Las Vegas is a city that captivates the hearts and minds of many visitors who make the journey into the desert to see it. While the giltz, glam, and bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip are a sign in and of themselves, the city also has a darker, supernatural side that cannot be ignored. If you are a lover of the paranormal and of stories of hauntings and ghostly apparitions, then you may want to explore the haunted side of Vegas that few people talk or know about. Get to know some of these fantastic stories and haunted places so that you can put a few on your itinerary the next time you head out to Las Vegas.
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino
The Excalibur is a popular Las Vegas Strip destination and has been for many years. However, it may also be one of the most haunted locations in the Vegas area. It is not all of the Excalibur that is said to be haunted. Only the 10th floor has that particular honor.
People who have experienced signs of paranormal activity on the 10th floor of Excalibur have reported feeling sudden chills consistent with cold spots. They also have the sensation of being followed closely by someone when nothing and nobody is around them. Some have even reported feeling a person’s breath on their neck and in their ear.
Furniture is also said to move on its own and strange electronic phenomena occur on a regular basis. This includes static from televisions turned off, phone calls with nobody on the line and alarm clocks that were never set going off. So, if you are in the mood for a spooky stay in Vegas, book yourself a room on the 10th floor of the Excalibur.
Bally’s Las Vegas
Bally’s Las Vegas is another popular destination on the Las Vegas Strip. However, before it was Bally’s it was known as the MGM Grand. The MGM Grand had long been a Vegas institution when a sudden fire broke out in its attached restaurant in 1980. The fire spread throughout the hotel and casino, costing 87 people their lives and injuring hundreds more.
After the fire, the owner of the MGM Grand chose to quickly rebuild the casino and hotel in a very short time frame of 8 months. And then in 1985, the hotel was sold and became Bally’s Las Vegas. Since the fire and the rebuilding process, the hotel and casino have been said to be haunted.
This haunting may be even more intense in nature than that of the Excalibur because of its troubled past and the tragedy that occurred there. Apparitions are said to appear in stairwells and shadowy shapes appear throughout the hotel. There are also strange phenomena like toilets flushing themselves and sinks turning on and off all on their own.
Perhaps the most disconcerting haunting stories at Bally’s Las Vegas, come from the staff members who spend the most time there. They have reported bed sheets being ripped off and crumpled up immediately after rooms have been cleaned and groups of phantom gamblers that sit down at tables only to vanish into thin air. Spending time at Bally’s Las Vegas may give you the authentic and chilling haunting experience you have been looking for.
Bonnie Springs Ranch
Many people who know the Las Vegas area well have likely heard of the Bonnie Springs Ranch and know about the “haunted town” annual event that is held there. While the event may be a bit cheesy for those people who love real hauntings, there is some authenticity to the Bonnie Springs Ranch location.
The former town was originally founded in 1843 to provide a stop for travelers in covered wagons on their way to California on what was known as the Old Spanish Trail. Paranormal researchers such as those for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel have investigated and found that they experienced odd presences in rooms and heard inexplicable noises such as footsteps and thumps in rooms where no living person was at the time.
So, if you are looking for a haunting experience that combines the authentic with the campy and silly, head on out to Bonnie Springs Ranch and explore. This one is friendly for the whole family. So, if you have kids at home, feel free to bring them on out to this popular and unique attraction.
Luxor Hotel and Casino
The Luxor Hotel and Casino may be the best known and most notorious haunted location in all of Las Vegas. Known for its interesting and unique pyramid design, the Luxor has been the source of many a paranormal story and experience in its short and sordid history. It all started with reportedly three tragic deaths of construction workers (though the numbers reported range between two and seven) during the process of erecting the building in the early 1990s.
On top of the deaths at its inception, the Luxor Hotel and Casino has also been home to at least two guest suicides in which they plummeted to their deaths from an upper walkway onto the casino floor. And of course, if you pay attention to the news, in 2007 an explosion rocked the hotel in the form of a homemade bomb that went off on a car outside of the Hotel. This explosion killed one woman.
Perhaps the most commonly reported phenomena is a woman said to haunt the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth floor. She has be felt and seen wandering the hallways and is thought to be one of the suicide victims of the hotel. Another apparition is said to appear in the old tunnels of the Nile River Ride and may be one of the deceased construction workers whose spirit is trapped in the hotel.
Many people wonder how the Luxor could possibly be haunted when it has only been around since the 1990s. The thought is that there have been many deaths on the premises and that the spirits are recent. Others believe that before the hotel was there, the lands were cursed by the deaths of Native Americans or even mafia killings from the early Las Vegas culture. And of course, there is the thought that the Luxor is missing a key evil eye repellent for the pyramid design and that evil spirits are attacking guests and those involved in the area. Whatever the case may be, the Luxor is a sight to behold and a great opportunity for paranormal sightings.
When it comes to hauntings, Las Vegas has its fair share for sure. Because of this, any haunting and paranormal phenomena lover should most definitely book themselves a trip to any one or all of these haunted Las Vegas locations to have the time of their life.