Who You Gonna’ Call? Travel Channel Ghost Adventures

“It’s not our job to convince people,” was how Zak Bagans, lead investigator for the Travel Channel Ghost Adventures Crew, answered the first question posed during a recent conference call.  Instead, he sees his role as an aide to individuals tormented (haunted, if you will) by spirits from a dark world.  Bagans knows there are skeptics of him, his crew, and their work, but he’s not concerned about persuading nonbelievers.  Instead, he’s more interested in helping those dominated and manipulated by forces they cannot explain.  So, this Halloween, take a moment to educate yourself about the work of the Travel Channel Ghost Adventures Crew – you never know when you might need to call on them.

Crew of Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures: Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff

(L-R) Crew of Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures:" Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff. Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel © 2012 Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The seventh season of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures premiered September 14, 2012, with new episodes every Friday night at 9:00pm ET.  The Ghost Adventures Crew includes lead investigator Zak Bagans along with fellow investigator Nick Groff and cameraman/equipment technician Aaron Goodwin.  During each episode, Zak, Nick and Aaron investigate a haunted destination by first exploring its history.  They then confront the reported haunting during a dusk to dawn lockdown, often taunting and coaxing the spirits and attempting to document their presence on audio and video recorders as well as other electronic devices.

Ghost Adventures Crew filming outside the Palmer House Hotel

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Even more important than validating a spirit’s presence, is assisting the people at the site crying out for help.  Zak Bagans elaborated,

“They know they’re being traumatized by something they’re unable to explain.  If you’re physically being affected by something and you can’t explain it or you don’t understand it, you live in a dark cloud, you think that you’re alone.  And to feel alone in society, to feel alone in life, that is depression, that is oppression, and you want answers.  And we understand these people, we connect with them because we’ve had it happen to us, Nick [Groff] has had it happen, Aaron [Goodwin] has suffered through it, I have suffered through it.

And we know that when you’re under the wrath of dark, demonic-type spirits, they want you to feel like that.  They want you to feel scared.  By getting answers and documenting evidence that you are being affected – it’s like being diagnosed with something.

Kelly Freese, owner of the Palmer House Hotel, holds the key for one of the most haunted rooms in the building

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As soon as you tell these people look, I’ve been there before, I know what you’re going through, I have felt what you have felt – immediately right there, there’s a sense of relief.  Because you’re now telling them you’re not alone, I have felt this too – they’re immediately affected by that and relieved.

We take it to the next step by telling them to step aside, let us come in, let us try and remedy this situation.  Let us try and document evidence that this stuff is really affecting you so that you can see it, so that you can hear it.  And once we are able to provide that – if we can, there’s no guarantee – then they can actually see what is affecting them, like an x-ray at the doctor’s office.  That’s how we go through the process of helping.”

Ghost Adventures' Zak Bagans stands atop the Point Sur Lighthouse

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Many Ghost Adventures Crew investigations attempt to uncover the mysteries of death, and it has changed the team’s perception of the afterlife and what happens when you die.  Zak Bagans discussed his change in consciousness.

“It’s a powerful thing to really know that there is an afterlife, you look at people differently – you almost want to just talk to people now.  It’s easier to talk to people now because you know something that they really don’t know.  It’s not that you have an ego, or you’re better than them – you just have a complete understanding now of how valuable everything is in life.  By this evidence that we’re retrieving daily, these investigations, being able to time travel and go back into time and communicate with people that have died, it’s the most amazing experience that you can have in life – it truly is.”

Point Sur Lighthouse, Point Sur, California

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This season the Travel Channel Ghost Adventures Crew visits the Point Sur Lighthouse in Big Sur, California; the Black Moon Manor in Greenville, Indiana; and the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre Minneapolis – among other locations.  Ghost Adventures airs Friday nights, 9:00 pm Eastern on Travel Channel.

So what do you think?  Are you a believer in the paranormal?  I want to wish all my readers out there a safe and happy Halloween.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.