Most Haunted Places in San Francisco

Every place holds eerie tales of strange happenings, made even more unsettling by the fact that the stories stem from something real in the not-so-distant past. It's all fun and games until you find yourself covered in goosebumps driving past that rundown house or hiking through that pitch-black neck of the woods alone...
As Halloween rolls around, we dare you to scope out some of San Francisco's best haunted places. They're probably right in your neighborhood. However, beware! Of going by yourself...

The Suicides of Sutro Forest
Today, the misty woods of Sutro Forest are one of San Francisco's most beautiful places to hike, but in 1904, the forest was so dark and so secluded, people would often go there for one thing: suicide. Eventually, some unlucky hikers stumbled upon the gruesome sight of decomposed bodies hanging from the trees. The forest was so dense that several bodies hung among the trees for weeks before they were found. Locals agree the forest is indeed haunted; I mean, what else would explain the sounds of hair-raising moans or shadowed figures shifting through the trees?

Chinese Immigrants of Cameron House
A red and gold charm hangs from every door in the Cameron House to seal in the spirits of immigrants who haunt this place...
In the 1880's, a 19-year-old missionary named Donaldina Cameron traversed the city, rescuing illegal female Chinese immigrants from violent and often short-lived lives of prostitution. The building served as a safe house for these young girls, where they were housed and cared for in their vulnerable states. The house though, was frequently under siege, both by brothel owners and immigration police alike. When the Cameron House was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, Donaldina made sure that the basement was newly constructed with hidden passages for the girls to hide. Tragically, the young girls burned to death behind the locked doors of these basement passages when locals set fire to the home. Their broken souls still haunt the premises, granting chilling appearances to guests and staff members alike.

Young Mr. Tarr of Curran Theater
In 1922, young Hewlett Tarr was working at the Curran Theater box office when Eddie Anderson attempted to rob the theater. On his way out, Anderson's gun accidentally fired and killed Mr. Tarr. Tarr has not left the theater ever since. He hangs around the lobby, showing his visage, as he chooses, in the reflection of the large mirror that hangs near the entrance.

Miss Mary Lake of Queen Anne Hotel
The hospitable ghost of Miss Mary Lake, the headmistress of the 1890's All-Girls Boarding School, now known as Queen Anne Hotel, is said to haunt rooms 410 and 414 because she was not ready to give up her school when it was purchased by another buyer. Guests report having their pillows fluffed, bags mysteriously unpacked for them, and even being tucked into bed.

The Woman in White at Stow Lake
Decades ago, a young woman was walking her baby in a stroller around Stow Lake when she became tired and sat down on a bench to rest. Another woman joined her, but while they were chatting, the stroller silently rolled into the lake. When the woman realized her baby was gone, she panicked and dashed around Stow Lake for hours, asking strangers if they had seen her baby. According to the legend, the frantic mother eventually jumped into the lake and was never seen again. Late at night, she stalls cars, moves the statue on the lake, and approaches you in a white dress, asking you if you've seen her baby.

Christina Wong is a Bay Area native who loves to travel the world, but always finds her way back to California.