GHOULA meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of each month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual social gathering of regional ghost hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.”
All those who attend will receive a free (square) G.H.O.U.L.A. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you, without asking the staff about our group. (i.e. LOOK FOR SOMEONE WITH A GHOULA BUTTON)
THE DATE: May 13th, 2013 (Tuesday)
THE PLACE: The Hat and Hare Pub @ The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
(GHOULA’s festivities begin in the Hat and Hare Pub at 8:00 p.m., but it’s advisable to arrive a little early to explore. A GHOULA representative will be in the lobby to greet you from 7 p.m.)
NOTE: Due to the nature of this unique venue, we have to limit our group to the first 13 people to sign-up. To be one of the lucky 13, simply click the RSVP button below. Also, The Magic Castle is a private club. Guests must be 21 or older and carry ID. There is a strict dress code, including coat and tie for men and dresses, skirts or pants outfits for ladies. For full dress code details, see www.magiccastle.com/visiting/dresscode.cfm
The building we know today as the “Magic Castle” was built in 1909 by banker, real-estate developer and philanthropist, Rollin B. Lane. According to urban legend, the Lane House was the only home built from a failed housing development that proposed to cover those hills with similar Chateau-themed mansions. It is said that the historic Chateau-style Janes House (the oldest house in Hollywood) was the “model home” and sales office for this doomed real estate venture. Fortunately, this French-inspired “castle” wasn’t alone very long, because two years later the equally bizarre Japanese-inspired “Yamashiro” was built up the hill, above it.
Over the last century, the Magic Castle has been a family residence, a multi-family residence, a home for the elderly, an apartment building, and finally an exclusive private clubhouse for magicians. With a life like that, is it any wonder that this old Victorian is said have a ghost or two, or many more, lingering around? (We’re not counting the ghostly illusions of the Houdini Seance Room, or “Irma,” the piano-playing ghost.)
Also, we are purposefully avoiding the specific details about the building’s many haunted areas, because we have something very special planned for our visit…
To help us explore this secret haunted side of this historic hide-away (the side that the magicians would rather not talk about), Tom Ogden, author of “Haunted Hollywood,” will share with those present these little known ghost tales for a casual ghost tour of the labyrinth-like premises… and perhaps during the evening a few spooky magic tricks will be thrown in for good measure.
So come out, and join us for this very unique glimpse inside “the most unusual private club in the world,” and all of its other-worldly members… If you dare!
(to read about the last haunted location… )
(to see a map of previous SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations… )