Ever have the feeling you're being watched? Maybe you have heard footsteps or even seen a shadowy figure. You're not alone.
Join us on the Haunted Catalina Ghost Tour to find out a few of the reasons why our town is blessed with so many visitors from the next life.
This walk is about personal paranormal encounters and verified—but unexplained—happenings on our island. Local historians will be your guide to exploring the stories behind Avalon's phantom residents. Together we will explore the true history behind Avalon its famous landmarks, and people. By the end, you'll know more about Catalina than most visitors and a few locals.
We have portrayed any haunting's as factually as possible, and without sensationalism. What we want to do is provide you with the most authentic paranormal information, and let you draw your own conclusions.
Hau nted Catalina is a casual one and a half hour walk. The tour begins at the base of the Green Pier in downtown Avalon as scheduled. Please show up at least ten minutes early to check in. The walk is a flat route with no large hills, it covers approximately one mile. Please dress appropriately. We book by reservation only and space is limited.
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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, twilight on Catalina Island is full of promise. Most of the time, that promise is the allure of a romantic walk along the Avalon waterfront, an amusing night out with friends or the soul-fulfilling beauty of the full moon reflected on the surface of the Pacific.
Sometimes, however, the promise that twilight holds is a bit more spine tingling.
Catalina ghost stories abound. A spectral ball player who’s been spotted at the Catalina Country Club, wandering what used to be the Chicago Cubs locker room during spring training. A chilling séance that conjured nightmares for the residents of all boys school in the 1960s. Or the grave-robbing exploits of Ralph Glidden, who looted the remains of thousands of native islanders and displayed them at his ghoulish museum nearly a century ago.
Those stories and many more are explored each night on ghost tours, which regularly report glowing orbs, mysterious fogs and other unexplained phenomenon. Haunted Catalina , an hour long walking tour with local historians, will guide your around Avalon, exploring the stories behind Avalon's phantom residents.
While a ghost tour may seem like the perfect way to celebrate Halloween on Catalina – and it is – there are plenty of other ways to honor autumn on this island paradise.
Each fall and spring local organizations and businesses gather along the Avalon waterfront to celebrate what makes life on the island so very special. Great food, live music, games and shopping make Fall Carnival a quintessential family fun experience for both residents and visitors alike. There's even a pumpkin patch on the beach! This year, Fall Carnival is scheduled for Oct. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Halloween Parades & More
Catalina Island Halloween activities on Oct. 31 are available for kids and adults alike and include the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue, trick or treating at both the businesses on Front Street and the homes in The Flats, and a Zombie Party at Avalon Kid's Park with a haunted playground, palm reading and themed jump houses. And – for the grown-ups—late night costume shenanigans at favorite bars and nightclubs. The Annual Halloween Parade starts at 4:30 pm and Zombie Party at 5:30 pm.
The Avalon Theatre shows a variety of seasonal features during the month of October in the spirit of Halloween including Young Frankenstein, Casper, Addams Family and more. Check the upcoming features .
Dia de Los Muertos
The celebrations round out with the Annual Dia de los Muertos Family Festival at the Catalina Museum for Art & History on November 1 from 6-9 pm. The evening features a kids art project, tequila tasting for adults, live music and a performance by Ballet Folklorico Quetzal. Attendees can also set up their own Ofrenda/Altar and enter the Art Contest to win a cash prizes.
No matter what you choose to do, Catalina Island in October is an ideal destination for mystery, family fun and relaxation. For more information about fall special offers and events, click here .
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“ Our ghost host, Mason , knew his stuff and shared his stories in a very entertaining manner. ” in 21 reviews
“ Our tour guides Chuck and his fantastic assistant were warm, funny and had a deep knowledge about the island. ” in 10 reviews
“ In fact, by the end of the tour, even the loudmouths were hanging on Constance 's every word! ” in 8 reviews
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A group of 8 of us went on this tour with Jess. She was very disorganized and none of her stories lined up and after further research, many were false. There were way too many people on this tour to be enjoyable. We ended up in the back most of the time and the headphones didn't reach far enough so we missed half of the tour. This tour is not worth the money at all. It was basically an hour and a half stroll.
Jess is one of the sweetest souls I've ever met and gave such a wonderful tour!!!! Unfortunately I had to leave early due to health issues but she even offered a free tour when we come back & was kind enough to give my friend a ride back to our hotel. She has the best stories and really takes her time learning the history and gathering authentic stories from the locals. Learned so much on this tour & strongly recommend! Thank you Jess!
Our tour guides Chuck and his fantastic assistant were warm, funny and had a deep knowledge about the island. Chuck lived here his whole life and has had many paranormal experiences. The stories he told about the fires that destroyed Avalon, the scare of WW2, and even the UFO story were very entertaining. I walk with a cane and both chuck and his assistant were very kind and helpful with my special needs too. They also provide state of the art audio equipment so that you don't miss a word! Loved it!!
I took this tour in September 2021 while staying in Avalon. This was a great experience because of Chuck's storytelling. I enjoyed learning about Avalon from his perspective, we had a lot of good laughs, and the walk around the town and casino was a perfect start for the evening. I'd recommend this experience to any friends and family visiting the island. Thank you Chuck!!!
Would highly recommend the Ghost Tours to any paranormal aficionados visiting the island! Chuck did an incredible job! So much insight and knowledge about the island! 10/10!
Chuck is a master storyteller with a good soul. A former journalist on the island, he knows where all the bones are buried. He was born there 74 year ago and weaves tales, news reports and his own tragic story which touched my family and several others on the tour with his message of love. Give him a chance, his encounters with other side will leave you voting for life and light.
A really fun and interesting experience!! Chuck is a character and a great story teller. Loved hearing about all the stories of people who died and how they have come back to haunt the island. Great to hear about the history too. Worth your time!
Chuck was fantastic! He made it a point to keep everyone engaged. Really enjoyed all the stories. Great tour!
THEY STOOD US UP! A group of 4 of us bought tickets in the morning for their Monday night tour at 7pm. Arrived 10 mins early as advised and no one was there yet. Kept waiting.... nothing. Called the company.... nothing. It was 7:45 and we decided to stop waiting and go back to our hotel. SUPER DISAPPOINTED. On our walk back, we received text messages saying "it looks like we have missed your reservations. I'm sorry" Like YES you did miss it, you never showed up! They offered a refund and free tickets for next time - but our payments are still pending in the first place, so who knows when we will get that refund. Super unprofessional, it's literally their only tour that night, why wouldn't you stay on top of it? Unprofessional & childish to send a TEXT message with a smiley face emoji saying "sorry" after making us wait for almost an hour. Disappointed.
Do not spend your money! Total waste of money my husband was able to manipulate the evp lights by tapping on it. So disappointed The woman who did the tour was either on drugs or slightly crazy. She walked us around town and was talking to someone named Larry. It was an hour of my time I could not get back. She bashed the wriggly family and was very unprofessional
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Tour the historic Village of Avalon with our local historian. Together you will walk through Avalon while exploring the spooky history and paranormal mysteries of Catalina. Learn the difference between a spirit or a ghost. Understand why Catalina is so haunted, and why our guide has proof of the other side. This is the only Ghost Tour on Catalina and has been voted one of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in The Country from USA TODAY.
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- Includes use of Audio Headphones
- Wheelchair accessible
- Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
- Service animals allowed
- Public transportation options are available nearby
- Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
- All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Suitable for all physical fitness levels
- Face masks provided for travelers
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- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
We meet at the Base of the Green Pier in the center of Avalon. Look for The Avalon Grill or Yoshi's.
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Original Ghost Tour of Catalina
The Original Ghost Tours of Catalina ™ offers 1-hour walking tours through Avalon on Catalina Island. During these tours, we will discuss the rich background of this historical locale and provide a chilling overview of the paranormal.
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Haunted Catalina tour scares up fun in Avalon year-round : Catalina Express
Haunted Catalina tour scares up fun in Avalon year-round
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If you're looking for a spooktacular way to spend an hour or two in Avalon, check out Ghost Tours of Catalina , which offers a city walking tour that promises to introduce you to some of the island's most haunting experiences.
"Uncover Avalon's deepest, darkest secrets when you participate in one of our ghost tours," pledges the website. The excursions, listed by USA Today as one of the Top 10 ghost tours in America, begin daily at 8 p.m. ($20 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under). I took the challenge on a recent Friday night and learned a lot about the Island's scarier residents (the deceased ones, that is), in addition to enjoying an evening stroll along the bay in the moonlight. Tour guide Mason Sanchez, a fourth-generation islander, rounded up our group in front of the Avalon Casino, the regular meeting place. There were about 10 of us and one woman spoke up right away: "Is it really scary?" she asked grimly. "I don't want to be too scared." Everyone laughed. "I don't think it's too bad," Mason said. "But you'll have to let me know at the end." He went on to tell us a bit about the Island, which has been inhabited for about 7,000 years. Some of Catalina's legends and mysteries, in fact, stem from those early Native American residents. But the island also has been visited by pirates, smugglers and a host of other unsavory characters who left a few ghosts and mysteries behind. Then, of course, there's the past 120 years, when the island became a resort community, drawing celebrities and vacationers alike from the mainland. One of Avalon's most iconic reminders of the Big Band era is the Casino, which is the source of many spooky tales. The best-known story tells of a translucent woman in a white robe who haunts the mezzanine level of the structure, occasionally asking passersby, "Where is my husband?" before vanishing. "I'm quite afraid of ghosts myself," said Mason as we walked along Via Casino Way toward the heart of Avalon. Then he rattled off a string of hotel names, telling us about ghosts that are said to inhabit each. For instance, Hotel Catalina is rumored to be the home of many playful ghosts who make noises and move things around. "Most of the hotels, restaurants and shops up and down Front Street are haunted," he added. Pretty scary thought. I turned to look at the woman who'd said she didn't want to be frightened by the tour. She'd vanished. Either it was too scary -- or maybe she was a ghost all along.
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The guys don their Hawaiian shirts and break out the ukulele as they look back at their investigation of Catalina Island; Zak and the crew are excited to relive one of their greatest capture... Read all The guys don their Hawaiian shirts and break out the ukulele as they look back at their investigation of Catalina Island; Zak and the crew are excited to relive one of their greatest captures to date on this haunted island off the coast of LA. The guys don their Hawaiian shirts and break out the ukulele as they look back at their investigation of Catalina Island; Zak and the crew are excited to relive one of their greatest captures to date on this haunted island off the coast of LA.
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