Seek out the other kind of spirits at a bar on the Venice Boardwalk

The Venice Beach Bar may  be haunted

The Venice Beach Bar may
be haunted

If you want to be a Ghostbuster for Halloween and do some good at the same time, now’s your chance.

On Friday, Haunted Santa Monica Ghost Tours and The Ghost Hunting Experience team up to lead a ghost hunt and paranormal investigation at the Venice Beach Bar. The spirit of Doors frontman Jim Morrison is rumored to haunt the boardwalk bar (formerly known as the Venice Bistro), and staff have reported seeing other spooky things happen, according to The Ghost Hunting Experience co-founder Jo Nilsson.

“People have seen things move, and then one girl swears that she was looking at a picture and the face on the picture moved,” says Nilsson.

Nilsson says that tour guests will also learn about the bar’s haunted history, participate in an old-school séance and have the chance to use real ghost hunting equipment, like the Ovilus — a digital device that reads out words supposedly chosen by the ghost — to pick up electronic voice phenomena (EVP), or sounds and voices from beyond the grave.

Pros will also be in the house earlier that evening. Members from Southland Ghostbusters will be on-hand for a meet-and-greet at 10 p.m.

You can also spread some Halloween holiday cheer by bringing clothes and toiletries to donate to the homeless. After hearing about last year’s killing of 26-year-old musician Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren (also known as “Shakespeare”) on the boardwalk, the tour’s organizers wanted to do something to help the homeless, says Nilsson, so they’ll be collecting items to benefit the LA Mission as part of the event.

The ghost hunt begins at 11 p.m., but space is limited, so reserve your spot at the ahead of time and visit the LA Mission’s website ( for a list of items that you can donate. Souls in the here and now and from the hereafter may appreciate the attention.

— Christina Campodonico

“The Ghost Hunting Experience” happens from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. $40.