Spotting Ghosts in Old Town San Diego

October 22, 2010

There are three ways ensure a ghost sighting this Halloween season: going on a ghost tour led by Michael Brown, seeing the performance of “Séance at the Seeley Stable.Is Anybody There?” or attending the book signing of “The Ghost of Mt. Soledad”. All three of these events are taking place in San Diego’s most haunted area, Old Town San Diego.

Michael Brown leads San Diego’s most authentic ghost tours. During his walking tours, guests get to visit various paranormally active places in Old Town State Park such as a park that used to be cemetery, and a haunted brothel located on the Whaley House property.

Brown shares tips, tricks and techniques to find ghosts and other paranormal happenings in the state park. His tours are every Thursday through Sunday in October. Walking tours begin at 9 p.m. in front of the Fiesta de Reyes fountain.  Adults are $19 and children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 and under free. For more info visit:

Another way to ensure a ghost spotting is by attending the performance “Séance at the Seeley Stable. Is Anybody There?” in the historic Seeley Stables.

At this performance, guests will hear scary, funny, and tragic stories of people who once lived in early San Diego during the 1800s. Attendees will be present at a “séance” led by Madam Stolichnaya as she attempts to summon “real live” ghosts who will tell their stories in a fun and spooky way.  There also will be an opportunity to meet the spirits of Hippolyte Bouchard, headless Joaquin Murietta, and a ghostly stagecoach driver.

Tickets are $10 each for adults and $5.00 for children 12 to 18. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Information Center and the Seeley Stable. Advance reservations may be made through the Internet at http://www.brownpapertickets/event/128125. Tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets will receive a discount.

Ticket holders will be entitled to a one time 20 percent discount on food at the newly restored Cosmopolitan Restaurant.

Performances are limited to 35 people. Two performances will be offered on the nights of October 22,23,29,30,and 31.  The first performance begins at 6:00 PM and the second performance begins at 7:30 PM.  It is strongly recommended that you be at the Seeley Stable approximately 15 minutes before the start of the performance.  Children under age 12 will not be admitted. For more information: or call 619-220-5422.

If seeing “real” ghosts is too spooky, then meeting Joan Brady, the author of “The Ghost of Mt. Soledad” will be sure to invoke the Halloween spirit.

Her book is about Margaret Duran, a middle-aged woman that accepts an assignment to write a piece on the Mt.Soledad cross for a local magazine. She winds up meeting and falling in love with the ghost of an American soldier from World War II and goes missing.

The book signing takes place today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Old Town Gift Co., located in the Fiesta de Reyes plaza. For more info call 619-297-3100 or visit:


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