For a young city, Las Vegas has a dark past — and not just because of its history with organized crime.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, many visitors and locals have reported paranormal experiences across numerous locations across the city.
Notably, Yelp named Las Vegas as the fifth most haunted city in the United States based on the percentage of reviews that contained words like “ghost,” “haunt,” and “creepy.”
From ghostly apparitions of former mobsters and celebrities to a museum filled with some of the world’s most cursed objects known to society, check out these seven reputedly haunted locations — if you dare!
If you’re looking for a collection of some of the world’s most haunted objects, then look no further than Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum.
Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures reality TV fame operates and owns the museum, which is home to a collection of real-life horror artifacts including The “Conjuring 3” movie’s real-life “Devil’s Rocking Chair,” Charles Manson’s bone fragments, and the Dybbuk Box — allegedly one of the most haunted objects in the world and inspiration for 2012 film “The Possession.”
Zak Bagans located in a 1938 Victorian mansion — is said to be haunted by spirits, including a mysterious black-cloaked figure who’s rumored to wander the hallways.
The Westgate — formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton — is one of the oldest resorts still operating on the Strip and was once home to Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas legendary residency show. Elvis performed well over 800 concerts at the resort between 1969-1976, but it’s rumored that the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll still wanders around his former Sin City stomping grounds.
Staff and guests have reportedly seen a ghostly figure of Elvis around the showroom and its backstage area where Barry Manilow now performs. Other sightings have been reported around the hotel’s higher-level floors, including the thirtieth floor where Elvis once had his own private 5,000 square foot suite.
Redd Foxx was a comedian and actor best known for his portrayal of Fred G. Sanford on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford & Son.” The famed entertainer was also a regular performer on the Strip and owned a home in Las Vegas. Besides his work in showbusiness Foxx was known for much of his lavish spending, which eventually caught the attention of the IRS.
The IRS seized his Las Vegas house off Eastern and Hacienda and nearly all of his possessions in 1989 due to the comedian allegedly owing over $755,166.21 in back taxes at the time. The comedian eventually passed away from a heart attack on the set of the short-lived sitcom “The Royal Family.”
Foxx is buried in Las Vegas’ Palm Eastern Cemetery, but his spirit is still said to haunt his former home. The home now operates as a real estate firm, so it’s not open to the general public. Visitors have mentioned spooky encounters including doors shutting and lights turning on and off on their own. If you cruise by the house, perhaps you may get a glimpse of him looking out the window.
Located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border, The Hoover Dam remains one of the United States’ most famous engineering feats. The 70-story dam provides hydroelectric power to 1.3 million people each year and remains a popular tourist destination.
The dam’s construction did come at a price though. Over 100 workers lost their lives during the dam’s construction and are said to haunt the dam until this day. Visitors have claimed to hear mysterious footsteps and voices inside empty corridors of the dam.
The dam is open for tours if you want to see the inner workings of the dam — and perhaps a ghost or two.
The Boulder Dam Hotel is a historic colonial-style hotel located about 26 miles outside of Las Vegas in Boulder City, NV. The hotel used to be a popular destination for Hollywood’s elite during the 1930s, including Howard Hughes after crashing his plane into Lake Mead.
The hotel still welcomes guests from this world and apparently the afterlife. Both guests and hotel staff have reported hearing mysterious voices, ghostly shoulder taps, and even an apparition of a former front desk clerk.
The Flamingo is the oldest remaining casino on the Strip and is deeply connected to Las Vegas’ history with organized crime.
Legendary mob boss Bugsy Siegel heavily invested in the property and oversaw the final development of the property. The casino opened in 1946, but Siegel didn’t get to enjoy it for too long as he was shot to death by an unknown assailant at his Beverly Hills residence the following year.
Hotel guests have reported seeing a ghostly figure of Siegel wander around the Flamingo, especially near a memorial dedicated to him in the casino’s garden.
Fox Ridge Park in Henderson is as normal as any other park during the day. Once the sun goes down, however, things can become more frightful. Urban legend has it that the park is haunted by the spirit of a little boy who was allegedly killed in a drunk driving accident.
Although this ghost’s origin story appears more rooted in urban legend than reality, late-night visitors and ghost hunters have reported seeing swings moving on their own or witnessing the ghost around the playground. The ghost supposedly vanishes when seen by the living, and has even been reported to have transformed into a demon if you look directly into his eyes.
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