There are plenty of creepy places to visit in Los Angeles – the city is equally rife with ghosts and ghouls. As the home of Hollywood and the epicentre of the entertainment industry, spooky stories are a cornerstone of Los Angeles folklore.

    But where should a scare-seeker go to find their fix? The Manson Murder House has long since been demolished and the Venice Beach Freakshow is no more. Even so, never fear, for fearsome attractions abound throughout the city. We’ve rounded down Los Angeles' most terrifying sites into a list.

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    Linda Vista Hospital

    Creepy vibes thrive at the site of this former hospital

    Linda Vista is Los Angeles’ most famous haunted former hospital. Constructed in 1937, the original building served regional railway workers and was reportedly rife with spectral beings. The hospital earned such a hair-raising reputation that after its closure in 1991, it starred in virtually every paranormal investigation show on television. The spooky site also set the scene for cult horror films like Day of the Dead (1985) and Insidious (2010).

    Sadly (or perhaps thankfully), the council knocked the wretched building down to make way for an old folks’ home in 2015. Hardcore ghost hunters still visit the site’s exterior today for a nostalgic sense of Los Angeles’ haunted past.

    Location: 610 S St Louis St, Los Angeles, CA 90023, USA

    Phone: +1 323-685-2826

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    The Queen Mary

    A haunted former cruise ship-hotel

    The Queen Mary is Los Angeles’ premier floating hotel and no stranger to paranormal activity. The ship began life as a luxury cruise liner, plying the Atlantic with illustrious guests like Winston Churchill on board. At the onset of WWII, she was drafted into service to ferry troops to the battlefields of Europe. And some of those fallen soldiers appear to have taken up residence because paranormal stories abound on the ship (its nickname is ‘The Grey Ghost’).

    Eerie voices and inexplicable rattling sounds are par for the course of an overnight stay. Aim to visit during Dark Harbour – this month-long Halloween event offers mazes and street performances, as well as other horror-themed attractions like the R.I.P Lounge.

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    Location: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

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    Hollywood Pacific Theatre

    The afterlife residence of one of the biggest names in Hollywood

    The haunted Hollywood Pacific Theatre first opened its doors as the Warner Bros. Theatre in 1928. It was supposed to host the world premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927), the first-ever motion picture with synchronised sound. But a series of mishaps saw it miss the construction deadline, and frustrated co-founder Sam Warner is said to have cursed the site.

    Shortly after, Warner passed away from a brain haemorrhage, and many say his ghostly presence still inhabits the theatre halls. Although closed to the public, visitors can peep into this Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument from outside.

    Location: 6433 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

    Phone: +1 424-236-8754

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    Griffith Park Zoo

    A creepy abandoned zoo with an age-old curse

    Griffith Park Zoo was deserted back in 1965, leaving nothing but a series of desolate ruins in its wake. The original animal cages remain peppered throughout its creepy cave-like façade, and there’s an eerie collection of derelict buildings and graffiti-strewn corridors to explore.

    Legend has it the original owner’s niece cursed the land upon being cheated out of her uncle’s will. Untimely deaths and grave misfortune have since plagued the preceding owners, with many potential buyers reluctant to acquire the land. Despite donating the entire 3,015-acre lot to the city, the most recent owner passed away prematurely from liver disease.

    Location: 4801 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

    Open: Daily from 5.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 323-913-4688

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    Colorado Street Bridge

    A ghastly place with a horrifying history

    Historic Colorado Street Bridge has earned the tragic moniker as the “Pasadena Suicide Bridge.” Since its construction in 1913, scores of unhappy Angelinos have leapt from its arches to an untimely death. Its wretched reputation is in stark contrast to the natural beauty of the place – the bridge spans a gushing river that cuts through a scenic gorge.

    Countless ghostly encounters have been reported at the site. Witnesses have seen figures climbing over the rails but failed to find anyone upon closer investigation. Others have seen the spirit of a woman wandering into traffic before vanishing into thin air.

    Location: 504 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA

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    Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    A haunted graveyard for Hollywood superstars

    The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the industry’s biggest names. Early 20th-century stars such as Cecil B. DeMille and Mel Blanc are entombed here – you can also visit the grave of Toto from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

    But it’s tales of spectral apparitions that tempt paranormal enthusiasts to visit. The most notable ghost belongs to Virginia Rappe, a silent film-era actress whose passing was linked to the Fatty Arbuckle scandal – she’s often seen weeping by the lake. The graveyard backs onto Paramount Studios, and staff report seeing period-dressed wraiths floating through the grounds.

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    Location: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +1 323-469-1181

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    Hollywood Wax Museum

    Unsettling life-like sculptures and a spooky community of ghosts

    The Hollywood Wax Museum is packed full of creepy effigies and is unsettling enough without the ghosts. But it’s tales of wandering spirits that have made the attraction infamous among paranormal buffs.

    The Last Supper exhibit is notorious for the mysterious female spirit spotted praying by the bench. Then there’s the ghost of a local teen who loved the Chambers of Horrors so much he decided to spend the afterlife there. A journalist once locked himself inside overnight to cover the phenomena. When they let him out in the morning, he was deadly pale and never spoke of the experience again.

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    Location: 6767 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

    Open: Saturday from noon to midnight

    Phone: +1 323-462-5991

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    The Entity House

    The site of one of the most horrifying ghost stores of all time

    The Entity House is the real-world residence that inspired the novel and 1983 horror film, The Entity. In the early 1970s, Doris Bither claimed 3 invisible entities sexually and physically assaulted her. Upon overhearing a lecture by the UCLA parapsychology lab, she convinced a pair of researchers to investigate her experience.

    Initially sceptical, the men quickly changed their tune upon witnessing paranormal phenomena first-hand. During an interview, where some 30 people were present, a fearsome spectre appeared and caused several researchers to faint – recording equipment captured a strange orb before promptly malfunctioning. The entities continued to haunt Doris after she moved to Texas. As a result, the Culver City house is now believed to be ghost-free.

    Location: 11547 Braddock Drive, Culver City, California, USA

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    Cobb Estate

    A spooky forest where spirits roam

    Cobb Estate is a hiking hotspot by day and a hotbed of spooky spectres by night. The historic estate has long been dubbed the “Haunted Forest.” But it wasn’t until the Marx Brothers arrived in the 1950s that ghost stories began to proliferate.

    The comedy troupe preserved a dilapidated mansion in the middle, which locals say attracted swathes of wandering ghosts. These days, the remaining ruins are popular with curious ghost-seeking teens who report unexplained noises and an eerie sense of being watched. The council-owned land is currently open for the public both day and night… if you dare.

    Location: Altadena, CA 91001, USA

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    Wonderland Murders House

    The site of a gruesome murder made famous by the Val Kilmer film

    The Wonderland Murders House is the scene of Los Angeles’ most brutal quadruple homicide, although you wouldn’t know it from the outside. This non-descript split-level home with an innocent iron-clad balcony looks like any other Laurel Canyon abode. Of course, it’s the gruesome ‘Four on the Floor’ murders that occurred within which attract morbid curiosity.

    In 1981, 4 notorious drug dealers robbed rival kingpin Eddie Nash and wound up dead in this Wonderland Avenue home. Adult film star John Holmes was implicated in the grizzly event, which was later made famous by the Val Kilmer film, Wonderland (2003). Some speculate the site is haunted, but as it’s a private residence, you’ll have to quench your curiosity from the outside.

    Location: 8763 Wonderland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA

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    Harry Stewart | Contributing Writer

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