Travel Channel is kicking off Halloween season on October 4th with a very special live event that brings together more of the network’s top paranormal stars than you can count on one hand. In Haunted Salem: Live, ghost hunters from five of the biggest paranormal shows join forces for a live, four-hour investigation of an entire town.
In what’s quickly shaping up to be the world’s largest televised ghost hunt, Travel Channel has put together what it’s calling a “dream-team of supernatural sleuths” for the paranormal investigation of a lifetime, and you get to watch – and help investigate – from the comfort of your couch. Featuring stars like Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, and Chip Coffey from Kindred Spirits, Jack Osbourne and Katrina Wideman from Portals to Hell, the cast of Ghost Brothers, Hellier‘s Greg & Dana Newkirk, and many more, the live show will see the investigators split up to take on many of Salem, Massachusetts’ most notorious haunted locations like the Proctor House, home of the first male witch executed during the Salem Witch Trials.
The Proctor House, home of two executed witches | Via Travel Channel
Viewers will be able to watch the action as it happens live on the Travel Channel, but if they want to keep their eyes glued to a specific team, Travel’s Facebook page will have six simultaneous live feeds providing constant access to each location, so fans will never miss a moment with their favorite investigators.
As if that wasn’t enough, some of the program’s special guests have even cooked up a few surprises. Greg and Dana Newkirk, who are curators of the world’s only Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, say they’re planning on bringing a technique never before seen on tv.
Greg & Dana Newkirk investigate with Amy Bruni & Adam Berry | Via Travel Channel
“We’re thrilled to be joining Amy Bruni & Adam Berry [Kindred Spirits] for an investigation of the Proctor House,” Greg said. “In order to raise the energy of the space, we’re bringing a few haunted artifacts from the museum’s collection, and we’ve put together an experiment which have never been attempted on television before. We’re not sure what’ll happen.. it might get crazy.”
Crazy paranormal experiments? A dozen celebrities? A massive, town-wide ghost hunt? Sounds like our kind of show.
Burying Point Cemetery in Salem | Via Travel Channel
Here’s the official press release via Travel Channel:
In the four-hour live event Haunted Salem: Live, hosts from four of Travel Channel’s supernatural series − Kindred Spirits, Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests, Portals to Hell, and The Holzer Files – come together to form a dream-team of supernatural sleuths.
The special event, premiering Friday, October 4 at 8|7c, will be broadcast at the same time in east and west time zones, and exclusive behind the scene investigations will be streamed live on Travel Channel’s Facebook page. Six live on-location video feeds will run on Travel Channel’s Facebook Live feed. Eagle-eyed viewers can comment on any findings and activity they spot in real time, participating in the hunt and helping direct the team where to investigate next, along with digital host James B. McDaniel. Fans can join the investigation on Twitter using #HauntedSalemLive, where Travel Channel will be live-tweeting all of the action and showcasing fan tweets on live TV!
The group will split up and investigate three of Salem’s most haunted locations, all of which played a pivotal role in the Salem Witch Trials. To wit: The Ipswich Jail is where prisoners condemned to die for practicing witchcraft were held. The Proctor House was the home of John and Elizabeth Proctor, two of the trials most well-known victims. Rockafellas, was the site of the original meeting house where over 150 people, including farmer Giles Corey, were accused and ordered to stand trial for practicing witchcraft. A legend persists that Corey cursed the entire town after being accused, and it seems that curse has created a lasting legacy in the community.
Haunted Salem: Live fans are encouraged to participate in the hunt by watching the live feed and comment on any phenomenon they see. Your comments can assist the investigation, influence where they go next, and help discover the source of Salem’s infamous paranormal activity.
Be sure to tune into Haunted Salem: Live on Travel Channel on October 4th at 8|7c, and join in on social media using the hashtag #HauntedSalemLive. It’s live television, so you never know what will happen, but one thing is for certain: it’s gonna get weird.