Tomb this may concern: Celebrity graves are free Halloween haunts

Eugenie Dicker at marilyn Monroe's grave - photo by Ron Dicker
Eugenie Dicker at marilyn Monroe's grave - photo by Ron Dicker

It's free, it's educational, it's a good walk -- and it's a little spooky. I'm talking about visiting celebrity-filled cemeteries. I do it. I take my kids. Beats plunking down $200 at Disneyland. Apparently I'm not alone. Americans are digging tombstone tourism more and more, according to our sister site, Gadling.com. Some historical graveyards even feature free maps, trolley tours and concerts. What better time to go celebrity soul-searching than Halloween?

I got to thinking about six-feet-under sites with the release of a new book,L.A.'s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P. I could have written a chapter myself. When I visit Southern California I'm a regular at Marilyn Monroe's crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park and Mortuary.