Zak Bagans, Lead Investigator on “Ghost Adventures”
October is a big month for travelers in search of new haunts and things that go bump in the night. And speaking of hunting for the paranormal … new episodes of Ghost Adventures started airing on Travel Channel last week. In addition to visiting spooky places such as Lemp Mansion & Brewery, the GA crew packed their bags and headed across the big pond to investigate haunted Ireland. Watch the bone-chilling investigation in a 2-hour Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9|8c.
Enter to win a trip for 2 to see some of the paranormal hot spots that the GA crew visited in Ireland. And don’t for get to stay connected to the GA crew and fans in the Ghost Adventures Fan Lair.
This month is a great month for Ghost Adventures, and it’s also a good month to check out our coveted list, Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. See our recommendations for the best haunts in America. Lead GA investigator Zak Bagans participated on our panel of advisors, and he tells us his top 3 favorite haunts and why you should add them to your must-see list.
Standing among the crypts at St Michan’s Church
Recently back from filming the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special in Ireland, Zak Bagans shares his tips for traveling to the country so known for its folklore, haunted castles and mythical creatures. Zak offers his advice on where to go and what to eat when searching for ghosts among the rolling green hills of Ireland. Tune in Friday, October 31 at 9|8c to watch Zak investigate Dublin and beyond.
What brought you to Ireland?
Ireland is steeped with so many mystical legends and so much dark history, it is literally a land of fantasy for the Ghost Adventures Crew. We wanted to investigate tales of the devil himself by visiting 2 locations and exploring other places said to be inhabited by ancient Celtic demons and spirits.
The Biltmore Hotel (Courtesy of Getty Images Entertainment)
When it comes to spirits in bright, sun-bleached Miami, you might think of margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas. But there’s a different sort of spirit that haunts Miami more than a hangover might after drinking too many cocktails. While traditional American ghost stories are most often associated with the Wild West, old New England or the antebellum South, this lively urban area is full of legends about the restless deceased. Whether you prefer the conga, merengue, samba or calypso, let’s do the dance of the dead through 5 of Miami’s favorite supposedly haunted hot spots. For more spooky haunts near Miami, tune in Saturday, July 12, at 10|9c for an all-new season of The Dead Files.
Tour Bran Castle and more of Transylvania’s most impressive (and intimidating) castles and fortresses.
Listen up interested members of the GAC! For a reported $80 million, you could now be the proud owner of Romania’s famed Bran Castle.
“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and will seriously entertain the idea,” Mark Meyer, of Herzfeld and Rubin, told The Telegraph. The New York law firm is handling the sale for current owners Archduke Dominic and his family.
Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans has been known to dabble in haunted real estate, recently purchasing a house known as “Indiana’s Portal to Hell.” This Romanian estate, a much more significant acquisition, would come with the worldwide reputation as Dracula’s Castle.
Ghost Adventures fans will recall that Zak, Nick and Aaron have already traveled to Transylvania to investigate Hunedoara Castle, where Vlad the Impaler was held prisoner. They recorded EVPs in the dungeon that sounded like tortured voices and even traveled to Vlad Dracula’s final resting place.
You might be able to spend a night in one of the world’s most haunted places: Poveglia Island, Italy. That is, if Italy gets its way and a luxury hotel developer places the highest bid. Until then, the island with a long, sordid history of illness and death is up for sale. The question is: who would take on such a place?
It’s a Ghost Adventures premiere weekend unlike any other! Today and tomorrow, watch your favorite Ghost Adventures episodes — including the Valentine’s Day Special tonight at 9|8c for all you GAC lovers — leading up to the season premiere on Saturday, Feb 15 at 9|8c when the guys investigate the Oman House in Los Angeles.
Just down the street from the site of the famous Sharon Tate murders, committed by the Charles Manson Family, the house was built on a Native American burial ground and is surrounded by geomagnetic anomalies, in addition to being the site of many odd occurrences.
Visit the Fan Lair to stay up to date on what the #GACfamily & the Ghost Adventures Crew is talking about, and while you’re there, help us unlock sneak peek videos from the upcoming season!
Check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos from tonight’s episode, and see where the GAC stayed, ate and visited while preparing for their investigation with out Los Angeles travel guide.
The rumors are true: Zak Bagans has purchased a house in Gary, IN, that has earned a reputation as a “Portal to Hell.” The unassuming house on a quiet street has been a nightmare for Latoya Ammons and her 3 children, who were all possessed by some evil entity. An intervention by the Department of Child Services, a hospital evaluation and even a police investigation were all followed by the first authorized exorcism in the Diocese of Gary, IN, in 21 years. READ MORE
Tonight is the night! It’s time for the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special, when the guys head to Transylvania to track down the real historical figure behind Dracula. Watch at 9|8c as they lockdown in Vlad the Impaler’s castle, the castle where he was imprisoned, and a supernatural forest that is known for being home to glowing orbs of light.
Then, at 11|10c, be sure to visit the Fan Lair for a live Google Hangout with the guys, where they’ll be answering your burning questions and reminiscing about their 5 years of Ghost Adventures.
Get in the Halloween mood with a tour of Transylvania’s castles. Or maybe you’d rather plan your next trip inspired by these Vampire Vacations or the Top 10 Vampire Destinations.
But before you watch the biggest episode of Ghost Adventures yet, learn more about our Haunted Destination of the Week: Targosviste Castle, the seat of Vlad Dracula’s throne and one of tonight’s lockdown locations.
The creepiness doesn’t have to end on Halloween — keep the spooky going all year long with our haunted travel hub!
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Much like the hit show Breaking Bad caused an influx of visitors to Albuquerque, NM, this year, the newest take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, that premiered on Fox last month, is leading flocks of curious visitors to vacation to the tiny New York town of the same name.
Sleepy Hollow village administrators have noticed a significant increase in the number of visitors wandering around Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Headless Horseman Bridge with several tours of the area selling out as early as September – something that just doesn’t happen.
Sleepy Hollow, which was just picked up for a second season, is loosely based on the 1820 legend, but with a modern twist: Protagonist Ichabod Crane has been resurrected centuries after his death to save the town of Sleepy Hollow, and of course the world, from forces of evil.
The village, located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, is home to “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving’s gravesite and served as inspiration for the made-up town where Irving’s story of the legendary “headless horseman” took place.
The town of Sleep Hollow is embracing its new-found fame and record website traffic, creating a spooky commercial encouraging visitors to trek to the area featuring ghosts, ghouls and the headless horseman himself shopping for groceries and going about normal everyday activities.
And the attention might only gain more steam. Rumors from the show’s production company are that the cast itself will visit the town and are looking for possible storylines from the iconic area to bring to prime time television.
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The Halloween season is here and Travel Channel has its fair share of creepy content to keep fans preoccupied through All Hallows’ Eve! If you’re looking for some spooky places to visit this month, check out Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2013.
Meet our panel of advisors — including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Ghost Adventures’ Nick Groff — and see which haunts our panel of advisors chose as the spookiest places to visit in the US, like Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, The Haunting of Lemp Brewery and Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Make sure you check out a few fun photos of wicked pumpkin art by pro pumpkin carver Scott Cummins and watch Making Monsters’ Ed Edmunds as he counts down his favorite Halloween haunts.
And speaking of haunts, you don’t want to miss Ghost Adventures’ Transylvania special on Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 9|8c. Join paranormal investigators Zak, Nick and Aaron as they head to Romania for one of their biggest lockdowns ever to uncover the history behind Dracula’s castle.
Before the Halloween lockdown, fans can join the conversation on Ghost Adventures Fan Lair by using the #GAFanLair hashtag; submit fan art via Instagram; answer a GAC (Ghost Adventures Crew) question of the week and more! Don’t forget fans will be able to chat with the guys on the GA Fan Lair, LIVE, in a Google+ Hangout, on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 11|10c. Interact with fans and the Ghost Adventures Crew right after the Transylvania lockdown!
Still looking for more scary haunts? Our Haunted page encompasses all-things Halloween, with details including the Top 10 Vampire Locations, a Monster of the Day and tips on how to avoid ghosts or an alien abductions. It’s spooky travel news you can use!