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Things That Go Bump in the Night


It has been called many names: Lamswool, All Hallow’s Eve, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain, Halloween. It’s a night of mischief, bonfires, carved pumpkins, sweets, and costumes. It’s when ghosts are said to wander among the living, and according to numerous Santa Barbarans, our town is no exception. So, we decided to address those dearly departed who just won’t leave. Read on for tales of the beyond from Central Coast Paranormal Investigators, a discussion of the devil from retired UCSB professor and author Jeffery Russell, and eerie encounters from Independent readers. Boo!

• Haunted Santa Barbara: Winners of The Independent’s Ghost Stories Competition

• The Devil Made Me Do It: How Halloween Went from a Celtic Harvest Festival to Cross-Dressing and the Devil

• Ghost Hunters: Talking with Mitch Flores, Owner of Central Coast Paranormal Investigators

• Reader Submitted Ghost Stories

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