I love a good ghost story and of course this is the perfect time of year for one, especially if it's a local ghost story. I have two books to recommend to you if you're into that sort of thing, I know I am.
First up in "Ghost Stories of California" written by Barbara Smith. This book includes stories about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe) to The Queen Mary (the pool still used by ghost of guest that never disembarked). While it covers all of California, my one critique is that it lacks addresses or enough information for the reader to do a little ghost hunting of her own (ahem).
For me, the more interesting of the two is "Haunted Houses of California" written by Antoinette May. Hers is broken down by area (Northern Cal first, all the way down to San Diego in that order), and gives not only addresses and directions (where prudent), she'll even list phone numbers and days opened where appropriate (The Winchester House). One of my favorite stories is Pacheco Pass. I had an opportunity to take said Pass a few years ago, but was in too much of a hurry to get home. Re-reading the passage tonight I'm sort glad I passed on this one
I did however check out Thelma Todd's Garage. "The Ice Cream Blonde" started her career in 1926 and over the next 9 years made 107 films with Hollywood heavies Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart and Buster Keaton. Her ghost is now said to haunt the very garage her dead body was found in one night in Dec 1935. While it was obvious she was murdered, her death was ruled an accident. It's a fascinating tale, with gangsters, a jealous lover and an ex-husband. I regret terribly that I'm unable to find the pictures I took of both the roadside cafe she and her lover Roland West opened on PCH (it still stands and is a production company) and of the very garage she was found dead in. If I ever find them I will post them, even if it's not Halloween.