Travel Channel Gets in the Halloween Spirit with 'Weekends to Die For'

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August 1st, 2012

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Get Spooked with an All-New Season of “Ghost Adventures” Premiering

Friday, September 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT and Season Two of the Original Series “Making Monsters” on

Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT


Plus, the Launch of an Original Series “Paranormal Paparazzi,” New Special

“Halloween Crazier” & Never Before Seen Episodes of “The Dead Files”



CHEVY CHASE, MD (August 1, 2012) – This fall, Travel Channel is the ultimate destination to satisfy your need for thrills and chills. The network kicks off the season with a collection of all-new programming sure to spook and entertain you, while showcasing a multitude of captivating destinations all over the world. The second annual Weekends to Die For programming event features special Friday-through-Sunday night lineups running throughout the month of October, anchored by new seasons of the original series “Ghost Adventures,” premiering Friday, September 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, and “Making Monsters,” premiering Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT with weekly back-to-back premiere episodes.  Additional premieres include the new original series “Paranormal Paparazzi,” beginning Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT; new episodes of “The Dead Files” resuming on Friday, October 5 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT; and the all-new original one-hour special “Halloween Crazier” on Sunday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.


“We first launched the Weekends to Die For programming event last October and it was incredibly popular with our viewers,” says Andy Singer, General Manager, Travel Channel. “This weekend lineup encompasses a genre of programming that our viewers really enjoy. It reimagines the travel experience by exploring it from a unique perspective, appealing to those who seek a different type of thrill and adventure. Plus, it’s a fun viewing experience for anyone looking to get in the Halloween spirit.”


Premieres include:



Premieres: Friday, September 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

“Ghost Adventures” launches its seventh season, featuring twelve all-new episodes.  Each hour-long episode follows the paranormal investigative team Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and equipment technician Aaron Goodwin, as they explore some of America’s most haunted locations. After piecing together the profile of each site’s haunted past, the trio begins their dusk-to-dawn lockdown where they confront the reported activities head on in an attempt to uncover the truth.  Afterwards, they review and analyze their findings, often with chilling conclusions. This season, the crew travels to fascinating new locations including Sugar Lands, TX to investigate the Central Unit Prison, and Point Sur, CA’s historic Point Sur Lighthouse. The group also explores the 150-year-old Black Moon Manor mansion in Greenfield, IN, along with the haunted happenings at Sauk Centre, MN’s Palmer House Hotel. In Chicago, the trio investigates paranormal activity at the Excalibur Nightclub, and Zak Bagans pays a visit to his childhood home just outside of the city.


“Ghost Adventures” is produced by My Tupelo Entertainment for Travel Channel.  For My Tupelo, the executive producers are Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Zak Bagans and Nick Groff.  For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz.



Premieres: Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT

The all-new original series “Paranormal Paparazzi” features eight half-hour episodes, each of which follows Aaron Sagers’ (journalist, pop culture enthusiast, editor-in-chief of the Paranormal Pop Culture blog) hand-picked team of reporters as they travel around the country tracking down the most current, bizarre and unsolved paranormal stories. As Sagers’ team reveals their findings in the fast-paced newsroom, the group reviews and assesses whether or not the stories are bona fide or bogus.  Through the lens of each reporter, viewers will travel to New Orleans and experience Will Ferrell’s haunted trailer, a UFO sighting at the Jersey Shore, a teenage exorcism squad in Arizona, a zombie survival camp in New Jersey and more.


“Paranormal Paparazzi” is produced by My Tupelo Entertainment for Travel Channel. For My Tupelo, the executive producers are Michael Yudin, Joe Townley and Zak Bagans; co-executive producer is Aaron Sagers.  For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz.



Premieres: Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT with Two Back-to-Back Episodes Every Week

In season two of “Making Monsters,” viewers go behind-the-scenes and on the road with Distortions Unlimited, the Colorado-based “haunt industry” animatronic and prop-making company run by Ed & Marsha Edmunds. The series, featuring ten one-hour episodes, follows the Edmunds and their staff – including renowned Hollywood creature and mask maker Jordu Schell – as they create some of the scariest new animatronics and frightronics the world has ever seen. This season, Distortions is tasked with some of the most unusual and challenging projects to date, including a red-eyed, smoke-breathing tiki for a haunt on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and a creepy, spitting, twisting centipede for Atlanta’s premiere haunt, Netherworld.  Additionally, the team creates an iconic stage mask for the rock band Megadeth, along with a 25-foot skeleton for an outdoor Baltimore attraction and a larger-than-life custom-made Gatekeeper for Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke’s southern California home haunt, to name a few!


“Making Monsters” is produced by Warm Springs Productions for Travel Channel. For Warm Springs, the executive producers are Marc Pierce, Chris Richardson, Lisa Tanzer and Nathan Charlan. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Brian Leonard.



New Episodes Continue on Friday, October 5 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT

Brand-new hour-long episodes from the second season of “The Dead Files” continue. This compelling paranormal investigative series features retired NYPD Homicide Detective Steve DiSchiavi and medium Amy Allan as they travel to cities and towns throughout America to help solve the unexplained disturbances and phenomena in each location. The pair explores every case from their specific areas of expertise, keeping their methods and findings hidden from each other. They join together only at the end to compare notes and reveal the shocking results to the client in the compelling, undeniable and often terrifying conclusion. This season includes “Dead Files Revisited,” special episodes in which Allan and DiSchiavi look back on previous investigations, revealing additional information from each experience and following up with the clients to see what’s happened since they left.


“The Dead Files” is produced by Painless Entertainment, Inc. for Travel Channel.  For Painless, the executive producer is Jim Casey and the co-executive producers are Ross Kaiman and Rob Rosen.  For Travel Channel, the executive producer is David E. Gerber.



Premieres: Sunday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT

The original one-hour special “Halloween Crazier” features the most terrifying and absolute best of what Halloween has to offer. From a mental hospital turned haunted house in Spring City, PA, to running for your life at the 5K Zombie Race in Darlington, MD, this special reveals some of the nation’s most extreme Halloween activities. But there’s more to the holiday than just ghosts and goblins, as viewers will get to experience a pumpkin racecar derby and underwater pumpkin-carving contests in Damariscotta, ME, and visit Highwood, IL – a town with so many lit jack-o-lanterns they may break a world record!


“Halloween Crazier” is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Sharp, the executive producer is Matt Sharp. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Sean McKnight.



TRAVEL CHANNEL ( is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block.  A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes.  Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY.  Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.



  • Ben

    I prefer to watch actual travel shows on Create TV (which is associated with PBS), than these reality shows on The Travel Channel which have a minumum to do with travel. Paranormal investigation and paranormal stories? Creating Animatronics? I think the Travel Channel airs very few genuine travel programs and Create TV is the real Travel Channel.

  • Delimart

    I never seen any ratings for Ghost Adventure.. it must do really well because I feel like it’s been on for years now…

  • Jared

    Obsessed with Dead Files and Ghost Adventures.

  • Kelsie

    Ghost Adventures is absolutely amazing and addicting. I can tell if things are real or not on that show, seeing as I have dealt with more than my fair share of experiences. Dead Files though…. Sorry, wait, I’m not sorry, it’s fake. I mean, come on…. Really? I watched one episode, and it was a place GA had already investigated. Let me tell you this: Little miss Amy is not a real medium! What she does is acting and I know this because I know actual mediums and psychics. I know what it all actually looks like.

  • AD

    “””new locations including Sugar Lands, TX to investigate the Central Unit Prison”””

    It’s Sugar Land, TX not Sugar Lands

  • paranormal mama

    i get bored with same old ,sameold. i prefer to mix it up some ,travel channel has show’s that include traveling, so almost every show is about traveling , the food guy’s all travel to different places,around the united states and other countries. they show the food in foriegn places,which i like, so i know some countries (if i go there) to bring military ration’s food cause i am not eating some of that nasty stuff..
    the scarriest places and haunt stuff show us where some of the cool old places are, it help’s me to deside where to go ,yes i will stay at haunted location’s for im affraid of the living not the dead. alot of these haunt’s are jazzed up for entertainment purposes.untill one grab’s my neck and through’s me, and say’s get the f@#$ out. im not scared.and yes i do love ghost adventures and tap’s i find them entertaining but some of this stuff is hard to beleive, but some of that stuff is what it is ..and that’s real . i am a skeptic but i pay attention to facial,body,and mood, theses are all give away’s about truth and lie’s, this amy chick is quite good,i see no deseption on her part,so what she see’s she beleives, i also have friend’s who claim they are psychic,some are and some are just like the mentalist, they pay attention to there surrounding’s .so dont be so sinicle , they are providing what we want intertainment,if you dont like what you see turn the channel. i enjoy all that i like, even some i don’t, there is no sure thing no one really know’s untill there dead and stay’s there .it’s all good though,so enjoy

  • Madison

    Okay as me A GREAT Ghost Adventures fantic (Im like Ghost Adventures biggest fan!) AM so excied for the new season of the new season of Ghost Adventures! BUT THANK GOD THERE ARE MORE EPS!!!! I really dont like Dead files its jus the basic as Ghost Adventures like when DF (Dead Files) went to the Lizzie Borden house, The same lady that went on Ghost Adventures (when the went to Lizzie Borden house) I MEAN JUS GET RID OF IT! Okay, Paranormal Papprizza im pumped for! Now that sounds good as Ghost Adventures as Zak as exc. prouder I think its going to great. Making Monster…. Hmmm not pumped for but we will see but Travel Channel… You’ve did it again :)

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