Brand Park

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The park was once the Brand Family’s estate, complete with mansion (now the park’s Library & Art Center) and family cemetery. Folks say the cemetery is reached via a trail behind the house, and that spooky “occult” things have occurred near Mr. Brand’s pyramid-shaped tomb.

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1601 W Mountain St
Glendale, CA 91201
United States

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34.181472609459064, -118.27712684550784
Los Angeles County, California
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  1. I filmed a movie here once in high school with a few friends. We took the trail to the cemetery and climbed underneath the metal gate surrounding it to get a shot. I cut my arm on the metal bad enough to have a scar for awhile. It is my belief that if you’re going to enter the cemetery without a spirit following you out, blood must be spilled.

    • Mat, I had the privilege to go inside the Brand Library Cemetery with the gate itself being unlocked. I went inside and took some pictures and then left. I think you just weren’t careful when you climbed, I don’t even believe in ghosts. I think you just didn’t climb carefully hence you got hurt pretty badly and bled.

  2. I have an experience to share about Brand Park. In 1999, I coached my stepson’s Little League team at Brand Park. After a game, my wife took my three year old step-daughter to the ladies’ room before we went home for the day. I waited in our car with my stepson not far from the restroom bungalow. After a few minutes, my wife hurried back to the car with a frightened look on her face and she relayed the following to me.
    She led her daughter to a stall and stood just beyond the threshold of the stall to allow a little privacy. My wife and stepdaughter were the only occupants in the ladies room. While relieving herself, my stepdaughter looked up towards a window, smiled and said “hi” to someone. My wife, understandably alarmed, immediately looked at the window her daughter was looking at and saw no one. She feared some pervert had either climbed a nearby tree or the roof to peer in, but she didn’t see any sign of a person who could be seen from that window. My wife then heard her daughter say, “Amy”, as though someone had asked for her name. My wife didn’t hear anyone speak to her daughter. She then turned toward her daughter and asked her who she was talking to, and Amy answered matter of factly, “The man in the window”. My wife, at this point, was very alarmed and was ready to yell at anyone who may be near the window, when Amy said, “Oh, that’s my mommy!”.
    At that point my wife went in panic mode and quickly cleaned her daughter and hurried back to my car. I could tell something was wrong as they approached the car. My wife looked terrified, so I asked her what was wrong. When she relayed the events to me, I jumped out of my car to circle the bathroom bungalow in the hopes of catching anyone in a nearby tree or on the roof and I couldn’t see anyone. Upon returning to my car, which was parked about 15 feet from the restrooms, I turned to Amy and asked her who she was talking to. She replied with an innocent smile, “the man in the window”.
    At this point, my wife was in tears and begged me to get us out of there, so I complied for her state of mind. Once home, I let a few minutes pass and I approached Amy to ask her who she was speaking to in the restroom, and again, as a matter of fact, she replied, “The man in the window” and went about her business playing. At that point, I got chills.

  3. I have seen a demon; it was in early may of 2003. As I got into the elevator going to see my orthopedic physician, right then and there saw this horrible looking being……it’s entire body was covered by spikes; yup you heard it right. This experience of mine was very devastating; yet I quickly got myself together. On my way back from doctor’s office, there was no sign of that creep in the elevator.

  4. I was a wild land firefighter on crew 63 in 2017 I would hike brand a lot one time I went on a night hike with a female we hiked the back side the longest one we started at 630 saw a snake at the bottom the female said let’s not do it it’s a bad omen I wanted to prove how I was not afraid she fell back I said I get to the top and meet you on the way down we’ll leave I went on alone I got to the part where it’s trees like a Hallway i felt something watching me I looked and seen a foot with a white robe go behind a bush I didn’t think much i looked up back in front of me by this time it’s dark out I had a head lamp and was standing in front of a 7 foot white robe wearing demon I couldn’t make out the face but it’s body language was saying I don’t belong there I ran as fast as I could jumping down the hill screaming remember I started at 630 i never made it to the top and it felt like a long bad dream coming down I didn’t get to my car till 11:30 at night it should’ve only been 45mins

  5. My experience with Brand Park goes back to 1986. I was there with a friend, and we were parked in the lot to the right of the Brand Library. If you go into the main entrance, and go to the right (there was a road there at the time, I’m not sure if it’s still like that), the road takes you to a small area where there used to be some basketball hoops and a small area to park. Then you go down the grass slope on foot, and the bathrooms are on your right. There was a picnic table to the left of this area. My friend and I were standing outside of the car having a conversation at the top of the slope between the restrooms and the picnic table. I can’t even remember what we were talking about, but simultaneously, we both stopped and turned to the picnic bench. What stopped us was that we both had goosebumps – even our eyebrows were standing up – and we could feel a surge of static electricity in the air. Emanating from just above the picnic table was an area of blackness that was neither moving nor still.

    There’s darkness – and then there’s the thing that makes it.

    We both felt physically sick almost right away. In the air, we felt a silent scream. My friend suddenly became afraid that the thing would start to come toward us and panicked. We left, but I can’t remember getting into the car or driving away. I only remember going past the main gates. After that, the bad feeling was gone, but it left an impression on us for a long time.

    To this day, I think about this experience at least once or twice a week. 35 years later and I still can’t define what I saw. I wonder if it’s still there.

  6. Something dark resides there. Something very angry and sad. Growing up, I visited Brand Park, the family cemetery and the trails around it many times and I always had an unsettling feeling while I was there. Even driving the 134 and looking over at the library gave me the creeps.

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