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When the inspiration behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Gein, died in 1984, he left a parting gift — the cauldron in which he mutilated and skinned his victims. As of this week, our very own “king of the dark world” and host of Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans, is the owner of the cauldron.

Perhaps congratulations are in order, Zak, for your winning bid of $2,800, but we’re too scared to congratulate too much.

According to TMZ, Zak thought the cauldron would make “a nice conversation piece.” Indeed it will, Zak.

Watch Ghost Adventures, Saturdays at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.

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Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley return tonight on Travel Channel for an unprecedented investigation at Bell Witch Cave. Ghost Adventures was the very first paranormal TV show to film on the Bell property.

If you’re into haunted travel, then this is an episode for you. Situated in the backwoods of Adams, TN, is Bell Witch Cave and cabin, the former home of John Bell, who was mysteriously murdered by what many believe is an evil spirit that stills resides on the property today. Zak and his team are off to investigate what lies beneath the grounds in the Bell Witch Cave and see if they can communicate with this dark entity to find the truth behind John Bell’s murder.

In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I asked Zak and Aaron a few questions about the Bell Witch Cave. Here’s what they had to say.

How excited were you to finally get into Bell Witch Cave and cabin?

Zak: We have been trying to get the Bell Witch Cave for years. They always shot us down and said they’d never let any paranormal TV show film there. When we FINALLY got permission to investigate there, it was an absolute HONOR to be chosen. READ MORE

Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff at Loftus Hall in Ireland

Ghost Adventures Crew at Loftus Hall

We’ve come to that frightful date on the calendar once again — Oct. 31. Happy Halloween, everyone! If you aren’t venturing out for a night on the town to trick-or-treat or checking out a haunted attraction, you’ll want to turn to Travel Channel tonight at 9|8c for an epic 2-hour Ghost Adventures special: Ireland’s Celtic Demons!

Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin investigate some of the most haunted locations in Ireland: Hellfire Club, Leap Castle and Loftus Hall, where it’s said that the devil himself once spent the night. There are parts of Loftus Hall that the owner himself won’t visit!

Happy Halloween!

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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.

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Zak Bagans among the crypts at St Michan's Church

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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.

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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.

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Poveglia IslandYou 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?

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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

Targoviste CastleTonight 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.

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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.

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