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Colma, California

Obscura Society SF: All Souls Evening at Woodlawn Cemetery

Greet the ghosts of Colma's city of the dead at an after hours gathering

Join us for a special evening opportunity to explore Woodlawn's acres of tombstones as the dusk falls around us on All Soul's Day.

Established in 1904 to house the dead no longer welcome in San Francisco, Woodlawn is now the final resting place of those originally interred at the Masonic Cemetery, notably including the modest tombstone of Joshua Norton: Emperor of the United States. The site was once part of the route of the Seven Mile House stagecoach from San Francisco to San Jose, with the Southern Pacific Railroad's funeral stop right across the way.

After our twilight exploration of the grounds, we'll gather at Woodlawn's century old "castle" for refreshments and ghost stories from San Francisco and beyond. Inside the century old blue granite castle, we'll have the opportunity to explore the grand staircase, many small chambers, stained glass ceiling and old world style tapestries and furnishings while we raise the dead through stories.

DETAILS:

  • Address: Woodlawn Cemetery: 1000 El Camino Real, Colma
  • 6:00-9pm
  • Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes for exploring over uneven terrain
  • Ages 18+