real:
Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge”
The name itself is already terrifying. This haunting Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena was completed in 1913. In 1919, it claimed its first suicide victim. Carradine said, “There are [over 100]—and counting—documented suicides of people jumping off the bridge. Pasadena doesn’t like the notoriety, so when the count would get too high they would knock off some numbers. The number of suicides is actually much higher, even with the fences that are up now.” Would you dare to visit this place at nighttime?
The hotel was home to multiple murders in the ’20s and ’30s, suicides – in the ’60s and the residence of serial killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. The most infamous mystery of the hotel was the tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a rooftop water tank. There is a surveillance video that showed Lam acting strange in the elevator. Cecil Hotel inspired the fifth season of American Horror Story. The place is now called Stay on Main and converted into a mix of rental units and hotel rooms.
Cobb Estate/ Haunted Forest
Have you ever been hiking through the Cobb Estate? Some will recognize this spot as the Sam Merrill trailhead. The cobblestone gate of the Cobb Estate reads: “a quiet refuge from people and wild life forever”. In the 1950s, the Marx Brothers purchased the land with a dilapidated mansion. Today, you are welcome to visit what’s left of the house’s foundation: many report ghostly noises on the staircase and the feeling of being watched while in the forest.