Haunted Hotspots of Orange County (and Surrounding Cities!)

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In honor of Halloween the OC Weekly has compiled a list of haunted Orange County locations courtesy the database of haunted places on Shadowlands.net. So take some time and have a read.

Hey, even if you don't believe in ghosts, at least you can learn about some local legends.

ANAHEIM
Anaheim
Anaheim Fairfield Inn by the Marriott This motel is right next to a freeway and is said to be haunted by a couple that died in a car accident.

Anaheim High School
A WWII bomb shelter supposedly rests under the school, and people claim to hear constant banging on the old, locked steel door at night - usually after football games.

Anaheim High School Theater

Voices have been heard in the auditorium and deep laughter on the balcony.

Chain Reaction
Employees report hearing talking and laughing late at night in the back alley and in the bathrooms. Upon investigation, no one is there. A homeless man was found dead in the back alley several years ago. The venue has been converted from a biker bar - where there were many reported stabbings--into the club it is now. House of Blues, Anaheim
People have been brushed against, touched and pushed by something. But when they look, there is no one there. Woooo.

Kmart on Euclid
Employees have reported things falling off of shelves after closing. Some report seeing a girl. Her name is supposedly Isa or Isabel.

Red Cross House
It is supposedly haunted by the original caretaker. When you get to the room where the children once lived, people report feeling a strange presence and some report being pushed.

 Editor's Note: And don't forget Disneyland: Duh.

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BREA
Brea's Best
Employees have reported that during late hours, frozen food gets launched across the kitchen.



BUENA PARK

Knott's Berry Farm
The legend goes that in the early '80's, a young man, distraught over a recent heart break, jumped to his death from the top of the parachute ride. The ride is since gone, but the structure still stands. On several occasions, employees have had the experience of something large slamming into the ground "as if someone were to drop a sack of potatoes from high above on the structure," only to find nothing.





COSTA MESA
Costa Mesa, Back Bay High School
There are reports of a woman who screeches at the back of the school at night. When people go to check on her welfare, no one is there.

Costa Mesa High School
There have been sightings of a man-spirit rumored to have died in the boy's locker room.

Estancia High School

Faculty members have reported strange smells and being touched in the early morning when no one is around.



CYPRESS

Cypress College, Photo Department
In the late '80s, a student brought in a human skull with a bullet hole in it to photograph in studio 3. After that day, the department chair reported that he heard a strange pounding on the stockroom door when he was there alone. The occurrences have never stopped.

Cypress High School, Performing Arts Building
It was said that a high school student was in the attic of the performing arts building getting something from the storage area, when she fell through the floor boards to her death. Now, there are reports of feeling that someone is watching you up in that room.



DIAMOND BAR

Diamond Bar/Brea Canyon Road
It is said that at night you can see hikers trying to get a ride, but when you stop, there is no one there.

Diamond Bar High School
Students have reported that when you walk through the hallways alone you will feel someone's hand on your shoulder, but when you look back, nothing is there.


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Abraham
Abraham

I go to Costa Mesa high school and it's true about the man that does in the boys locker room. Me and two other friends spent a whole hour in there alone and we heard strange noises like of someone was banging on the wall wen though everybody was outside. We also in countered a strange figure walking in the bathroom but no one was there.

Mary
Mary

The old Stage Hotel on Beach Bld., near the 5 freeway is haunted. It is now city property, but my daughter lived in the house before the city took it over when it was a rooming house. Many very unusual things happened. It was common to hear voices in the walls and the piano would begin to play by itself. She saw a man sitting on her bed and then he disappeared. The people that lived there called him Moe. This was a stop in the stagecoach line and it had a saloon and rooms for those stage riders needing rest. It's a very interesting historical site and very haunted.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Versailles Apartments on Casa Linda Lane, Garden Grove

used to be there were old woman manager, who managed the apartment for 40 years until her untimely death.

first her husband managed the apartment, then after her husband died, she managed it. she was known to be very protective manager of the apartment, treat the apartment like her child, since couple did not have any children.she was very picky on who live there, only prefer to rent to couples with no children, or single people. halloween days, she did not want children wondering around the apartment, so she collected candies from each apartment, and she passed out in front of gate. over 40 years time has changed, the apartment start to have many vacancy since she was selective and protective about apartment, owner of the apartment decide to let her go. she had been living in the manager's units in the apartment complex for 40 plus years. she did not want to leave her apartment, after she received the notice of her termination, she asked around, if she can find some tenant to share room with her, she could not find any. the day she was supposed to move out , there were no sign of her moving out, so they decide to open her door , and found her shot her self in forehead. she used to wear cheap perfume from SAVEON , if you smell such perfume you know she is around, resident clock start to changing time, alarm was set on. old woman was seen giving her jewelries, her furniture, even some cash to her neighbor tenants who she knew for long time.

MeToo!
MeToo!

Of course most of this story is shenanigans! Its friggin' Holloween for cryin' out loud! Example: Anaheim High School A WWII bomb shelter supposedly rests under the school, and people claim to hear constant banging on the old, locked steel door at night - usually after football games.

Sound like a good place for a horney football player to work the wall with one of the cheer leaders after tyhe game don't you think? Banging indeed!

MeToo!
MeToo!

Ah Yes it warms the heart to know that every high school auditorium on Orange Co is haunted. Just like every high school auditorium in los Angeles Co is.

My old high school auditorium (In LA Co.) was said to be haunted by a student that hung himself in his parents garage. It was said he killed himself because he had gotten a girl pregnant. He haunts the scool's auditorium because he was a student in the stage crew class when he hung himself.

The only part of this story that I know to be true is the suicide and why he did it. I knew his younger brother and the death effected the kid negitively for years.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'm going to have to call shenanigans on this article. The Shadowlands link doesn't work and in searching for one of the Long Beach locations, found: http://www.strangeusa.com/View...

There, they write: "Casa Bonita is an extremely old building that`s recently been refurbished and restored in Downtown Long Beach. It used to be a hotel a long time ago. Residents and visitors share stories of strange noises being heard in the basement where the laundry room is located. A woman screaming in the hallway where there was no one there for the screams to have come from, cold spots in apartments and hallways. Hanging lamps swinging when there is no breeze."

Anonymous
Anonymous

I like how they write "Legend has it" or the "Story goes" how bout someone do some real re-search and find out if the events actually occured...

Sarah
Sarah

I go to Orange High, and I've been involved in Theatre. I've heard the story of the "ghost" a million times, but I've never experienced ANYTHING out of the ordinary.

Mikey V
Mikey V

to add to my last post, turnbull canyon is a pretty neat place to check out. like blackstar it has a lot of stories, been there once and there was indeed a creepy feeling but then again it was my first and only time I went so can't say anything for sure just yet. just be careful of the stupid drivers on the windy canyon road. feel free to e-mail me at mikevas90@hotmail.com

Mikey V
Mikey V

I worked at Knotts for 5 months in security and the story of the boy killing himself is true but never heard anything by that location (we met there every night to "sweep" the park) and as for blackstar canyon..my friend and I became obsessed with that place once we could drive because of all the stories...well I will be the one to tell you, there isn't anything back there, we have spent many nights and done many night hikes to find nothing. You'll get some crazy canyon people and maybe some wildlife every now and then but nothing supernatural

Anonymous
Anonymous

Black Star Canyon by Saddleback Mts is haunted. There are freaks that live in there too so i wouldnt reccomend going there. People who live there carry shotguns and shit and one time one of them chased down someone walking by shooting at them. theres a reason why they live far into the canyon away from everyone hahah.

Anonymous
Anonymous

SO I USED TO ALWAYS GO TO BLACKSTAR A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK AROUND 330-4 IN THE MORNING AND IN THE HOUSES THE LIGHTS WOULD ALWAYS BE ON AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD. LIKE IN THE MOVIE HOUSE OF WAX. AND WHO WALKS THEIR DOG AT 3AM?WIERD. AND NOT TO MENTION THE SCARY LITTLE CHURCH WHERE I HEARD SO MANY NOISES/VOICES.

Cesar
Cesar

Last year I graduated from Anaheim High School last year. The banging I heard before and once I got on the elevator and took it to the basement and wow I was scared like hell. The boys restroom in the main building is also haunted. I felt something touch me on the shoulder while I was using the restroom... Im not lying didnt even finish and ran out the bathroom. Scary things happend at that school.

placy
placy

The chet holifield federal building is haunted by a painter on the 3rd floor in child care. Security says the ghost shows up around 11 pm.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yess , Orange high school is really haunted.I attent orange high , And I myself have experiencedsome paranormal activity in the women's bathroom.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I go to fullerton high school and there are a lot of rumors about the plumber auditorium but i havent seen anything myself and ive even taken pictures(with alot of people around) but nothing :(. Although my teacher has a picture he took there and u can slightly see a figure in it

Jeff
Jeff

I concur with Studio 3 at Cypress College being haunted... weird stuff always seemed to happen when I shot in there!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I go to anaheim hs ive heard its haunted but never seen anything it would be nice to see something

Anonymous
Anonymous

I've heard about black star canyon. I would be more afraid of those crazy wackos that live there than any "ghost".

Anonymous
Anonymous

what about black star canyon???? thats one of most haunted places in orang county????look it up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I went to both Santa Ana High School (freshman year) and Orange High (Sophmore-Senior Year). I had also heard about the ghost in the theater at Santa Ana High. I was in the school play at Orange High my senior year and the lights in the theater turned off and on at night, sometimes, during rehersal.

bunny
bunny

anaheim high is haunted...especially the dwnstairs dressing rooms in the theater area..i remember performing one night and being the last one to go bck upstairs bc i was using the restroom (#2 lol) and i could hear banging and laughing and footsteps.t.scariest shit ever, to be scared while taking a shit!

Anonymous
Anonymous

There's this house on newhope and hazard in a neighborhood near by the selgado center. It's a corner house and it was known to be haunted when a man in a black suit would roam around the house at night. It's currently occupied by a family, but if you stand nearby the wall, you can see a black figure.

Anonymous
Anonymous

gay theres no hauntings in tustin?

evelyn
evelyn

i go to estancia high school for a band program lately 6 people have seen a guy in a dark navy blue shirt, blond hair , kaky pants ,and brown shoes he is seen going inside the choir room after 1:30 and after 3:30 its wierd because if we look for him he wont show himself. Its so cool

evelyn
evelyn

i go to estancia high school for a band program lately 6 people have seen a guy in a dark navy blue shirt, blond hair , kaky pants ,and brown shoes he is seen going inside the choir room after 1:30 and after 3:30 its wierd because if we look for him he wont show himself. Its so cool

AndydaBOSS
AndydaBOSS

k so i'm a junior at Fountain Valley High School. ive never had "an encounter" but my freshman brother, and his friends, have. They say that the scariest activity happens around 8:30 at night. Once (Thursday night)they heard the lockers in the 100 building slamming really hard and the lights flickered on and off. They thought it was the janitor, but no cars were in the parking lot..and to make sure..they got on the roof and searched 360degrees..no one. then they heard loud screams as if someone was being raped inside..but the doors were locked. CREEPY another day my bro and his friend saw a black figure in the same hallway and were sooo scared they ran. Well anymway.. all these things can be heard from the pool area. And also.. 1 of his friends ran out of bathroom scared and crying, saying she had seen a man in the mirror. Another guy claimed seeing flickering lights and hearing lockers. The janitor (AWSOME guy by the way)'s shift ends at 8:25. We saw him leave at 7. He was in a hurry..almost scared..as he sorta ran out to his car, while repeatedly looking back towards the 100 building. well i think itz totally kool! and id LOVE to atleast stay until 10!

mike
mike

Hi i went to Orange high school, it true i have seen the ghost in the little theater, i was cleanning the room of the little theater and the bathroom for punishment, while i was cleanning the restroom i heard someone call my name softly but that time i think it was my friend who is playing me so i ignore it then suddenly i heard a slam in door i when to the door it was lock tide, at that time i still think my friend was playing me i ignore all suddenly the light turn off complete and then i heard someone like girl crying that i was little fear all suddenly the door open slowly out then there was girl standing right in front of me calling me Romeo! Romeo! but i was really scare because i don't see her face her full body was wet, when i close my eye she disappear then i think alright let get out of here. I starting locking the bathroom and go straight for the exist but the door was lock. Back door open slowly, the light was turn on and off so i enter the back door in little theater suddenly i felt very cold, like i was in a freezer. the girl i see stand in front me was now siting in corner of my right eye just looking down that disappear all suddenly the room turn on light normal when i see blond hair fall down in the middle of stage. I think almostly student pass and present have similar experince i know one thing i will never forget it.

Levi
Levi

In Hunting Beach central park, at the bottom of the hill near the theater of the library. There is a man that is jogging and if you don't move he will run through the tree line where the street would be. I looked to see where he went but could not find him.

CMo
CMo

I worked at knotts back in early 2000. i worked in the phone room which was right by where the knotts house used to be. a lot of people had wierd things happen in there. the thing i remember most was closing one night [i was the only employee in the phoneroom] and i heard footsteps walk from one side of the room right behind where i was sitting. then, the trashcan moved and the footsteps walked back to where they started. i ran out of there so fast!! also, in the bathrooms next to the information center, the toilets would flush by themselves...and that was when you had to push the lever...not the automatic flushing ones

gerardo uribe
gerardo uribe

I heard about the tri city ghost. I never seen anything at night

Luis Avellaneda
Luis Avellaneda

haha. it's funny that i've run around tri-city lake in Placentia at nights, but i had my ipod in my ears so i couldn't really hear the old lady scream

bryan
bryan

At the Bolsa chica wetlands ther is a fair ammount of activicity, late at nite. In the early 90's I knew th on site Archeologist's son, and we used to be the only people allowed with armed guards, etc. Anyway, now they''veBuilt all over that area since they stopped in the 30's. On The Discovery chanel they have documented soo mant reports in the same four neighborhoods on the seapoint / Garfield side,[also recently built road, and plenty more developement to come. Anytime you disturb something as powerful, and as old, let alone th proximity to the water, as that place, youll get some pretty constant activity. If you go out ther late, be careful what you wish for.

Ro-Z
Ro-Z

i've worked at knotts berry farm before. though the story is true but i haven't herd anything strage before. but it would be an ecellent expirience.

Leeanne
Leeanne

i go to fountain valley high school.. everybody talks about how our english halls used to be a slaughter house, and it IS true. i dont know about lockers being opened with stuff everywhere but sometimes during the year kids will spend the night (i guess teachers think its funny) but they always hear animals sounds and screams. kinda creepy. but also our theater room is haunted- during a show, our lights went completely out.. would not turn back on at all. we also have cameras in the greenroom, and one day we walked into the classroom (5th period being our teachers first class) and the cameras we all turned around towards the wall. we always right notes on our programs and put it up in the ceiling will all our signatures. but ya there ya go

Anonymous
Anonymous

there is a haunted shack in the hills behind the neighborhood "vantage pointe" on harbor in la habra heights.you have to hop a few fences.

Bree
Bree

woah. i go to anaheim high school, and i had no idea thats it haunted!!

awesome.

Nikki
Nikki

There is an abandoned hospital across the street from Five Points Plaza off of Beach and Ellis in Huntington Beach. It's known as the "Haunted Hospital" to high schoolers. To get in you have to climb over a fence and crawl through the basement window. The last time I was there with my friends we were ready to leave but when we turned around the door at the end of the hallway was shut, though moments before we had just passed by it opened, and the room with the basement window to exit was nowhere to be found. After searching the rooms up and down the hallway 3 times, the window was finally there. It was the creepiest thing ever!

Anonymous
Anonymous

my friends mom has a picture of a little girl at the red cross in anahiem

Anonymous
Anonymous

i go to Dwyer and i am gonna go to Huntington High. that is so cool knowing that my school is haunted. i need to check out the boiler room.

meee
meee

i used to work at Brea's Best. No lie shit flies everywhere. i had to close one night and my boss had justt put all the hamburger patties in the freezer, and i turned around and they were all over the ground. he said it happens all the time. well that was the last time i closed... but during the day they have the best food. no lie

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