Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures plans an eventful October in some famously scary places in their lead-up to Halloween.
James Wan set his horror film The Conjuring at the Old Arnold Estate, a 14-room farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. In the film and real life, the Perron family lived in the house from January 1971 until 1980. In the mid-1800s, the house was owned by accused witch Bathsheba Sherman, who reputedly sacrificed her own child to the devil. Bathsheba killed herself in 1863 after cursing the property. The house became famous after Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators who worked on the Amityville haunting, dispelled the spirits. In 2015, the current owner, Norma Sutcliffe, is also haunted. He threated to sue Warner Bros. because strangers showed up at his place to steal things because of the movie. Zak Bagans and his Ghost Adventures team will lock themselves inside the house for Ghost Adventures: Halloween 2019.
Bagans says investigating the real-life house that inspired the Conjuring movies “has been a dream of mine to investigate for years” in a statement. “I can’t believe it’s finally happening. It’s beyond legendary. I can’t wait for viewers to experience this terrifying adventure with us.”
The Halloween special Ghost Adventures: Halloween 2019 promises to “petrify viewers as the crew investigates the home of the notorious Perron family, whose horrifying hauntings were portrayed in the film, The Conjuring,” according to the official synopsis. “The Rhode Island home is one of the most terrifying places in the world. The Ghost Adventures crew is ready to confront the potentially dangerous consequences of investigating the infamous house.”
The two-hour Halloween special is part of Travel Channel’s “Ghostober” event, which features 31 days of spine-chilling premieres. Ghost Adventures‘ Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley will investigate iconic locations considered “hotbeds of creepy and unnerving hauntings,” according to the press statement. The team will also present Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits, which “tackles the question: does evil linger?”
The four-part miniseries will investigate such sites as John Wayne Gacy’s prison cell, HH Holmes’ murder house and the Squirrel Cage Jail, which housed the vicious Jake Bird. The crew will also study the Anson Call House, an abandoned building that many believe has ties to Ted Bundy’s terror spree during the 1970s.
“I’ve investigated a lot of places, but these locations are absolutely terrifying on a whole other level,” Bagans said in a statement. “To walk in the same footsteps as these serial killers, where some of the most notorious acts of evil were committed – it severely affects you. The residual energy alone is palpable.
Zak and his team will explore locations in order to determine whether “malicious energy has been left behind,” according to the press statement. Every Saturday throughout October, viewers will follow the Ghost Adventures crew as they “retrace the killer’s steps, visit known hangouts and speak with leading experts to gain insight on why these sociopaths committed their evil acts.
The four-part miniseries Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits premieres Saturday, October 5 at 9 p.m. The two-hour Halloween special Ghost Adventures: Halloween 2019 premieres Thursday, October 31 at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.
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