The cheesy Travel Channel show “Most Haunted Live” is here in San Jose today, getting ready for an extra-long live episode from the Winchester House, just a little ways down from me here on Winchester Boulevard. I watched this show once from London, and it was silly and dumb; every extraneous sound (in the middle of a huge city!) was labeled as evidence of ghosts, the whole show was done with low-light infrared cameras which lent a hilarious high-school-kids-in-haunted-house feel to it, and the sheer dumbness of it was breathtaking. I still can’t figure out why it is on the Travel channel.
Anyway, I’ll be watching. I can’t help myself — I love the Winchester House. When I go there, I usually know more than the tour guides do, imparting extra knowledge to the group as we walk through.
Here’s a redeeming factor: the Travel Channel website includes floor plans of the house, which I have never seen before. I always assumed that someone somewhere must have drawn some, but the official Winchester House website is tragically spare. Love the way the Travel Channel site makes the house look as if it’s in the middle of overgrown brambles, all greys and overcast skies like a typical haunted house… in reality, it is a bright, cheerfully painted and gorgeous Victorian, set in the middle of immaculately formal gardens, across the street from Santana Row, Valley Fair mall, and next door to movie theaters and interstate 280.
I guess it’s not so bad, settling in on a potentially rainy Friday night and enjoying a little cheese.
The cheesy Travel Channel show “Most Haunted Live” is here in San Jose today, getting ready for an extra-long live episode from the Winchester House, just a little ways down from me here on Winchester Boulevard.