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.
This is one field, people really have varied opinions on. Some really believe people in the past and before life while some rubbish it as any other rumour. However, paranormal is not and cannot be completely denied.
So many films ( non fictional) have shown there is unrest in some houses, with some people that prove there is a phenomena that goes beyond science and normal explanation. We have professionals telling us the same.
Yes there are paranormal investigators solely for validating these horror stories. Here’s taking a look at some of these experts sharing their insights on some of the what we will call ‘haunting’ stories.
Do tell which one hit you home.
1. Steve Huff
The recent one doing the round and shocking many is Steve Huff. After Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, many people reached out to him and requested him to try and speak to his spirit. Steve has a history of interacting with dead people. He has spoken to many celebrities earlier as well but he says he felt the strongest connect with Sushant.
In the couple of videos that he released online, Steve mentions Sushant is accompanied by more people. One can hear Sushant speaking to the expert and saying, “He can see light.”
The expert even tried asking him about how he was killed and Sushant’s so called ‘spirit’ said, “They came with nails.” You can’t help but notice the voice does sound like the late actor which is scary.
It may look fake to many and some may even say Steve is trying to get famous through Sushant but the fact, that Steve specifically mentions that he has not monetized the video and is only doing it since Sushant had many fans, makes you feel otherwise.
We suggest you watch it during the day.
2. Rahul Kumar
Proudly announcing that he is an Indian paranormal investigator. But way before he joined the team professionally, he had an insane experience. To one of the leading website, Rahul recalls, “In 2007, a couple of friends wanted to use the ouija board — the one people need for planchettes. We did 6 back to back ouija sessions that day and nothing happened. I was convinced all this is hokum.”
He was normal and life moved on, however two days from that party, Kumar woke up with three wounds on his right arm which were bleeding. “I got it dressed. The next day when I opened the bandages to put fresh ones, the marks were gone!,” he said. The morning after that, he woke up to find the same marks on his arm, which disappeared again a day later. This went on for three days. ”
That’s not all, Kumar was also dreaming about a voice calling to this one location in Bengaluru, where he lived. He did with friends and till this day, he can’t recollect a thing of what happened after he reached the spot. Kumar’s friend told him that he fainted the moment he reached there. He then sought help of psychics and exorcists to get rid of the spirit haunting him.
3. Avijit Sarkar
Another one from the Indian Specter Paranormal Society. Avijit Sarkar has been involved in the business of paranormal investigation for over a decade now. Avijit counts his ability to battle black magic among his talents.
In an interview, many years ago, Sarkar spoke about a case in Kolkata. He received a call from a man who was facing a strange problem. They had been unable to feed his nephew for one week. Whenever someone took food near the 7-year-old child, the utensils would be flung against the wall, by no one they could see. The man was terrified, according to Sarkar, as no one would believe them and even make fun of them.
Sarkar asked for video evidence. “In the video that they sent, a chair and a pair of slippers moved from a point to the other without anyone touching them. “I recognised it as poltergeist activity. They said that they had taken the child to the doctor. The boy spoke in third person.” Sarkar even met him.
“The child was initially calm when he came in and I proceeded to ask him a few questions. Like whether or not he asked lemons. Soon after, the child started convulsing, screaming, shouting and went out of control. It was impossible for even four adults to pin him down and make him sit,” he says.
4. Guy Lyon Playfair
He has written a book on the experiences he has felt. A member of Society for Psychical Research, Guy Lyon Playfair reported “curious whistling and barking noises coming from Janet’s general direction.”
Playfair maintained the haunting was genuine and wrote in his later book This House Is Haunted: The True Story of a Poltergeist (1980) that an “entity” was to blame for the Enfield disturbances, he often doubted the children’s veracity and wondered if they were playing tricks and exaggerating. Still, Playfair believed that even though some of the alleged poltergeist activity was faked by the girls, other incidents were genuine.
5. Ciarán O’Keeffe
O’Keeffe is a member of the Society for Psychical Research and a senior advisor to The Ghost Club. He has witnessed quite a few instances which are beyond scientific understanding. Recalling one, he says, I was genuinely “spooked” on the SS Great Britain which is moored in Bristol and encountered a weird “fog” which surrounded a seance in a haunted nightclub in the North East.
6. Zak Bagans
“Something was inside that house that had the ability to do things that I have never seen before “he told IndyStar via email in 2016. “There was something there that was very dark yet highly intelligent and powerful.”
The Ammons haunting case, also known as the 200 Demons House or Demon House, is an alleged haunting and demonic possession which occurred in Gary, Indiana, in the United States in 2011. Latoya Ammons, her mother, Rosa Campbell, and her three children claimed paranormal activity occurred in the residence. The story was publicized in January 2014 and received national attention.
7. Maurice Grosse
He is a British paranormal investigator. A personal tragedy launched Grosse into psychical research, when his daughter Janet was killed in a motorbike accident in August 1976. Following her death,
Grosse reported that members of his family experienced a number of coincidences and psychic happenings. Grosse claimed to have recorded many hours of audio and video evidence of the poltergeist while staying at the house for long periods of time.
8. Ed & Lorraine Warren
According to the Warrens, in the year 1968, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins. The Warrens took the doll, telling the roommates it was “being manipulated by an inhuman presence”, and put it on display at the family’s “Occult Museum”. The horror films Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, are both spin-off prequel films of The Conjuring and Annabelle Comes Home, a spin-off sequel of The Conjuring, are loosely based on the story.
9. Harry Price
Ghost Investigator/Team UK
In 1937, Price recruited students, who spent periods, mainly during weekends, at the Borley rectory with instructions to report any phenomena that occurred. In March 1938 Helen Glanville, one of Price’s helpers conducted a planchette séance in Streatham in south London. Price reported that she made contact with two spirits, the first of which was that of a young nun who identified herself as Marie Lairre.
According to them, Marie was a French nun who left her religious order and travelled to England to marry a member of the Waldegrave family, the owners of Borley’s 17th-century manor house, Borley Hall. She was said to have been murdered in an older building on the site of the rectory, and her body either buried in the cellar or thrown into a disused well. The wall writings were alleged to be her pleas for help; one read “Marianne, please help me get out”.
While Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries hasn’t dived too far into the paranormal yet, there are still plenty of terrifying cases from the classic series.
Fans of the classic true-crime/mystery show Unsolved Mysteries were excited to see the series return to Netflix, though the first season of the revamped series focused more on mysterious deaths and disappearances than the paranormal.
The classic Unsolved Mysteries shared a number of terrifying stories over its long run, though some of the most memorable and terrifying unsolved stories seemed to focus on the paranormal encounters with ghosts and UFO’s that still haunt fans today.
The Netflix reboot of the series did dip its toes into the paranormal with the fifth episode’s exploration of the Berkshire UFO sightings, which was witnessed by a number of townsfolk, though a few them experienced frightening encounters.
While two people who had never met each other before were witnessed being abducted by a craft with a powerful beam of light, a family driving in a vehicle also witnessed the craft and experienced lost time, with the driver and front passenger unexplainably switched in their seats when they awoke at their destination.
Before it became an ongoing series, Unsolved Mysteries aired a series of specials, with one Halloween special focusing on a number of interesting paranormal encounters, including the terrifying events that occurred at the Tallman House.
After purchasing used bunk beds, the Tallman family began experiencing horrifying activity that included random sicknesses, sudden fires that vanished, and witnesses saw a red-eyed ghostly woman. The family destroyed the bed bunks after attempting to exorcise the house, and the paranormal activity ended.
While the actual paranormal encounters explored during the seventh season look at the La Posada Hotel aren’t quite as extreme as some of the other cases, though it did warrant a team of paranormal researchers for the episode.
Like any good haunted hotel, La Posada has a number of ghost stories that include voices in empty rooms and a ghostly woman watching guests while they sleep, but the most memorable story featured a ghostly woman’s face caught in a mirror by a security guard, an image that still has fans avoiding mirrors at night.
Famously and perhaps infamously to some, Unsolved Mysteries featured a number of UFO encounters throughout its multiple seasons, though one whole episode was devoted to “Mysteries of Alien Beings,” which included a look at well-known UFO sightings like the Roswell crash.
It also retold the events of the Allagash Abductions, which featured four friends on a fishing trip who witnessed lights in the sky that resulted in hours of lost time. The four involved would experience nightmares that led them to hypnosis, where they each recalled a chilling abduction event during their period of missed time.
Michael Jones was just a boy when he appeared in the “Ghost Boy” segment, which explored the multiple sightings he had experienced, as well as the paranormal activity witnessed by other family members in the Jones household.
Michael had previously seen a ghost of his great-grandfather, though he began to see evil spirits and a dark Shadow Man that would leave physical wounds on his body. Paranormal investigators believed spirits were trying to possess Michael due to previous near-death experiences, which continued despite multiple exorcisms and relocations.
The Kelsay family lived in a house near a cemetery in Reno when they began experiencing paranormal encounters that began with footsteps and what sounded like cloth dragging along the floor, as well as sightings of a specific ghostly presence.
A mustachioed man was seen frequently, and a psychic revealed the ghost was known as Samuel and he wanted to protect the family’s young daughter. When the Kelsay’s moved, Samuel was seen on a film negative in their new house, while tenants in their old house experienced paranormal activity from different spirits.
Alan Mann and his family began seeing ghostly visions in their home that inspired them to try and contact spirits with a Quija board, which spelled out the name Kramer, who they believed to be the woman seen in the house.
The paranormal activity increased in the house and was witnessed by all members, with Alan’s wife even becoming possessed by a spirit one evening, with the father alter hearing a name that led them to believe their spirit was a woman named Isabella Kramer. Headaches, bad smells, and voices began to plague the family, and they moved away from the house.
The “Black Hope Curse” explored the story of a husband and wife who had purchased a house in a new development, though they soon discovered a dark secret that will be familiar to fans of classic horror movies.
The house had been built over a former slave cemetery known as Black Hope, and after they unknowingly uncovered a pair of graves while digging for a pool, the couple began to experience threatening paranormal events. Poltergeist activity, menacing ghostly presences, multiple cancer diagnoses and deaths in the family led them to move, ending the “Black Hope Curse.”
Many Unsolved Mysteries fans were terrified by the live exorcisms featuring a group known as Project HOPE, or the Hartford Office of Paranormal Exploration, which was brought in to help a woman named “Kathie,” who was possessed by demons.
Dr. Joseph Klimek founded and organized the group, which included psychics, social workers, and other medical professionals who were involved in a number of exorcisms, including the one performed in the episode that was allegedly successful.
The seventh season aired its look at the Wyrick family, whose young daughter Heidi had encounters with two peaceful spirits that the family initially wrote off as imaginary friends until names and details given by Heidi revealed real, deceased people.
While Heidi’s previous encounters were positive, a new entity appeared that didn’t speak to Heidi like the others, and it soon began to leave scratches on first Heidi and then her father. Heidi Wyrick and her family’s story was so scary and impactful that after airing on Unsolved Mysteries, it went on to inspire The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia.