Best Ghostly Get-Togethers and Weirdo Tours (2011)

Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA)

On the 13th of each month, this band of urbane spook-splorers converge for cocktails at a different haunted SoCal locale, from a hanging tree in Calabasas to the coffin-shaped pool of the Figueroa Hotel (a suicide jumper favorite). The "Spirits With Spirits" mixers, like all Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) events, have "a certain ghoul-rilla aspect" to them, co-founder Richard Carradine says. The group has a way of uncovering places you didn't know about, or at least didn't realize had been touched by death's spectral embrace. Seasonal events — like the Ouija Board Exchange Program and renegade film screenings — keep things hopping. GHOULA's new tour company — offering bus tours, walking tours, interactive tours and special events — melds imagination, expert guides and reasonable prices ($13 and up), focusing on the paranormal, the twisted and the quirky, and offering the first UFO-themed tour in town.

—Skylaire Alfvegren


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