Do you like ghost stories? We’ve found five haunted tales about spirits who make Vegas their home. They creep while you sleep, ramble as you gamble and troll while you roll…
On November 21, 1980, disaster struck the MGM Grand Hotel, when a massive fire claimed the lives of 87 guests and destroyed the building. In 1985, Bally’s Hotel & Casino opened in its place. Almost immediately, guests began to notice strange occurrences, like the smell of smoke and panicked screams throughout the hallways. On the 7th floor, a boy’s voice is regularly heard calling out for his mother. The MGM had no sprinklers and guests desperately fought their way to the roof, but sadly many perished along the way. Perhaps their spirits are still searching for a way out.
- It’s pretty much impossible to go to Vegas and not see an Elvis impersonator, or two, or twenty. But if you stay at the Westgate, which used to be the Las Vegas Hilton, you may just run into the real King, or the ghost of Elvis anyway. Ghostly Elvis has been spotted in several areas of the hotel, most frequently in the greenroom, probably waiting to hit the stage again in the place he played to record-breaking crowds. Elvis has definitely not left the building.
- It makes sense that one of the oldest casinos in Vegas would be home to many visitors from “the other side”. Built in 1968, Circus Circus has seen its share of shady characters, like mobsters who mysteriously fell out of windows or met another perilous fate. Could it be one of those wise guys writing “help me” on the bathroom mirror of room 576? Or maybe it’s some hooligan’s last scream guests have heard in the halls.
- The Luxor, one of the largest hotel and casinos in Vegas, is said to have quite a few resident ghosts. Three construction workers killed while building the iconic structure have been seen together throughout the hotel. Some people claim to have felt the presence of two guests who tragically leapt to their death from the walkway to the casino floor. But the most active ghost is a woman who wanders around the 12th and 14th floors frightening guests by lightly pushing them or breathing down their neck.
- Opened in the late 1940’s, the Flamingo Hotel & Casino is the oldest resort still in operation on the Las Vegas Strip. The Flamingo has a violent history tied to infamous mobster, Bugsy Siegel. Bugsy had a permanent suite at the Flamingo and is said to have embezzled money from his mafia associates, which ultimately led to his demise. Even though Bugsy was assassinated in his Beverly Hills home, his ghost has been seen all over his beloved Flamingo, from the wedding chapel to lounging by the pool.
Want more Vegas ghost stories? Check out our blog on top haunted hotel rooms. If you’d like a ghostly guest to join you on your Vegas vacation, pack your Ouija Board and try inviting them over.