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  • The Most Haunted Places In Las Vegas

    10/18/2022 2:01:06 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Mob Museum

    Las Vegas is always updating itself to be as new and state-of-the-art as possible, but there are still plenty of dark corners and things that go bump in the night for the avid ghost hunter to explore. From phantom apparitions of mobsters to urban legends of Egyptian curses and ghostly whispers, check out our list of the reportedly most haunted places in Las Vegas.


    As the ultimate haunted museum in Las Vegas, it only makes sense that the Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum would have plenty of paranormal activity. Visitors have heard disembodied voices, fainted in the hallways, and even felt pushed by invisible forces. The museum’s most haunted item, the Dybbuk Box, has been cited as the possible cause of a string of bad luck for rapper Post Malone. After a private tour in which Zak Bagans lifted the artifact's protective casing, Post Malone reported strange events ranging from mysterious bite marks on his arms to his private jet nearly crashing during takeoff. Other exhibits rumored to cause unexplainable experiences are the scrying mirror of actor and occultist Bela Lugosi, Peggy the Doll, who should never be looked directly in the eyes, and even a demonic force in the building's basement, supposedly summoned through satanic rituals from the 1970s. For lovers of the macabre, unexplained, or just the super creepy, this is a must-see stop as possibly the most active haunted place in Las Vegas.


    In 1980, one of the most tragic events in Las Vegas history occurred inside the original MGM Grand resort. A raging fire engulfed one of their hotel towers that caused the horrifying death of 85 people. The building was eventually rebuilt, sold, and renamed Bally's Las Vegas in 1985. Guests who stay in the refurbished North Tower claim they have experienced the overwhelming smell of smoke and the sounds of people screaming from down the hallway, making Bally's one of the scariest haunted hotels in Las Vegas. The most chilling ghostly encounter is an elderly woman who is said to occupy a bank of slot machines on the casino floor. She calmly plays two games at once as her dress engulfs her in flames. If approached, she disappears. The MGM Grand fire led to new Las Vegas fire regulations that are now some of the strictest in the nation so that this kind of tragedy would hopefully never repeat itself.


    Nicknamed "The Devil's Mansion," La Palazza was previously owned by the notorious mob enforcer and member of the Hole in the Wall Gang, Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Whispers of gruesome murders and blood-spattered secret rooms have spun through the rumor mill for decades, and with such a dark past, it makes sense that plenty of spirits may still linger. Previous owners of the home claim to have been harassed by these entities on multiple occasions. The two most noteworthy being vulgar innuendos hurled at female guests while showering and the owner being choked by invisible hands when he provoked the ghosts after a wine glass mysteriously fell to the floor and shattered. This haunted house in Las Vegas is privately owned and closed to the public, with the home's most recent purchase being in 2019 after a tumultuous time on the market. Hopefully, the new owners will have better luck with their ghostly cohabitation than the previous tenants.


    Mob Museum

    The second haunted museum in Las Vegas is much more tight-lipped about their spooky encounters than other locations around the city. The Mob Museum houses artifacts from some of the most violent events in American history, as well as multiple devices used for torture, murder, or creating mass terror. The building itself is the old Vegas courthouse where hundreds of murderers, mobsters, and other criminals were sentenced to death or life in prison for their wrongdoings. Rumors speculate that these lost souls are the spirits that haunt the halls as shadowy figures.


    The strange occurrences surrounding The Luxor have been prevalent since its construction began, as have the rumors that this luxury resort is more than just haunted, but possibly cursed. Themed after the massive tombs of Egypt, it is believed that the black exterior in tandem with the missing sacred eye on the top of the pyramid attracts dark energy to the hotel. Multiple deaths have occurred, including an unknown number of workers during construction, two guests jumping to their deaths from the interior balconies, and even cases of Legionella bacteria that killed one guest and caused two more to fall ill. Reports of ghostly sightings on the high hotel balconies as well as moving objects and apparitions inside of the Luxor's Titanic Artifact Exhibition are common. The strangest sightings were during the first three years of the hotel's opening when the Nile River ride was still operational. There were so many frightened guests claiming that they saw ghosts within the dark tunnels that it is considered a significant reason that the ride was shut down and the canals drained only three years after opening.


    The Flamingo was the pride and joy of notorious mobster Bugsy Seigel until his violent murder six months after its opening in 1947. But some say that he decided to extend his stay indefinitely. At this haunted Las Vegas hotel, Bugsy has allegedly been spotted at his garden memorial, inside the wedding chapel, and roaming around the Presidential Suite that still features the golden bathroom fixtures from his original room. Guests of his suite say they have awoken to the sounds of whispering and seen dark shadows looming at the foot of their beds.


    If you're looking for even more haunted places in Las Vegas, check out these other notable spots for your next ghost hunting adventure.

    Fox Ridge Park in Henderson has a swing set that is said to be haunted by a little boy who died in a car crash, but many believe that the entity is much more demonic than it appears.

    Hotel Apache at Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas has heard claims of phantom phones ringing, guests have felt touched or pushed by invisible hands, and shadowy figures have been seen lurking down hallways.

    Phantom footsteps, the sounds of crying, and apparitions of workers in old-fashioned uniforms are all common occurrences at the historic Hoover Dam. There is also the urban legend that within the concrete walls are the remains of workers that perished during construction and were unable to be removed.

    The Westgate Hotel claims that the king himself, Elvis Presley, haunts their theater's backstage area as well as the old elevators that he would take each night to get to and from his showroom.

    Guests of his suite say they have awoken to the sounds of whispering and seen dark shadows looming at the foot of their beds.

  • 4 Spooky Destinations to Add to Your Paranormal Bucket List

    10/7/2022 3:42:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Chicago Illinois
    Article from the Compass

    During “Spooky Season” and beyond, any curious traveler can appreciate the intrigue of a good ghost story. From mysterious landmarks to tragic sites, it seems that in some places things truly do go bump in the night. Do you want to believe? Take a journey into the unknown when you visit these four creepy destinations.

    Hair-Raising Hawaii

    It’s true, when one imagines paradise high strangeness isn’t exactly top of mind. But between bloody bouts in ancient Hawaiian history, the attack on Pearl Harbor, freak accidents and native lore (hello, Night Marchers and shapeshifters), The Islands of Aloha are teeming with ghosts.

    Manoa Falls
    On the island of Oahu, the popular hiking spot Manoa Falls is famous for its frightening inhabitants. By day, travelers flock to the short hiking trail eager to embrace the region’s incredible views and peaceful scenery. But by night, locals warn of something far more sinister reporting sightings of ghosts, monsters and the fabled Night Marchers — spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors doomed to roam the earth for eternity.

    Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
    While the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor took countless lives and left much of the region severely damaged, two hangars — Hanger 37 and Hanger 79 — miraculously survived. Today, the buildings serve a new purpose acting as home to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, a fantastic homage to those who fought in World War II and the magnificent machines that they piloted. There’s just one catch, the place is crawling with ghosts — and with more than 30 authentic artifacts and exhibits we can’t say we’re surprised.

    Visitors hear unexplained voices and footsteps; things move on their own and some people have even reported seeing a phantom light that bobs from room to room. In fact, the apparent haunting of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is so intriguing that it appeared on a 2011 episode of A&E Network’s Ghost Hunters.

    Creepy California

    While present-day Los Angeles conjures thoughts of influencers snapping poolside selfies from the comfort of perfectly curated multimillion-dollar homes, just like on social media, things are not always as they appear. From its seemingly endless string of infamous and violent crimes — the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson murders, the Hillside Stranglers, Richard Ramirez — to its well-known reputation as the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the City of Angels’ dark underbelly is always brimming just beneath the surface.

    The Cecil Hotel
    Despite various attempted rebrands, the Cecil Hotel just can’t seem to shake its unsightly past. And for good reason. With a history of murder, suicides and mysterious deaths such as that of Elisa Lam, the notorious establishment is well known as one of Los Angeles’ most dreadful spots.

    While the property is currently undergoing renovations and is closed to the public, many travelers have had the pleasure — or perhaps displeasure — of spending the night in search of things that go bump in the night. The results were just as spooky as one might expect with visitors reporting an unexplainable feeling of being watched, sightings of a little boy outside a fourth-floor window, and, an extreme case where one man claimed he was choked by an angry apparition while he attempted to fall asleep.

    The Hollywood Sign
    Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state, if not the entire U.S., the Hollywood sign is rumored to radiate some seriously bad vibes. Many believe the eerie happenings can be attributed to Hollywood starlet Peg Entwistle, who, in 1932, climbed 45 feet up until she reached the top of the “H”. Then, she jumped to her death.

    While Entwistle left this life, it seems she may have never left L.A. as several people have reported seeing a blond woman dressed in 1930s clothing suddenly appear and vanish before their eyes. These sightings are apparently increased on foggy nights, and some even claim to catch a whiff of the starlet’s perfume, heavy with notes of gardenia.

    Eerie Illinois

    One of America’s most beloved Midwestern states, Illinois is home to famous cities such as Chicago and Springfield — aka the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln — and plenty of opportunities for adventure by both water and by land. There’s no arguing that The Prairie State has a lot of good things going for it, including plenty of spooky adventures which is great news for paranormal enthusiasts.

    The Chicago River
    Known for its trendy bars and restaurants, world-class architecture and brightly colored green water come St. Patrick’s Day, the Chicago River is a must-see for travelers visiting the Windy City. And for as long as the Chicago River has acted as an iconic sightseeing spot, it's been the ideal place to catch a river tour.
    Unfortunately, in the year 1915, what was supposed to be a festive celebration took a shocking turn when the S.S. Eastland, too top-heavy to bear, rolled on its side taking the ship and its 2,500+ passengers and crew members down with it.

    That day, 844 people — including 22 entire families — lost their lives. The sudden and massive death toll left city officials scrambling and local businesses were asked to act as makeshift morgues, desperate to find a temporary home for those who perished. And it seems that the souls aboard the S.S. Eastland may still be present as witnesses report sightings of ghostly apparitions from within those very same buildings and from beneath the icy depths of the Chicago River.

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery (picture at top of article)

    Visiting Bachelor’s Grove isn’t akin to the usual, boneyard. Instead, family members and curious folk alike must walk a long, overgrown path until they stumble upon the now-abandoned place riddled with toppled headstones, vandalism and a chain-link fence that’s seen better days. Inside, visitors shouldn’t be surprised to encounter something strange. The space is home to the usual bizarre phenomena — footsteps, strange lights, a general feeling of unease — in addition to a photobombing woman in white and a disappearing farmhouse.

    Freaky Florida

    While it might seem that the scariest thing Florida has to offer is the infamous “Florida Man” stories that are always circulating on the news, the Sunshine State has plenty of creepy stories to pique any curious traveler’s interest.

    St. Augustine Lighthouse
    As the oldest brick structure in the city, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has witnessed many tragedies. The impressive structure stands 164 feet tall and dates back to the mid-1500s when it was erected to stand watch above the ruthless waters of the Atlantic Ocean. During its prime, the lighthouse housed various keepers who came and went over the years. However, it’s now clear that while many called this place home, some souls never truly left.

    Despite a strict no-smoking rule, travelers may detect the smell of cigars as they ascend the structure’s foreboding iron staircase. As they continue their climb, they might feel that someone, and not a nice someone, is watching, the shadow of a too-tall dark figure fluttering past just outside of view. This ghoulish being is referred to as “The Man” and is known to walk the spiral staircase adorned in a blue jacket and a mariner’s cap, none too fond of the lighthouse’s many visitors. In the distance, the ominous sound of children’s laughter echoes throughout the grounds, a reminder of a young girl who passed on the property in the 1870s. But the scares don’t end there, Maria Mestre de los Dolores, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and the first Hispanic American woman to command a federal shore installation, is also said to haunt this place, peering over the railing looking down at the very same place her husband met his fateful end.

    The Biltmore Hotel
    Glamour and war make for an unlikely duo, but so is the history of Miami’s historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Constructed in 1926, this massive hotel began its life as an epicenter for some of the U.S.’ most glamorous fashion shows, golf tournaments, galas and impressive water shows that took place in what was once the largest pool in the world. The Biltmore was a place to see and be seen attracting big names over the years including infamous gangsters such as Thomas “Fatty” Walsh who met his gruesome end when he was shot and killed on the hotel’s 13th floor. Then, in the 1940s, usage of the grounds took an unexpected twist when the federal government transformed the hotel into a military hospital. The grounds served several additional uses — a medical school, a veteran’s hospital, an abandoned building — before finally assuming its final, current form in the late 1980s.

    Today, the Biltmore Hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and it has plenty of historic ghouls to match. Doors open on their own, mysterious messages appear on mirrors and bizarre items like lampshades go missing. The elevator is a particular oddity, sending guests to the wrong floors and acting out of sorts despite a clean bill of (elevator) health. A woman in white roams the property and a phantom couple is said to waltz in the ballroom, a never-ending ode to their devotion to each other.

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