Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Gardens

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Formerly Bonfante Gardens but now called Gilroy Gardens, the garden-themed family amusement park is said to be haunted. Workers at this park say they have seen its carousel turn on and start running by itself at night. The carousel is located in Claudia’s Garden.

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3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020
United States

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37.0052271, -121.62854629999998
Santa Clara County, California
Nearest Towns:
Gilroy, CA (3.3 mi.)
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  1. All right. So I worked for the security team here, years ago, and I’ve got a real freaky experience. (the carousel, by the way, was caused by an electrical fault. An engineer showed me exactly where to step hard to get it to go. I’ve heard it’s been fixed since.)

    So. I’m working a training shift for Nights, to cover an upcoming vacation. My partner and I are doing our rounds, and we were on the path going downhill from the amphitheater. That’s important. We did very thorough patrols, and we had *just* checked that area. As soon as we were out of direct sight, we heard loud drums, as if they were being played over the sound system, and saw a red glow spilling out. There was nobody in that area. We had just checked and locked it, and none of the stored music for the shows was a single primal drum beat like that. We high-tailed it out of there. This place is haunted, never doubt that.

  2. I never took this into account until i realized that there was another incident with this carousel since i read the post before mine. My little brother cried on it the first time my mom took him on. He was only a few months old, got in for free, yet we wanted photo-worthy pictures so she took him on the ride. he would not stop crying. We figured it was because he was too young to enjoy it yet. Years later when he was about 3 years old, we tried to convince him to go on again for photo-worthy pictures, and he refused. However, before leaving the park, we convinced him to board the ride with a relative and although he didn’t like it, and started to cry, he stayed on the ride, which resulted in sad looking pictures. Note: He had no problems with other rides we put him on, just that one at the park entrance.

  3. I’ve been doing security for the park since the beginning of 2017. I have never once encountered the carousel turning on by itself. I’ve even been there at 3 am and nothing. But I have encountered the train whistling, across the park when no one but me is in the park.

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