Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
While Alcatraz no longer houses human prisoners, apparitions still cannot escape its formidable grasp. Certain blocks of the federal prison mysteriously remain 20 degrees colder than other areas. Some people believe the sudden temperature drops indicate tortured spirits lingering in sequestered cells.

Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco, California
The Queen Anne Hotel, located at the corner of Sutter and Octavia, is an elegant Victorian style hotel, which dates back to the 1890s. Before the building was a hotel, it was a school for girls. Miss Mary Lake was the teacher at the school and was dedicated to her work. But when the school was closed down she was heartbroken and as she eventually died her spirit remained. Room 410, located on the top floor, is where you can find her room.

Mark your Calendar for these preserve and local haunting events:

Lake of the Springs celebrates Halloween on October 27 with site decorating, kids’ fishing derby, pumpkin carving, costume contest, weenie roast, tailgate trick-or-treating and lots of family fun.

Lake Minden is “Getting Ready for Ghouls” October 26-28 with a weekend of ghoulish Halloween fun. Events include a Chili Potluck Social and the inaugural Halloween Zombie Walk and Hayride. Prizes will be given for the deadliest costume. Also new this year, is the Tailgate Trick or Treat.

And if you’re staying at Lake Minden, experience The Haunted Fort at Sutter Fort, October 26-27. Sutter’s Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Sutter’s Fort State Historical Monument is located at 2701 L Street, in Sacramento, just 27 miles from the preserve. Hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. and tours leave every 10 minutes; tickets available at