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Top Ten Most Haunted Locations in Orange County

Two years ago, we counted down our nominees for the top ten most haunted locations in Orange County.  It was by far our most popular article — especially the article about #2: Black Star Canyon.  Not long thereafter, one of those ghost hunter reality shows did an episode on the ghosts of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, which we identified as the most haunted location in Orange County.  For two years now, those two articles have been the most-read articles we’ve ever written.  Who knows, maybe the South Orange County local politics and land use stuff isn’t our true calling.  Maybe we should rebrand this web site a ghost hunter’s blog.  In any event, to celebrate Halloween 2014, here are the links to all ten ghost articles: the Top Ten Most Haunted Locations in Orange County!

10. Katie Wheeler Library and the “Lady in Blue.”

9. John Wayne and the Wild Goose Yacht

8. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm

7. Fox Theater

6. El Adobe de Capistrano Restaurant

5. Yorba Cemetery and the Pink Lady

4. Plummer Auditorium and the Tunnel Ghosts

3. Los Rios Street

2. Black Star Canyon

1.  Mission San Juan Capistrano

Be careful out there tonight, and have a safe and happy Halloween!

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