Best Halloween Attractions 2014 Advisors
Meet the advisors behind our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2014. Get to know Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans, paranormal expert and author Jeff Belanger, HauntWorld Magazine and Halloween Productions owner Larry Kirchner and our other amazing panelists.
Our panel of advisors lives for adrenaline-pumping scarefests, popular theme parks that transform into scary Halloween haunts, and tricked-out haunted houses with state-of-the-art special effects. Find out more about the people who are truly in the know when it comes to creepy spots to visit for Halloween.
Zak Bagans is the lead investigator on Travel Channel’s TV show Ghost Adventures. As part of the GA team, he travels to some of the most haunted places known to man in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural. During the team’s famous overnight lockdowns, ghosts don't stand a chance against the guy with the muscles, the hair and the taunting voice.
Before Ghost Adventures, Zak attended film school in Michigan, and after graduating, he moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker. There, he met fellow Ghost Adventures investigator Nick Groff and cameraman Aaron Goodwin. Their first paranormal investigations as a team took place all over the state of Nevada, and the footage they captured led to an award-winning, nationally televised Ghost Adventures documentary.
Catch the all-new season of Ghost Adventures starting Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9|8c. Follow Zak’s spooky adventures on Facebook and @Zak_Bagans on Twitter.
Jeff Belanger is an author, TV personality and lecturer who has been exploring the paranormal for almost 2 decades. He’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer and producer of New England Legends on PBS. In addition to working as a writer and researcher for Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Jeff is also the host of the paranormal talk show 30 Odd Minutes.
Jeff is the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web’s most popular paranormal resource, and he’s the author of more than a dozen books that have been published in 6 languages. Jeff has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide, including those on the History Channel, Travel Channel, Biography Channel, PBS and CBS. You can find him haunting Twitter at @THEJeffBelanger.
Larry Kirchner is the owner and publisher of HauntWorld.com and HauntWorld Magazine. HauntWorld.com, the largest directory of haunted attractions on the web, rates and reviews sites across America.
In addition to running HauntWorld, Larry owns Halloween Productions, a company that produces CGI effects and multi-motion animations, and creates Hollywood-quality set designs and themes. Larry has helped build haunted houses for clients around the world. He has also worked for nearly every amusement park in America, including Cedar Point, Kennywood, Six Flags, Kings Island and Universal Studios.
Larry has been traveling the country visiting haunted houses for more than 25 years.
Aaron Sagers is an expert on topics including geek culture, paranormal pop culture, zombies, sci-fi, comics and horror. You may recognize Aaron as the host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi. He has also appeared on the Syfy network, CNN, MTV, BBC, Huffington Post Live and Blastr.com, where he works as editor-at-large. As an experienced journalist and syndicated columnist, Aaron has written for several publications, including MSNBC.com, Playboy, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Miami Herald.
In addition to discussing pop culture at fan conventions — such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con and Wizard World Comic-Con — Aaron is founder of ParanormalPopCulture.com, an entertainment site that explores the horror and paranormal genres. His work has been the focus of articles in outlets such as Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter.
Aaron spends way too much time geeking out on Instagram and @AaronSagers on Twitter.
Arthur Hsu is an avid fan of Halloween attractions, especially after producing the Travel Channel TV special America's Scariest Halloween Attractions for 4 years. During that time, he has visited many attractions in search of what places would make the scariest Halloween segments and what places are infested with supernatural creatures that go bump in the night.
When Arthur is not working his day job as video project manager at TravelChannel.com, he frequently travels the world in search of his next fun adventure, such as a weekend trip to Stockholm for dinner or a rock-climbing trip in Paris. Arthur is always on the lookout for a city’s underbelly, because dark or hidden secrets may inspire his next jet-setting excursion.