As October comes to a close, everyone is itching to see their favorite scary movie come to life. If you live in Las Vegas or happen to be visiting, you won’t have to travel far to find the creepy destination of your haunted dreams; there are plenty of places around town where the undead are said to be waiting for fear lovers. They’re the perfect scary supplement for your Halloween.
Back in 1980, when it was known as the MGM Grand Hotel, 87 people died in the building that now houses Bally’s Las Vegas. The worst fire in Nevada history tore through the building and the 87 guests and employees died mostly due to smoke inhalation. The tower where the fire took place is still part of the hotel, and several guests have complained about disturbing events since Bally’s opened in 1985.
People have reported the smell of smoke on the upper guest room floors, furniture mysteriously moving, and screams coming from the direction of the stairwell. The most well-known ghosts still traipsing around the property include a woman playing two slot machines while wearing a flaming dress, and a small boy on the 17th floor who cries out for his mother.
The mob history of Las Vegas is extensive and well-known, so it’s no surprise that one of the most publicized ghost stories on the strip involves Jewish mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Rumor has it that the mobster haunts the Presidential Suite at the Flamingo.
The bathroom fixtures are said to have come from his old apartment in the hotel. No ordinary apartment, the paranoid mobster had it built with an escape ladder that led to a garage and getaway car underground.
In addition to the Presidential Suite, guests have reported seeing his ghost in the gardens near his memorial and the wedding chapel (which is said to have been where his old apartment was located).
Before his 1991 death, star of Sanford and Son Redd Foxx had a successful stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. Rather than pour his earnings into the upkeep of his S. Eastern Ave. home, the comedian racked up a gambling debt that saw all his assets claimed by the IRS when he died (even his funeral was funded by Eddie Murphy).
Foxx promised to stick around Vegas after he passed, and people who have lived in the house since his death have claimed the property is haunted. Now an office for Shannon Day Realty, it is said that the hauntings have gone down in recent years. Perhaps Foxx is finally ready to move on? The realty office pays tribute to the late comedian with a small red fox on the sign outside the building.
In the true spirit of the Wild Wild West, Rhyolite exploded in the early 1900s when the gold rush brought miners and gold diggers to the deserts of Nevada and California. Within a few years, the town’s population rapidly diminished and by 1920 the population was near zero. The now-ghost town of Rhyolite is without a doubt creepy, but is this small town nestled in Nevada’s Bullfrog Hills truly haunted? Some say yes, and that the spirits of those who lived there during the town’s boom haunt their favorite … haunts.
These days, Rhyolite serves as a popular movie backdrop and gets the occasional group of tourists, with some saying one of the abandoned mine entrances is still home to miners who died on the frontier.
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