Halloween: What’s Scarier than a Real Life Horror Story?

As the autumn leaves give way to brilliant reds, browns and golds and pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns begin to line driveways and adorn porches, there is little doubt that Halloween is almost upon us.

Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows Day (also known as All Saints Day) on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd, thus giving the holiday on October 31st the full name of All Hallows Eve.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays—and not just because of the candy! It’s the whole scenario: people dressing as whomever or whatever they like, the scary movies, the haunted houses…

However, if you’re anything like me, you no longer wait for the special holiday to enjoy the ghosts and goblins.

Every town has at least one local ghost story. I reside in Nevada County, and we have many. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that these towns were built in the 1800’s and have a history rich in gold mining.

My being a sucker for all things historic and paranormal, it didn’t take me long to begin delving into the many tales surrounding this area.

One of the most popular tales regards “The Round Room.” It is said the property and surrounding lands were once owned by Anton LeVay, the founder of The Church of Satan.

A lot of information on Anton LeVay can be found on the internet, and there have been books written by him and about him; therefore, I will only provide a brief synopsis of his life.

It has been said that Mr. LeVay was always considered to be an “outsider.” He had a flashy sense of style and leaned toward the macabre, and he was an avid reader who especially enjoyed dark literature such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Prior to becoming involved in Satanism, Anton LeVay worked at circuses and carnivals. He was also a musician, and regularly played at seedy bars and taverns.

It is said that he fully began embracing the dark side as he became more and more absorbed with the writings of Aleister Crowley.

As time marched forward, Anton LeVay became known as a psychic investigator while majoring in criminology.

The Round Room is said to have been an old water tower that was converted for Mr. LeVay’s commune that he started in the area in the 1960’s. Now, it is a perfect cement sphere with no roof and amazing acoustics.


Photo Credit: Mary Rogers

A pentagon has been painted in the center of the concrete floor, and in the center is a burned out area appearing to have held several bonfires.

As legend goes, Anton LaVey performed many satanic rituals and sacrifices at this site. Nearby locals made reports of seeing groups of people dressed in all white carrying candles to this cement sphere. There have been reports of horrific screams and blood splatters, but no bodies have ever been found. (A neighbor even reported finding his dog completely eviscerated nearby.)

Intrigued, I had to see this “Round Room” with my own eyes. Enlisting the assistance of a friend, I headed out on this adventure. We actually had to make two trips, as we could not locate it the first time.

When we finally did find it, it was a sweltering hot day, and the closer we got to the room the denser the air seemed to become.

As we approached one of the two entrances, I noticed there were Quartz Crystals surrounding the building and one placed in the center of the pentagon. Lore says this is to protect whoever enters from the evil contained within.

 As we toured the surrounding area, we also came across an old circus lion’s cage. This certainly corroborated the history of the legend, as Anton LaVey was said to have owned a 500-pound Nubian Tiger named Togare.

“The Round Room” itself is covered in graffiti. As we sifted through the rubbish inside, we were able to find a few ceramic trinkets. What their purpose was, I couldn’t tell you.

While I would definitely say the structure seemed to have a “presence,” I was deeply saddened by the disrespect and vandalism that had been done to the site; a place so rich in history has been destroyed by a lack of appreciation and respect.

Many of us long to get away and go on vacations but may not have the times or means to do so. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to search out historic buildings, sites, and tour the area in which I reside.

I would recommend you doing the same. You would be surprised of the stories you find, the culture, and the history. What adventures in your town await you?

I would love to hear the stories of your hometowns. Do you have some ghost tales? Something supernatural? Please comment your stories below.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Author: Mary Rogers

Editor: Toby Israel


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