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From the sun-soaked shores of California to the bustling cities in the Northeast, the U.S. has countless destinations worth exploring. Some travelers look for cities with thriving food and nightlife scenes, while others seek out beautiful national parks, but the most intrepid travelers choose their next vacation destination based on the likelihood of a paranormal encounter. Ghost hunters flock to the most haunted cities in America, known for spirit sightings at eerie locations not typically found in guidebooks. Tragic past events have allegedly caused ghosts to linger in hotels, restaurants, parks, and more in these cities, but even if you don’t experience any paranormal activity, you’ll at least have a memorable time learning about the area’s dark history.
Here are 10 of the most haunted cities in America.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
With dozens of reportedly haunted places, New Orleans is one of the country’s most haunted cities. By paranormal standards, New Orleans really has it all: churches haunted by the spirits of former priests, former hospitals visited by soldiers who died but never truly passed on, and homes filled with ghosts of residents who died on the premises — not to mention all the vampire stories. The city also has its share of notable ghosts, including author William Faulkner, whose spirit is sometimes spotted at his former home-turned-bookstore Faulkner House Books. Old Absinthe House, open since the early 1800s, is supposedly haunted by Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau, Andrew Jackson, and pirate Jean Lafitte, among others. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is another paranormal hot spot, said to be haunted by hundreds of ghosts. These are just a few of the many spooky spots in New Orleans.
2. Chicago, Illinois
A disastrous fire, a notorious serial killer, and mob history all led to Chicago becoming an allegedly haunted destination. Nederlander Theatre was the site of a tragic fire killing hundreds in 1903, and some say the alley behind the theater is still haunted by those unfortunate patrons. H.H. Holmes, the country’s first serial killer, murdered dozens (if not hundreds) of women in the infamous “Murder Castle,” and while that building was replaced, some workers still report odd experiences while working in the new building’s basement. The site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, often attributed to Al Capone, reportedly has some residual paranormal energy, too. These are just a few of the many haunted sites in the Windy City — check out a ghost tour for more.
3. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, is often ranked among the most haunted cities in the U.S. Historic homes, inns, and restaurants are rumored to house the spirits of former residents and visitors. In fact, those looking for a thoroughly spooky weekend in Savannah can opt to stay at an allegedly haunted hotel and eat at the restaurants still frequented by spirits that never fully left the earthly realm. Moon River Brewing Company is known as the most haunted place in town, featured on both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Guests have reported seeing a lady in white on the stairs and spirits have been known to mess with the staff. The Pirates’ House, now a family-friendly restaurant, was once a boarding house popular among sailors, but some were kidnapped from its basement and forced to sail aboard ships against their will, so some say their spirits still visit the restaurant today. Finally, The Marshall House is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S., thanks to its history as a hospital during the Civil War and yellow fever epidemics. Guests have reported seeing apparitions in the hallways and hearing ghost children running down the halls at night, among other mysterious happenings.
4. St. Augustine, Florida
The oldest city in the U.S. is bound to have a residual spirit or two, and lucky for paranormal seekers, St. Augustine is a hotbed of ghost activity. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is one of the historic city’s hot spots, supposedly haunted by girls who drowned there in the 1870s. Visitors have also reported paranormal experiences at Castle Warden, a Moorish-style home built in the 1880s that now houses the first permanent Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, established in 1950. The city has several other haunted locations; you can explore the darker side of St. Augustine on a ghost tour — some even bring along EMF meters to track paranormal activity.
5. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon, might be best known for its incredible craft beer scene and artsy vibes, but the city is also one of the best destinations for ghost hunters. The Shanghai Tunnels are perhaps the most notoriously haunted site in the city — in the late 1800s, the city was a major international port, and underground tunnels were created to transport (often illegal) goods across Portland. According to local lore, residents hanging out at local bars were kidnapped and taken through the tunnels to waiting ships, never to be seen again. Some say the victims’ souls still haunt the bars above ground — you can even take a ghost tour to learn more about the city’s gritty past.
6. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Areas where historic tragedies took place are often considered paranormal hot spots, and the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle is regarded as one of the world’s most haunted places. Some report seeing the ghosts of soldiers on the battlefield, and inns and a farm in the area are haunted, too, according to the Travel Channel. Visitors can take a ghost tour to learn more about the history of Gettysburg and the tragic spirits still said to wander these grounds.
7. Washington, D.C.
Our country’s capital has seen its fair share of history, so it makes sense that Washginton, D.C. is the setting for several ghost stories. In fact, many say the White House is one of the most haunted houses in the U.S., haunted by the ghosts of former residents. President Lincoln’s ghost has been spotted in the Lincoln Bedroom; President William Henry Harrison, who died in the White House, is said to have returned in the afterlife; and first ladies Dolley Madison and Abigail Adams supposedly still linger, tending to the home. D.C. ghost tours take visitors through other allegedly haunted locations, including the National Building Museum, the Congressional Cemetery, and official government buildings.
8. San Francisco, California
A storied past and prominent landmarks with dark histories make San Francisco one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. China Camp State Park, the USS Hornet, and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard are all said to be haunted, but the number one San Francisco hot spot has to be Alcatraz. According to the Travel Channel, there are a few ghosts still lurking in the infamous prison, but the spirit of Al Capone is perhaps the most notorious — some say you can still hear him playing his favorite banjo tunes.
9. Salem, Massachusetts
Perhaps best known for the Salem witch trials that resulted in the execution of 19 people, Salem, Massachusetts, is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Some say the ghosts of those killed during the trials still linger in Salem to this day — Lyceum Hall (now Turner’s Seafood) is allegedly haunted by the first victim of the trials, Bridget Bishop, according to Atlas Obscura, and Howard Street Cemetery is haunted by Giles Corey, who was tortured to death after being accused of witchcraft, according to CNBC. Learn more about Salem’s spooky side on one of the many ghost tours offered.
10. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is considered one of the most haunted places in Texas because of the city’s history. The Battle of the Alamo led to thousands of casualties, and Alamo visitors and employees have reported seeing the ghosts of soldiers and hearing mysterious rally cries. The nearby Emily Morgan Hotel is one of the country’s most haunted hotels, too. The property was once a hospital, and some guests now report seeing the apparition of a woman in white in the halls.
Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @elizabetheverywhere.
Even for the least superstitious travelers among us, spending the night in a purported haunted hotel can be exhilarating.
Hotel employees are often more than eager to pass on their local legends and share personal paranormal experiences, or what they’ve been told by past guests.
While there’s hardly concrete proof, for the open-minded, these stories often spur a state of hyperawareness that greatly impact their stay, where the possibility of the unknown may lurk in any corner.
Upon checking in, the owners welcomed me to their regal 19th century home and regaled me with stories. Their ghosts were friendly, I was told, and some not even human — the owners maintained multiple guests have woken up to the sensation of the resident ghost cat sleeping on top of their feet. Although I didn’t experience anything paranormal, the possibility of such an encounter in the middle of the night made it feel as if I had suddenly become the main character in a Tim Burton movie.
Indeed, the US is filled with historic and iconic hotels that claim to have haunted roots. These hotels pride themselves on their more permanent guests and are quite happy to share haunted histories during your stay.
Of course, most lore is conjecture and depends on your level of openness to the idea of otherworldly activity. And since I’m not an official ghost hunter, you’ll have to call a paranormal investigator if you really want to find out which hotels are considered the most haunted.
However, we compiled hotels that are sufficiently spooky, with great stories to tell at any time of year, though, there’s nothing quite like visiting around Halloween.
And while creaky floorboards and ghostly characters are spooky scary, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic is scary scary. As such, we included each hotel’s protocol for keeping guests safe in an era of social distancing.
Across the country, restrictions are lifting, but according to experts, traveling at this time is still somewhat risky, particularly in hotels where you are more likely to cross paths with many people. Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you’re traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.
The most haunted hotels in America were selected based on the following criteria:
Hotels must be historic, dating back to the 1920s or earlier.
With respect to the hotel’s age, we were more lenient in considering reviews from guests unhappy with the wear and tear that comes along with a centuries-old hotel.
The hotel must show that they embrace their ghost stories by:
Dedicating a section of their website for guests to learn more
Stories about the hotel are commonly known and shared in the ghost-hunting community.
Every hotel has a Booking.com rating of 7 or higher and is priced between $105 and $298 per night to start.
In regards to COVID-19, every hotel must have social distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols in place.
Here are the most haunted hotels in the US sorted by price from low to high:
1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
In the Arkansas Ozarks, the grand 1186 Crescent Hotel and Spa has long been a symbol of hospitality with 72 rooms and four luxury cottages. But it also touts itself as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” for the sheer number of paranormal experiences guests here have claimed over the years.
According to the hotel website, mediums hired by the hotel believe there is actually a portal to another world in the hotel, which explains the high frequency of encounters. Guests on the hotel’s nightly tours have said they’ve experienced sudden lightheadedness when passing a particular spot outside the hotel’s annex and this old building has had many tragic chapters. It was once a women’s college and also used as “hospital” by a mad doctor who was later discovered to be a fraud conducting ghastly experiments. A nightly tour is available for guests who want the full story.
Whether or not you believe the lore, you’ll stay in rooms that channel southern hospitality with bold color combinations, fanciful wallpapers, and opulently-upholstered furniture in the Governor and Parlour Suites. There are also modernly-designed penthouses, which boast incredible panoramic views of the treetops below.
Try to book Room 218, the most frequently requested (and allegedly haunted) room, which is decorated in homage to the hotel’s most famous ghost, a builder who died while the building was under construction.
Pros: Guests frequently praise the beautiful valley views from the balcony rooms.
Cons: It’s an old hotel, so rooms will show their age and some guests did not find the rooms as clean as expected.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: In addition to checking the temperatures of their staff and enforcing social distancing and mask usage, the hotel is also installing hand sanitizer dispensers, disinfecting high-touch surfaces like buttons and handrails, and removing couches from the lobby.
Boston’s Omni Parker House is famous for two things: Boston Cream Pie and the ghost of Harvey Parker.
According to the Omni Hotels blog, the 19th-century hotelier still haunts the 10th floor of the hotel and past guests have reported eerie whispers and elevators that are repeatedly called to the third floor, despite no button being pushed. The hotel does not offer ghost tours, but you can learn all about it on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour that will also expand on the haunted history of one of America’s oldest cities.
Rooms at the Omni Parker House are classy and contemporary and some come with great views overlooking the Park Street Church Tower and the Boston Common. Room sizes range from the 90-square foot Economy Petite rooms, which are cost-effective, to the 210-square foot Deluxe rooms, which are decorated with cherry wood furnishings and include a sitting area.
Pros: Steps away from the Boston Common, this hotel is a centrally-located and elegant choice for anyone visiting Boston.
Cons: Being in the heart of the city, rooms tend to be small and it can be noisy outside, especially on weekends.
COVID-19 cleaning protocol: Omni hotels have enhanced their cleaning routines to disinfect frequently touched items in guest rooms and public spaces. Hand sanitizer is provided at the front desk and staff is equipped with disposable wipes to clean commonly-used surfaces throughout the day.
Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina
In the historic city of Charleston, the Francis Marion Hotel originally opened in the 1920s and is believed to be haunted by Ned Cohen, a heartbroken New Yorker who jumped to his death after getting dumped by his Southern belle.
According to the hotel’s blog, many guests have purported to feel his presence at night, reporting a bizarre rustling of the drapes, or even feeling a caress on their cheek. Some guests and hotel staff have even claimed to see a man crying in the hallway.
With 234 rooms, this historic hotel was one of the grandest in the city when it was built and today is still one of the top-rated hotels, revered for its historical significance and elegantly furnished rooms. They’re bright and modern, decorated in a calming color scheme of light blue and muted shades of gold. Traditional rooms are spacious and feature marble and granite bathrooms and the best views overlook the Charleston Harbor. If you need extra room, the Deluxe rooms have an extra seating area and more desk space.
Pros: Guests laud this hotel’s great service and how well it balances modernity with old-world charm.
Cons: Some guests find the room layouts awkward and outdated.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Francis Marion is frequently disinfecting high-touch areas like door handles and handrails, limiting elevator usage to one group at a time, and enforcing masks in public areas.
In Southern Oregon, the Wolf Creek Inn is housed in a 135-year old building with nine rooms and a long list of strange occurrences.
According to Travel Oregon, the inn originally welcomed pioneers traveling the Applegate Trail and the parlor still has the original flooring and bricks, with real bullet holes from this era.
The owner describes the haunting sounds of doors slamming or piano playing when no one else around as acts of friendly mischief, and paranormal investigators that have visited the hotel have called out Room 8 for being particularly “heavy.” The hotel appeared on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” among other television specials, and offers guided tours with a focus on the paranormal.
Aside from such legacy, the rooms maintain old-world charm with whitewashed paneled walls and pioneer era-inspired artwork, but still feel modern and clean with plush linens and elegant bed dressings. The hotel is small, so room choices are limited to two Twins, a Full, or Queen-sized bed.
Pros: The hotel is fully-renovated and feels like new without losing the historic touch.
Cons: It’s a small inn, so staff shortages will affect service and cars outside can be noisy.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Wolf Creek Inn is following the protocol set by the Oregon Health Authority to sanitize and promote social distancing, requiring all guests to wear masks when they are in any common area of the Inn.
One of the most iconic hotels in Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza is said to be haunted by a man in a long black coat believed to be the ghost of a local judge from the 19th century. Previous guests claim to have seen him roaming the halls, and according to a post by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he is among a cast of other commonly-seen spirits. Legend says a cowboy often looms at the bar, as does a young bride who met a tragic end on her wedding night.
Sitting on the same plot of land as Santa Fe’s first-ever inn from 400 years ago, this hotel is a historic and luxurious place to stay with an on-site spa and rooms that exude Southwestern elegance with colorful and elaborately designed headboards. Deluxe rooms are worth the splurge for their adorable elevated seating area or fireplace and balcony combination.
Pros: Located in the middle of the Santa Fe, the location is hard to beat and exciting amenities include an outdoor pool and rooftop hot tub.
Cons: Fees for parking can be costly and rooms are on the smaller side without bathtubs.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This hotel has committed to New Mexico’s safety commitment in addition to closing the pool and gym in addition, thoroughly sanitizing rooms thoroughly, allowing a few days to pass between guest stays, and washing linens at high temperatures.
The Stanley Hotel is a grand hotel that first opened in 1909 and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s epic horror novel “The Shining.” However, it was Stanley Kubrick’s film interpretation that showed audiences just how unnerving a large hotel can be.
With over 400 rooms offered in this sprawling complex, claims of ghost stories run rampant and the hotel offers an hour-long night tour, which is open to non-guests as well. According to guests who have been on the tour, each section of the hotel has its own story from an alleged energy vortex underneath the main staircase, to Paul, who yells at guests to “get out” if they stay in the concert hall past 11 p.m.
This is a huge resort, so accommodations depend on whether you stay in the historic section, or the lodge, which is a newer boutique-style hotel. The latter includes updated rooms that feature spacious, contemporary layouts, while rooms in the older hotel are similarly decorated, but lack that modern touch.
Pros: Besides the bragging rights of staying in this historic hotel, the Stanley is also in a great location with many things to do nearby, and places to eat in Estes Park.
Cons: This older hotel shows its age through in-room features like ceiling fans and tubs, which may not be a fit for travelers who prefer modern design.
COVID-19 cleaning protocol: Face coverings are required at all times in the hotel’s public areas and the hotel has added hand sanitizing stations in key locations and introduced additional sanitation to high-touch areas to their cleaning procedures. Tours will be limited to groups of 10.
The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, California
The longest-running hotel in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt has welcomed many stars through its doors from Shirley Temple to Brad Pitt.
However, according to rumors, the hotel’s most famous ghost haunts Room #1200, where pasts guests have claimed to glimpsed a starlet’s reflection in the mirror — and she’s not alone. Other claims include spirits that lock guests out of their rooms and mysterious noises like somebody stomping with boots.
Guests can choose to stay in the classic tower, where the supposed haunted rooms are, or in one of the modern Hollywood-style cabana suites if they’d rather keep their distance. Rooms feel fresh and young with trendy furnishings and colorful decoration, while suites and Superior rooms boast sleekly-tiled bathrooms and four-post beds.
Pros: This historic building has kept up with the times, meaning the rooms are modern and fashionable.
Cons: Rooms are on the small side, and because of the hotel’s age, the layout of some may feel outdated with large closets and tiny bathrooms.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Hollywood Roosevelt has added to their cleaning protocol by disinfecting high-touch items in guest rooms, public spaces, and in the back of the house. All guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask and only one guest, or group of guests, will be allowed on the elevator at one time.
Sitting on Seneca Lake in Upstate New York, Belhurst Castle is comprised of three hotels in one, however, the castle’s resident woman in white appears most often to those staying in the Chambers.
Isabella, for whom the spa is named, was an opera singer and according to legend, she was tragically killed in a collapse when trying to escape the authorities through a secret tunnel built under their home. According to the Haunted History Trail of New York State, guests have reported seeing her standing on the front lawn at night, and hotel staff have noticed unusual activities like the sound of furniture being moved about in a room that once housed illegal gambling activities during the castle’s speakeasy days.
From the outside, this castle hotel is so picturesque that it’s one the Finger Lakes’ most popular wedding venues. In the chambers, guest rooms include regal details such as high-end furnishings or stained glass windows. However, the prize room is the Tower Suite, which has a curved staircase and a balcony overlooking the castle’s distinguished grounds.
Pros: This castle is thoroughly unique in design and feels classic in every way. It’s a castle!
Cons: Because rooms are fitted inside an old building, each layout is one-of-a-kind and not immune to design flaws like faulty fuses and awkwardly-placed A/C units.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: All guests will be required to wear a face-covering and room keys, which are physical, will all be sanitized and non-essential objects that are purely decorative have been removed from every room.
Originally opened in 1927, The Cavalier Resort has welcomed presidents and celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
It’s still just as grand as it was in its heyday, however, this historic hotel also comes with a few ghostly tales according to Visit Virginia Beach. Over the years, guests have reported hearing strange sounds like cats scratching at doors, pianos playing on their own, and some guests even claimed to have seen a soldier roaming the halls at night.
The sixth floor is believed to be particularly haunted as that was the floor where the body of the Coors Brewing Company founder was found. Guests who have stayed in the same room have reported cold spots and waking up to open windows.
The rooms come with gold-trimmed headboards, colorful pillows, and marble-adorned bathrooms. Heritage Suites were each designed by one of the hotel’s partners and make bold statements with color.
Dating back to 1887, this hotel was once a Victorian-era club and playground for elite 19th-century figures like J.P. Morgan, whose spirit is said to visit from time to time according to HauntedHouses.com. Guests staying in the same condos he once occupied sometimes report the smell of cigar smoke early in the morning.
Other ghosts spotted at the hotel allegedly include the Union General John Lloyd Aspinwall, and a bellhop, who sometimes appears in his uniform to honeymooning couples. Historical tours are offered but focus on the prestigious founding of the island, rather than ghostly claims.
Today, Jekyll Island is a state park and the resort offers a wide variety of accommodations from cottages to a boutique hotel. Rooms in the Island Club are large and updated, while the Island Club Cottages, are charming with large porches outfitted with classic southern-style rocking chairs.
Pros: The sprawling grounds are very peaceful and the food and service are highly praised.
Cons: The buildings are old and some guests have reported leaky pipes and malfunctioning A/C units.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The resort is keeping the pools open, but lounge chairs will be set up for social distancing and the hotel has committed to disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the rooms and also behind the scenes.
Filled with a creepy mix of buzzy new specials, boldfaced names and returning favorites, “Ghostober” has all the thrills and chills on lockdown.
This might just be the year to buy lots of extra candy and settle in for “Ghostober,” Travel Channel’s third annual paranormal programming event. No need to leave the house when Halloween reigns all month long, taking viewers on spine-chilling adventures to the other side – where tales of poltergeists, ghostly creatures, demons and even a few legends will keep you company. Filled with a creepy mix of buzzy new specials, boldfaced names and returning favorites, “Ghostober” has all the thrills and chills on lockdown.
While we are all living with many unknowns, Travel Channel conjures up over-the-top specials exploring the very topic of the real unknown.
While paranormal programming is scheduled throughout October, Ghostober culminates with “7 Nights of Fright.” The top 20 of the world’s spookiest unexplained videos kickstarts the week on Sunday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with the two-hour countdown “Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100.”
Included in this week’s lineup of supersized specials are new Shock Docs focusing on two of our nation’s most terrifying tales of horror – “Amityville Horror House,” premiering on Monday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and “The Exorcism of Roland Doe,” premiering on Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Then, fans will celebrate the season with many of Travel Channel’s talent featured in the new “Shock Docs” tell-all holiday special, “This is Halloween,” premiering Wednesday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
As the calendar creeps closer to All Hallows’ Eve, we crank up the terror with over-the-top tricks and treats. In the two-hour special, “Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo,” premiering Thursday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” crew go inside the infamous Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park to investigate sinister accounts of ghostly activity.
The special is then followed by the Season Two return of “The Holzer Files,” reopening famed ghost hunter Hans Holzer’s original case files, at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
The goosebumps continue with a sneak peek of the new season of “Portals to Hell,” starring Katrina Weidman and Jack Osbourne, on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The duo investigates what might just be the most haunted place in all of Connecticut.
And then, in a special two-hour holiday treat, the whole Osbourne family joins in on the fun. Adamant on truly living up to their position as America’s first family of darkness, Jack Osbourne takes Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly on their first-ever paranormal investigation in “The Osbournes: Night of Terror,” premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Not only are they going to hunt ghosts together … but they’re going to love it.
Travel Channel wraps up “Ghostober” on Halloween night with the ultimate series crossover featuring superstar paranormal investigators from two of the network’s hit shows, “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits.” The ghost-hunting teams reunite for the first time in nearly a decade to explore frightening activity inside an illustrious Newport, Rhode Island, mansion in “Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell,” premiering Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
And the programming event bows with a chilling new episode of “Destination Fear” on Saturday, October 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, where the team will spend a terrifying night inside the abandoned Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.”
Halloween is Travel Channel’s Superbowl, and with more people at home than ever before, we plan to deliver an over-the-top slate of original programming. We are the only network super-serving this mega popular genre to its superfans, featuring the superstars of the paranormal field and beyond,” said Matthew Butler, general manager, Travel Channel.
The “Ghostober” 2020 celebration is back on TravelChannel.com and Travel Channel’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Fans can check out exclusive content from their favorite shows, a new exclusive web series, “Up Close & Paranormal,” with the cast of “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits,” behind-the-scene videos, cast interviews, photos and more. Viewers can also stream a variety of Travel Channel’s series, including past seasons of “Ghost Adventures,” on the Travel Channel Go app.
Included in this year’s Halloween lineup are some of the wildest, zaniest and scariest specials and series:
NEW SPECIALS”AMITYVILLE HORROR HOUSE” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special) Premieres Monday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PTIn 1977, the book, “The Amityville Horror,” was published and caused a sensation. The subsequent 1979 film adaptation was a surprise box office hit.
Today, it is the quintessential American horror story based on true events – family moves into their dream house in an all-American town and experiences the most terrifying demonic haunting imaginable. Demon possession, demon attacks, a portal to hell – it was a situation so dire, even the church couldn’t help them. Through archival footage and re-creations, our film presents the harrowing true story of Ronald DeFeo, who murdering his entire family in the Amityville house, and the 28 days the Lutz family lived there. A rare, archival interview with George Lutz, describing the final, terrifying night in the Amityville house, is revealed for the first time. #AmityvilleHorrorHouseTrvl
“THE EXORCISM OF ROLAND DOE” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special) Premieres Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PTIn 1973, “The Exorcist” shocked moviegoers. Overnight, the sinister presence of satanic evil seemed frighteningly real for millions of Americans. Archival footage shows audience members frightened out of their wits – and literally out of their seats. Some in the audience ran out of the theatre; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Through rare archival footage, this shock doc will feature the cultural impact of the horror movie and explore the story of Roland Doe, the chilling true story behind “The Exorcist.”
And for the first time on television, an investigator will expose a shocking secret and possible cover-up in the real-life exorcist case of Roland Doe. #ExorcismofRolandDoeTrvl“THIS IS HALLOWEEN” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special)Premieres Wednesday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Halloween is a time to indulge our darkest fears and live out our wildest fantasies. For those who like the spooky side of life, it’s become a yearly event. In the two-hour Shock Docs installment, “This is Halloween,” Travel Channel’s paranormal experts share their best Halloween stories in a nostalgic look back at everyone’s favorite haunted holiday. From creepy costumes to the scariest pranks they’ve ever pulled, it’s a sweet and spooky trip down memory lane.
Travel Channel is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
While I found this article interesting and fun, I think there’s one place they left out… the HOIA BACIU Forest in Transylvania. That’s one place I don’t care to ever visit. I love watching others, via video or tv, go there… but there is something “so off” about that place. It’s a place I feel as if you could go and never reappear… or at the very least, hope to come out the same as you went in. Otherwise, completely agree with this article. Calleen
This psychiatric hospital operated for 126 years until 1993, housing Victoria’s mentally ill. During the height of its operation, the building was home to over 1000 patients. Aradale is just one of 65 buildings in this “city within a city.” The entire property spans well over 600 acres. During one of the two-hour tours offered to the public, you explore the Ararat Hospital’s wards and treatment halls. You can also visit J Ward, which housed the criminally insane. Ghost tours visit the gallows and gravesites for a real spooky experience.
For almost a century, Portland, Oregon, was the site of human trafficking. Saloon-owners outfitted their Portland operations with trapdoors, making it easy for them to seize drunk men in the bars and drop them into the Portland Underground. They then drugged the men and sold them as unpaid labor to ships. Ghost tours participants get a flashlight before descending into the underground network where ghosts of dead victims haunt the passages. Men who survived often worked for years as captives on ships, sometimes making their way back home.
This island is even more spooky thanks to the events of this year. It’s the place where the term “quarantine” originated. Venice forced incoming ships to dock on Poveglia Island for 40 days to prove they didn’t carry the plague. Consequentially, the island was the last resting place for over 160,000 people. Rumor says human remains make up over half the island. Although the island’s closed to the public, five ghost-hunting Americans attempted to spend the night in 2016. They called for a midnight rescue, claiming harassment by malicious spirits.
Built on top of a pagan ritual ground in the 12th century, guests now stay in Wotton-under-Edge’s haunted inn to experience the paranormal phenomenon. Legend states devil-worshipping pagans once sacrificed children on the site. Now, visitors claim to hear screams and babies crying, feel invisible hands pushing them, and even see mist ascending the staircase.
Ulrich Von Laaber built this castle in the 13th century to act as a stronghold in the area. War took him from home, leaving his young, beautiful wife a little bored. When her distractions included an affair, Laaber had her killed. It’s now her spirit, the White Woman, who haunts the castle’s hall. Rumor has it there’s a mysterious hole in the woods filled with the bones of Von Laaber and his sons. Still, the hole remains hidden in the forest while the castle’s open for public tours.
What if you suspected that your daughter’s new fiancé was the reincarnation of a man who tried to kill you 30 years ago? That’s the clever and creepy premise behind Evil Eye, a new Blumhouse horror movie that puts South Asian characters and mythology front-and-center.
Directed by twin brother filmmakers Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani, Evil Eye is part of the upcoming Welcome to the Blumhouse program, which will see a number of films from diverse filmmakers debut on Amazon this October. And while Blumhouse, the studio behind Get Out, The Invisible Man, and The Purge, has become a household name for genre enthusiasts, this film feels emblematic of the entire initiative: it’s a chance for filmmakers from underserved backgrounds to tell stories unique to their heritage, putting their personal touch on a horror film being presented on one of the biggest platforms in the world.
I don’t know if this will be any good or not, but I’m going to watch… for sure. I believe you can get all Blumhouse films for free with Amazon Prime. So yes, I’m definitely “in” on this one. Calleen
People either believe in ghosts or they don’t. However, one thing is for sure: no one can deny the thrill of a chilling ghost story or the curiosity that comes with a supposed paranormal encounter.
That’s exactly why film franchises like Ghostbusters and television series like Celebrity Ghost Stories and Ghost Hunters have remained so successful for so many years.
With the attention of celebrities constantly in high demand by living people, it only makes sense that ghosts want to talk to them too. From Gwen Stefani to Cher, it seems as though most famous people have had a ghostly encounter—whether haunting, heartwarming, or even sexually-charged.
Below, check out 28 stars who have had run-ins with the paranormal.
Celebs Share Their Personal Paranormal Stories
During an interview with guest host Dua Lipa on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Gwen Stefani revealed that while she hasn’t seen a ghost herself, one of her sons apparently encountered a ghoul during a stay at The Langham hotel in London!
“We didn’t know that they say it’s haunted there,” Stefani explained. “And then you look it up, and [there are] stories about it. He saw this guy in a curtain. He was only two when he told me.” Hopefully it was a one-time encounter, and the ghost doesn’t hollaback.
Machine Gun Kelly
Two weeks after Machine Gun Kelly’s father passed away in early July 2020, the rapper claimed that he received a missed call from him—and he posted a screenshot on Instagram to prove it.
“I’ve been looking for a sign. Haven’t slept right since,” he wrote. “My girl said spirits communicate through electromagnetic waves because moving physical objects is harder,” he added, seemingly referring to his girlfriend, Megan Fox.
Kesha’s never been one to shy away from sharing a wacky story, whether she’s breaking into Prince’s house to give him her demo CD or… having sex with a ghost, apparently! She told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show in 2012 that the track “Supernatural” off of her Warrior album was written after some “sexy time with a ghost.”
The track’s lyrics (“Baby when we’re touching in the dark, can you feel it?”) allude to the steamy spiritual situation, which she spoke about in more detail on Conan in 2012, claiming she “went to the bone zone.” It’s unclear whether or not the encounter went well, as she told Jimmy Kimmel in 2013 that her vagina was now “haunted.” Yikes. Somebody please get Kesha some sage.
Back in 1999, the Charlie’s Angels star revealed to Us Weekly that she once had a sexually-charged run-in with the paranormal.
“It was sheer bliss. I felt everything. I climaxed. And then he floated away,” Liu detailed the alleged event that took place during a nap on her futon. “It was almost like what might have happened to Mary. That’s how it felt. Something came down and touched me, and now it watches over me.” Whatever you say, queen!
Saturday Night Live alum Dan Aykroyd hasn’t only encountered ghosts as the star of Ghostbusters. He’s also come into contact with the spooky specters in much more intimate settings—not once, but twice!
Aykroyd wrote for The Huffington Post back in 2010 that he first felt a sexual ghostly presence in his bed while he lived with singer and actress Mama Cass. He then told Esquire in 2013 that a male ghost cuddled up to him in bed, and he was down for it! He recalled thinking, “I’m just going to roll over and snuggle with it.” Why waste a perfect moment?
Melissa McCarthy hilariously hunted ghosts in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, but her real-life paranormal experiences have been a bit more heartwarming. While promoting the film on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015, she divulged that three weeks after her great-grandmother died, she “saw her, just fully standing there in the same house dress and apron that she always had on.”
She shared another ghost encounter that she endured with her sister after moving into a new house in Colorado. “The kitchen door all of a sudden just slammed open, and slammed twice, and then went back to being closed,” she said. “Two weeks later I moved to New York.”
Long before she enrolled in Camp Rock, Demi Lovato grew up in a Texas home that she believed was “so ridiculously haunted,” she told BuzzFeed in 2013. “Not by a bad spirit, but a little girl. I think her name is Emily,” she said. “I’ve had a medium come over and ghost hunters, and they both told me the same name, Emily.”
Lovato recalled “Emily” mysteriously operating technology and moving objects in her childhood home, but rather than let it scare her, the “I Love Me” singer felt the experiences provided her with a strong connection to those who have passed. “When you’re sensitive to energy, you can tell if something is off or happening,” she explained. “Everyone can be open to it if they open their mind.”
Ariana Grande has always had an interest in ghosts, but she learned to leave them alone after an eerie experience she told Complex about in 2013. While in Kansas City with some friends, the “7 Rings” singer visited a haunted castle and encountered what she believes was a demon.
“I felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulfur, which is the sign of a demon, and there was a fly in the car randomly, which is another sign of a demon,” she detailed. Grande took a photo at the scene of three faces she described as “textbook demons,” but deleted it after feeling like the spirits were following her and her friends.
Paz De La Huerta
Boardwalk Empire and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” music video actress Paz De La Huerta swears that she hooked up with Elvis Presley’s ghost at his Graceland recording studio.
“I stood in this corner, and I felt him. What can I say? I felt him touch me,” De La Huerta told The New York Times in 2011. “I felt his spirit go through me and give me pleasure.” Sometimes you truly can’t help falling in love… even with the dearly departed.
While Charli XCX was creating the music that would eventually become 2014’s Sucker album, she encountered a ghost in her unusual studio space: an abandoned—and allegedly haunted—hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.
“A woman drowned herself at the lake in front of the hotel and she still ‘lives’ there,” XCX told the Daily Star. “We got a recording of her voice, which is on my phone. I want to put it on every song on the album.” There’s been no update to the story, so whether or not the ghost provided backing vocals on “Break the Rules” is TBD.
For many years, the Twitter bio of Nikki Blonsky (yes, from the movie Hairspray) read as follows: “Actress, Singer, Dancer, Public Speaker, Paranormal Investigator.” While it’s unclear how much experience she has in the latter industry, she may have encountered some paranormal activity in her own home according to a 2018 tweet.
“I think I have an Spanish ghost in my house because every time I leave the room the tv channel changes itself to the telenovela lol,” Blonsky, who appeared in a 2019 film titled Ghost in the Graveyard, wrote. “Well hey we all have our guilty pleasures … I guess ghosts do too! As long as the ghost is cool they can watch their telenovelas when I’m not home lol.”
Taylor Swift filmed most of the writing process of 2017’s Reputation album on camera, and while writing “Gorgeous” she caught something spooky in action.
Midway through the video, as she can be seen writing the song’s first verse, it appears as though an automatic screen lowers in front of her window. Swift, caught off guard, freezes as dogs begin to bark. She then looks into the camera with wide eyes and says, “Ghosts.” Maybe if the “Cardigan” singer wasn’t so secretive about her new music, ghosts wouldn’t be trying to spy on her!
Vampires and werewolves aren’t the only supernatural figures Kristen Stewart is familiar with. In a 2019 interview with Vanity Fair, Stewart revealed that she “talks to” ghosts.
“If I’m in a weird, small town, making a movie, and I’m in a strange apartment, I will literally be like, ‘No please, I cannot deal. Anyone else, but it cannot be me,’” she said, noting that she’s still unsure of the specifics of ghosts’ existence. “Who knows what ghosts are, but there is an energy that I’m really sensitive to. Not just with ghosts, but with people.” Note to ghosts: leave Kristen alone!
During a 2012 appearance on the talk show Naughty But Nice, Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin alleged that she received unwanted advances from a “perverted ghost” one night while watching TV. “I was wearing a nightie, and I felt my dress move up my leg… I looked down and got freaked out,” said the actress, dancer, model and TV personality.
“I pushed [my dress] down, watched TV, felt it again and I could see it being pulled up. And then I felt a guy breathing in my ear,” she continued. Austin added that her marriage to Ice-T has seemingly warded off all ghosts, and honestly, we’re glad he was able to instate some paranormal marital boundaries.
Model and television personality Kendall Jenner dished in a 2018 “Scary Stories” video for Vogue that she believes in ghosts, and even though she’s never seen one, she has “experienced some pretty ghost-y situations.”
She claimed that her mother, Kris Jenner, had been haunted by a ghost in her own home. “Kylie and I would always hear footsteps on the roof while no one was home,” Jenner explained. “Kylie’s shower used to turn on all the time and we never knew why … I’m convinced it was a ghost.”
Miley and Noah Cyrus
Miley Cyrus had her own ghostly experience while staying in a rental apartment in London, the “Mother’s Daughter” singer told Elle UK in 2013. She was with her younger sister Noah Cyrus, who was showering when Miley heard her scream.
“I run in [the bathroom] and the water had somehow flipped to hot but it wasn’t like the water had just changed, the knob had turned but she hadn’t turned it, and it was burning her. She was really red,” Cyrus detailed, noting that she’d had an inkling there may have been a paranormal presence around. “I thought I had seen a little boy sitting on the sink watching me take a shower so I felt really freaked out.” She added that other family members who stayed with her also had spooky experiences in the apartment, so she ended up leaving shortly after. Maybe it was one of her Dead Petz?
Lucy Hale may have been a pretty little liar, but she claims she’s telling the truth when she says there’s a ghost in her house. The actress dished to Hollywood Teen’Zine in 2010 that her paranormal roommate has turned her coffee maker on in the middle of the night and randomly closed doors, among other inconveniences.
“I have a motion sensor that lights up in my apartment, and I swear it lights up sometimes when there’s nothing under it,” she said. “And my dog barks a lot. I don’t feel that threatened, but it definitely freaks me out.” Does the ghost pay rent, we wonder?
Multi-million dollar checks from films like La La Land aren’t the only payments Emma Stone receives. The actress told David Letterman in 2014 that she often gets very specific payments from her late grandfather despite never getting the chance to meet him.
“There’s a long family history with quarters. My grandfather leaves quarters. It’s him. It’s absolutely him,” she dished. “It’s not a logical thing, it’s magical.” Maybe Emma is The Favourite of the family?
Supermodel Gigi Hadid detailed in a 2018 Vogue video that she’s “had a lot of unexplainable experiences with the supernatural,” specifically recalling a story from when she and her sister, Bella, were young.
“We lived in this really old house, and I was given the attic as my room. We used to hear this weird sound in the closet, and then we asked my dad, and he said this old lady used to live in the house,” she dished, adding that her family chose to befriend the ghost. “We would talk to her. We’d be like, ‘Girl, we’ll bring you some tea.’” Tea time with the Hadids and a ghost? Sign us up!
Selena Gomez told Jimmy Fallon all about her forays into amateur ghostbusting during an appearance on The Tonight Show in 2015. “I believe in ghosts, so I have a ghost app,” the “Lose You to Love Me” singer said. “I believe that spirits can tap into technology. Why not, right?”
Gomez stated further that while one time in a concert venue “the app actually said people in [her] life by name,” and Fallon poked fun at her in response. “You know what, you’re actually upsetting the spirits,” she cautioned him. “They’re mad at you.”
The Matrix icon Keanu Reeves told Jimmy Kimmel in 2014 that when he was “like 6 [or] 7 years old” he believes he saw a ghost in his family’s then-new New York City apartment.
“I’m hanging out. There was a doorway and all of a sudden this jacket comes waving through the doorway, this empty jacket — there’s no body, there’s no legs, it’s just there. And then it disappears,” he recalled. Reeves didn’t know what to think at the time until he looked over at his nanny, whose mouth was agape in shock. He then said to himself, “Oh wow, so that was real.”
Actress Megan Fox revealed in a 2014 interview with MTV News that she doesn’t just believe in ghosts—she “believes in everything.” She told a story about a hotel she stayed in on a Mexico vacation that may have been a bit haunted: “I had pre-ordered breakfast for 7:30, and at 7 a.m. I hear them pouring the coffee … Thirty minutes later at 7:30 I went in there, no table, no coffee, no food, no nothing, no one there. Doorbell rings, I open the door, it’s room service with my food.”
Maybe just a half-asleep sonic hallucination? Fox insists it wasn’t: “Brandy the nanny comes out later and says, ‘Why did room service come at 7:00 when we told them to come at 7:30?’ So you can’t tell me I’m crazy, because two people heard it.”
Try and take yourself back to a time where Marilyn Manson was merely a student at a Christian school. He revealed on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2010 that during that time a group of friends talked him into reciting “incantations by Bic lighter” in an allegedly haunted basement.
While Manson read from the pages, he began to hear voices that he believed were ghostly presences. “I believe in the fact that there is energy, and if you mess with it something can happen,” the iconic shock-rocker said. “We stopped, and I could hear talking, and it was very scary… it was something along the lines of, ‘Do you believe in Satan?’”
Following the monstrous success of 2011’s 21 album, Adele spent a pretty penny ($6 million) on a new 25-acre home in West Sussex. As she settled into the home (which used to be a convent), however, Adele started to hear mysterious noises that creeped her out.
In order to keep herself safe, the “Hello” singer upgraded the home’s security presence, according to The Sun. You can never be too safe!
Anna Nicole Smith
The late Anna Nicole Smith once dished to FHM magazine that she’s had sex with a ghost not once, not twice, but “every night” for a period of time while she lived in Texas.
Smith initially thought it was her boyfriend, but she quickly realized it wasn’t. “I was freaked out about it, but then I was, like, ‘Well, you know what? He’s never hurt me, and he just gave me some amazing sex, so I have no problem,'” she told the men’s magazine in 2004. “[I]t was not a dream, because it was happening every night…I told my boyfriend and he didn’t believe me. Of course…MEN!”
Prior to her career as a teen pop star in the ‘80s, Tiffany claims she encountered some ghosts after deciding to read The Satanic Bible one day with her girlfriends.
“We were reading this book, and they were wanting to talk to these spirits,” she dished on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2012. “I definitely felt a darkness, a heaviness, a presence. It felt almost like these hands were gonna come out and grab you at any moment. No place felt safe in that room.” Uh…I don’t think we’re alone now.
When Sonny and Cher said “I got you, babe,” they meant it forever (…minus the divorce part). Cher has claimed on multiple occasions that Sonny Bono has visited her from the afterlife, but she assured a fan during a Reddit AMA that it doesn’t scare her.
“I love ghosts. I actually think that Sonny makes a light go on.” The outspoken icon added, “I prefer ghosts to some people.” Hey, ghosts deserve life after love too.
Teen idol Aaron Carter didn’t believe in ghosts growing up, but as his grandmother was about to pass away she set out to convince him they were real by asking a favor of him, Carter revealed on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2012.
“She said, ‘When I die, I want you to light a candle, and when the candle burns out, I’m gonna show myself to you to prove to you that there’s life after death,’” he recalled. Carter wanted to respect her wishes, so he did what he was told. He alleges that as he blew the candle out, he saw her ghost and she said, “I told you.” Oh, Aaron.
Joey King told a chilling story on The Howard Stern Show about a medical issue she developed while filming The Conjuring.
The horror movie The Conjuring is still one of the freakiest paranormal real-life stories to date. Before going into detail she said, “That movie messed me up for my whole life.”
King explained, “This is truly the root of why I am so scared of that movie. In the movie when the mom gets possessed she gets all these bruises on her. During the filming of those particular scenes, I started having a lot of bruises show up on my body.”
“The makeup ladies thought I was stealing their fake bruises, and I was like, ‘why would I do that, that’s crazy.’ They didn’t believe me. They tried to take my real bruises off with rubbing alcohol and oil.”
“I got a couple (of) blood tests because they told me it looked like it could potentially be early signs of leukemia. All of a sudden, I am told that I have this blood-thinning condition called ITP. Basically most of my red platelets drained from my body mysteriously.”
King further said why this diagnosis was so odd, “I had never had a blood problem in the past, I’ve never had a blood problem since then. No one in my family has that. I was at risk of needing a blood transfusion, and they were scared to even let me work.”
The actress then had to get her blood tested twice a day during filming in an effort to monitor her platelets and help her rebuild them with iron supplements.
“Then when I came home my platelets were completely fine. I was back up to the normal numbers and I’ve never since had a trace of that disorder.”
King revealed that she Googled the spirit that was responsible to the haunting experience that inspired The Conjuring and was terrified to even write her name into the computer. She felt that she was being watched.
Thankfully King is in perfect health today, but she believes the unexplainable blood issue was due to a ghostly predicament.
For Sale: Ireland’s most haunted mansion “where the devil himself lived.”
Paranormal professionals and ghost lovers take note: Loftus Hall in Fethard on Sea, in Ireland’s County Wexford, is on the market for $3 million.
The 22-bedroom Georgian mansion set on stately, landscaped grounds has been put on the block by owners Aidan and Shane Quigley, who have rented the home out since 2012 for ghost tours.
The property — originally built in 1170 by a Norman knight — is said to have been haunted since 1766, when it was known as Redmond Hall.
The legend goes that a mysterious stranger came to the home calling on owners Lord and Lady Tottenham, as well as their daughter Lady Anne, according to the Irish Mirror. With a storm raging, they invited the man inside, and while they were playing a card game, Lady Anne crouched to grab a card that fell and discovered cloven hooves of Satan himself.
She screamed, the devil disappeared in a cloud of smoke and Lady Anne went crazy, locking herself up in the house and soon died. She is said to haunt the halls of the home.
Over the years the mansion has been a school for girls and a hotel before being bought by the Quigley brothers in 2011 for $800,000.
“Many have said there are certain areas of the Hall, its atmosphere, the temperature and the general feeling of unease,” the brothers told the Irish Mirror. “Many people have seen things that have left them wondering.”
There’s a certain shameful joy to reality television, whether it’s gawking at The Bachelor or weeping through Queer Eye. Even though it can sometimes feel staged and fake, there’s an implied detachment from the formulaic that can’t be replicated in traditional scripted shows. Sometimes, you want to know what to expect, but still avoid being bored. The perfect show to strike this balance has two seasons on Netflix, but it’s only on the platform until August 3, so now’s the time to start your binge.
Paranormal Survivor is a little-known Canadian reality show airing on The Travel Channel. It takes its influence from shows like Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries, using dramatic re-enactments and special effects to narrate paranormal encounters as told by the eyewitness in a talking-head style interview, with experts weighing in to explain the otherworldly activity.
I know, it sounds terrible. But there’s a charm to it that draws you in and keeps you there. Maybe it’s the earnestness of everyone involved, maybe it’s the delightfully hamfisted acting of the re-enactors. But there’s a definite spark that makes this series compulsively watchable.
The key is probably in its low-budget quality. The re-eneactments mostly rely on practical effects, whether it be a cupboard slamming or a smoke machine. There’s only a handful of computer-generated effects. While the practical effects look good — occasionally great — the digital effects look a bit like they came built-in with iMovie.
This may sound like a downside, but for a show about ghosts, it’s good to have that suspension of disbelief broken — it keeps you skeptical and reminds you that it is a re-enactment. Plus, it’s rare you get to see practical effects put front and center in television in the age of CGI environments and green screens.
In terms of stories, the episodes each are themed, ranging from episodes on poltergeists to one about ghosts befriending children, each with three or four stories per episode. This format makes it the perfect show to have on in the background or if you’re looking for something you can start and stop as needed.
For a ghost-hunting enthusiast, it may not meet the high bar of true proof of the paranormal, but for the everyday viewer, it’s the perfect casual, light-but-still-chilling, and genuinely earnest show to watch without feeling like it’s a commitment.
With 20 episodes on Netflix, now’s the perfect time to jump in before the series leaves on August 3.
Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren is the first installment in Travel Channel’s new series called, Shock Docs. The premiere episode delves into the case files of America’s first paranormal investigation team.
Fans of James Wan’s The Conjuring series and those interested in the supernatural will definitely recognize America’s first paranormal investigation team. The pair throughout their 50-year career were involved in several high-profile cases like the Amityville Horror as well as the Smurl and Enfield hauntings.
Ed was a world-renowned demonologist and Lorraine was a clairvoyant. Together, during the 1970’s and 1980’s they made the rounds on numerous television programs and college campuses talking about their experiences. Their goal was to enlighten the rest of the world to the fact that good and evil does exist. It isn’t a figment of the imagination.
What is interesting to note, many of the tools that paranormal investigators use today can be traced back to the Warrens. They used audio and visual recorders, as well as several electromagnetic devices and in true pioneer spirit, they produced their own television show.
The two-hour Devil’s Road special will include interviews with the couple’s daughter Judy and her husband, Tony Spera. As well as exclusive, never before broadcast audio of Ed questioning the Goodin family who lived in the Bridgeport, Connecticut home that was terrorized by a poltergeist.
Also included in the documentary, will be rare video footage of the Warrens helping a woman who was under demonic possession. Travel Channel’s Shock Docs will delve into the world of real-life horror stories that span the entire United States.
Devil’s Road: The True Story of Ed and Lorraine Warren premieres on Travel Channel, Monday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.