HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR!

by on May.21, 2015, under From the Web

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(Above-the William H. Perry Residence as it appeared a century ago.)

GHOULA’S HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR!

(Who wants to go inside a haunted house?)

THE DATE: June 13th, 2015 (Saturday)
THE PLACE: The Perry Mansion
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Heritage Square Museum) (map)
THE TIMES: 6:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm (The tour is an hour long.)
ADMISSION: $13.00  (+handling fee)
Eventbrite - GHOULA's HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR

Due to the restrictions of this 139 years old historic landmark, we will only be able to bring 3 small groups into this house, so tickets to this unique event are very limited.

In a city known for its architecture, “house tours” are a common occurrence in Los Angeles. Although, there are many historic homes throughout the South-land with docent-led tours (who may mention rumors of hauntings), this in the very first time a “house tour” will be conducted in our city, where the focus is entirely on the ghostly inhabitants.

This event was inspired by Walt Disney’s original vision of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, which involved taking small groups of people through an “old house,” telling ghost stories along the way. Although that initial concept was rejected, GHOULA has always liked that idea and for the past couple of years has searched for a local house that had enough tales to tell to justify such a tour (and whose caretakers would let us tell them).

The “residence with the phantom presence” in question is the stately former home of William H. Perry (the largest house in Los Angeles when it was built in 1876), which is currently part of the Heritage Square Museum in the Arroyo Seco corridor. If you have ever taken the Pasadena Freeway (The 11O) between Downtown and Pasadena, then you have most likely seen it against the hills, next to the parkway, with the protected cluster of Victorian-era buildings. If you have ever wanted to pull off the freeway, go beyond those gates, and hear the strange stories the docents don’t tell you. This is your chance…

Come join us on this one-of-a-kind HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR… if you dare!
…And if you dare, that house you normally drive past, will never look the same again!

NOTE: This is not a themed “haunted attraction” with special effects and costumed actors, nor is it a “ghost hunt” with equipment to record the presence of spirits. This is an evening of story-telling and an exploration of the buildings haunted lore… Simply put, This is an actual tour of an actual haunted house.

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The Little Girl Who Saw A Ghost

by on Apr.28, 2015, under From the Web

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A friend and coworker told me a story today that sent shivers down my spine.   She was driving through downtown Decatur with her daughter one day last week when her daughter said something more than a little odd.  The little girl is only five years old and was looking out the window at The Old State Bank when she asked, “Mommy, why was that lady in the black dress murdered?”

Of course, my friend asked the little girl what she was talking about.   The little girl responded by asking, “Can we quit talking about this now?”  My friend was disturbed by this little discussion but just kept on driving.  After this she did some research on Decatur to find out its haunted history.   According to the Alabama Paranormal Association, The Old State Bank is one of the most haunted places in Alabama.  According to them, the two most commonly seen ghosts at the Old State Bank are a weeping lady and a lady in black. 

My friend didn’t know any of this when her daughter asked about the murdered woman in black.  She just knew it was creepy, but it is even more chilling knowing that her daughter saw a woman in black at the exact location of a place famously haunted by a woman in black.  Apparently the little girl did more than see the woman in black, she heard her as well.  She heard her well enough to know that she had been murdered. 

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2ND NIGHT ADDED!

by on Apr.02, 2015, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
Beneath the…
STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!
An evening of SPOOKY PUPPET STORIES in a HAUNTED PUPPET THEATER!

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE ADDED A 2ND NIGHT ON SUNDAY
This is your 2nd chance to get tickets to this unique event, before it also sells out.

THE DATE: April 19, 2015 (Sunday)
THE PLACE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Downtown) (map)
THE TIME: 7:30pm – 9:30
ADMISSION:
$13.00 SEATS (Chairs)
$6.66 CARPET (Floor)
+PLUS a handling fee
(for ticket info…)
Eventbrite - Beneath the STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!

Featuring…
a LIVE CAPTURED AURAL PHANTASY THEATER horror-themed show about ghostly marionettes, a screening of local artist/filmmaker Kevin McTurk’s new puppet horror film THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (pictured above), a performance from puppeteer Eli Presser of VEM, an appearance by the famous Bob Baker Marionettes, some personal ghost stories about this historic theater, and… a few surprises.

WARNING: Show may not be appropriate for young children.

Two years ago, Bob Baker welcomed GHOULA into his historic theater (the oldest puppet theater in the country), for our first “STRINGS” night of “movies, marionettes, and mayhem.” We screened BLUEBEARD (1944), and Bob spoke, even bringing out the original marionettes used in the film. We did a second “STRINGS” night months later, but Bob was too sick to attend. Sadly, Bob Baker past away last year, but luckily his theater is still here, and still carrying on his legacy of putting on great puppets shows every weekend.

Please come out to this enchanted oasis (while it lasts) that has been entertaining and inspiring the children (and adults) of our city for over fifty years, for this rare spooky night-time event that tempts the spirits… if you dare.

About the film: THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (2014)
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse. Grimshaw’s journey takes him deep below the decaying mill, into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where upon he confronts the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family. “The Mill at Calder’s End” is a Gothic tale inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and M.R. James and is told with the use of 36 inch tall bunraku rod puppets operated by puppeteers dressed in black.
(Watch Trailer…)

THE BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER’S GHOST(S):

Although people generally associate ghosts with violent/sudden deaths, there are many other theories as to why a ghost will haunt a certain location. Some believe that spirits will return to places that (in life) gave them great pleasure, or perhaps sites where (in life) much time was spent. There is also a theory that confused ghosts sometimes seek out humanoid objects to possess like wax figures, mannequins, or dolls, and thus gravitate to spots where these objects can be found (old wax museums, children’s bedroom’s, etc.)

So, naturally (or super-naturally) the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the oldest continuously-operating puppet theater in the United States, is said to have a phantom of a former puppeteer lingering around (seen by staff), watching the staff from his favorite seat on the east side of the theater (last row against the wall, three seats from the aisle). Perhaps he just doesn’t want to leave this happy place, or maybe he just likes being around puppets. Additionally, he is seen in the backstage area. On the wings (on the West side of the building), there are mirrors so that performers can check their puppets, or practice moves. While doing this, they will see the ghostly puppeteer (in the mirror’s reflection) watching them.  When they turn around, no one is there. Plus, whenever something goes wrong during a performance such as a string breaking or a set falling, it’s always blamed on the resident spook, presumably unhappy about something in the show.

In ancient times, the “illusion of life” created by marionettes was thought to be work of other-worldly forces. Who knows, maybe this resident “ex-puppeteer” still lends a hand during performances, animating the inanimate objects, and making them move in realistic ways. Is it possible that old habits die hard,… even if the ghost didn’t?

(for ticket info…)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beneath-the-strings-that-go-bump-in-the-night-tickets-16440680518

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SPOOKS and SPOKES

by on Mar.19, 2015, under From the Web

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Calling all ghost-hunters, paranormal-investigators, psychics, sensitives, and those interested in getting a glimpse of the “other side.” Whether you are acting alone, or in a team, GHOULA wants you! Whether you are a seasoned pro or first-timer,…

GHOULA WANTS YOU!
for California’s Largest Paranormal Experiment!

Date: March 22nd (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: North Hollywood
Ventura Blvd (From Coldwater Cyn to Lankershim)
Lankershim (from Ventura Blvd to Chandler)
Check ciclavia.org for map

Admission FREE!

Ventura Blvd and Lankershim are the two oldest roads in the Valley, going back a couple hundred years (and they were possibly Native American trails before that). When the early Spanish settlers started building Missions in the 1700s, they also created a path that connected these Missions (The Royal Road or “El Camino Real”) for traveling and distributing supplies between outposts. That was California’s first road, and every Mission is on this route with the exception of the San Fernando Mission. This strange anomaly is the result of moving the original Mission from one side of the valley to the other side (from North Hollywood to San Fernando) and thus they had to create a detour off of the main road. Today, the original “Royal Road” is called Ventura Blvd, and that detour is Lankershim. The first Mission is thought to have been where the two roads intersect. Needless to say this general area near Universal Studios (plus both roads) has many legends of restless spirits (ghostly monks, soilders, outlaws, etc.) and tales of buried treasure.

Which brings us to our experiment…

The CICLAVIA event this Sunday will shut down these two historic (haunted) roads to vehicular traffic, which gives everyone 7 hours (9:00am to 4:00pm) to transverse these streets by foot or bicycle to document anything “out of the ordinary” since paranormal activity can happen at anytime (even in direct sunlight). From electro-magnetic anomalies to shivers down your spine, if you feel it, witness it, or hear it, we want to know about it, and we want to know exactly where it happened. So, bring your EMF meters, your “Spirit Boxes,” your cameras, or just yourself, and let your “goose-flesh” guide you.

If you accept our challenge, all we ask is that you go to this event, have fun, and note the location of any activity, evidence, or “heebee-jeebees.” Please keep your info confidential to discourage copy-cat contamination. Then, email your findings to ghoulahq@live.com

Based on everyone’s data, “hot spots” will be determined. Then, we will compare this info with the actual stories associated with these two streets, and reveal the results.

For more info about CICLAVIA go to… ciclavia.org

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HAUNTED PUPPET SHOW!

by on Mar.16, 2015, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
Beneath the…
STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!
An evening of SPOOKY PUPPET STORIES in a HAUNTED PUPPET THEATER!

THE DATE: April 18, 2015 (Saturday)
THE PLACE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Downtown) (map)
THE TIME: 7:30pm – 9:30
ADMISSION:
$13.00 SEATS (Chairs)
$6.66 CARPET (Floor)
+PLUS a handling fee
(for ticket info…)
Eventbrite - Beneath the STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!

Featuring…
a LIVE CAPTURED AURAL PHANTASY THEATER horror-themed show about ghostly marionettes, a screening of local artist/filmmaker Kevin McTurk’s new puppet horror film THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (pictured above), a performance from puppeteer Eli Presser of VEM, an appearance by the famous Bob Baker Marionettes, some personal ghost stories about this historic theater, and… a few surprises.

WARNING: Show may not be appropriate for young children.

Two years ago, Bob Baker welcomed GHOULA into his historic theater (the oldest puppet theater in the country), for our first “STRINGS” night of “movies, marionettes, and mayhem.” We screened BLUEBEARD (1944), and Bob spoke, even bringing out the original marionettes used in the film. We did a second “STRINGS” night months later, but Bob was too sick to attend. Sadly, Bob Baker past away last year, but luckily his theater is still here, and still carrying on his legacy of putting on great puppets shows every weekend.

Please come out to this enchanted oasis (while it lasts) that has been entertaining and inspiring the children (and adults) of our city for over fifty years, for this rare spooky night-time event that tempts the spirits… if you dare.

About the film: THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (2014)
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse. Grimshaw’s journey takes him deep below the decaying mill, into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where upon he confronts the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family. “The Mill at Calder’s End” is a Gothic tale inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and M.R. James and is told with the use of 36 inch tall bunraku rod puppets operated by puppeteers dressed in black.
(Watch Trailer…)

THE BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER’S GHOST(S):

Although people generally associate ghosts with violent/sudden deaths, there are many other theories as to why a ghost will haunt a certain location. Some believe that spirits will return to places that (in life) gave them great pleasure, or perhaps sites where (in life) much time was spent. There is also a theory that confused ghosts sometimes seek out humanoid objects to possess like wax figures, mannequins, or dolls, and thus gravitate to spots where these objects can be found (old wax museums, children’s bedroom’s, etc.)

So, naturally (or super-naturally) the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the oldest continuously-operating puppet theater in the United States, is said to have a phantom of a former puppeteer lingering around (seen by staff), watching the staff from his favorite seat on the east side of the theater (last row against the wall, three seats from the aisle). Perhaps he just doesn’t want to leave this happy place, or maybe he just likes being around puppets. Additionally, he is seen in the backstage area. On the wings (on the West side of the building), there are mirrors so that performers can check their puppets, or practice moves. While doing this, they will see the ghostly puppeteer (in the mirror’s reflection) watching them.  When they turn around, no one is there. Plus, whenever something goes wrong during a performance such as a string breaking or a set falling, it’s always blamed on the resident spook, presumably unhappy about something in the show.

In ancient times, the “illusion of life” created by marionettes was thought to be work of other-worldly forces. Who knows, maybe this resident “ex-puppeteer” still lends a hand during performances, animating the inanimate objects, and making them move in realistic ways. Is it possible that old habits die hard,… even if the ghost didn’t?

(for ticket info…)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beneath-the-strings-that-go-bump-in-the-night-tickets-15988335542

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Beneath the STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!

by on Mar.02, 2015, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
Beneath the…
STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!
An evening of SPOOKY PUPPET STORIES in a HAUNTED PUPPET THEATER!

THE DATE: April 18, 2013 (Saturday)
THE PLACE: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Downtown) (map)
THE TIME: 7:30pm – 9:30
ADMISSION:
$13.00 SEATS (Chairs)
$6.66 CARPET (Floor)
+PLUS a handling fee
(for ticket info…)
Eventbrite - Beneath the STRINGS That Go Bump in the Night!

Featuring…
a LIVE CAPTURED AURAL PHANTASY THEATER horror-themed show about ghostly marionettes, a screening of local artist/filmmaker Kevin McTurk’s new puppet horror film THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (pictured above), a performance from puppeteer Eli Presser, an appearance by the famous Bob Baker Marionettes, some personal ghost stories about this historic theater, and… a few surprises.

Two years ago, Bob Baker welcomed GHOULA into his historic theater (the oldest puppet theater in the country), for our first “STRINGS” night of “movies, marionettes, and mayhem.” We screened BLUEBEARD (1944), and Bob spoke, even bringing out the original marionettes used in the film. We did a second “STRINGS” night months later, but Bob was too sick to attend. Sadly, Bob Baker past away last year, but luckily his theater is still here, and still carrying on his legacy of putting on great puppets shows every weekend.

Please come out to this enchanted oasis (while it lasts) that has been entertaining and inspiring the children (and adults) of our city for over fifty years, for this rare spooky night-time event that tempts the spirits… if you dare.

About the film: THE MILL AT CALDER’S END (2014)
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse. Grimshaw’s journey takes him deep below the decaying mill, into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where upon he confronts the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family. “The Mill at Calder’s End” is a Gothic tale inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and M.R. James and is told with the use of 36 inch tall bunraku rod puppets operated by puppeteers dressed in black.
(Watch Trailer…)

THE BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER’S GHOST(S):

Although people generally associate ghosts with violent/sudden deaths, there are many other theories as to why a ghost will haunt a certain location. Some believe that spirits will return to places that (in life) gave them great pleasure, or perhaps sites where (in life) much time was spent. There is also a theory that confused ghosts sometimes seek out humanoid objects to possess like wax figures, mannequins, or dolls, and thus gravitate to spots where these objects can be found (old wax museums, children’s bedroom’s, etc.)

So, naturally (or super-naturally) the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the oldest continuously-operating puppet theater in the United States, is said to have a phantom of a former puppeteer lingering around (seen by staff), watching the staff from his favorite seat on the east side of the theater (last row against the wall, three seats from the aisle). Perhaps he just doesn’t want to leave this happy place, or maybe he just likes being around puppets. Additionally, he is seen in the backstage area. On the wings (on the West side of the building), there are mirrors so that performers can check their puppets, or practice moves. While doing this, they will see the ghostly puppeteer (in the mirror’s reflection) watching them.  When they turn around, no one is there. Plus, whenever something goes wrong during a performance such as a string breaking or a set falling, it’s always blamed on the resident spook, presumably unhappy about something in the show.

In ancient times, the “illusion of life” created by marionettes was thought to be work of other-worldly forces. Who knows, maybe this resident “ex-puppeteer” still lends a hand during performances, animating the inanimate objects, and making them move in realistic ways. Is it possible that old habits die hard,… even if the ghost didn’t?

(for ticket info…)

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A Banshee in the Night

by on Jan.30, 2015, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

Some of the best ghost stories are the kind of stories you hear around campfires and before bed at night. They aren’t linked to a haunted place with a history that is confirmed or well researched. They are just stories told by people that have had encounters on lonely country roads or in bed at night. One of the best ghost stories I have been told recently was told by a woman whose husband comes home late at night. Every night he drives the same old country road home alone. A few weeks ago, he was driving home with three of his children in the back of the car. He was tired and so were they, but when they saw something that looked like a woman crouched over on the side of the road they slowed down to try to help her. When they pulled up next the woman they could see her more clearly. The woman was crouched down in the fetal position and was all skin and bones and completely nude. This made the family very concerned that she might have been hurt or injured. The teenage son opened the door and the woman turned. At this point, he slammed the door shut. The woman’s face was not human. It was humanish but was twisted and distorted and she opened her mouth into a terrifying wail. The family sped away as quickly as they could. Upon arrival at home, the woman’s daughter ran to her crying. The family relayed the story to her tearfully. They were clearly very scared, but the woman couldn’t entirely believe it. She thought that maybe shadows and fatigue had played tricks on them. She was worried that an injured woman might have been left on the road so she got in her truck and went looking for her. She drove up and down the road for a while until she saw the figure. She didn’t slow down, the very sight of the hunched over, skeletal form sent a chill down her spine that she could feel in her very soul. The thing was clearly not human. She sped away and held her family close. They haven’t seen the creature they now call the banshee again, but they always look and they never forget that lonely night.

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The White Cat and The Ouijia Board

by on Jan.19, 2015, under From the Web

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I haven’t written in a while.  I was promoted at my day job in November and supervising a team of therapists has proven to be much harder than just being a therapist.  Working ten hours a day is more haunting than any ghost and living people’s emotional problems are far more consuming than any phantom tragedy I know. I have missed writing here and when I heard this story I knew it was time to pull myself away from life and write a story.  It is also my goal to have at least one story a week on this blog from now on.

This story was brought to me by a gentleman who read my commentary on Ouijia Boards.  He read my story and told me about a night that he decided to be a little wild and try to summon the dead.  He and a group of friends thought that it was a brilliant idea to take the Ouijia Board to a cemetery at midnight because they believed they would be able to contact more spirits this way.  Of course, what they didn’t know was that trouble can come from summoning spirits in such an open place.  According to Voodoo and Hoodoo folklore, going to a cemetery at midnight without salt for protection can lead to trouble. 

The young men were a little drunk and set about attempting to contact the spirits.  When they first put their hands on the planchette, a white cat leapt onto the board.  The young men shoed the cat away.  They were a bit perturbed about the incident but they kept going and the cat jumped on them again.  They threw the cat away a second time.  After the third time the cat jumped on them, they gave up and went home.  It was only later that it occurred to this man that the cat might have had some meaning.  Reasearch into Chinese and Egyptian folklore shows that cats are said to drive away evil spirits.   The man researched the event and after learning the significance of the cat now believes the cat was protecting him from the dark spirits that were summoned by his nocturnal wanderings.

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GHOULA’s Annual Report 2014

by on Jan.08, 2015, under From the Web

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(Alhambran F.E. Ormsby, creator of the 13 month calendar, 1929)

HAPPY BOOOOOOOOO YEAR!

GHOULA has many great things planned for the upcoming year.

But first, let’s take a last look back at 2014.

The question that we were asked most often last year was “When is SPIRITS with SPIRIT coming back?” So, let’s address this first… We took a break from our monthly meet-ups in historic (haunted) bars to concentrate on other events we wanted to do, namely off-beat ghost tours of our city. The temporary hiatus will continue thru 2015, so that we can focus on other events in mind for 2015. This is not the end however, “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” will return (most likely in 2016), since there are still so many haunted restaurants/bars we haven’t been to yet.

That said, it should be mentioned that if a special opportunity arises this year, we might break from form and do an impromptu SPIRITS with SPIRITS. For example, last year, the Magic Castle opened their doors to GHOULA for a special SPIRITS with SPIRITS, which included a discussion of the “Castle’s” many ghost, a walking tour of the haunted areas led by magician/author Tom Ogden, some eye-witness accounts from the staff, and of course drinks and socializing. Obviously, if another amazing opportunity presents itself, we will do our best to make it happen.

The big news of last year was our unique “one-time-only” ghost tours of Los Angeles, where we picked a topic, and talked about everything one would want to know about that subject. Despite the very niche nature of these tours, surprisingly just about every tour sold out. Thus, we want to thank everyone who came out and supported the obscure ghost-lore of our city. These tours includes topics such as Houdini, Valentino, Ghostbusters, Laurel Canyon, haunted buried treasure, and haunted mirrors. The second most asked question this year was when are we going to bring back these tours. Unfortunately, there are no plans at this time to repeat those tours (there are too many new events coming).

GHOULA also finally did our ghost tour of Griffith Park throughout the summer months. If you have been following our group for the last couple of years, you know we have wanted to do this tour for the last couple of years, but for some reason we always had to cancel it. Since forces seem to always be against this tour, we called it “The CURSED Tour of Haunted Griffith Park.” This year we did it (despite a few new challenges and obstacles).

Last October, GHOULA collaborated with our friends at Captured Aural Phantasy Theater to create a tribute to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion (which had its 45th anniversary last year) called “Tales of the Lonesome Ghost.” For the first time ever, performers acted out the original (but never used) script for this beloved attraction when it was intended to be a guided tour of a haunted house. Concept art for that incarnation was also presented throughout the show, and the event was held in a haunted venue that may have a connection to the famous dark ride. Look for more GHOULA/CAPT collaborations next year.

Also in October, GHOULA also brought back the ghost-themed “walking” tour, we initiated two years ago, the “Haunted Red Line Tour,” where we take groups along the Metro’s Red Line. stopping at various stations to talk about the ghosts and haunted sites at that spot.

Because of our group’s LA-centric interest in the phantom folklore of this city, GHOULA participated in Los Angeles’ Halloween Convention, ScareLA, where other groups and companies that create spooky content and events in October, got together under one roof to share (and promote) what would be happening in October with each other and the public. It was so much fun, GHOULA plans on returning next year.

GHOULA was also invited to participate in the annual “Archives Bazaar : LA as Subject” event at USC to discuss the connection between our city’s history and its ghost folklore.

Last, but not least, last year GHOULA published “Hollywood Ghost Comix,” a collection of ghost-themed comic strips created by local artist Victor Avila.

2014 was a great year for GHOULA, and judging from the surprises that are in the works, 2015 will be even better.

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The Ouija Board: Good or Bad?

by on Nov.11, 2014, under From the Web

Reposted from Ghost Stories and Haunted Places | Go to Original Post

 
I watched the movie Ouija this weekend.  It wasn’t a particularly wonderful movie.  It was one of those movies driven by the utter stupidity of the protagonist.  I did enjoy it, however.  It also made me think about the Ouija Board and its history.
 


The Ouija Board was first created during the spiritualist movement of the late nineteenth century.  It was designed as a tool to help communication with spirits.  Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard were the first to patent the device.   In 1966, the device’s patent was sold to Parker Brother’s who still own it.   Ever since its creation the Ouija Board has been controversial.  The most famous case of demonic activity with Ouija Board was the case that was later the inspiration for a book The Exorcist.  I’ve blogged about this case before.   A little boy named Robbie and his aunt attempted to contact a deceased relative and the resulting demon possession was legendary.

I remember my first experience with the Ouija Board was fairly typical.  I was at a slumber party and one of the girl’s brought out the board.  We all took turns asking questions.  I can’t remember them all.  They were mundane girly questions like “will Billy Bob ask me to the dance,”  or “Will I be a doctor when I grow up.”   At the end,  the girl who brought the board out told the spirit thank you and said that she would give it all her Halloween candy as a way of saying thank you for all its help.   She put her bucket of Halloween candy by the board and we went upstairs to play light as a feather stiff as a board.  When we returned,  all the candy was gone.  The wrappers were still there.  They were still  sealed, but the candy was gone.  I’ll admit,  this could be some kind of slumber party prank, but I don’t know how this girl, who was pretty clueless pulled it off.

Almost everyone you talk to has a Ouija board story and almost all of them are bad.  Mine was quiet and stupid, but almost everyone I talk to about the board agrees that it opens doors that shouldn’t be opened.   My grandmother passed away recently,  which had lead to much contemplation on her life.   She was a woman who always dabbled in the supernatural and believed firmly in ghosts.  In fact,  she had a relationship with a ghost named Alonk that lasted years via the Ouija Board.  She forced my mother and her sister to help her continue this relationship.  Alonk told her he loved and sent her love stories.   It really creeped my mother out, although my aunt grew fond of Alonk.

There are a million Ouija Board stories.   One local story, involves a teen that used the board regularly.  One night the sofa he stored the board under burst into flames,  burning down the entire apartment complex he lived in.    Another story I found in a book, describes a young man’s interaction with a spirit via the board.  During this interaction, the spirit said the board was specifically designed to communicate with those in hell.  Only spirits that had been damned could be contacted using the board.

I have heard a few good stories about the board.   One woman at a paranormal meeting I went to said she talked with a playful girl spirit that had lived in her house before her.  She said the interaction was positive and helped bring peace to herself and her daughter who had been afraid of the ghost before the conversation via the board. I know that some people must be having positive experiences with the board, because it still sells very well.  There is even an online version of the game now that allows you to play alone using your mouse.   However,  the overwhelming bulk of the stories are terrifying.   Which brings me to the question.  Is the Ouija Board a gateway only to evil or can it be used for good?  Are people being swayed by the abundance of negative stories or are there any possible good uses for this tool?

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