The idea that Catalina Island is haunted won’t come as a surprise to many people. Inhabited for more than 7,000 years, the place we now know as Santa Catalina has a treasure trove of ghost stories, from spectral images dressed in Chicago Cubs uniforms spotted in the Country Club, the Cubs’ old clubhouse, to sailors clad in vintage clothing glimpsed in the hallway of a 100-year-old home, reports of ghosts, hauntings and paranormal activity abound.
Not surprisingly, ghost tours have become one of the most popular things to do on Catalina Island. Offered nightly, Avalon ghost tours are a walking exploration of not only the purported paranormal goings on, but also a lively history lesson about Avalon and Catalina Island. The tours, which last about an hour depending on the sightings, begin at the Casino Building and wind through Avalon, ending at the other side of the harbor. Tours are $15 for adults and $12 for those under 12.
Catalina Island weather can be a bit brisk in the evenings, so bring a jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour guides highly recommend that you bring a camera to document any ghostly apparitions. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.