A blog about ghosts and haunted places and hauntings in Los Angeles. GHOULA is dedicated to the preservation of greater L.A.'s rich haunted history, and the promotion and celebration of this local lore through ghostly gatherings and events.
GHOULA and 3D SPACE will be screening "AMITYVILLE 3D" (in 3D) outdoors next to an ACTUAL HAUNTED HOUSE for an evening of haunted house-themed entertainment, so
Calling all ghost-hunters, paranormal-investigators, psychics, sensitives, and those interested in possibly getting a glimpse of the "other side." Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer,...
WE WANT YOU... for our first-ever "HAUNTED HOUSE EXPERIMENT!"
The Movie: Amityville 3D (Rated PG.) The House: The Hale House (Heritage Square Museum) The Date: September 29 (Saturday) The Time: Walk-thru tours start 7:00 pm (The movie starts at 8:00pm) The Location: Heritage Square Musum 3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (map)
The Movie: Amityville 3D (1983) Join us for the 35th anniversary of the only feature-length haunted house movie shot in 3D, and arguably the best entry in the Amityville series. However, it is worth noting that because of a lawsuit between the Lutz family (the one-time owners of the infamous house) and the film's producer, and despite the use of the term 3D in the title which would imply it is the third film in the series (which it really was), Amityville 3D is technically not a sequel to other films and is supposed to be more of a stand-alone reboot with new characters. Regardless of its place in the franchise,, the novelty of three-dimensional ghosts is the real reason many aficionados feel this is an underrated classic. So, don't miss this unique chance to see orbs of ectoplasm float off the screen, toward the audience, and into the third dimension!
The Haunted House Experiment: We are putting the ghost lore of the Hale House (pictured below) to the test. Before watching this film about the ghosts of an old haunted house, you can tour this old (haunted) house and maybe have a paranormal experience yourself. If you are (un)lucky enough to actually see/hear/feel something, we want to know about it. As a participant of our "haunted house experiment," you will receive your own individual floor plan of said house (with a pencil), which will be used to record the location of any "activity" or "heebee-jeebees" you may experience as you walk through this house, room by room (ground floor only). Then, once you have past through all these possibly haunted spaces, please return your (hopefully marked-up) hand-out floor plan to GHOULA. Please keep your info confidential to discourage any copy-cat contamination.
Based on everyone's goose-flesh data, "hot spots" will be determined and revealed at the end of the screening. The actual stories associated with the house's ghost(s) will also be revealed, and compared to the collected data. Will there be one room, or area, that most people experience/feel something? If so, will that spot correspond with the known sightings in that house? Join us and find out... if you dare!
NOTE: This is not a themed "haunted attraction" with special effects and costumed actors. It is simply a walk through a haunted house to see what feelings it naturally evokes. Also, if you have "ghost-hunting" equipment/tools, you may bring them, and use them as you walk through the house, provided you do not interfere with the experience of others.
The Preshow: As if this all were not enough, the good people behind HAUNTED: A STAND UP / STORYTELLING SHOW will be providing additional entertainment as storytellers share even more haunted house tales for your macabre amusement!
Yes, that's ghost stories combined with riding public transit. What could be scarier? Is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway?
We will meet-up at Union Station (the starting point for the Red Line) and then travel through 13 stops to the North Hollywood Station (at the end of the line), getting off and on along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, we will stop at few other stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.
Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present. (see a review of this tour here...)
When: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (Every Sunday in August.)
Time: Tour starts at 6 pm (tour is about 3 hours)
Meeting Place: The palm tree-lined island in front of Union Station's main entrance. 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)
Price: FREE (donation-based) tour Note: you will need a Metro Pass ($7 for "Day Pass" + $1 for a "Tap Card") Please purchase the Metro Pass (not a "Metrolink" ticket) before the meet-up to save time. The machines can be confusing, so look for metro day fare and not "add fare."
Your Guide: CONNOR BRIGHT
This paranormal historian has traveled the globe, working alongside experts in the field as well as film and television crews. She calls Los Angeles her home and the spirits of the city her friends. With her former partner she founded "What's Your Ghost Story?" an online community for people to share paranormal experiences and seek answers from experts. Connor has also worked with Los Angeles Hauntings Ghost Tours, guiding people through LA's haunted histories. It was through LA Hauntings that Connor met Richard Carradine of GHOULA when they collaborated on the Haunted Houdini Tour of Los Angeles. Connor looks forward to being your host on this year's GHOULA Red Line Metro Tour! Parking: Since everyone participating in the tour will need a Metro Day Pass to ride the subway, it is advisable to park at one of the pay lots ($3.00) provided by the Metro at either the North Hollywood Station (our end point) or the Universal City Station (or any of the other lots on connecting Metro lines), and then just take the Subway to Union Station to meet-up with the group The lots around Union Station are expensive and they may close early. Free street parking is available around the North Hollywood station, but please read posted signs concerning parking regulations.
GHOULA and the 3D Space present another evening of movie manifestations and macabre marionettes.
"THE MASK" (1962) (also known as "The Eyes of Hell") Each attendee will receive an "Eyes of Hell" viewer absolutely FREE! Without it... you are just another mortal. With it... you can enter the weird world of a diabolical ancient cursed artifact!
The original publicity for this cinematic assault announced "The forces of evil stalk their prey into the audience." So, is there a better place to screen this immersive nightmare than in a theater where puppets and performers also interact with the patrons?
That's right, not only will we be showing this cursed cult classic (a film that must be seen to be disbelieved), but there will also be a preshow featuring the enchanted Bob Baker marionettes and a dream-like solo performance by master puppeteer, Eli Presser.
But wait, there's more...
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Bob Baker Marionette Theater's party room will be transformed into a ghoulish gallery of cursed dolls. This one-of-a-kind paranormal exhibit will feature toys of terror from master puppeteer Eli Presser's personal collection of super-natural oddities. Yes, you will be in a room surrounded by actual haunted dolls! This will be the first time these "things" will be on public display. Don't miss this chance to be in their presence before they go back in the vault!
So, please join us for a night of celebrating prossessed objects with faces, and stare into the "eyes of hell"... If you dare...
WARNING: We are not responsible for nervous breakdowns. Attend at your own risk!
GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of the month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost-hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let's put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”
All those who attend will receive a free (square) GHOULA. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)
THE DATE: June 13th, 2018 (Wednesday) THE PLACE: Los Toros 21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (Map) THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm (3:00pm - 8:00pm is Happy Hour)
Chatsworth rests in the North-Western edges of the San Fernando Valley, in the shadow of some of the most picturesque rock formations in Los Angeles County. These vistas have been the backdrop for many movies, TV shows, and commercials, doubling for Old West locales and distant hostile planets. Not only are these same hills the site of a formerly top-secret rocket/missile testing base, but they have also served as the home (or hide-out) for numerous outlaws and fringe cults (including the infamous "Manson Family" that went on a killing spree in 1969). In addition to cowboys, padres, Native Americas, actors, rocket-scientists, bandits, zealots, and murders, this rocky area also has had numerous ghostly visitors over the years. Not only do large numbers of spirits roam the surrounding topography, but they also populate one of the neighborhood's most beloved landmarks.
Los Toros opened its doors in 1967, and for more than half a century they have been serving up Mexican food to the hungry locals. In that time, they have earned a reputation for having the best bean dip in the valley, as well as at least four resident ghosts and possibly many more. There are the apparitions of an older man and an older lady, who may greet you at the entrance, since this is where most of their sightings occur. It should be noted that although they haunt the same spot, they have not been seen together, and apparently take turns appearing to customers. Then there is the "well-dressed man" who spends his time in the after-life hanging around the restaurant's bar (wouldn't you). Lastly, there is a phantom female seen in the far ends of the restaurant, at the end of the night, seemingly clearing tables that had either not been used or were already cleaned earlier. Additionally, there are disembodied voices heard, cold spots felt, and objects moving by no visible means. whether these are from the before-mentioned spirits, or additional ones haunting this establishment is unknown. Likewise, the identity and motivations of the four most-seen ghosts is also a mystery, although it is presumed that the woman clearing the table is most likely a former waitress eternally finishing up her duties.
In 1969, a couple of years after they originally opened, two youths attempted to buy beer at the bar, and were turned away by the bartender for being under-aged. The hooligans returned later, after operating hours, with a fire bomb, and blew-up part of the restaurant. Although there were employees in the building at the time, no one was hurt in the explosion, and the culprits were easily caught and charged with arson. Could this traumatic event in the restaurant's history cause the residue energy within its walls? Speaking explosions, it has long been rumored that their have been many accidental explosions over the years at the secret base due to experiments with rocket fuel. Could Los Toros' ghosts be former aero-space engineers visiting the local hangout they enjoyed in life? Then again, like the supposed vanishing waitress, maybe these ghost are ex-employees still returning to their happy workplace long after they died. Who knows?
So come out, join us, share ghost stories, and toast this ghost... If you dare!