Like many San Diegan’s, Halloween is my favorite time of year. Costumes range from fun and goofy to downright spooky. And what is Halloween without a haunted house, ghosts or goblins? I don’t know about goblins, but I sure know where to find some ghosts and haunted houses.
There are dozens of chilling places to go around the county, but why not head to San Diego’s Old Town and experience it all. From the very haunted Whaley House Museum and Casa de Estudillo to El Campo Santo Cemetery where you are sure to find a spirit or two.
During the month of October the Whaley House Museum increases not only their daily museum tours but also their exclusive once a month 90 minute Ghost Hunting Tours with the San Diego Ghost Hunters. Stop by this weekend and explore this extraordinary house, you never know which one of the Whaley family members might befriend you on the tour. This Halloween will be a night to remember. Past tour guests often comment on that extra “creep factor” in the house on this particular day. October 31st the doors will be open from 6 pm until midnight for the Exclusive Halloween Night Ghost Tours. Tickets are only $15 per person and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. To purchase tickets for this event you can click on the following link: www.whaleyhouse.org/halloweennight.htm. Come meet the San Diego Ghost Hunters in the Whaley House gardens October 29th- 31st to share your photos, tour experiences and discuss the Whaley Family and other spirits known to inhabit the house.
If the Whaley House Museum is not enough to spook you, Historical Landmark, El Campo Santo Cemetery will, especially when Old Town starts to wind down for the night. El Campo Santo Cemetery is located only 2 blocks from the Whaley House Museum. El Campo Santo Cemetery was established in 1849 and there are said to be approximately 477 Old Town Pioneers buried there. The cemetery was once much larger than you see today. Part of the cemetery was used to make way for a main street directly into Old Town, now known as San Diego Avenue. Grave markers can be found on the sidewalk and San Diego Avenue directly in front of El Campo Santo cemetery in memory of the pioneers buried in these two areas. Reports of paranormal activity in the cemetery include voices, white mist, apparitions and dis-embodied voices to name a few. Stop by and visit the grave site of Yankee Jim Robinson. Yankee Jim was convicted of stealing a row boat and hanged on a gallows in the same spot where the Whaley house now stands. Even though Mr. Whaley witnessed Jim’s hanging, he still found this piece of property the perfect place to build his home. Don’t forget about Mr. Thomas Tanner who rented the second story of the Whaley house and started San Diego’s first commercial theater. Both Yankee Jim and Mr. Tanner have been haunting the Whaley house for years.
There is another house in Old Town that has reported paranormal activity as well. Captain Jose’ Maria Estudillo was granted a parcel of land and began constructing a beautiful home in 1827 known today as La Casa de Estudillo Adobe located in Old Town Plaza.The Estudillo family loved to entertain and was known for having elegant dinners and parties. Extended family, friends, politicians, priests, servants and workers inhabited the home regularly. Such a diverse group is sure to bring a wide variety of energy to this amazing adobe. During the month of July, the Travel Channel’s hit television show Ghost Adventures, locked down for the night in La Casa de Estudillo and had reported doors opening, EVP’s, and more. The museum staff have reported experiencing spirits that seem to be still engaged in working as well as apparitions in monk style brown robes. Local San Diego paranormal investigators have also reported capturing full bodied apparitions, faces in mirrors, interaction with a priest, personal experiences of being touched, doors opening as well as the many EVP’s captured of spirits responding to questions asked. La Casa de Estudillo has an ambiance like no other. Each room is decorated with furnishings from the 16th to 20th century, and the courtyard garden is exceptional. The museum is open from 10am – 5pm daily. October 2011-April 2012 the museum may be closed on Mondays. Entry is free. For more information you can call the Visitor Information Center at 619-220-5422 or visit their website at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663.