Halloween is only two weeks away. Have you gotten your costume yet? I can’t decide what I am going to be this year. I don’t know if I should go sexy slutty or sexy scary… it is such a tough decision. Halloween marks the “scary” time of year with ghost stories and hauntings. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go out at night around my town and break into old houses that rumored to be haunted in hopes of seeing paranormal activity. We never saw anything, but that scared feeling always satisfied us into telling a good story. It should come as no surprise that Las Vegas has quite a few ghost stories of its own. Rumors and urban legends of infamous celebrities and freak accidents roam the halls of some of the city’s largest casinos. As locals and visitors venture to Sin City to celebrate Halloween, here are some notorious hauntings that may be worth checking out.
MGM Grand once stood where Bally’s is now located. On November 21, 1980, a hotel fire at MGM broke out killing 84 people making it the second largest fire in history for deaths. In mass panic, some deaths resulted in guests throwing themselves out of their hotel windows. Multiple ghost sightings have been reported in the North Tower of Bally’s on floors 19 through 24.
Not only is this casino rumored to be haunted by a construction worker that died while building 400-ft pyramid, but it is also claimed to be cursed. The shape of the pyramid is said to have secret powers and properties. Many construction workers refused to work on the site after the death. It is said that the pyramid is also related to other fatal accidents and mysterious suicides off the inside balconies.
Infamous mobster, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, died in 1947 after being gunned down in his girlfriend’s home in Beverly Hills. However, it is said his spirit resides in the presidential suite of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Bugsy founded the casino and designed the presidential suite with bulletproof windows and secret exits. His ghost has also been seen wandering the Flamingo pool late at night.
In the entrance to Tropicana Casino hangs a large tiki mask. Many have reported breaking out in a terrible purple rash after touching it. Pictures taken in front it leave a purple haze surrounding the mask.
Las Vegas Hilton
Many workers have reported seeing the ghost of Elvis roaming the backstage elevators. It’s unknown what version of Elvis is spotted, but I don’t think he gives autographs either way.
There are various other spots including schools, theaters and streets throughout the city of reported haunting and mysteries. To check out more hauntings of local spots in Las Vegas, check out this site: http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/nevada.htm . Halloween has been said to be the thinnest barrier between life and death; at least you can use that as excuse if you see any “spirits” roaming Sin City instead of blaming it on the alcohol.