If you are in the mood to be scared, stunned, perplexed or just generally freaked out, The Travel Channel is the place to be in these days leading up to Halloween.
They’ve got the whole paranormal genre nailed, with a “Ghost Adventures” investigation into “The Horror of Joe Exotic Zoo,” Jack Osbourne taking his famous family — Including Kelly, Sharon and, yes, Ozzy — on their first-ever paranormal investigation together, and a “Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell,” a two-hour spine-tingling special bringing ghost hunting pals back together inside the Rhode Island mansion famous for being featured on the TV show “Dark Shadows.”
“The beauty of what we do is nonfiction storytelling of these iconic stories with great talent, and that just is something different that really resonates with the fans of the genre,” Matthew Butler, Travel Channel general manager, tells TheWrap.
First up, on Oct. 29, Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” crew go inside Joe Exotic’s Greater Wynnewood Animal Park, finding evidence that the animals seen on “Tiger King” weren’t the only tortured souls wandering the grounds. An accidental shooting and the rumor of another not-so-accidental one have left unrested spirits, who have made themselves known to the park staff and, ultimately, to a frequently rattled team of investigators.
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You can also catch the season premiere of “The Holzer Files” immediately afterward, with an all-new investigation from the trail of John Wilkes Booth in Maryland to a serial killer in Ohio.
Jack Osbourne makes back-to-back appearances on Oct. 30, first in a one-hour sneak peak of “Portals to Hell: Frightmare in Connecticut,” where he and his investigating partner, Katrina Weidman, dive into what is rumored to be Connecticut’s most haunted home, Captain Grant’s Inn. The current owner took matters into her own hands years ago, when she believed she had been taken over by an evil spirit… so she conducted an exorcism on herself. Maybe not such a good idea, considering she has not cataloged over 300 spirits haunting the property.
Osbourne then gets very personal by bringing in his famously kooky family for “The Osbournes: Night of Terror,” a two-hour special in which the First Family of Darkness are in for real chills with a ghost hunt inside Los Angeles’ historical Heritage Square.
“It was a lot of fun. I have to say, Kelly just brought so much energy,” Butler said. “We’ve seen Ozzy and Sharon, who want to believe and kind of debate on, is this real? Is this not real? But Kelly is kind of presenting Kelly on this network in a new way. Like she comes in, I’m not totally skeptical, but not really doesn’t quite get it. And then to see her transition through the episode and be having her part of the experiences with Jack is so entertaining.”
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On Halloween night, “Reunion