Driving around Scary Dairy
“Scary Dairy is what you do when you wanna pass the time as a teenager, but also don’t want to spend any money. It’s not really that scary or haunted, but younger kids like to believe it is so that they get a thrill from it.”
“What it is specifically is an old building on the CSUCI campus that used to be used to kill Mental hospital patients, so people drive past it or even sneak into it when they want to be frightened.”
SM is from Camarillo, California and has grown up in the area since he was born. He says he remembers Scary Dairy from driving past it and even going inside. He says he and his friends would make up ghost stories and talk nonsense when they were around it. He also says that he has done this with many other friends and that people that grew up in Camarillo always talk about it when they are in high school.
SM is an old high school friend of mine. I invited him to a Discord server and I watched him play The Witcher. He was open to talk about folklore of the area we grew up in during cutscenes he said he had already watched when he had played the entirety of the game before.
Ghosts are a very popular folkloric trope and it’s not surprising to hear about one in a suburban town like Camarillo. What I believe is that, like many other “haunted” places in suburban towns, it’s purpose less so is the straight fact that it is haunted, but instead the thrill that believing it is gives to young people. To go drive around Scary Dairy must have some sort of rites of passage meaning as well because SM specifically mentioned teens, but not younger kids like middle or elementary schoolers.