Haunted Long Beach: Take a cautious peek at Country Club Drive’s most haunted house

For this, the seventh in our “Haunted Long Beach” video series, we hit the Los Cerritos neighborhood, an area hip-deep in ghosts, spawned by the old-money wealth and lifestyles of the residents over the past century.

After striking out at a couple of traditionally haunted spots, the Rancho Los Cerritos and Virginia Country Club, we decided, as long as we were in the area, to just drive around looking for a regular haunted house rather than one overdone by excessive lore. We wound our way through the neighborhood, passing various haunted spots steeped in urban legend and folklore, before blundering into a house on Country Club that looked truly haunted: Big trees with branches that looked like flailing arms, an unpainted house with window shades closed giving it a long-abandoned look, a hearse parked out front with a casket in the back—those sorts of things.

A glance at the two-story house, standing alone in a dirt lot, disheveled and strangely barricaded against sunlight and any other hint of joyful nature, is enough to tell you it’s a haunted house.

Turns out the owners of the home—Schuyler and Lisa MacPherson—are perhaps the only homeowners in Los Cerritos who aren’t afraid of the house. In fact, they revel in its hauntedness, even while steadfastly denying that it is.

Other people may feel differently and stay clear of the house on Country Club Drive, especially on Halloween. Trust us: You don’t want to go there on Halloween.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.