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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Zak relaxes in his throne by the fireplace. 960 1280

  

We spy a caged skeleton gathering cobwebs in a dark corner. 960 1280

  

Zak welcomes viewers into his humble abode (read: dark dungeon). 960 1280

  

The guys take their places to count down the creepiest Horror Hotels and Deadly Hospital lockdowns. 960 1280

  

How else would you light up a dungeon but with a skeleton lamp? 960 1280

  

Nick seems a little intimidated by his surroundings. 960 1280

  

A mummy keeps guard outside of the dungeon's jail cell. 960 1280

  

The fireplace serves as an altar for lots of candles, skulls and gargoyles. 960 1280

  

Nick dressed appropriately for the occasion: That's the ghost from Linda Vista on his shirt. 960 1280

  

Zak and Nick take 5 by the spiral staircase that leads to the rest of the house. 960 1280

  

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC, is the most underrated haunted destination on our list. Charlotte has serious Southern charm, but its dark history is waiting to be discovered by travelers like you. Charlotte has ghosts that haunt restaurants all over the city. One restaurant, the Cajun Queen, was converted from a house in 1985. Supposedly, the bar is built over the lady of the house’s bedroom, and she haunts the customers that dare to drink there. Check it out on your trip. 960 1280

Patrick Schneider  

Boston

Boston

Boston is a paranormal hot spot. Ghosts still linger from the bloody days of the Revolutionary War. Also, the first person persecuted as a witch was actually from Boston, not Salem. In 1648, Margaret Jones was publically hanged in Boston on the charge of witchcraft. All of Boston’s bloodshed gives it a somewhat sinister feeling after dark. Don’t be scared, though. The city of Boston is a delightful destination for any enthusiastic traveler. 960 1280

Jesse Kunerth  

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston is a staple city for supernatural thrill-seekers. Haunted sights in Charleston date back to 300 years ago and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. White Point Garden, on the coast of the Ashley River, is a notoriously scary place. In the 1700s, the gardens hosted the hanging of 50 pirates and have been haunted ever since. Check out more wartime monuments from the Civil War while you’re in Charleston to get a dose of American history. 960 1280

Jim Schwabel  

Chicago

Chicago

Al Capone and other gangsters left a bloody mark on the city of Chicago. But even before the 1920s, Chicago faced many tragedies, like the Chicago fire in 1871 and the Eastland disaster of 1915. One must-see haunted destination is the Excalibur Nightclub  (once a hospital), where victims of the Eastland disaster were taken for treatment. You’ll feel the tortured souls in this nightclub, so take a drink to soothe the nerves.   960 1280

Patrick L. Pyszka  

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Our nation’s capital is hands down one of the most haunted places in America. The steps where "The Exorcist" was filmed are an iconic destination to visit, at 3600 Prospect St. NW. Other haunts of the city include the Octagon House and the Cutts-Mason House, where voices and apparitions habitually seem to appear. When you’re on a break from your supernatural tour, be sure to visit all of the monuments and museums that the city has to offer. 960 1280

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is arguably the scariest city in Florida. Visitors of the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, formerly the New River Inn, claim to see ghosts and apparitions in the historic building. To this day, one ghost allegedly guards the museum at night. Walk past this historic site after dark to get the scoop. Grab some grub for your stakeout at one of Fort Lauderdale or Miami’s cheapest restaurants.   960 1280

Barry Winiker  

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA, is so terrifying that your palms might start to sweat. Loaded with Civil War history, this city hosts many tormented ghosts and spirits, who are trying to communicate with the living. Don’t believe it? Check out some haunted spots in Gettysburg for yourself. Even if you don’t have a supernatural experience on your trip, you’ll still absorb a ton of history and enjoy the live Civil War reenactments.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is a famously supernatural city. There are several theories as to why New Orleans is haunted, but one prevailing belief is that the city has a history of violence. In the 1700s, New Orleans’ Jackson Square was a sight for public executions. Aside from its unsettling past and spooky sights, New Orleans is a great spot for downhome cuisine. Indulge in some soul food for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Portland, OR, is one of the west coast’s most haunted cities. There are many scary spots from the 1920s, including the shanghai tunnels. These underground tunnels, located in Chinatown/Old Town, were used during Prohibition as a secret spot to drink booze. Now the tunnels are said to be haunted by prostitutes and drunkards of Portland’s past. On your trip to Portland, embrace the outdoors and admire the green spaces that the city has to offer. Also, check out this video on special places to visit in Portland. Want one more nugget of advice? Pack an umbrella in your bag for Portland, as the city is famous for rainy days. 960 1280

  

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

Texas is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and San Antonio is likely its most haunted city. San Antonio is home to a few haunted hotels, which have been the site of murder and mischief throughout its history. The Black Swan Inn, now a venue for wedding receptions, is a petrifying San Antonio destination to visit on your trip. Find great places to stay and eat with this amazing San Antonio Travel Guide. 960 1280

  

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco is the hot travel destination these days. The San Francisco Bay has over a hundred haunted spots for you to check out during your trip. One place worth mentioning is Alcatraz, the famous maximum-security prison. Alcatraz hosted Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, during the final years of his life. To get to Alcatraz, you’ll need to take a ferry across San Francisco Bay. It’s definitely worth the trip to see this haunted prison. While you’re not checking out the spooky sights, discover fun things to do in San Francisco with this cool travel guide. 960 1280

  

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA, is the most frightening city and seaport in all of America. There’s so much haunted history from the Civil War, which the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers have explored in depth. Before dark, wander over to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to see innovative art exhibits, or else visit Savannah’s famous restaurants and sights. After dusk, take a ghost tour to explore the haunted streets of the city. You’ll be quaking in your boots. 960 1280

Adam Kuehl  

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN, is a go-to city for a spook. One of the creepiest places in St. Paul is the Wabasha Street Caves, where people formerly hid out during the Prohibition to sneak some booze. These caves are now said to be haunted by 3 gangsters, who were murdered and buried inside the caves. After you’ve been scared out of your senses, get a bite to eat at one of these mouth-watering Minnesota restaurants. 960 1280

  

Home in Roseburg, OR
Home in Roseburg, OR

Home in Roseburg, OR

Steve and Amy investigate startling claims of violent paranormal activity at a family home in Roseburg, OR. 960 1280

  

Learning Horrific Details

Learning Horrific Details

During his investigation, Steve learns horrific details about his client’s property. 960 1280

  

Steve listens to Lori the strange activity happening in her home

Steve listens to Lori the strange activity happening in her home

While in the master bedroom of the client's home, Steve listens to Lori talk about the deteriorating relationship with her boyfriend because of the strange activity happening. 960 1280

  

Local historian Diane Goeres-Gardner

Local historian Diane Goeres-Gardner

Local historian Diane Goeres-Gardner tells Steve about the Battle of Hungry Hill, which took place on his client's land. 960 1280

  

Steve learns the history of his client's property

Steve learns the history of his client's property

Steve learns the history of his client's property and reviews photos of the original owner. 960 1280

  

Steve talks with the home owner

Steve talks with the home owner

Steve discuses examples of past activity on the property with the homeowner. 960 1280

  

A local artist sketches for Amy

A local artist sketches for Amy

A local sketch artist draws the most prominent entities Amy met on her walk in Roseburg, OR. 960 1280

  

Lori and Devin wait for the reveal

Lori and Devin wait for the reveal

During the reveal, clients Lori and Devin wait patiently to learn about their home's history and if they will be able live there safely. 960 1280

  

Steve and Amy reveal the evidence

Steve and Amy reveal the evidence

Steve and Amy reveal the evidence from their separate investigations. 960 1280

  

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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

By Josh Jensen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Blue Eyed Zombie) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

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

Chicago Zombie March

Zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade look on as "The Executioner" poses for the camera. Over the summer, the annual zombie march takes place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

By Eric Ingrum [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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
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 zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280
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
Sitges Zombie Walk

Sitges Zombie Walk

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

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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  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

A crowd of "infected" people surround the hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters at San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: "Absolute zombie domination." 960 1280
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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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

Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

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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