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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!
This notorious island right off the coast of San Francisco was once thought to be cursed by Native Americans, who dubbed it “Evil Island.” Home to the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, military fortifications and a rather large seabird colony, Alcatraz Island is most famous for the prison that held prisoners for 30 years and was thought to be inescapable. The island’s bloody and violent history came to a peak in 1946 when a failed escape attempt by 6 prisoners turned into the Battle of Alcatraz, which resulted in the gruesome deaths of 2 guards and 3 inmates.
Tonight, at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures crew visits Alcatraz Island to see if those inmates and guards who spent their last hours inside the prison walls still linger among the cell blocks. While you watch, don’t forget to hangout with other GA fans in the Fan Lair and share your thoughts on the lockdown!
Want to take your own tour of Alcatraz Island? Plan a trip to San Francisco with the help of our travel guide, but before you go, see how the guys prepared for The Rock.
“To watch those 3 not just go a-hunting in pitch-blackness, but to do it for our entertainment, still amazes me. Since that time, I have been a hardcore fan of the show; they are as funny and quick-witted as they are fearless and stoic.”
-Dean Haglund, Actor, Ghost Adventures Live Host
For their 100th investigation, tonight at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures crew visit St. Louis to lock down in the house where the event that inspired the movie, The Exorcist, happened in 1949, when a little boy was possessed by the devil.
On a beautiful, unassuming street in a quiet neighborhood in St. Louis, sits a brick house with a dark history, or as a fellow paranormal investigator called it, The House Where Satan Slept. The guys put themselves at risk and attempt to summon the demons that may still be lurking in this family home – what will they find?
Plan your own trip to St. Louis with the help of our travel guide – we even found a haunted walking tour of the city that includes the story of the famous exorcism, as well as a museum with artifacts from the movie.
And don’t miss what some famous friends of the GAC said about the guys to congratulate them on making it to such a huge milestone.
Where will you be lurking tonight? Be sure to hang out with the GAC family and the @GALairMaster in the Fan Lair!
Every October, normally family-friendly amusement parks transform into terrifying Halloween-themed attractions. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking a trip on an already-hair-raising ride – but in complete darkness. Then, try not to scream like a 14-year-old girl when a “scareactor” attempts to freak you out.
At Silverwood Theme Park’s Scarywood, parents are not encouraged to bring their children during the month of October because it’s … scary. Real scary. Watch out for the ghouls and other “scareactors” that roam the grounds, looking to frighten unsuspecting park-goers. For a particularly harrowing experience, hop aboard the Zombiewood Express, and watch as a group of “zombie killers” picks off the freaky creatures trying to attack the train.
Here’s what you can expect:
What’s freakier than a super-freaky haunted house? Going through it completely and utterly alone. Start your tour of Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream with a terrifying tour of the Alone House. After the approximately 20 minutes of horror, you’ll be properly primed for your creepy experience at the Halloween-ified amusement park.
Check out the other thrills Howl-O-Scream offers:
For even more amusement parks-turned-Halloween-playgrounds, be sure to tune in for Halloween Night Frights, premiering tonight at 10|9c.
This Orange County historic landmark was built in 1912 and has a rich history, full of stories about famous vaudeville entertainers. But it has also had its fair share of scandal, once serving as a jail for the drunks of Orange County. Not to mention, the songwriter Ernest Ball, famous for the song “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” died backstage in the theatre’s dressing room.
One has to wonder, with more than 100 years of history, is the Yost Theatre haunted? Tonight at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures guys find out in an all-new episode.
The Yost’s history lives on today, with the theatre hosting live music, club nights and sports events. Plan your own trip to the Yost Theatre to check out the activity (both human and paranormal) with help from our travel guide.
And don’t miss this sneak peek of tonight’s episode:
Right outside of Yosemite National Park, sits the now empty Tuolumne General Hospital in Sonora, CA. Sonora was a Gold Rush boomtown in the 1800s, and due to the often violent practices of desperate gold miners, Tuolumne Hospital was opened in 1849. But the hospital finally closed just a few years ago, and now sits abandoned save for the spirits of a few miners who still may be roaming the halls.
Tonight on an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures at 9|8c, the guys visit this hospital to determine who is lingering. And in an extended lockdown that yields some terrifying evidence, the guys leave the hospital feeling more than a little shaken up.
Pay your own visit to Sonora, CA, and learn about its rich gold mining history, with tips in our travel guide. And don’t miss tonight’s epic episode!
The ghosts at night are such a fright … *clap* *clap* *clap* … deep in the heart of Texas!
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new Ghost Adventures, the guys investigate the Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, TX, on the banks of the Salado Creek. As the guys learn before the lockdown, these grounds were the site of a bloody battle.
After a long day of filming, the GAC took a stroll down the San Antonio River Walk to relax before the lockdown. To find out where they went and what you should see on your own visit to San Antonio, check out our travel guide. FYI: the guys ate their fill of Tex-Mex while in the Lone Star State.
And don’t forget to submit your own video shout out to the guys after tuning in for tonight’s episode, so you can tell them what you thought of the Black Swan Inn investigation!
Get ready for the lockdowns to return when the Ghost Adventures Crew heads to Goodsprings, NV – just outside of Las Vegas – to investigate the Pioneer Saloon on tonight’s season premiere at 9|8c!
The Pioneer Saloon is not only a historic landmark with over 100 years of history, but it also has ties to Hollywood. When Clark Gable’s wife, Carole Lombard, died in the 1942 plane crash on nearby Mount Potosi, he awaited the news of her death at the Pioneer Saloon. The saloon even has a wall of photos dedicated to the Hollywood couple. And the guys are here to find out: Does the spirit of Carole Lombard continue to haunt the Pioneer Saloon?
If you want to make your own trip to the haunted Pioneer Saloon, check out our travel guide for tips on where to stay and what to do when you hit the Nevada desert.
And if you have something you’d like to say to the guys, submit your shout-out video here and show your love for the GAC!
“There is something bad here that’s not human.” – Amy Allan
In an all-new episode of The Dead Files, Steve and Amy head to Fort Wayne, IN, to investigate numerous reports of abusive paranormal activity at a family home.
Their client, Mark, bought his home in hopes that he and his family could grow old there — until frightening unexplained occurrences made him quickly realize that they weren’t welcome in their once quaint fixer-upper.
During Steve’s factual investigation, he discovers that the property was once the site of a terrible domestic dispute that brought a man’s life to a tragic end, while Amy encounters a ferocious male entity that she believes is torturing the living. Steve and Amy’s disturbing findings are finally exposed to their clients during this case’s gut-wrenching conclusion.
Will the shocking reveal force Mark and his family to move from their home? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight @ 10|9c.
Then, head over to TravelChannel.com after the episode premieres to chat live with Steve and Amy at 11|10c.
Plus, don’t miss these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s harrowing investigation.