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Haunted Places in Arizona

Haunted Hotels, Schools, Restaurants and More

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Hotel Vendome in Prescott, Arizona is said to be haunted.

Hotel Vendome in Prescott, Arizona is said to be haunted.

© Judy Hedding

Do you believe in haunted houses? Do you believe that apparitions are real, and that ghosts still reside in homes and schools and hotels and in the desert? Here are some of the most famous stories of hauntings in Arizona. If you've ever met one of these ghosts or experienced a haunted place in Arizona, let me know about it!

Many of these haunted Arizona places can't be visited, since they are on private property. Please check first before you try to witness any ghostly happenings on your own.

Arizona Haunted Places: Greater Phoenix

From Phoenix Theatre
Did you know that Phoenix Theatre has been home to five very distinctive ghosts? Meet the ghosts of Phoenix Theatre:

  • Mr. Electrics: Our first ghost is an old man. He can be seen sometimes sitting up on the "flies", the pipes that hold the lighting instruments. Late at night Mr. Electrics likes to show up to help the technicians.
  • Tiny Dancer: Our second ghost was spotted during the 2005 run of A Chorus Line. She is delicate little ballerina. She was seen dancing around the stage in out of the Chorus Line dancers.
  • Light Board Lenny: Ghost number three is a little more mischievous. He spends most of his time in the lighting booth. In the past when a light-board or spot operator left the booth, he would lock them out.
  • Prop Master: Similarly ghost number four used to like to rattle around the prop room locking people both out and in.
  • Freddy: The last of our theatre ghosts is a little more mean spirited. He was an actor who was fired from a production and killed in a bicycle accident on his way home that evening. He still haunts the theatre's rooms upstairs, making noise and slamming doors.

From Haunted Places
The Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix is noted in many sources as a haunted building. Sounds of children's voices and banging doors relate back to two boys who were killed there when it was a school, and the woman who committed suicide years later when it was already a hotel.

From Haunted Hotspots AZ
In Chandler you'll hear stories of Chandler High School,where, in the north wing of the oldest building, sightings and voices are still experienced.

In Glendale there's a Pizza Hut where faucets turn on and off on their own, and at Deer Valley High School a spirit named Dewy lives in the Auditorium.

In Mesa, there's a woman who still walks around the park where she was murderer, and there have been sightings of apparitions and voices heard at the Williams Air Force Base.

In Central Phoenix, a little girl was killed by a hit and run driver, and she does not rest. She has been said to have been spotted crossing the street in various parts of downtown and central Phoenix.

At 51st Avenue and Indian School Road, there's an unhappy female ghost who screams as if getting hit by cars.

In Scottsdale's Saguaro High School a girl still haunts the bathroom where, before it was a high school, she was hanged for practicing witchcraft.

In Tempe at Casey Moore's Oyster House there apparently is a woman in the upstairs banquet room that didn't make a reservation.

From Allstays Ghost Hotel Guide

In Scottsdale, at the Hermosa Inn, Lon was a real person (they named the restaurant after him) and now is just a friendly ghost.

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Arizona Haunted Places: Southern/Western Arizona

From DesertUSA
At the Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona, many people have reported singing and talking in the balcony and a man who walks across the stage. You'll also find out about ghosts and hauntings at The Aztec House Antique Shop, Big Nose Kate's Saloon where cowboy ghosts roam, Nellie Cashman's Restaurant where items move about on their own, the Wells Fargo Bank Building, Shieffelin Hall where town hall meeting have more attendees than they are supposed to, and Boot Hill Cemetery, where some folks just won't totally die.

From Haunted Hotspots AZ
In Patagonia, in southern Arizona, the Patagonia Market has an unknown ghost who moves things around, makes noises, and plays with squeaky toys in the night.

There are many haunted locations in Tucson, Arizona. There's a dead principal who still visits Bloom Elementary School, Centennial Hall is inhabited by a good ghost and a bad ghost, and at the Davis Bilingual School people have been touched by the ghost residing there, doors open and close themselves, and faucets turn themselves on and off. At the Radisson Hotel a girl moans for help near the ballrooms. At the University of Arizona, a woman runs to escape her attacker.

In Yuma, at the territorial prison, spirits pinch visitors to the museum, and play with the change in the store.

In Nogales the St. Andrews Episcopal Church is said to have been built on Indian burial grounds, and they come back to attend services now and then.

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Arizona Haunted Places: Central/Northern Arizona

From Haunted Hotspots AZ
At Montezuma Castle, Montezuma's Well, and Tuzigoot the Sinagua Indians are said to reappear from time to time.

From Leftfield PSI
In Flagstaff at the Monte Vista Hotel there are three ghosts who pace the hallways and knock on doors.

At the Jerome Community Center in Jerome, AZ the spirit of a prostitute still wanders.

From Allstays Ghost Hotel Guide
In Prescott, see if you can get a reservation for room 16 at the Hotel Vendome, where a woman and her cat still haunt the place.

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