Famous Haunted Houses in Egypt: Spooky Stories for Halloween

Haunted Houses

Updated On: April 27, 2024 by   Dina EssawyDina Essawy

Halloween is almost upon us, and it’s time we explore some spooky stories worldwide. We’ve written about Ireland’s scariest and most haunted houses and castles. Still, halfway across the globe, Egypt has some of the most notorious haunted apartments and villas you may ever hear of. Here is just a glimpse into the most famous haunted houses in Egypt, which have been known for either possessing paranormal activities or being the location of horrendous crimes that have driven people off the property for years.

haunted houses

The Roushdy Haunted Building in Alexandria

One of the famous haunted houses in Egypt is the Roushdy Building. Locked up for over 50 years. The Roushdy apartment building is perhaps one of the most notoriously haunted places in the country. It all started with many rumours surrounding its construction, stating that the blood of a construction worker was mixed with the cement used. Another rumour states that a mosque was demolished to make room for the building. Many people have reported hearing screaming noises over the years. Blood comes out of water faucets, and a family finds their belongings thrown out on the streets overnight.

Several reports from residents of the building also helped spread the rumour that the building is haunted. Some of them woke up to the screams of a resident before they saw him throwing himself from the window of the last floor. A newlywed couple woke up to find the taps leaking blood, and their belongings were thrown out in the street, while others heard screams of agony through the night.

A Giza House that Lights Itself on Fire

Another of the most famous stories of haunted houses in the Governorate of Giza seems to light itself on fire every month. A room in the home is lit on fire every month and spreads to other parts of the house. No plausible explanation has been found yet, and the family that lived there abandoned the home. Even spookier is that the family’s young daughter seems to see particular creatures roaming the house and predicts when the fire will occur.

The Valley of the Kings in Luxor

Perhaps this does not fall in the haunted houses category, but still, the Valley of the Kings, known to contain around 63 tombs, is one of the most spooky locations to visit. It was the burial place of the prominent royal figures and nobles of the Egyptian New Kingdom in ancient Egypt and several privileged nobles. So, it must come as no surprise that rumours of haunting and paranormal activity surround the place.

As the legend goes, a pharaoh riding a chariot has been seen galloping through the valley. Also, many have reported hearing strange noises, such as footsteps, screams, and shuffling without a source. Watchmen believe these are the spirits of the deceased whose tombs have been desecrated and are now looking for their treasures.

Valley of Kings Egypt
Valley of Kings Egypt

The Mummy’s Curse has also exacerbated the situation since many archaeologists and workers who have made discoveries over the years have faced grave misfortunes, including death, disease and significant accidents.

Howard Carter, the archaeologist who found the site, died due to chemicals used in the chamber after it was discovered. Which helped spread the rumour further.

The Great Pyramids of Giza

Just because it is one of the wonders of the world and is visited by millions of people every year does not mean it doesn’t have a few hauntings. Several eyewitnesses reportedly recorded a man and his three children, dressed in 1920s garb, roaming around the Great Pyramids as though they were searching for something.

Another legend goes that the ghost of Pharaoh Khufu, who built the largest of the pyramids, can be seen at midnight, dressed in traditional ancient Egyptian armour, walking the streets, visiting houses, and warning their inhabitants to vacate the area. We can’t imagine what people’s reactions to him might have been.

The Great Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramids of Giza

Baron Palace in Heliopolis

Baron Empain chose Alexander Marcel, a French architect, to build his Hindu-style palace residence between 1907 and 1910. The Palace has now become a well-known landmark of Heliopolis and is visited by many. The neighbourhood was also home to some of the wealthiest Egyptian residences.

According to the legend, the lady of the house, the Baron’s sister or his wife, has fallen from the palace’s tower. Reports have claimed that fires break out from the building’s windows and disappear just as they appear out of nowhere. Angry voices, presumably that of the baron and the lady of the palace arguing and screaming, can also be heard occasionally.

Baron Palace in Heliopolis
Baron Palace in Heliopolis

The rumours became so widespread in the 90s that the palace attracted Satan worshipers, who wanted to practice black magic and blood rituals on site.

This qualifies as one of the haunted houses, even if it is a palace!

The Abou Ouf/Shekoreel Villa

Another of the famous haunted houses in Egypt is the Abu Ouf Villa. Ezzat and Maha Abou Ouf are one of Egypt’s most well-known celebrities. They went on TV more than once to tell stories about their childhood haunted house/villa. Many of Ezzat’s celebrity friends have also experienced the same things he did as they visited his home. The previous owner of the house was a famous businessman called Shekoreel, and he was murdered in the house by his driver.

The villa was built around 140 years ago, and considering its disturbing past, it is likely haunted. In an interview, Ouf described the ghost of a man wandering through the hallways with an old gas lamp. Contrary to usual ghost sightings, Ouf says that he and his family became quite familiar with the ghost and were completely unfazed by him.

Dashour Military Training Base

Dashour is known as an Egyptian military base for training young soldiers. Since its establishment, there have been several reports of haunting and ghost apparitions, stating that shouts, screams and gunshots can be heard in the middle of the night when no one is around. A witness also once claimed that they saw a dead army general working out as if he was still undergoing military training.

The Zamalek Apartment

Zekra, a well-known Tunisian singer who lived in Egypt, was notoriously killed by her husband, Ayman Elsewedy. In their Zamalek apartment in 2003 before he killed himself and two others. After the heinous crime, it seems natural that no one would want to go to the scene for any reason. However, Ayman Elsewedy’s brother reopened the apartment more than a year after the incident.

He received complaints from the neighbours that they heard arguing and screaming voices coming out of it. Another witness was the security guard, who said that the elevator stopped at 5 AM every day, the exact time the accident occurred, and he heard shouting and arguing voices. This is one of the scariest and most famous haunted houses in Egypt.

Al Alamein Road

Al Alamein Road, Egypt
Al Alamein Road, Egypt

The location of two deadly WWII battles, Al Alamein, seems quite likely to be haunted by the ghosts of the soldiers. Who tragically lost their lives during the war? The dark stretch of highway that leads you from Alexandria to the North Coast has had its fair share of deadly accidents, usually attributed to reckless drivers and poor street lighting. However, other stories circulated where eyewitnesses saw the ghosts of fallen soldiers roaming the streets at night. Some drivers have even believed that they had hit someone on the street. Only to discover they have disappeared or the car has passed through them!

Another chilling rumour says that a figure can sometimes be seen running next to the cars with blood flowing from them.

The Farafra Desert

The Farafra Desert Egypt
The Farafra Desert Egypt

The ghost of Akhenaten, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh descendant from the 18th Royal Dynasty who ruled for 17 years. It is said to wander Egypt’s Farafra Desert (the White Desert). According to several tourists and nomads who inhabit the area. According to the Legend, since Akhenaten abolished the Egyptian gods when he ascended to the Egyptian throne. He angered the religious followers and priests of said gods, so upon his death, they cursed him to wander the deserts forever as punishment.

Would you ever consider visiting one of these haunted houses or locations? Have you ever visited one of the known or unknown haunted houses worldwide? Let us know!

Don’t forget to check out our other blogs about places and attractions in Eygpt: The Pharaonic Village in Giza| Egypt’s Hidden Gems| Places to Visit in Cairo| The Pyramids of Giza| North Coast Egypt| Egyptian Food: Several Cultures Blended into One| Ultimate Egyptian Vacation Part 2|

Also, attractions and places in Northern Ireland worth checking out: Titanic Dock and Pump House: Belfast| Haunted Hotel: Ballygally Castle Hotel| Legendary Castles in Ireland|Tourist Attractions in Northern Ireland|

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