One of the city’s first major cemeteries, Sunnyside (1095 E. Willow St.) is home to some of Long Beach’s earliest residents, including its first fire chief. Of course, just because someone has been laid to rest, doesn’t mean they’re restful, and more than a few restless spirits have been reported sighted on the property over the years, usually inhabiting strange figures or mysterious silhouettes. Most famously, and perhaps sadly, is the specter of Bessie Baxter. In 1918, Bessie, who was deaf, was excited about her upcoming marriage and traveled from Long Beach to Los Angeles via the Pacific Electric train to purchase her wedding dress. Returning to Long Beach, she stepped off the train but, because she was deaf, did not hear an oncoming car that struck and killed her. Four days later, on what would have been her wedding day, she was buried in the white dress she had purchased, her coffin carried by her bridesmaids. Since then, a woman wearing a white wedding dress has been reported wandering through the grounds many times. No one seems to think of her as frightening, just forlorn. If you’d like to check out Sunnyside with some guidance, the Historical Society of Long Beach puts on Halloween-time tours every year, with actors cast as the dearly departed, telling their tales.