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Visit if you dare: Las Vegas’ most haunted places

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Steve Marcus

Zombies menace guests going through the Haunted Alley during Halloween in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Halloween is here at last, and there’s no shortage of haunted houses and other spooky attractions throughout Las Vegas to get your festive fright fix.

However, for those looking for a more authentic scare, there are locations across the Valley rumored to be paranormal hubs haunted by the ghosts of grisly events past.

Grab a buddy and a flashlight and visit them if you dare:

    • The final Liberace Museum shuttle bus arrives filled with guests on the final day of business Sunday in Las Vegas.

      The old Liberace Museum

      The original Liberace Museum on Tropicana is said to be a hub for paranormal spirits. A former employee of the museum claimed that a mysterious shadowy figure repeatedly appeared, when the building was undergoing extensive remodeling and renovations, who tended to hover around the Maestro’s dressing room. As the ghost of Liberace himself was said to frequent the now-shuttered Carluccio’s restaurant across the parking lot, staff suspected the apparition may have belonged to his sister-in-law, who was devoted to the museum’s upkeep and may have wanted to keep a watchful eye on the remodeling.

    • Fox Ridge Park

      Henderson’s Fox Ridge Park is rumored to be haunted by a young ghost who appears on the swings at midnight. Legend has it that the boy’s death was caused by a drunken driver and that his spirit is just one of several roaming the park at night. Ghost hunters warn not to disturb the apparition if you see it, as it is prone to taking on a demonic form.

    • The Flamingo Hotel is shown in this photo from 1947. Under "Bugsy" Siegel's authority the hotel's construction was disorganized and the grand opening was a flop, forcing the resort to close after less than a month of operation. Siegel's mismanagement of the Flamingo eventually cost him his life. (UNLV Special Collections)

      The Flamingo

      Though Benjamin "Bugsy” Siegel was gunned just six months after helping open the Flamingo in December 1946, the infamous mobster is said to still keep a watchful eye over the establishment to this day after his enemies took over the property after his death. Bugsy’s apparition is said to haunt the Presidential Suite and the Wedding Chapel, which supposedly was built on the site of his old apartment.

    • Dell H. Robison Middle School

      Numerous students have claimed to see the ghost of a janitor haunting the hallways of the East Las Vegas middle school. The story behind the apparition is unknown, but he supposedly appears with bloody hands and will follow new students home after having spotted him. It is said the only way for students to rid themselves of the haunting is to attend church.

    • Investigation photos taken in the weeks following the 1980 MGM Grand fire show the aftermath of that day's tragic event.

      Bally’s Las Vegas

      Located on the southeast corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard, Bally’s stands on the space formerly occupied by MGM Grand. The latter relocated after a tragic fire in November 1980 that killed 85 people and injured hundreds more, but the tower in which 61 of the victims died still operates as part of Bally’s today. Guests and employees have reported strange sounds and ghostly sightings in the employee restrooms and hotel hallways, as well as feeling an uncanny presence on the floors where victims were found.

    • Little Choo Choo Daycare

      The former daycare at 3335 Wynn Road shuttered after a series of macabre events, including the suicide of a teacher and the accidental death of a child who is said to have been dragged along the tracks underneath the school’s toy train. The building has since been demolished and the land rebuilt, but visitors have reported seeing spirits come and go on the property, including a small boy digging with a shovel.

    • Las Vegas Academy's Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts

      Visitors to the high school music hall have reported hearing the piano begin to play spontaneously while the venue is otherwise empty; the invisible pianist is rumored to be Will Lowden, the son of CCSD benefactors Sue and Paul Lowden, who died as a teenager.

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