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Spooky Santa Barbara
updated: Jul 18, 2014, 8:38 AM

By M. Greg

What place in the Santa Barbara have you had a "spooky" feeling about? There used to be a house in Montecito that a lot of people felt was scary. Do you have any memories of local places that were scary?

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 COMMENT 536567P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:43 AM

The DMV!

 

 COMMENT 536569 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:48 AM

Rusty's on Carrillo

 

 COMMENT 536570 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:50 AM

Missions! Especially SB and La Purisma.

Big Yellow House when it was open.

Granada.

 

 COMMENT 536572 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:51 AM

Not local, but the dog food aisle at the Pet House in Goleta.

 

 COMMENT 536574 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:53 AM

Botanic Gardens at night.

 

 COMMENT 536575 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:53 AM

Sexton House, especially before the construction of the Pacifica Suites hotel.

 

 COMMENT 536577 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:58 AM

Bellosguardo

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 08:59 AM

Lotusland

 

 COMMENT 536584 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:07 AM

Richland Drive

 

 COMMENT 536585P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:07 AM

Oh there is one here on the Westside. I will take photo and post later.

 

 SYVPEANUT agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:07 AM

Painted Cave. Went there to show a family member the cave. Hiked up the hill in those deep shadows under the trees with our dog happily at our side when all of a sudden the dog tucked tail and ran back to the car. It felt like we stepped into a spiritual presence that was standing guard of the site. (I'm no woo-woo but this was a powerful feeling that got our attention).

 

 COMMENT 536588 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:10 AM

Pretty much the whole town.

 

 COMMENT 536589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:12 AM

Nectarine Ave. in Old Town Goleta. Don't walk down there alone at night. There's a group of ghost children that will fo;;ow you. It's been reported alot from different people.

 

 COMMENT 536591P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:17 AM

SYVPeanut - I'm not woo-woo either but I've felt the same presence. Similar at Cold Springs Tavern. Native American maybe?

 

 COMMENT 536593 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:22 AM

Late night drinks at the Big Yellow House. Glasses flying off bar with no one near them. Also fungus fun at Lotus land in the middle of the night.

 

 COMMENT 536597P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:28 AM

The old lighthouse keeper's house that used to be on the Mesa years ago, where Washington school is now.

 

 COMMENT 536599 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:30 AM

Stand outside T.M. Storke's crypt at SB Cemetery and you can hear him spinning in his grave. Groundskeepers refer to him as "Pinwheel Storke."

 

 COMMENT 536604P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:41 AM

Our Lady of Sorrows - apart from the name.

 

 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:47 AM

Bird refuge
When it stinks

 

 COMMENT 536607 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:51 AM

Montecito
Ellwood
Bacara

 

 COMMENT 536609 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 09:53 AM

I used to work for Granada Theatre, and once some kooky lady came by and asked me if I had felt the presence of the ghost of the stage hand who had fallen to his death there years before. I told her she was barking up the wrong tree. I closed the building on a regular basis and never felt anything.

That night, as I was walking across the balcony, locking doors, there was a lone figure on the stage with an ambient glow around it. I called out, "who's there?"....nothing.

A chill went down my spine as I ran down the exit stairs to the orchestra level and carefully peaked at the figure. Unbeknownst to me, our crew had loaded in some props for the opera and one figure was lit by the "ghost light" which is left on stage for safety.

Do I believe in ghosts? Not yet. But I did for a minute there.

 

 COMMENT 536613P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:03 AM

The hotel at the corner of De La Vina and State. My friends and I used to come to SB on weekends from Orange County when we were in high school back in the 70's. We stayed there when it was called La Petite Chateau Inn.

One night I was awakened by something and looked toward the restroom sink/vanity area. I felt the presence of a woman who was not a threat but she was unsettled. I didn't see anything, but swear she was there. I'll never forget it.

Not a woo-woo here either, but this was pretty vivid and I was wide awake, no question. I asked my two friends if they had noticed anything and they both said no. Wierd. I've never had any other experience like it.

 

 COMMENT 536614 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:05 AM

Kinkos lots during happy hour

 

 COMMENT 536615 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:07 AM

Lower State Street

 

 COMMENT 536616P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:09 AM

IV after dark when the fog is really thick and swirly. There's a Jack the Ripper feeling as you try to bicycle home, with ghostly figures appearing out of the fog.

 

 COMMENT 536617 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:10 AM

Jail

 

 COMMENT 536620P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:12 AM

In the old California Theatre (Canon Perdido St.) there used to be a long, narrow corridor that ran on a slope, under the seats. As kids, we used to dare each other to run down that semi-dark corridor. There must have been a door at the end, but none of us ever got that far. Br-r-r-r-r. Shivers.

The graveyard behind the Old Mission gave me nightmares for years, but I was only about four years old when we "toured" it. (I write "toured" because there weren't really tours of the Mission back then. You just went in and wandered all over the place. No hours or $$$ to get in.)

The small musician statues in one part of the Lotusland gardens seemed to move, one moonlit night, when a small group of us were in there (went over the wall), and stoned on pot. It really was kind of freaky. Must've been some good pot. Or . . .was it?

While working as a Census enumerator (tracking down those who hadn't sent in their forms), I went into that apartment building on Carrillo, the tall old one on the north side of the street and in-between Laguna and Garden (I think).

That place was dank and musty and had THE worst vibe ever. I'm not scaredy cat, but I felt really threatened while in there. Like lots of bad things had happened over the years. Couldn't wait to get out of there. I think Pini owns it. Ugh.

 

 COMMENT 536627 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:34 AM

in bed with my ex wife !!!

 

 COMMENT 536628P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:35 AM

Thank you Edhat readers for these entertaining postings.

 

 COMMENT 536629 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:37 AM

Sears. The ghost of the 70's, powerful man.

 

 COMMENT 536633 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:46 AM

The theater at La Cumbre Middle School. Young lad killed there in the 1950s (when sandbag fell on him) still haunts the place.

 

 COMMENT 536634P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 10:50 AM

Back in the early 1970's, ( I was in my early 20's), I lived in a house on Amberly Place, off of Walnut and at night, with my bedroom door closed, I could hear whispers & mumbling, like someone was talking in the other room, but when I got up, the house would be dead silent. (Forced air was off). Everyone asleep. It was a 3 bedroom house, and my bedroom was always freezing cold, no matter what we did. Cranked-up the thermostat, closed all vents, except the vent to my bedroom. We could feel hot air blowing hard out of the vent, but the bedroom was still very cold. We all moved out in a few months, and by chance talked with a neighbor, who told us the previous tenant, moved their elderly mother into the house and she passed-away in the house...... And, she occupied MY bedroom!!! crazy. It was never scary, but just annoying. I wonder if she was trying to communicate with us??

 

 COMMENT 536638 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:02 AM

The Lobero Theater!

 

 DUCKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:22 AM

SYVPEANUT, I'm not generally superstitious either, but totally in agreement with you. I have had similar experiences in a few spots up there. Our backcountry is magical!

 

 COMMENT 536653 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:26 AM

The Francheski house....Head statues in the basement give me the creeps

 

 COMMENT 536654P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:30 AM

647, that one's beyond spooky. It's downright terrifying, in fact!

 

 COMMENT 536655 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:32 AM

My wife has told me of a house she lived in on Daytona (I cannot recall the address) in Goleta where she had definite feelings of a ghostly presence and cupboard doors being open in the morning when she is sure they were shut the night before, etc. A few years after moving out she happened to run into the previous tenant of the house and the previous tenant described the same things my wife had experienced.

 

 MOE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:41 AM

About 20 years ago a friend and I came off of a connector hike ending at Cold Springs very late on a moonlit fall evening. We’d parked at Hot Springs and were walking along Mountain Drive back to the car. It was wonderfully quiet and still that night, no cars, no wind. Just the moon through the trees and a rustle or two in the roadside leaves. As we approached the tight canyon hair-pin we looked through the moonlit trees to see a woman in white, gauzy-light clothes, walking in our direction along the road on the other side of the canyon. She walked lightly, with her arms floating from her side in the moonlight. That was spooky enough to quiet our conversation, but as we approached the inside of the canyon hairpin, she was nowhere to be found. Just gone. I think of that nearly every time I walk that stretch, but in the dusk - still get chills.

 

 DUCKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 11:52 AM

655 reminded me: My grandma (who is the most pragmatic person you will ever meet!) and grandpa rented a house on painted cave road, on the lower part, nearer to Cathedral Oaks, in the late 40's. She said that every evening she would hear footsteps coming up the stairs but there was never anybody there.

 

 COMMENT 536679P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 12:38 PM

Although Edhat provides news, what I really appreciate
is when readers can p-a-r-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-e in sharing stories. Thank you all.

 

 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 12:52 PM

Santa Barbara Cemetary

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 02:09 PM

Here my place my ex came to visit me when she was getting creameated I did not know she was dead..I was sound asleep when her spirit woke me up..I've seen acouple spirits in the HOOD been a few murders around here..Other places Ledbetter from the breakwater to the cliffs when it's very foggy. Montecito Shores, the Biltmore the pool area Coral Casino. The Old Mission, Parts of La Cumbre Plaza, Hotel Sandpiper, Station 4 Firehouse, 1822 DLV, Ye old Motel 6 Corp. offices now Sansum Medical 51 Hitchcock. I used to see Lobo 2 years after he died a lot of deaths in this area of homeless thru the years some natural causes..

 

 COMMENT 536714P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 02:26 PM

St. Francis Seminary. Local priest used to take the 8th grade boys there for 'Sports Day' and to be recruited as potential seminarians. Place just creeped me out - I wonder why?

 

 COMMENT 536732 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 02:47 PM

Roger, of all your Rogerisms, I've gotta say I like "creameated" best. Cream-eated. Or it could even be "cream-meated," It's all good!

 

 COMMENT 536747P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 03:22 PM

ooops ... make that St. Anthony's Seminary. Confused it with the order that ran it.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 03:57 PM

I'm not feeling good not going to look it up for the sake of SB Alano club members it's a good thing I didn't know she was dead because when we was together we made a pact first one that dies gets cooked into a batch of brownies for the Sun Downer 5:30pm meeting of aa at the Alano Club.. Of course our ashes would get cooked into those brownies too!

 

 COMMENT 536764P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 04:03 PM

I live alone with my dog in mobile home and there are times that make me wonder. A few times I got up to find the dog's stuffed toys out of her play box, sitting upright all over the kitchen and dining room. Things have fallen or been swept off of counters that were not close to the edges. The dog takes off and chases something down the hall and comes back with her tail between her legs and ears laid back. I have gotten up to find almost all of the cabinet doors open, and there have spots, like bubbles floating in the rooms when I take the film in to be developed. I don't get the spots with my digital camera though.

 

 COMMENT 536790P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 04:39 PM

In the months before my Mother died at the age of 95, she would nonchalantly look up and say her Mother was there, towards a ceiling fixture. (Mom wasn't on psychotropics) I usually stayed quiet, not really knowing what to say or/and not feeling the need to say anything. After Mom's death Hospice of Santa Barbara recommended several books to me. One of the them had a chapter on how common it is for the dying to see their deceased loved ones. Dunno - its's a mystery to me.

 

 COMMENT 536791P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 04:42 PM

It'd be interesting to read the responses not limited to those who are community members.

 

 COMMENT 536793P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 04:44 PM

791- that would be interesting but when unpaid people screw it up and get deleted, they ruin it for other unpaid people. Best way to avoid it, PAY for a subscription!

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 05:08 PM

HA! Rex, thanks, I enjoy you.

 

 COMMENT 536810P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 05:09 PM

This is a popular topic. Search Edhat, probably for "ghosts" for older discussions.

 

 COMMENT 536812 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 05:12 PM

YIN YANG: All this talk of cream-meation gives me a hankering for some beef stroganoff.

 

 ILIKECAKE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 06:24 PM

Just walking by the Santa Barbara News Press building on my way to Supercuts. Feels like I am being watched somehow by Wendy. Ewww!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 06:41 PM

You want some beef strokenoff? I'm pan frying some sirloin right now...

 

 MACSCIDOR agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-18 06:57 PM

The Goleta Butterfly Preserve on Ellwood Mesa: acres of tall old eucalyptus trees and so many meandering dirt trails going out in every direction. The eucalyptus trees shed so much debris, covering the ground between the trees.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 01:49 AM

Rex, your funny post that got me and for which I had to give you a shout out was the one about T. Storke!

The food allusion made me think of a blanquette. Silly, I know, but I don't eat or buy veal. Seems too mild, also. Lamb is my favorite meat, along with pork, which is most affordable, and then a ribeye, once or twice a year. I may have to try blanquette de agneau. (I'm extremely frugal & underemployed too.)

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 02:04 AM

I can't think of one. Have never had that kind of experience. I like graveyards and smothering fog. If I did experience something, I'd feel differently.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 02:07 AM

I can appreciate the deleted post. Makes me think of Graham Nash's "Cathedral," which still gives me chills, and sometimes tears, after all these years.
(Not to mention many Ian Anderson lyrics.)

Six o' clock
In the morning I feel pretty good
So I dropped into the luxury of the Lords
Fighting dragons and crossing swords
With the people against the hordes who came to conquer

Seven o'clock
In the morning here it comes I taste the warning
And I'm so amazed I'm here today
Seeing things so clear this way
In the car and on my way to Stonehenge

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral
Sunlight pouring through the break of day
Stumbled through the door and into the chamber
There's a lady setting flowers on a table covered lace
And a cleaner in the distance finds a cobweb on a face
And a feeling deep inside of me
Tells me this can't be the place

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral
All religion has to have its day
Expressions on the face of the Savior
Made me say
I can't stay

Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here
Too many people have lied in the name of Christ
For anyone to heed the call
So many people have died in the name of Christ
That I can't believe it all

Now I'm standing on the grave of a soldier that died in 1799
And the day he died it was a birthday
And I noticed it was mine
And my head didn't know just who I was
And I went spinning back in time
And I am high upon the altar
High upon the altar, high

I'm flying in Winchester cathedral
It's hard enough to drink the wine
The air inside just hangs in delusion
But given time
I'll be fine

 

 COMMENT 536930P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 07:12 AM

Many churches have comforting environments, but I've heard stories about the spooky basement of Our Lady of Sorrows and also in the main sanctuary it feels cold, like kinda damp spirits are around.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 07:32 AM

Well Rex theres plenty of cream-meation left over if your hungry though it might be a tad sour..

 

 PIGEONPIE1 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 07:38 AM

On occasion, I would hear voices around the fountain in my courtyard. It was like a whole village going about their day. I'd only hear it at night and only sometimes. Two other people staying at the house heard it also. I was told, the sight on which we remodeled an old adobe, could have been a spot where Spanish settlers had lived.

 

 COMMENT 536959 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 08:21 AM

Roger, hey, I'm not fussy. I'll take the cream-mains.

I understand that back in the '30s they had somethig called milk bars, kind of like a soda fountain, I guess, where people could tank up on milk products. This is 80 years too late, but a great name for one of those milk bars would have been The Creamatorium.

 

 ARTFLUX agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 09:06 AM

One night, visiting friends on Kinnevan Ranch at the top of San Marcos, I was bedded in a basement room of their house and reading before sleep. I got this eerie feeling of a presence which persisted. I think to myself "get over it" turn the light off and lay back to sleep. Bap something rapped on my chest like a single knock at a door. I'm not given to getting spooked, but I went up stairs and asked my friends if I could sleep there for the night. The next morning trading stories, they told me they had often heard the slap of the slippers of the old woman who had owned the place and died there.

 

 SBALAX agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 11:39 AM

633--

I'm glad that the "Legend of Edwin" still goes on at La Cumbre. BTW, It's back to Junior High School and has been for quite awhile.

The auditorium has been completely refurbished but I'm sure Edwin will still be there in spirit…

A 35 year La Cumbrean.

 

 SLIPROCK9 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 11:59 AM

When we were little there was a house on Chapala on the west side of the street between Sola and Pedregosa that my sister and I called the "haunted house." It is a Victorian house that is a little different -- and still has a spooky look to me! See if you can find it.........

 

 COMMENT 537130P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-19 04:26 PM

The comment by Ducky regarding her Grandma hearing footsteps in a house on Painted Cave Road rang a bell with me. I, too, live on the lower part of Painted Cave nearest to 154, and I hear footsteps several times a day or night.. Usually from the attic, but sometimes right outside my bedroom. I never believed in ghosts, but I swear I'm a believer now. I've lived in many houses in many places but this is a first for me.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-20 07:17 AM

I love these kinda stories especially the true ones I worked up at Painted Cave once cleaned a house felt the presence the whole time of course the guy I worked for had a bunch of clinets that were into the dark side of things..

 

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