Paranormal Rock Stars

Sightings of specters, cryptids and interplanetary interlopers abound on this planet, but who are the biggest stars of the unexplained? Aaron Sagers picks some of his favorites -- real or not.

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Hotel Roosevelt

Hotel Roosevelt

Marilyn Monroe is thought to be one of many restless spirits that haunt Hollywood's glamorous Hotel Roosevelt, where she lived for 2 years while her modeling career was taking off. Other reports of cold spots, photographic orbs and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator add to its mystique. Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations made our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2013. Plan ahead and prepare to be spooked! 960 1280

Thompson Hotels  

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel spooked horror master Stephen King and inspired the setting for "The Shining." Want to go on your own "spooky sojourn?" Brave one of the Stanley Hotel's ghost tours, including a 5-hour ghost hunt and popular night tour. 960 1280

Gregory Olsen / iStock / Getty Images  

Hotel Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea

There are plenty of famous guests and ghosts at New York's Hotel Chelsea, including Dylan Thomas (who died of pneumonia while staying here in 1953) and Sid Vivious (who's girlfriend was stabbed to death here in 1978). Unfortunately, the hotel has been closed the past several years for renovations. 960 1280

Dan Herrick / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

La Fonda

La Fonda

The spirits of Santa Fe's Old West are said to inhabit La Fonda's lobby and bar, including the Honorable John P.Slough who was shot to death in the hotel lobby and a distraught salesman who leapt to his death outside the gambling hall. 960 1280

La Fonda / Robert Reck  

Logan Inn

Logan Inn

Built in 1722 as a tavern, the Logan Inn and its spirits are legendary in the Colonial-era town of New Hope, PA. Aspiring ghost hunters should request Room 6, also known as Emily's room. The mother of a former owner of the building, Emily's lavender perfume and soft crying at night have been detected by guests. 960 1280

Education Images / Universal Images Group / Getty Images  

The Equinox

The Equinox

Constructed in 1769, The Equinox in Vermont was a favorite of Abe Lincoln's family and is said to be haunted by Mary Todd Lincoln, who was visiting the resort when her husband was assassinated in 1865. 960 1280

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

A 1930s cruise liner that's docked in Long Beach, CA, the Queen Mary offers numerous ghost-hunting tours and paranormal investigations onboard for its guests. It became known as "the haunted ship" after numerous disasters, including a split hull that left few survivors. 960 1280

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Crescent Hotel

Crescent Hotel

Guests have reported strange occurrences and sightings while staying in the Crescent Hotel,in Eureka Springs, AR. Its newest tour allows guests to hear Ozark Mountain ghost stories around a flickering campfire and visit the morgue at midnight. 960 1280

Eureka Springs Media Center  

The Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation

Deep in the heart of Louisiana's Voodoo land, The Myrtles Plantation is believed to be one of America's most haunted houses. Over 12 ghosts have been rumored to haunt the plantation, the most famous being a former slave wearing a green turban named Chloe. 960 1280

Stephen Saks / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial

Guests at New Orleans' Hotel Provincial, a former Confederate hospital, have reported sightings of Civil War soldiers and surgeons as well as blood stains appearing and disappearing on the bedding of some rooms. 960 1280

Hotel Provincial   

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Toronto Zombie Walk

Toronto Zombie Walk

A participant in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk enjoys a tasty hand sandwich. This year the walking dead attempted to break a world record and learn to save a life with CPR training by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As they put it, “zombies need to plan for the future too!” 960 1280

JWJensen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

The West End Village is flooded with the undead on “World Zombie Day.” Free to the public, zombies were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. In 2007, Pittsburgh had a Guinness World Record-breaking attendance of 1,028 attendants. 960 1280

Angela Rocco Photography c/o Clownhouse Productions  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

An innocent “victim” is set upon by bloodthirsty zombies during San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: “Absolute zombie domination.” 960 1280

Brian Schulman through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Chicago Zombie March

Chicago Zombie March

These zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade seem pretty cheerful for undead people. Over the summer, the fifth annual zombie march took place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

Eric Ingram through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

“World Zombie Day” takes place every October in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. The fifth annual Walk Against Hunger returns to Grant Park in Royal Oak, thanks to the “bloody-the-lawn-all-you-want” policy. 960 1280

Technochick through the Flickr Creative Commons  

London Pub Crawl

London Pub Crawl

For the Brits, celebrating World Zombie Day takes place in the form of a pub crawl through central London ending with a midnight screening of “Shaun of the Dead” at the Leicester Square theater. 960 1280
Philly Zombie Prom

Philly Zombie Prom

This handsome couple found true zombie love at Philadelphia’s 2009 zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280

SapphireBlue through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s annual zombie walk has become one of the world’s largest, with over 2,405 participating in the Fremont flash mob this past July. 960 1280

Russel Bernice through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stiges Zombie Walk

Stiges Zombie Walk

Sponsored by Jack Daniels, this event has become a highlight of the Stiges Film Festival in Spain. 960 1280

Rumikel through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Zombie walks have become a worldwide phenomenon. The Swedish capital’s streets are flooded with blood and guts during the annual zombie walk. 960 1280

Pelle Sten, flickr   

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico City broke the world record for the largest zombie gathering in 2011, when Guinness officially counted 9,806 participants, surpassing the previous record-holder Asbury Park, NJ. 960 1280

Munir Hamdan, flickr  

New Jersey Zombie Walk

New Jersey Zombie Walk

“Rise and walk” to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the apocalypse in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2008, the event has nearly tripled in size. 960 1280

Bob Jagendorf, flickr  

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Trying to top past success, this year’s event will be a Zombie Festival in Victoria Park in Spring Hill, Queensland and hopes to raise more than $24,000 for Brain Foundation. 960 1280

Mark C-F, flickr  

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Zimmern

Photo courtesy of Andrew Zimmern

Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern shows off his feminine side for this Halloween celebration. 960 1280

Andrew Zimmern  

Anthony Melchorri

Anthony Melchorri

It looks as though Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible has his work cut out for him with this gruesome staff. 960 1280

Anthony Melchorri  

Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer

Trip Flip host Bert Kreischer gets back to his Florida roots with this full-length gator costume. 960 1280

Bert Kreischer  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"Sometimes, even a chip bowl can be used as a Halloween costume," says Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman. We’d love to know the mystery behind this story, Don. 960 1280

Don Wildman  

Kinga Philipps

Kinga Philipps

Kinga Philipps shows off her own Wild Side as a 1-woman wolf pack on this Halloween night. Watch Kinga’s wild adventures in the video web series The Wild Side With Kinga Philipps. 960 1280

Kinga Philipps  

Marianela Pereyra

Marianela Pereyra

When she’s not scoping out the world’s best beaches for Travel Channel, host Marianela Pereyra prepares for the always-impending zombie apocalypse. 960 1280

Marianela Pereyra  

Shane Reynolds

Shane Reynolds

Top 10 Locals List host Shane O really got into the spirit at the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. 960 1280

Shane Reynolds  

You don't want to mess with “Shaun of the Dead,” aka Aaron Sagers, host of Paranormal Paparazzi. 960 1280

  

Halloween is a family affair for Summer Hull (Mommy Points), TravelChannel.com's family travel deals guru. 960 1280

  

Who is this lovely geisha? Our very own Samantha Brown. 960 1280

  

Andrew models his new look at the World Body Painting Festival in Austria. 960 1280

  

Nick dresses up as the exact thing he hunts for -- a ghoulish ghost. 960 1280

  

Even at a young age, Aaron had a fondness for all things ghastly, including Dracula. 960 1280

  

Sam Brown proves once again that she'll do anything for a laugh. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

Don Wildman channels his inner hippie for this groovy Halloween costume. 960 1280

Don Wildman  

Amy Allen

Amy Allen

The Dead Files' Amy Allan, and her husband Matt, transformed into a vampire and skeleton for this Halloween bash. 960 1280

Amy Allan  

Jack Maxwell

Jack Maxwell

Can you guess which one of these ghoulish figures is Booze Traveler host Jack Maxwell? 960 1280

Jack Maxwell  

Jack Maxwell

Jack Maxwell

If you guessed the middle one, you were right! You’re not so scary without the mask, Jack! 960 1280

  


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