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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The holiday for centuries has had ghostly implications, with the night being prime time for wandering spirits to make themselves known. While some fear those spirits, others seem to get a kick out of scaring themselves with the possibilities. “There’s a thrill to going to a haunted house – late at night, while the clouds drift by the low-hanging moon and a dog howls forlornly in the distance,” Tangherlini said. “You go there because you’re being transgressive; you’re breaking the rules … And, of course, the ghosts are breaking the rules, too. They’re supposed to be dead, and yet here they are above the ground.” An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released last week found that 34percent of respondents said believe in ghosts. A smaller but still substantial 23percent say they have actually seen a ghost or believe they have been in one’s presence. Are ghosts real? Are they something to be feared? Here are some places where they’ve been reported. Check them out, then decide for yourself. HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERYWhere better to find ghosts than a graveyard? Hollywood Forever is the final resting place for stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Mel Blanc, Tyrone Power, Marion Davies, Douglas Fairbanks, director Cecil B. DeMille, murdered gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and many more celebrities. In 1926, when Valentino – a smoldering silent-screen star – died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix, an estimated 80,000 weeping, screaming fans jammed the cemetery. Every year thereafter, a woman who came to be called simply The Lady in Black arrived on the anniversary of Valentino’s death to leave two red roses. There were a succession of Ladies in Black, from the daughter of a friend of Valentino’s to a woman who claimed the star was her mother’s unrequited love to actresses who sought publicity. The Glendale & Burbank Paranormal Group maintains the original Lady in Black still visits – a nighttime specter who emerges seemingly from thin air in the dark of night, visits Valentino’s crypt in the East Mausoleum, leaves two red roses, then disappears. “She is never disturbed and walks into the mausoleum at night, every night,” the paranormal group insists on its Web site, paranormal.meetup.com. The group also believes the cemetery’s ghosts include Virginia Rappe, who died of a burst bladder and peritonitis in 1921. Movie comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was charged with sexually assaulting her, but was acquitted after three trials. Yoga Kantah, chief financial officer for the cemetery, claims there’s nothing supernatural going on. “It’s not haunted,” he insisted, “We never had any ghosts here. The Lady in Black is real. She comes on her own.” Movies are shown weekly during the summer in the darkened cemetery, ending around midnight, and no specters have been reported by viewers, Kantah said. “I work late at night a lot and I’ve never had any bad experience.” Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.; (323) 469-1181; www.hollywoodforever.com. LEONIS ADOBE MUSEUMThe first time Diane Ramadan visited Leonis Adobe, she smelled the aroma of flowery perfume near the top of the stairs. She asked her companion what kind of scent she was using, but was told she wasn’t wearing any at all. That was her first contact with Espiritu Leonis, the wife of Miguel Leonis, a respected but ruthless landowner known to neighbors and business associates as El Basquo Grande or The Big Basque. Espiritu, the daughter of a San Fernando Mission Indian, was a widow with a young son when she rented her land to Leonis – the black-sheep son of a rich Spanish family. Miguel Leonis died in 1889 after a fall from a wagon in the Cahuenga Pass, and Espiritu died in 1906. Ramadan said the couple’s spirits still inhabit their two-story adobe. “I was in there two weeks ago and somebody was walking around upstairs,” said Ramadan, who manages the ranch. “But there was nobody upstairs. Maybe it was Miguel Leonis’ footsteps. Some people claim he’s still here. It doesn’t bother any of us, though. It doesn’t seem to be a scary ghost.” In fact, it may have been the ghost of Miguel that saved a volunteer who leaned over a balcony railing and nearly fell as it broke under her weight. “Strong hands pulled her backwards,” Ramadan said. “She always thought it was Miguel Leonis.” There have been seances in the house, and mediums have unfailingly reported that the main haunt is Espiritu Leonis, who died in her upstairs bedroom. Others have claimed to see a woman in a black dress looking out a second-story window. “It’s her house and she wants to make sure it’s taken care of,” Ramadan said. “We know when she’s around. There’s a smell … like jasmine or roses when things are good or she likes you … There’ll be foul smells when she doesn’t.” There are also frequent reports of a mysterious light at the top of the stairs. And visiting schoolchildren have claimed to see a large man, dressed in black and often wearing bandages, lying in bed in the room where Miguel Leonis slept. “He’s never done anything specific to make people afraid,” Ramadan said. “There’s no malevolence involved, just the presence.” Leonis Adobe Museum, 223537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas; 818-222-6511; leonisadobemuseum.org. DRUM BARRACKS CIVIL WAR MUSEUMMuseum Director Susan Ogle has never seen a ghost at what was once the westernmost outpost for Union soldiers, but she knows they’re there. “I’m not seeing them, I’m hearing them,” she said. And, most maddening of all, she smells them – the odor of cigar and pipe smoke often permeates the wooden building when she opens in the morning, striking fear in her heart because of the danger of fire. “I think they do that to drive me crazy,” she said jokingly. “And it does.” Museum workers and volunteers are not the only ones to encounter the ghosts. “Many of our neighbors say that they hear wagons and horses during the nights, coming up and down the streets.” From 1861-71, Camp Drum housed about 7,000 Union soldiers whose job it was to keep the Confederates from moving west from Texas to seize the port at Wilmington. After the war, the camp’s hospital cared for thousands of soldiers and others before it closed. The complex was later used as a high school and then as a rooming house before it was targeted for demolition. Community groups saved the former junior officers’ quarters, which became a museum in 1987, but about 20 others buildings were destroyed. Some of the museum’s ghosts, Ogle believes, may be linked to the presence of an original Gatling gun – the first “machine gun” – used by the Union Army. The gun was donated to Wilmington Cemetery as a monument to Civil War soldiers, but it was stolen in the 1960s. It was found in a nearby dump in 1987 and its authenticity was verified. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington; (310) 548-7509; www.drumbarracks.org. QUEEN MARYThere are said to be more ghosts aboard the Queen Mary, which ferried millions of passengers across the Atlantic during her oceangoing years, than any other Southern California site. There were at least 49 documented deaths aboard the ship, not counting an unknown number of wounded soldiers who died during World War II, while the Queen was transformed into a troop ship dubbed the “Grey Ghost” because of its gray camouflage paint. There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of reports of lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, items being moved, disembodied figures gliding up and down corridors. “I think the thing that is extraordinary about the Queen Mary is there’s such a concentration of spirits,” said Lovetta Kramer, vice president of marketing and communications for the Queen. For years, there have been reports of a ghostly woman in white in the Queen’s Salon; unseen, giggling children in a forward storage room; glimpses of two women in 1930s-era bathing suits, with the sounds of splashing water and wet footprints on the tile near the tourist-class swimming pool, which has been drained for years. A man and a woman in vintage clothing are seen wandering the corridors, only to disappear abruptly when approached. Even smoke from Winston Churchill’s cigar is sometimes smelled onboard; the British prime minister secretly used the ship as a seagoing headquarters during the war. The largest and most tragic loss of life came on Oct. 2, 1942, when the Queen, sailing in a mandatory wartime zigzag pattern to elude Nazi ships, collided with her escort, the British cruiser HMS Curacao. That ship went down, killing 338 British soldiers and sailors. Many ghost-hunters have left sound equipment in the ship’s bow and recorded pounding noises and sounds of men yelling for help. The Queen, which sailed on her maiden voyage in 1936, was retired from service and purchased by Long Beach in 1967. It opened in 1970 as a seagoing museum and a hotel. But Room B340 – reportedly haunted by a murdered purser – remains closed to occupancy because it’s full of disturbances: Lights and water faucets turn on and off by themselves. Knock on the door, some say, and the door knocks back. Still, the spirits seem benign. “They seem to be just aboard ship, as they were (before their death),” Kramer said, “and they’re just carrying on.” Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach; 562-435-3511; www.queenmary.com. STRATHEARN HISTORICAL PARKVisit the original St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Simi Valley and you just might see the specter of an elderly Latina, wearing a black lace mantilla, carrying a rosary, weeping near the back of the church, where the baptismal font used to be. Or you might get a glimpse of a man reportedly murdered there many years ago, come back to find his killer. That is, if you believe myriad of Web sites that list the old church among the haunts of Southern California. On the other hand, “I’ve never heard a peep,” said Colleen Janssen, marketing and outreach specialist for the Simi Valley Recreation and Park District, which has included the 1902 church as part of a historical village at Strathearn Park, in the 100 block of Strathearn Place. The Web site theshadowlands.net/places/california2.htm insists that the woman is often seen at night in the now-empty sanctuary and that the scent of her perfume often wafts through the building. People have also reported seeing “a tall stranger” out of the corner of their eye. Whenever either is approached, they vanish, theshadowlands says. Originally located at Pacific and Second streets, the church was moved to its current site in 2002 and is now used for weddings and other social gatherings. “I would think if it moved, whatever (ghost) might have been in the building would have stayed at the original site,” Jensen said. “There are two homes there now.” Strathearn Historical Park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley; 805-526-6453; www.simihistory.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ghosts have been part of Halloween since the pagan rituals on which the holiday is based. Many years later, the Catholic Church – which honors the departed by celebrating All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2 – sought to do away with the pagan beliefs in favor of Christianity. “The Reformation could not eradicate long-held local beliefs in wandering spirits of the dead,” UCLA professor of folklore Timothy Tangherlini said in an interview. “So they (church officials) did what anybody does when they need to align two seemingly incompatible beliefs: They made a compromise, saying that ghosts were essentially in league with the devil and, through the equation `ghosts equal satan,’ they could then accommodate widespread belief in ghosts.” That led to recognition of Hallow E’en, as it’s called in Ireland, meaning All Hallows Eve, or the night before All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1.