A hauntingly good time is in the offing when the Fullerton Museum Center’s popular “Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours” return for their 11th season in September.
Tours will be given Wednesday and Thursday evenings Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, with a special Halloween tour planned Oct. 31. Due to popularity, the tours book up fast, and persons interested in participating are strongly advised to get their registrations in early.
Considered to be one of the most haunted cities in Orange County, Fullerton will serve up a variety of “spirited” locations to take in during the tours.
Locations visited can vary and may include the landmark Plummer Auditorium, where the spirits of Louis E. Plummer and one known only as the “angry woman” are said to watch the shows presented there; the historic California Hotel, now Villa del Sol; and the home of Fullerton’s first woman auto dealer.
Even Fullerton’s Police Department apparently is not without its own reported hauntings, and will be one of the locations visited on the tours.
While a good ghost story appeals to most people, Aimee Aul, Fullerton Museum Center educator and tour coordinator, said the tours’ real draw is they give participants a chance to learn a little about Fullerton’s colorful history:
“The tours really are a celebration of local legend,” Aul said. “We’re not making any supernatural claims; we’re just sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.”
The tours leave the museum promptly at 6 p.m., and last approximately two and one-half hours. Aul said “ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles, and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should also wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them.
The tour is not recommended for children under 13.
Cost of the tour is $15 for museum members, and $18 for the general public. Space is limited and prepaid reservations are required. “Those who don’t get their reservations in early don’t stand a ghost of a chance,” quipped Aul.
Reservations and further information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545. Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the tours are asked to notify the museum staff when making reservations.
The Fullerton Museum Center is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave., one block east of Harbor Boulevard, in downtown Fullerton.