Haunted Places in Santa Barbara, California



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    Mission Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, California

    Mission Santa Barbara, established in 1786, has a graveyard that is the burial site of over 5,000 pioneers and Native Americans. Various apparitions have been seen roaming here.


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    Hyatt Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, California

    As an employee, I have witnessed many supernatural things. Whether it be footsteps or a gray shadow in the corner of my eye, there has been an occurrence every week or so for me. Around the times of 2:45-4:00 A.M, our security cameras have picked up motion sensor detection in ...


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    Ortega Adobe

    Ventura, California

    24.4 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The Ortega Chili Company got its start here; some of those who helped to make the company what it is today may still be here. Voices speaking Spanish are heard, disembodied faces are seen through the window, and random cold sensations come out of nowhere. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Victorian House

    Ventura, California

    24.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This nineteenth century private residence may no longer be haunted, but during the late twentieth century, a pair of elderly sisters lived there. They owned a set of two antique dolls, which were propped up against the attic windows to look out into the street. During the night, the ...


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    Mission San Buenaventura

    Ventura, California

    24.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    At Mission Santa Buena Ventura, folks say you can feel a presence nearing you from the side as you leave the sanctuary through a side door to the garden. The presence seems to embrace you lightly and leave you feeling comforted. Also, some witnesses have heard the sounds of ghostly ...


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    Santa Clara House - Carlo Hahn House

    Ventura, California

    24.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Locals have several names for it: Santa Clara House, Big Green House, Carlo Hahn House or the Candlelight Bar and Restaurant. Whatever you call it, it is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former resident named Rosa. Rosa was an unhappy woman who was forced into marrying ...


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    Nordhoff Cemetery

    Ojai, California

    25 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Reports say that a ghost dog has been seen here. He may dart past noiselessly, or you may hear his growls.


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    Ventura City Hall

    Ventura, California

    25 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    A woman is said to haunt the third floor of this building. She is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in one of the jail cells. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Earle Stanley Gardner Building

    Ventura, California

    25 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The notorious writer is the namesake of this historic building, as he worked here for many years at a law firm. Coincidentally, he also penned his first novel in the famous detective series on the premises. Nowadays, employees of various companies working in the building have reportedly heard screams ...


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    Bella Maggiore Inn

    Ventura, California

    25.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Allegedly by the ghost of a prostitute who hanged herself in the 40's, the presence that haunts this Inn is called Sylvia. If you are looking for a haunted room, #17 is the one to try, reportedly the one in which she did the deed. She manifests as both ...


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    Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital

    Ventura, California

    25.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    It is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Doctor Cephas Bard, the doctor who originally opened the hospital and who, when he died at the hospital, was cremated and his ashes placed inside a wall there. Although the building now houses offices, people claim to see the genial ...


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    Ventura Majestic Theater

    Ventura, California

    25.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This 1920's theatre was formerly a speakeasy, and is rumoured to have some hauntings dating back to those days. The most common apparition is a gangster who was shot dead during a fight on the premises, and has been seen by theatre patrons and staff alike. The second apparition ...


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    Ojai Valley Inn

    Ojai, California

    25.3 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Room 5 is allegedly haunted by a ghost who bangs on the closet door, from inside. People claim when they open the closet, after hearing the banging, they are greeted by a foul odor they didn't notice earlier. Some also claim to see a fancy dressed gentleman ghost ...


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    Old Ventura Pier

    Ventura, California

    25.3 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The old pier is supposed to be haunted by a man who was swept into the ocean and drowned during a squall. His ghost can be seen on the pier during stormy weather, signalling for them to leave before vanishing. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast

    Ventura, California

    25.4 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This former church makes for a unique Bed and Breakfast. The Fleur-de-Lis room is allegedly haunted by a ghost who enjoys giving foot massages and the Emperor's room is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who fell or jumped to her death from the bell ...


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    Charman of Ojai - Creek Road

    Ojai, California

    25.6 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Creek Road is apparently a popular hangout for the spirit set. The most popular spook here may be the Charman. Some say he is the spirit of a firefighter pinned in by a 1948 forest fire, burned and disfigured; he ran into the woods never to be seen again. Others ...


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    Dudley House

    Ventura, California

    27.9 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This 1892 Victorian-style manor house is supposed to be haunted by an ancestor of the original family. Visitors have reported a blue light that appeared in the kitchen, and a clock that hasn't worked for decades will occasionally ring out the hour, even when the time is completely wrong. (Submitted ...


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    Olivas Adobe

    Ventura, California

    28.7 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    A ghost known as the Black Lady haunts this site. She has been seen in the living room as well as on the balcony.


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    Pea Soup Andersens

    Buellton, California

    31.2 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    One of the former owners, Juliette Andersen, is thought to be here. She is said to move furniture around, play with lights, and shut doors. A family who all died nearby are also said to be here in the afterlife. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Fallas Paredes

    Oxnard, California

    32.6 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    My aunt use to be manager there and she told me of strange things happening including a floating man in the stockroom that resembled a gang member who died there. (Submitted by Mark Anthony L)


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    Heritage Square Museum

    Oxnard, California

    33.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    There have been reports of a phantom in the church portion and spirit nicknamed Uncle Eddy in the Justin Petit House. EVPs are also picked up here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Oxnard Walmart

    Oxnard, California

    33.6 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    At this Wal-Mart's toy department, the ghost of a 7- to 9-year-old Mexican-American girl in a blue dress with braids is said to bounce balls, giggle, and smile at employees. Rumor has it that the little girl was murdered in the field where the Wal-Mart was later built.


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    Bard Mansion - Berylwood

    Port Hueneme, California

    33.9 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    California senator Thomas R. Bard's home, built in 1912, is also known as Berylwood. The house is said to be haunted by the senator's wife, whose apparition has been seen in photographic images. Senator Bard, his servants and some soldiers are believed to haunt the house as well. Witnesses describe ...


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    The Glen Tavern Inn

    Santa Paula, California

    36.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    There is a variety of ghostly activity reported at the Glen Tavern Inn. People claim to see full body apparitions, a ghost who likes to play the piano and assorted poltergeist activity that occurs. Some guests report that there belongings have been knocked off their dressers by unseen "presences". ...


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    White Lady of Highway 126

    Fillmore, California

    40.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Near a sycamore tree just off of Highway 12,6 between Hall and Sycamore Roads, a ghostly White Lady is said to appear. According to different local legends, she was either hanged from the tree or she was killed in a car accident nearby.


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    Camarillo State Mental Hospital - CSU Channel Islands

    Camarillo, California

    41.4 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Camarillo State Mental Hospital was built in 1936 and housed thousands of patients. Rumor has it that shock treatment and other inhumane practices were used here. As the years passed, compassion and scientific advences made treatments more humane. The hospital was in operaion until 1997. The building is said to ...


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    The Scary Dairy

    Camarillo, California

    41.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Once the Camarillo State Hospital, Scary Dairy is a nickname for a said-to-be-haunted ruined building. Reports say the former mental hospital was either a dairy or a slaughterhouse, and it is rumored to have been the site of several murders.


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    La Purisima Mission

    Lompoc, California

    44.6 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Visitors to this mission may catch a glimpse of the spirits of the Chumash Indians and Spanish soldiers who died during the 1820s Chumash uprising. The mission has been featured on TV's Ghost Adventures.


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    Lompoc Furniture Mart

    Lompoc, California

    45.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This building was formerly the town morgue, and the apparition of a woman in period clothing has been seen walking around the upper floor of the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Stagecoach Inn

    Thousand Oaks, California

    47.9 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Said to be one of California's most haunted places, the historic inn is now a museum and gift shop reported to be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. A ghost named Pierre is said to live here, and docents say he plays pranks like rolling up the ...


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    Janss House

    Thousand Oaks, California

    48.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The ghost of a former maid is thought to still reside here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    California Lutheran University - Mount Clef Hall

    Thousand Oaks, California

    48.9 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    At California Lutheran University's Mount Clef Dorm, the apparition of a young boy is said to roam the upstairs 300 hall. Mud has appeared and then disappeared in beds, and pillows have been thrown across rooms after being yanked from under sleeping residents, followed by sounds of crying and whimpering. ...


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    Conejo Players Theatre

    Thousand Oaks, California

    49.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    A ghost named Albert is known to bang on the walls and move props around. He has been photographed before. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Santa Maria Inn

    Santa Maria, California

    55.3 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Once a major stopping over spot for celebrities on their way in and out of California, the Santa Maria Inn's main attraction is its former star power. However, some people claim that rooms 210 and 221 are both haunted by the ghosts of former residents. Haunted activity ...


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    Sycamore Park

    Simi Valley, California

    55.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    A white, furry apparition that walks on all fours like a gorilla has been reported here, running, along with a flash of light. Floating apparitions have been seen as well, along with a white man who sits on rocks and glowing spots in the grass that make you appear to ...


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    Reyes Adobe Historical Site

    Agoura Hills, California

    55.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    According to a psychic, someone was murdered in this location; a bandit attempting to rape a woman wound up shot and soon died from his injuries. Many people will report a sense of dread while exploring here; others have reported seeing faces in the windows. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Lake Malibou

    Agoura Hills, California

    58 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    "The Lady of the Lake" is the nickname given to a woman who used to swim around here before her death at an old age. She is said to wear a swimming cap and is seen either swimming to, or on the island in the middle of the lake. Another ...


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    Solstice Canyon

    Malibu, California

    59.7 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The Roberts Ranch House (AKA Tropical Terrace) was built for Fred and Florence Roberts, but burned down in 1982. Fred, who died in 1976, is thought to still be here and EVPs that are picked up are commonly attributed to him. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Highway 101 and Las Virgines

    Calabasas, California

    60.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    This area is believed to be haunted by a man who was killed by drunken driver and the driver himself, said to have committed suicide over the event. The accident replays, causing living drivers to have to swerve to miss the phantom white car.


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    La Paz

    Calabasas, California

    60.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Two ghosts are seen here commonly: the first is that of a young Hispanic woman who wears a white dress; the other is that of either a settler or a cowboy. Some say that the male presence is accompanied by the ghost of a young boy. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Box Canyon

    Los Angeles, California

    61.7 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Krishna Venta was the founder of the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Love Fountain of the World, a cult from the mid 1950s. Two former members suspected Venta was engaging in sexual activity with their wives so, using dynamite, launched a suicide attack against the cult's headquarters (located nearby). 10 people were ...


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    Saddle Peak Lodge

    Calabasas, California

    62.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The Rat Pack used to commonly stay here, but it is believed this place also ties to the afterlife. A female presence in her 40's named Edith is said to be upstairs and likes to move objects around. Around the same area, a rather tough and burly figure roams ...


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    Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

    Calabasas, California

    62.4 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Many of Hollywood's famous animals are buried here. Kabar, Rudolph Valentino's former Great Dane, is felt here and will often lick visitors. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Far Western Tavern

    Guadalupe, California

    62.6 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Rumored to no longer be in existence at this site, the old Far West Tavern was said to be haunted. Witnesses have heard the sound of footsteps with a peg-leg, said to be the ghost of a 1930s-era guest named Mr. Franconeti. According to the story, the man lost his ...


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    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Santa Barbara, California

    62.8 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The apparition of a child in a striped shirt has been seen at night running underneath Colossus. Cold spots and an eerie presences have been felt here as well, as well as the sounds of rides and machinery working when the park is closed. Rumor has it that a roller ...


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    Leonis Adobe Museum

    Calabasas, California

    63.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Miguel Leonis, a former real estate manager, grew so powerful that people who opposed him beat him up and left him for dead. He and his wife, Espiritu, are said to be heard walking and talking on the second floor of the building. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Sagebrush Cantina

    Calabasas, California

    63.1 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    A young woman wearing a shawl is seen in the back; a busboy or cook is also reported in the same area. A cowboy and a young boy have also been seen here and are believed to be associated with the area. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Target

    Los Angeles, California

    63.2 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The Target is rumored to have a haunted storage area behind the dressing rooms. Witnesses have described noises and strange lights, loud music, and disembodied voices. Apparitions of employees who have passed away are also said to roam the store.


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    Los Toros Mexican

    Los Angeles, California

    63.5 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    Cold drafts are reported, objects have been known to fly around or break by themselves, and a variety of ghostly people, both male and female (around the ages of 40 to 50) have been seen. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Ruiz Family Cemetery

    Santa Clarita, California

    66 miles from Santa Barbara, CA

    The Ruiz family, as well as others who were victim to the St. Francis Dam, are said to be seen here. The cemetery itself is located on the hill behind the houses. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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