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Happy Halloween!

Halloween house image saying "I can sell anything"Wishing all of my readers and fans of haunted homes a very happy Halloween – all treats, no tricks!

Also I want to remind everyone that I do not just collect ghost stories, but actually do sell homes in Silicon Valley. If you are in the market to buy or sell a house, townhouse, condo, etc. in Santa Clara County or nearby, please give me a call or send me an email!  My office is in Los Gatos but I sell all over the South Bay (San Francisco Bay Area).

Mary Pope-Handy
Realtor, CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES
Sereno Group
CalDRE # 01153805
(408) 204-7673
mary@popehandy.com

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Halloween Events in Silicon Valley

We’re already halfway through October and Halloween is just around the corner. The Halloween spirit is all around, so join in the fun! Here are a few ways you can go out and celebrate.

Since this is the Haunted Real Estate Blog, I’ll begin with some ghostly get togethers. Santa Clara County Parks has put together the Whoppers and Ghostly Tales of New Almaden tour where you can learn history and hauntings of the old mining town. Check the Bay Area Ghost Hunters’ Meetup page for upcoming excursions such as the Haunted History Tour of Alum Rock Park on Saturday October 19th, or the Ghost & History Walk of Downtown San Jose on Saturday October 26th.

Looking for a pumpkin patch? San Jose has more than a few! Try Spina Farms’ Pumpkin Patch in South San Jose (Santa Teresa area) for the corn maze, or Moreland Education Foundation’s Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Trail (ranked Best in Bay Area by ABC7). Looking for a simple, neighborhood option? ABC Tree Farms has a plethora of locations for their Pick of the Patch Pumpkins.

Have some little ones ready to show off their costumes? Join in on a Halloween parade! Come to Downtown Los Gatos for the annual Halloween Pet & Kids Parade, Sunday October 27th from 3pm-5pm. Stop by the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library in Downtown San Jose for an afternoon of family fun at their annual Halloween Parade, Friday October 25th from 3:15pm-4:30pm. Trick or treat at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo during their Green Halloween event on Saturday October 26th and Thursday October 31st from 1pm-4pm.

Looking for a scare? California Great America’s Halloween Haunt and Winchester Mystery House, this year presenting Unhinged, are staples for the local thrill seeker. Looking for a home-brew horror? How about Rebel Yell Haunted House in San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood.

However you choose to celebrate, have a happy Halloween!

Films Featuring Haunted Homes

A number of cultures like to tell spooky stories in the heat of summer. Getting the chills from a spine-tingling tale is a surefire way to cool down on a hot day. One of the most well known signifiers of a ghostly presence is a temperature drop – so do you think you’d like to hang out with a chilly spectre during one of these heat waves? Or maybe you might just take this as inspiration and hunker down with a cool drink and enjoy a good film with a haunted home.

 

Films with haunted homes:

Please note that many of these are childrens films – ghosts don’t appear to be popular subjects for dramas or mysteries, and horror films (and the comedies that make fun of them) often tell the stories of poltergeists and demons, not ghosts. I have tried to make that distinction in the movies listed here.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Young married couple die in an accident and are required to haunt their home for the next umpteen years – but the new resident’s aren’t ideal. Bonus – there’s plenty of real estate with a home sale and renovation (a great film for a young couple buying their first home)!

Coraline (2009)

Stop-motion film based on the Neil Gaiman novel by the same name. The wicked spirit “other mother” entices children of the house to stay with her forever – and lose their lives in the process. Coraline, the newest would-be victim of the  is aided by the ghosts of her predecessors who still haunt the home. The same studio created ParaNorman, featuring a boy with the gift to see, and befriend, ghosts.

The Canterville Ghost (1944, 1996)

Two adaptations of the Oscar Wilde novel about the tragic story of a ghost awaiting his salvation for centuries, trapped in the family home.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

When a widow moves into a cottage haunted by a deceased sea captain an odd romance begins to form.

The Uninvited (1944)

Why’s the home so cheap? Ghosts, of course! And not the happy kind.

The Harry Potter Series

The castle is both school and home to the students and teachers of Hogwarts, and Moaning Myrtle and Nearly Headless Nick may be some of the most famous fictional hauntings of contemporary storytelling.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

This flop of a comedy was based on the Disneyland ride of the same name. We preferred the ride.

13 Ghosts (1960)

Dr Zorba collected ghosts, now that he’s dead, his relatives inherit the house – it comes with the ghosts.

The Changeling (1980)

A tormented ghost tries desperately to communicate with the new resident.

Casper the Friendly Ghost

See him in comic books, tv, and the big screen – the friendliest ghost of them all! He lives in a haunted home occupied, of course, by his ghost uncles and Casper.

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

A man begins to believe in ghosts after he accidentally summons the ghost of pirate Blackbeard, who is cursed to roam the Earth until he performs one good deed.

Special Mentions:

 

Field of Dreams (1989)

Not a haunted home, but a haunted cornfield.

The Ghost Busters

All of the films and television series may have to deal with more threatening supernatural powers, but they have their own addressing haunts in the apartments, subways, and streets of New York.

Topper (1937)

Goofy film about a couple of reckless ghosts who choose to mess with their friends. And guess what? It sparked spinoffs like Topper Takes a Trip (1938) Topper Returns (1941) and the TV series Topper (1953-1955).

The Addams Family

The Addams Family haunted house is famous and iconic, however, though we know it is haunted, we never get to meet these residents or see much proof that they are there (though you may question how alive a disembodied hand might be).

The Sixth Sense (1999)

I don’t think this one needs an explanation, but if you don’t recognize the name: “I see dead people,” should spark some memories.

Truly Madly Deeply (1990), Heart and Souls (1993), Ghost (1990)

                These each feature ghosts attached to an individual, not a property

The Haunting (1963) & The Shining (1980)

It’s hard to tell how to label this – a psychological thriller, a haunted house horror, or a poltergeist film, so I’ll leave it in the “not quite” section.

Hamlet, Macbeth, Christmas Carol& more

Can’t go wrong with a classic. Supernatural presences like ghosts were popularly used in plenty of older stories we don’t always remember to think of. The ones in the examples here don’t haunt a home or a person, they just appear to torment / encourage change in an individual.

The Conjuring (2013), The Innocents (1961)

I’m not sure what kind of presence is haunting the houses in these films, so I didn’t want to put them in the list above, but if you’re looking for a well made haunted horror film, these are supposed to be great choices.

Extra Special Mention:

Winchester (2018) had filming on-set at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose in May 2017 and is currently (July 2017) undergoing post-production.

I’m always delighted to see local stories being told, and let me tell you that Silicon Valley has a lot more to its history than Steve Jobs. There have been films about the Winchester home before, but I’m looking forward to this one!

I’m not the first who’s compiled a list of ghost movies. Check out the extensive titles on this Wikipedia list and another extensive list by blogger Renae Rude the Paranormalist here (note that these lists both have stories about different kinds of haunts, not just ghosts).

Halloween events in Silicon Valley

On my Silicon Valley real estate blog, I compiled a list of fun Halloween events in the San Jose – Los Gatos – Silicon Valley areas.  Here’s the link:

 

Santa Clara County Spooky Spots

Did you know that SanJose.com (A City Guide by Boulevards) has a section devoted to the spooky spots around the county?

http://www.sanjose.com/guides/haunted-places-and-spooky-urban-legends/

Individuals who’ve grown up in or around San Jose, CA probably already know most of these creepy corridors and corners, but those who are new to the area might be interested in this little compilation of hauntings and urban legends published on SanJose.com. Whether you’re on the hunt for ghosts or not, each spot has a colorful story that will enlighten you to the history of the valley. So, stir your curiosity and learn about the myths of Hicks Road, the man who haunts a Toys R Us, and the residual energies of spirits in schools.

Haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale, California (parts 1 and 2)

And next, part 2

Los Gatos Victorian House, “The Lavender Lady”, said to be haunted

A lovely old Victorian house in the historic Almond Grove District of Los Gatos at 230 Tait Avenue is said to be haunted, according to its owner.  The area is filled with homes which are more than 100 years old and I’ve often wondered how many of them are haunted.  At Halloween most of them look exceedingly spooky!

This house is in the middle of a zoning and use controversy in Los Gatos.  The town does not permit Bed & Breakfasts (I think that’s a shame – it’s really almost ideal for that use) or short term rentals, but this house was being advertised as such for at least a couple of years – I noticed because links to one of my blog posts on my Live in Los Gatos blog was getting cited.

The website for the Los Gatos rental includes a page about the haunting which states that the

friendly Ghost has been heard many times by Lynley and her children and seen only once, by someone else, since Lynley bought the home in 2003

If you have any additional information on it, please share here!

Saratoga’s “Golden Triangle” Houses More Than Expensive Homes: A Ghost Who Lingers On

Forgive the rumor-mongering, but emails about a ghost in the prime Golden Triangle neighborhood of Saratoga, California, are finding their way to my inbox. 

The word is that an owner passed away many months ago and the home is being fixed up (or remodeled) for sale.  (When done it will be worth somewhere between 1.4 and 2 million dollars is my best guess.)

According to a neighbor: 

“Contractors have been in there and report unanimously that a ghost lives upstairs.  It looks exactly like the elderly person who lived and died there.”

No, I won’t give you the address.  And no, the house is not yet on the market.  But buyers beware, the owner of this home died quite awhile ago, and if it goes past 3 years, the sellers will not have to volunteer that a death occured on the property.  But if you ask, they’ll have to answer truthfully.

It wouldn’t hurt to knock on the neighbors’ doors and ask about the home before deciding to purchase it.  A lot of buyers do that for any home.

San Jose Ghost Stories at “We and Our Neighbors”

Love a good ghost story? You’ll have  chance to hear some Silicon Valley ghost tales on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 1pm. Deb Wible, who collects and chronicles San Jose area hauntings, will be sharing legends, history and experiences at the We and Our Neighbors center. (This neat old building is 100 years old, by the way!)

There is no charge to attend but donations are gratefully accepted.  If you wish to join in the spooky fun, please RSVP to WeAndOurNeighbors@gmail.com.

We and Our Neighbors is located at  15480 Union Avenue in San Jose (in Cambrian Park on the Los Gatos border – located at the intersection of Los Gatos-Almaden Road and Union Avenue). Parking is very limited at the site but you can park at the Union School District Office parking lot across the street – the group has permission to use it on weekends for events at the center.

Paranormal Experiences at the Winchester House in San Jose

In Silicon Valley, one of the main tourist attractions is the beautiful and bizarre “Winchester Mystery House”.  This Victorian home has some crazy twists and turns right alongside some exquisite workmanship and fine materials.  Though part of it was destroyed in the 1904 earthquake, the majority of it remains as it was a century ago – an engima which fascinates and confounds visitors.

Naturally I have been through the house which Sarah Winchester built many times. It’s the kind of thing San Jose area locals visit when out of town relatives come to call.  My own experiences have been mixed.  I’m mildly to moderately intuitive.  There have been times when I definitely felt that something else was there … some sort of presence.  At other times, I got nothing.  Interestingly for me, I usually come with a camera, and the times when I felt something have corresponded to the times when “stuff” showed up on my digital pics.  Likewise, when I didn’t sense anything, I had images without orbs or other anomolies.

Tonight I was poking around on the website for the property and found a section called “sightings”.  Now it used to be that employees were disallowed from telling anything about their paranormal experiences on the premisis, so I was more than a little surprised to find a record of the bizarre experiences they’ve had here.  I guess it’s fair for them to have a 180 on this.

So have a look and I hope you enjoy the brief tales as much as I did.

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/sightings.cfm

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