On My Bucket List

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that one of the things on my bucket list (i.e. list of things to do before I die) involves visiting a haunted place. But the haunted place itself might be met with many a raised eyebrow, maybe even a few head scratches. Where do I want to go?

Toys ‘R’ Us.

Yes, yes, I’m fully aware that Toys ‘R’ Us is a toy store, and the spooky attractions there during Halloween are all battery-operated. Well, almost all of them are. See, there’s this one particular store in Sunnyvale, California that boasts a haunted attraction that is all real, all year round. His name is Johnson.

Apparently Johnson died in the 1880s of an ax wound. Why he hangs around the old toy store, no one knows. He’s actually a rather famous ghost, and has appeared for TV cameras and psychics like Sylvia Browne.

You want proof, you say? How about this?

See that dude, just jauntily hanging out in the left corner of the picture? Yeah, apparently he wasn’t there during the filming. He was caught by the infrared lights that were on during the session these people were having in the store. All of them later said there was no one visible to the naked eye in the actual moment (and as you can see, he doesn’t seem to be involved in the group’s tete-a-tete).

Johnson has also pushed books and toys off shelves during sessions with TV cameras in the store. It seems he likes to perform when there aren’t any kiddies around to be scared. Employees say he’s harmless. Maybe he just wants to be acknowledged?

For more on the Toys ‘R’ Us ghost, see this Snopes article. Pretty neat, eh? Any haunted places on your bucket list?

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7 thoughts on “On My Bucket List

  1. Hi i don’t have a bucket list but i would love to go visit any place. However, here where i live knowbody believes in this stuff but me and just maybe my teenage grandaughter so i have knowone to share or do this with. I Live an hour away from Savannah Georgia and with its rich history there is so much ghost activity but its no fun if you have know one to go or share this with. Let me know if you go visit any places thanks for sharing. Joannie jscddmj [at] aol [dot] com

    1. Adriana Ryan

      Ooh, Georgia does have some awesome haunted places! 🙂 I’ll definitely share if and when I visit any spooky spots. Hubby and I are planning to go to a haunted Bed and Breakfast for our anniversary this summer–will keep you posted! (With pics, of course!)

      1. Hi thanks for writing me back. I can’t even get my hubby to watch a scary movie with me. He doesn’t like anything that is what he calls {silly}. not even for fun. Please keep me informed of all your outing. Thanks alot Joannie

  2. I’ve seen this photo quite a few times – I wonder if it could possibly be a card board cut out from something that was being advertised in store at the time? I remember there was a kerfuffle about a ghost being seen in one particular shot in the movie 3 men and a baby, and when investigated that apparently turned out to be a card board cut out left in shot accidentally. Just a thought…

    1. Adriana Ryan

      Hmm, could be, I suppose, Nicola! Although, in none of the posts did I find evidence of foul play. I think it was a fairly famous TV crew that caught this on tape, too (was it That’s Incredible? Can’t remember for sure now).

  3. I would sooo love to visit a haunted place, but with my luck, the ghosts would be on vacation. The hubby and I went to Gettysburg to tour the battlegrounds (a hot bed of ghost activity), AND we went on Halloween, and no ghosts! 😦

    1. Adriana Ryan

      What! Those ghosts must think you’re really scary, Claudia. Halloween and Gettysburg seems to be a surefire combination to me! 😀

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