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.
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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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!
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!!!
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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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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Catalina Island Tours
Here is a list of the Catalina Island tours available for booking through Tour Catalina:
Avalon Scenic Drive
This is a short bus tour just under an hour that will give you a great ride around Avalon. The over 7 mile journey includes commentary about the history of the area and a touch of folklore to make things even more interesting. Above all, traveling along trails and hills as well as the city, this tour consistently receives the highest marks from visitor surveys.
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Discover the Casino Tour
Learn all about the historic and world famous Catalina Casino. See everything there is to see in the building including the Casino Ballroom and the classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre. Another feature is the “Romance Promenade” which offers what many consider the most romantic view in all of Catalina Island. Included in the tour is a short film which highlights the history of this fascinating building. Catalina Island tours of the Casino are always interesting and informative.
Cape Canyon Expedition
East End Adventure
Travel 1,500 feet above sea level in the open-air “Green” Hummer on yet another fabulous journey. This Catalina Island tour will give you a birds-eye view of the area while traveling to the summit overlooking Avalon. Experience great views of the coastline and canyons on this trip. You will travel five miles to the interior of the island and return via Summit Road into Avalon.
Electric Bike Rental
This popular 1 hour activity allows you to experience working as a team to escape a series of interactive rooms. Beat the Pirate to the finish as you use a variety of clues, mysteries, and puzzles. This is a really fun-filled group experience that has gained extreme popularity everywhere. This venue will provide you with a great experience and give lasting memories.
Glass Bottom Boat
This very cool night walking tour is a legend in Catalina Island. The Original Ghost Tours of Catalina ™ provide the best in experiencing the ghostly history of the island. The stories included in the Catalina Island tour are based on true and verified encounters with ghosts. Don’t be afraid, there is actually nothing to fear on this tour. It’s just a lot of great fun to experience!
Little Harbor Trip
This is a classic inland motor tour which lasts over 3 hours. This is a comprehensive tour for those who want to see as much as possible of the island. You will travel along the rugged interior roads and also the Pacific coast areas of the island in this memorable expedition. Catch a glimpse of the famous bison that roam the island. Catalina Island tours need to always include a chance to see this amazing animal.
Ridge Route to Avalon
This leisurely golf activity is fun for the whole family. The 18 hole “Golf Gardens” has been a fixture on the island for over 40 years. Less than a block from the beach, the course meanders through beautiful garden areas. The classic style and award-winning design is second to none. Get your game on with this enjoyable activity.
Known as the “Ocean Runner Dolphin Tour”, this tour features a ride in a “Navy Seal” type boat. This vessel moves a great speeds with 500 horsepower. The tour gives you a chance to see dolphin and seal in their native habitat. These fun-loving creatures are a joy to experience up close and personal. This is a truly exhilarating excursion you won’t forget.
Skyline Drive Tour
This is 2 hour tour on a totally refurbished 1950’s Flexible Bus. It explores the highest reaches of the island by traveling along the scenic “Skyline Drive”. Be on the lookout for the world famous bison that roam the area on this enchanting drive. You will enjoy the panoramic views and the tour includes a visit to the Catalina Nature Center and Airport in the Sky.
Zipline Eco Tour
This is one of the most popular of all Catalina Island tours. Get strapped in for an exciting ride as you traverse from station to station. This tour definitely gives a a new meaning to “Birds-Eye View”! Most noteworthy is that there are 5 different zip lines traveling from a starting point 600 feet above sea level.
No matter which tours you choose, you are sure to have a great time. Catalina Island tours are legendary and give everyone a chance to truly experience all the island has to offer. Make your stay a memorable one and take part in the wide variety of excursions. You will make memories that last a lifetime!
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