Who needs Halloween? Skeletons, ghosts, and tales of haunted spots are year-round in Northern California. With a history rich in gold, there are thousands of untold stories of greed, murder, and every other heinous act under the sun. If these places could talk we’re pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. Which one will keep you up tonight?
1. The Ghost Town of Falk
Located 6 miles southest of the much-alive town of Eureka is he ghost town of Falk. Once booming and home to over 400 lumber families, now abandoned and deep in the woods. A great movie-location for a horror flick. Are you listening, Hollywood?
2. Disturbing Amusement
This ugly dude is a remnant of an abandoned amusement park in Northern California. I pity the trespassing teenager who comes face to face with this guy on a Friday night.
3. Frankenstein's Grave
The old ghost town of Bodie has an eerie remind of the hard Victorian life. But, we're pretty sure this could be Frankenstein's grave. It' s just too freakishly perfect not to be.
4. Ruins are Terrifying
Walk through an old decaying building and you won't feel emotions like bubbling joy. Why? Because these places are just plain creepy. You can find this one near Pier 31.
5. Hospital from Hell
Alcatraz. One of the most infamous prisons in the world. Step inside this hospital room and listen for the screams of the incarcerated. Better yet, wait for dark.
6. Tree of Good & Evil
Satan is known in the Bible as a beautiful angel of light. Makes sense that those things we can't figure out--either light or dark, can be a frightening sight if we see them that way.
7. What Lurks Beneath?
A tiny boat of fisherman on the Klamath is an eerie sight. Am I the only one terrified of what may lie beneath? Or, what could leap out of the water like thunder and swallow them whole?
8. Eerie Cannery
This old cannery on Bodega Bay is decaying quickly. Once a bustling fishing industry, is sadly now a shell of its old self. Abandoned and lonely, the grey water is claiming it one piece at a time.
9. Tunnel Intruder
This tunnel in Sausalito isn't where we want to be at night--or day. Who in the world wants to walk through here for a little exercise? Apparently, only zombies.
10. Government Space
Stark and empty. A military settlement in the Marin Headlands. Forts and bunkers still remain as a reminder of the 1890s when we fortified our Bay against intruders. A concrete tunnel from World War II has our imaginations running wild.
11. Spooky Tracks
Santa Clara County may be home to some innovative computer geniuses, but don't be fooled. The City of San Jose has remnants of eerie train tracks that remind us there are still many areas left to be polished up. Plus, this is just plain creepy.
12. Terrifying Room
A ghost town like Bodie deserves more than one shout out. This would be by--a room that could be in any horror flick ever made. Rats fill the room at dark and someone in the shadows watches you sleep, we're sure this has to be the case. I mean seriously, look at this room!
13. Pedestrian Bridge to Evil
This pedestrian bridge takes you into Alcatraz. Once the home of the Bird Man of Alcatraz and Al Capone, this once bustling federal penitentiary opened in 1934. It closed its doors in 1963 because of the heavy financial burden to run it. We think it's just plain terrifying.
14. Home of the Hunchback of Notre Dame or Norcal Landmark?
Sather Tower is one of the most recognized landmarks in U.C. Berkeley. Built in 1914, it was completed in 1917. Oh, if only this tower could talk. It's seen a lot from its perch high above. Some of it pretty terrifying we're sure!
15. Ocean Storms
Northern California may not be known for it's bad weather --but it happens. Pacifica gets a spanking from Mother Nature and it's just plain scary. Storms that hit the ocean? Um, no thanks.
Some of you may think Northern California is paradise on all levels. But, we have our fair share of terrifying moments, too. Be careful around here. There’s enough to keep you up at night. We promise.
Tell us some of your most terrifying places. We want to know!