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A graveyard or cemetery is a home feature found throughout The Sims series, and a type of community lot in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. In The Sims 3 it is also a lot assignment. They are where the headstones of deceased Sims are placed after they die. Ghosts frequently haunt cemetaries in The Sims series although in The Sims and The Sims Bustin' Out the only lots to contain ghosts are the Goth households.

The Sims

Both of the Goth family lots in the base game and Unleashed have cemeteries, though only the original one has ghosts. "The Gothic Quarter" in Old Town, and "Vernon's Vault" and "A Spooktacular Spot" in Magic Town all contain gravestones, but again they lack ghosts.

When lots with gravestones are exchanged or moved to different neighborhoods, they will no longer have a ghost associated with them as the data of the Sims who had died and were linked to the gravestones is not transferred with the house. This can cause some problems, including gravestones summoning random NPCs.

The Sims Bustin' Out

In The Sims Bustin' Out, cemeteries are only found in one pre existing lot, Goth Manor although the names of the deceased Sims are unknown they haunt the house every night until the protagonist exorcises them.

Makeshift cemeteries can be placed on any lot when a Sim dies by simply placing their headstone outside.

The Sims 2

Home cemeteries

Cemeteries have been constructable on playable Sims' lots since The Sims. The Goth Family is famous for the many cemeteries found outside their homes in every game. The Specter Family is also famous for having a massive graveyard in their garden. Although it's not as large as the Specter Graveyard, the Capp family has a graveyard as well, and is the only one to have both tombstones and urns -- two urns are placed in the Capps' living room.

Community lot cemeteries

The Sims 2: Nightlife added the ability to move graves from one lot to another, which allows cemeteries to be on community lots. The Downtown sub-neighborhood shipped with Nightlife includes the Gothier Green Lawns cemetery, which is the first cemetery found on a community lot. Gothier Green Lawns features some members of the Tricou family and is right next to their home.

The Sims 3

Gameplay description

As a lot assignment, graveyards provide the Creepy Graveyard moodlet to Sims who don't possess the Brave or Evil traits:

Image Moodlet Name Mood Effect Time Period From Game Dialog/Description Notes Expansion
Creepy Graveyard Creepy Graveyard -5 until Sim exits graveyard Graveyard Graveyards are terrifying places filled with dead bodies, the ghosts of the bodies, and fear. Only at night in a graveyard. Having the Brave or Evil trait eliminates this moodlet.
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Encourages NPCs to learn

In The Sims 3, a Sim can get a part-time job in a cemetery as a Mausoleum Clerk. Cemeteries are now known as graveyards.

Fish in a pond located in the cemetery will turn into deathfish and vampire fish at midnight. At around midnight, mist will appear around all of the graves, and the ghosts will come out. If you have at least level 7 gardening you can plant seeds picked from the Death Flower Bush. These seeds are 'perfect' quality.

There is also a local cemetery in every destination of The Sims 3: World Adventures.

Setting off fireworks in a graveyard will awaken some ghosts and the Sim who set them off will get paid for entertaining the cemetery's residents.

Sunset Valley

Pleasant Rest Graveyard

Pleasant Rest Graveyard
Pleasant Rest Graveyard in Sunset Valley

The Pleasant Rest Graveyard is the cemetery in Sunset Valley. While "Pleasant Rest" is not an unusual name for a cemetery, there may be a connection between the "Pleasant Rest" Graveyard and Sunset Valley being called Pleasantview in The Sims 2.

In the center of the Pleasant Rest Graveyard, there is a desolate and ominous-looking Mausoleum of the Specter family (who may be related in some way to the Specter Family of Strangetown). Any Sim brave enough to venture into it can explore the Mausoleum to lay hand on unknown treasures which are rumored to be hidden deep in the abyssal bottom of it. An exploration takes anywhere from three to five hours. Its proceeding and outcome are random, but it often results in the Sim becoming singed.

Also, one can see a large Statue of the Grim Reaper.

The 23 named Sims buried here are:



Old Town Cemetery

Old Town Cemetery
Old Town Cemetery
Old Town Cemetery in Riverview.

The cemetery is far less Gothic than Sunset Valley's Pleasant Rest Graveyard, and has no statue of the Grim Reaper. At night, ghosts will appear around the graveyard and they will move all across the island. This could spook your Sims if they are shopping late. The Riverview cemetery is also the largest cemetery found in any The Sims 3 neighbourhood, with some notable figures from Riverview families.

The 30 named Sims buried here are:


Shang Simla

Land of the Ancestors

Land of the Ancestors
Land of the Ancestors
Land of the Ancestors cemetery in Shang Simla.

Land of the Ancestors is Shang Simla's cemetery, introduced in The Sims 3: World Adventures. It is Asian-themed, with pagoda roofing and an elevated mausoleum. Urns are displayed in shrines rather than on the ground as tombstones.

The 4 named Sims buried here are:

Al Simhara

Desert's End

Desert's End
Deserts End
Desert's End cemetery in Al Simhara.

Desert's End is Al Simhara's cemetery, introduced in The Sims 3: World Adventures. It is Egyptian-themed, and has a large basement underneath it containing a Sarcophagus and incense burner. Urns are displayed both on the ground as tombstones, as well as in specially built shrines. Its address is 60 East Riverview Place.

The 5 named Sims buried here are:

Champs Les Sims

Eastern Hills Cemetery

Eastern Hills Cemetery
Eastern Hills Cemetery
Eastern Hills Cemetery in Champs Les Sims.

Eastern Hills Cemetery is Champs Les Sims' cemetery, introduced in The Sims 3: World Adventures. It is French-themed and has a number of locked tomb rooms. It is the brightest cemetery with lots of flower beds. The mausoleum on this lot is the same as in Riverview and Sunset Valley. It plays a role in several adventures in Champs Les Sims.

The 5 named Sims buried here are:


Ivy Hill Graveyard

Ivy Hill Graveyard
Ivy Hill Grave
Ivy Hill Graveyard in Twinbrook.

Ivy Hill Graveyard is the cemetery of Twinbrook. It is always misty, with a very marshy environment typical of Twinbrook. There are Doric columns all over the cemetery. The mausoleum is in a corner of the lot, and it is decorated with Greek-styled columns. A statue of Grim Reaper rises from a pond at the border of the lot. Ivy Hill has many gravestones, but unlike previous cemeteries in The Sims 3 series, most of these are only remains objects with no deceased Sims attached. It also has a Sim who died from the Mummy's Curse, which is a little confusing to people who don't own World Adventures.

The 8 named Sims buried here are:

Barnacle Bay

There are two cemeteries in Barnacle Bay.

Barnacle Boneyard

Barnacle Boneyard
The Barnacle Boneyard in Barnacle Bay

Barnacle Boneyard is one of the two default cemeteries in Barnacle Bay.

The 10 named Sims buried here are:

Dead Men Tell No Tales Cemetery

Dead Men Tell No Tales Cemetery
The Dead Men Tell No Tales Cemetery in Barnacle Bay

The 5 named Sims buried here are:


Bridgeport Eternal Rest Cemetery

Bridgeport Eternal Rest Cemetery
Bridgeport Eternal Rest Cemetery
Bridgeport Eternal Rest Cemetery in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Eternal Rest Cemetery is the graveyard from Bridgeport, introduced in The Sims 3: Late Night. It is quite big, and is situated in the hills. There are two mausoleums: the rabbit hole, located near the pond, and the non-rabbit hole one, on the top-right corner, which is the entrance of an underground vampire lair, with an altar and a bar. There is also a big pool of water in the center, and a gazebo-like building on the top-left corner of the cemetery.

Despite its large size, there are only a very few Sims buried in this cemetery, most of the headstones are only "Remains."

The 3 named Sims buried here are:

Hidden Springs

Shady Pine Historical Cemetery

The Shady Pine Historical Cemetery is located in the wooden part of the town. It is very tiny and very muddy. There are two statues of the Grim Reaper at each side of the cemetery, watching each other. There is also a pond behind the mausoleum.

There are four named Sims buried here:

Appaloosa Plains

Newton Cemetery

Newton Cemetery
Newton Cemetery in Appaloosa Plains.

Newton Cemetery is the graveyard in Appaloosa Plains.

There is one named Sim buried here:

There are three named pets buried here:

Lunar Lakes

Moon's Shadow Graveyard

There are five Sims buried in this graveyard:

Starlight Shores

Lidview Cemetery

Lidview Cemetery
Lidview Cemetery
Lidview Cemetery in Starlight Shores.

Lidview Cemetery is the graveyard in Starlight Shores.

Five Sims are buried in this graveyard:


Terry Moldano's gravestone initially indicates a death by fire, but his blue ghost indicates otherwise. This might have been a mistake from developers.

Lucky Palms

Sunwest Graveyard

Five Sims are buried here:

Sunlit Tides

Final Sunset Graveyard

The Final Sunset Graveyard is the default cemetery in Sunlit Tides It is found on a mountain and is rather isolated. It bears some similitudes with the Barnacle Boneyard.

Five Sims are buried here:

Moonlight Falls

Hallowed Grounds Cemetery

Six Sims are buried here:

Monte Vista

Restful Mausoleum

Five Sims are buried there:

Aurora Skies

Morningside Morgue and Cemetery

The Morningside Morgue and Cemetery is the default graveyard in Aurora Skies. It is really plain: a lonesome mausoleum rises at the center of the lot. Four walkways go from each side of the lot to the mausoleum and the rest is coated gravestones, all of which are flat. Five Sims are buried there:

Dragon Valley

5 Sims are buried in this graveyard:

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