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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The Jerome Grand Hotel is the most haunted structure in Jerome, Arizona, a town known as "Ghost City." Originally built in 1926, an estimated 9,000 people died on the premises. 960 1280

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The Mizpah Hotel was a storied hotel and casino during the Nevada Gold Rush. While in the basement, Aaron witnessed a broken elevator's doors open and close in front of his eyes. 960 1280

  

In a multi-part lockdown at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, California, the guys investigated the raucous spirits from wild parties dating back almost 2 centuries ago. 960 1280

  

The crew returned to Virginia City, Nevada, to investigate the Silver Queen Hotel where they recorded their first visual evidence in their 2004 documentary. Zak entered Room 11 to reconnect with Rosie, a prostitute who committed suicide. 960 1280

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The guys experienced terrifying paranormal activity in the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the Stephen King horror classic "The Shinning." 960 1280

John Lloyd  

They caught mind-blowing evidence at the Goldfield Hotel in Nevada, the old ghost town that launched their careers. 960 1280

  

Since it opened in 1827 as the Genesee County Poor Farm, the Rolling Hills Asylum has had many faces. Some unfortunates never escaped the place, dead or alive and it's haunted to this day. 960 1280

  

High atop Louisville, Kentucky, sits a structure which bared witness to one of the most horrific diseases known to man: Tuberculosis. The guys investigated Waverly Hills Sanatorium, the final destination for many who were without hope. 960 1280

Lindsay Cameron  

The GA team investigated an abandoned hospital in Yorktown, Texas where the ghosts of nearly 2,000 people who died there still linger. 960 1280

  

Zak, Nick & Aaron traveled to Letchworth Village, an abandoned mental institution complex in Haverstraw, NY, to reveal a powerful and addictive force that compels locals to persistently revisit the haunted grounds. During the lockdown Zak felt a force clinging to him. 960 1280

  

GA investigated a former hospital turned haunted house in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a spirit called Zak out by name. 960 1280

  

On 63,000 square feet in New Castle, Pennsylvania, lies the massive edifice called the Hill View Manor -- where spirits seep out of walls, a cemetery full of souls wander its soil, and our Ghost Adventures Crew spent the night listening to the voices of many of them cry out from the "other side." 960 1280

  

Painting RIP
Painting RIP

Painting RIP

Ed paints the eye detail on “Rip.” 960 1280

  

Dino Pods

Dino Pods

Landon uses a reversed print of the other side of the T. rex for the dino pods. 960 1280

  

A Run of Lullabys

A Run of Lullabys

A run of “Lullabys” awaiting dressing. 960 1280

  

Casting the Head

Casting the Head

Ryan helping cast the T. rex head. 960 1280

  

The Building of RIP

The Building of RIP

The building of “Rip” in progress. 960 1280

  

Icky Vicky

Icky Vicky

Ed paints the “Icky Vickies” as he gives one a chiropractic treatment. 960 1280

  

Trimming Lullaby's Feet

Trimming Lullaby's Feet

Janene trimming Lullaby's feet. 960 1280

  

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the trade. 960 1280

  

Damning the Mold

Damning the Mold

Ed damning the T. rex head prior to molding. 960 1280

  

Detailing the Mold

Detailing the Mold

Landon detailing T. rex. 960 1280

  

Risking Life and Limb

Risking Life and Limb

Landon risking life and limb for his art. 960 1280

  

Mamba
The Mamba

The Mamba

A massive snake towers over Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. The Mamba roller coaster was named for the fastest snake on the planet, and it lives up to its name, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph. The Mamba is also a hypercoaster, meaning its peak is more than 200 feet high! 960 1280

  

Zombiewood Express

Zombiewood Express

Just north of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into "Scarywood" for the month of October. The park’s Halloween makeover is so intense that they advise after-dark guests to leave the kids at home. Take a ride on the Zombiewood Express, a 5-car train that patrols the 200-acre park's perimeter on a mission to kill 2 dozen invading zombies. 960 1280

  

Zoomerang

Zoomerang

Head to Bristol, CT, for Lake Compounce’s daring duo of dread, the Haunted Graveyard and the Zoomerang -- a roller coaster version of a boomerang. The coaster hauls riders up backwards, suspends them 125 feet in the air, then releases them through 3 heart-pounding cobra rolls. Just when the ride comes to a stop, it sends its riders on a return trip backwards! 960 1280

  

Phantom's Revenge

Phantom's Revenge

It's on to Pittsburgh, PA, for the Halloween hangout Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood. No one is safe from the menacing taunts of 300 zombies, ghouls, vampires and monsters that specialize in shocking guests when they least expect it! Survive the gauntlet of ghouls to get a seat on Phantom's Revenge, a steel coaster that speeds up to 84 mph and boasts an eye-popping 232-foot drop. 960 1280

  

Verbolten

Verbolten

Verbolten at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, is a high-tech metal coaster that twists through the park's Black Forest, an indoor/outdoor adventure where special effects create encounters with a forest nymph, mysterious red eyes, howling wolves, and a lightning storm. 960 1280

  

The Legend

The Legend

The Legend is a top Halloween scare at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. This wooden coaster is named after Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The 11-story peak hurls riders into the world's first spiral drop, a 115-foot twisting fall that reaches speeds of 65 mph. One ride on this coaster, and you'll have your own Halloween legend to tell! 960 1280

  

LeVampire

LeVampire

Cross the border into Montreal, and strap into La Ronde's LeVampire, Quebec's first inverted coaster! The track is above the riding car, so riders' feet dangle helplessly as LeVampire pulls them 100 feet high before letting them spiral down 90 feet in 3 seconds, then swooping back up into a 70-foot vertical loop! 960 1280

  

Cheetah Hunt

Cheetah Hunt

The top ride at Busch Gardens Tampa is Cheetah Hunt, a 120-foot-high triple-launch coaster that is known as the ride with no down time. Cheetah Hunt uses magnet technology and linear synchronous motors to launch riders from 0-60 mph in seconds … 3 different times! 960 1280

  

The Cyclone

The Cyclone

The Cyclone at Brooklyn’s Luna Park offers old-school screams, and during Luna Park's Nights of Horror, they turn the coaster's lights off for a Halloween twist! 960 1280

  

The Raven

The Raven

The Raven at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, is not the tallest or the fastest coaster, but it delivers thrills at every turn. It soars over a lake, giving a feeling of flight, with nothing above, below or on either side to orient its riders. 960 1280

  

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

  

Capuchin Catacombs

Capuchin Catacombs

Down in the cold, dry basement of the Capuchin Monastery, on the outskirts of Palermo, Italy, are the remains of 8,000 people. When the monastery outgrew its original cemetery in 1599, catacombs were excavated beneath the building. In addition to friars interred here, well-known locals chose the crypts as their final resting place. The catacombs are open to the public; iron grills prevent visitors from touching or posing with those laid to rest here. 960 1280

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Catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris

A series of manholes and ladders lead visitors to the creepy catacombs of Paris. In 1786, the cemeteries of Paris churches were filled to overflowing. The government saw a solution in long-abandoned stone quarries in and around the capital. The resulting catacombs eventually became the final resting place of some 6 million people. Following a vandalism incident, the catacombs were closed to the public in September 2009, but reopened a few months later. 960 1280

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Brno Ossuary

Brno Ossuary

The Brno Ossuary in the Czech Republic is estimated to hold the remains of more than 50,000 people, making it the second-largest site of its kind in Europe (behind the Paris Catacombs). The ossuary was established in the 17th century, partially under the Church of St. James. The ossuary was later forgotten, until its rediscovery in 2001. It has been open to public tours since June 2012. 960 1280

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Monastery of San Francisco

Monastery of San Francisco

Below the monastery of San Francisco, in the historic center of Lima, Peru, creepy catacombs are filled with skulls and bones. The catacombs were established following the monastery’s construction (in 1774), and remained in use until 1808, when a city cemetery was founded outside of Lima. The catacombs were soon forgotten, until their discovery in 1943. An estimated 70,000 individuals’ remains fill the catacombs' narrow hallways and deep holes. 960 1280

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Light peeks through the darkness at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Following its consecration in 1147 A.D., the cathedral's grounds gave way to cemeteries – a result of the high honor that believers placed on being buried near a church. Interments began in 1735 and continued until 1783, when a new law forbade most burials within the city. Today, the cathedral’s catacombs house the remains of more than 11,000 persons. 960 1280

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St. Paul’s Catacombs

St. Paul’s Catacombs

St. Paul’s Catacombs, outside of Mdina, Malta, are a series of underground galleries and tombs that date from the fourth to the ninth centuries A.D. Intriguingly, the 24 catacombs, which cradle the tombs of more than 1,000 dead, show evidence of pagan, Jewish and Christian burials side-by-side, with no clear divisions. The excavation of the catacombs began in the late 1800s, under the guidance of a Maltese archaeologist and author. The site is now managed by a national agency, with 2 catacombs open to the public. 960 1280

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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (“Mound of Shards”) are a series of tombs in Alexandria, Egypt, that reach a depth of 100 feet. In the 2nd century A.D., they were built for a wealthy family … then forgotten until 1900, when a donkey fell into the access shaft. Human and animal remains have since been found, along with 3 sarcophagi. The catacombs’ name derives from visitors who used to visit the tombs and bring food in terra cotta jars to eat while there. They didn’t wish to bring the containers back home from this place of death, so they would break them … leaving shards behind. 960 1280

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Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small chapel in the Czech Republic that happens to have a whole lot of skeletons -- between 40,000 and 70,000, in fact. Some bones are arranged to form decorations in the chapel, including this chandelier of bones. The ghoulish designs are the handiwork of a 19th-century woodcarver who had been hired by an aristocratic family to arrange the bones, which had been interred in the ossuary since 1511. 960 1280

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Hallstatt Bone House

Hallstatt Bone House

Some visitors find the Bone House in Hallstatt, Austria, unexpectedly beautiful. We just find it creepy. The small chapel is home to a ghoulish display of 1,200 skulls. It came about in the 12th century, when the neighboring cemetery became filled to capacity. Cremation was forbidden, so bodies would be buried for about 15 years, then exhumed and placed in the chapel. Here, skulls are painted with a floral crown – a practice that began around 1720, in a gesture akin to placing flowers on a grave. 960 1280

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Skull Chapel

Skull Chapel

The Skull Chapel in Czerma, Poland, was built in 1776 by a local priest. The chapel serves as the mass grave for nearly 25,000 people who died during the Thirty Years War, 3 Silesian Wars (between Prussia and Austria), as well as from cholera outbreaks and hunger. The priest led the effort to collect the remains and put them in the chapel. The walls and basement are filled with skulls and bones; the remains of those who built the chapel are placed in the center of the church and on the altar. 960 1280

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Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos

The Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, in Évora, Portugal, gets its name from the human skulls and bones that cover its interior walls. The chapel was built in the 1500s by a Franciscan monk, who wanted his fellow monks to meditate hard on life’s transient nature. That message is driven home by some 5,000 skeletons, collected from nearby churches, as well as the words by the chapel’s entrance: “We, the bones that are here, await yours.” 960 1280

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Skull Tower

Skull Tower

In the early 1800s, Serbian rebels stood up to the Ottoman Empire. The Skull Tower was later built using the skulls of Serbs killed during a battle in 1809. In all, 952 skulls were collected and mounted on a tower as a warning to whoever opposed the empire. The tower stood in the open air until liberation of the area in southern Serbia in 1878. By then, much of the tower had eroded. In 1892, donations from all over Serbia led to the construction of a chapel, built around 58 skulls that still remained. 960 1280

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