Zak Bagans and Eli Roth are headlining this year’s “Ghostober” lineup with new horror anthology series “The Haunted Museum” (watch the trailer here), a collaboration that sees Roth overseeing mini horror movies based on the haunted objects in Bagans’ museum. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this year’s “Ghostober” festivities.
As the press release explains, “Halloween lovers who can’t wait for their favorite time of the year can get ready to experience a season of amplified fright and freakish fun when Discovery, Inc.’s Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel come together to deliver 14 series and specials – more than 50 hours of shows – as part of the Ghostober programming event on the three networks and on discovery+. This year, the larger-than-ever “Ghostober IV” is designed to appeal to viewers who live for the creepy, scary, adrenaline-inducing stories that define Halloween.”
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“Several of the series and specials will be led by fan-favorite celebrities and supernatural experts. Emmy® nominated actor and producer Anthony Anderson (Black-ish, To Tell the Truth) and his mischievous mom, Doris Bowman (To Tell the Truth), star in the tricks-filled real estate show House Haunters on discovery+. Actress Alyson Hannigan hosts Outrageous Pumpkins, an ode to astounding carved creations on Food Network. Paranormal superstar Zak Bagans makes his Food Network debut on Halloween Wars, stars in Ghost Adventures: Goldfield Hotel special on discovery+ and collaborates with director Eli Roth in the new discovery+ series, The Haunted Museum. Jack and Kelly Osbourne hunt for ghosts aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Jack and Kelly Osbourne: Night of Terror on discovery+. From haunted houses and creepy culinary treats to ghoulish ghost stories and poltergeist-laden paranormal investigations, “Ghostober IV” is an annual programming treat for Halloween fans.
“Expanding beyond the small screen and building on the successful partnership from 2019, discovery+, Travel Channel and Food Network are bringing the “Ghostober” excitement to Six Flags Fright Fest® at 13 Six Flags Theme Parks, from September 10 through Halloween. The partnership includes a “Ghostober” themed haunted attraction at Six Flags Magic Mountain and a Food Network specialty dessert item celebrating the return of the series Halloween Wars, and available for a limited time only. Additionally, “Ghostober” and Halloween Wars trailers will air across the nation on the Six Flags TV network.
“New “Ghostober” series, specials and returning favorites launch in September beginning with a new season of HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP (September 13). This time, the bakers create killer treats that pay homage to quintessential 1980s horror films. The baking fun continues when HALLOWEEN WARS (September 19) returns with a new season featuring Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans, who lends creepy inspiration from his Haunted Museum collection to challenge the teams to create frightening confections. But it only gets scarier as disastrous cooks face their fears in the kitchen and tackle terrifying ingredients in the new special, WORST COOKS IN AMERICA: HALLOWEEN REDEMPTION 2 (September 26).
“October kicks off with an especially personal Ghost Adventures lockdown. Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley return to the place where their journey began in the emotionally-charged special, GHOST ADVENTURES: GOLDFIELD HOTEL (October 1), to settle once and for all a mysterious, evil feud that’s been cast over this haunted Nevada town. Then, fear kicks up a notch with horror anthology series THE HAUNTED MUSEUM (October 2). Produced in collaboration with filmmaker Eli Roth, each episode tells frightening tales inspired by some of the most terrifying, cursed artifacts on display in Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.
“October isn’t complete without some OUTRAGEOUS PUMPKINS (October 3), and this new season, hosted by Alyson Hannigan, takes the pumpkin-carving tradition to another level as talented carvers compete for the grand prize. Then, bringing in the Halloween “tricks” are actor Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and his mom Doris Bowman (To Tell the Truth), as they host the new series HOUSE HAUNTERS (October 7). The duo takes over properties to devise humorous gags to scare, startle and surprise visitors – it’s a hidden camera real estate and home renovation prank show that’s full of Halloween fun.
“If scares are your preference, then check out ELI ROTH PRESENTS: A GHOST RUINED MY LIFE (October 8), a new series from the master of horror that recounts real-life stories of hauntings that have taken a terrifying toll on unsuspecting people. Then, medium Amy Allan and retired homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi are back on the case with a brand-new season of THE DEAD FILES (October 23), as the duo combine their unique skills to help solve paranormal mysteries plaguing property owners. Brother-sister duo Jack and Kelly Osbourne reprise their ghost hunting roles together in the two-hour special JACK AND KELLY OSBOURNE: NIGHT OF TERROR (October 24), an eerie investigation inside the supremely haunted RMS Queen Mary ocean liner. The pair are in for a night of fright with unsettling and aggressive paranormal activity, laced with classic Osbourne expletives and sibling squabbles, of course.
“Finally, on the scariest night of the year comes the revival of the series that started it all. Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti, along with a few other familiar faces, take on epic haunted locations in a sneak peek of the brand-new season of GHOST HUNTERS (October 31).
“New episodes of PARANORMAL CAUGHT ON CAMERA, THESE WOODS ARE HAUNTED and THE ALASKA TRIANGLE also drop throughout the month.”
“Ghostober IV” and Halloween-Themed Programming Lineup (by date):
PARANORMAL CAUGHT ON CAMERA New Episodes
Thursdays beginning September 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
THESE WOODS ARE HAUNTED New Season
Fridays beginning September 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
THE ALASKA TRIANGLE New Season
Fridays beginning September 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel
HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP
Premieres Monday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network
This season pays tribute to 1980s classic slasher movies, kicking off with host John Henson welcoming the competitors to Camp Devil’s Food Lake where only their baking skills will help them survive. Each week the bakers must create killer cakes, creepy cupcakes and more to showcase their skills in challenges that pay homage to quintessential horror films. Judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young determine whose desserts earn $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion! (Seven episodes including three super-sized, two-hour episodes and four one-hour episodes) #HalloweenBakingChampionship
HALLOWEEN WARS (featuring Zak Bagans)
Premieres Sunday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network
Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans has spent the last 15 years experiencing the scariest supernatural encounters ever recorded, and for the first time he shares those experiences with the eight Halloween Wars teams of expert cake and sugar artists in the new season. Over the course of the season, Zak takes inspiration from his collection of dangerous and mysterious artifacts from his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas to challenge the teams to create intricate cakes that are as frightening as they are tasty. One team will be eliminated in each episode by a panel of judges featuring award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, and chefs and cookbook authors Aarti Sequeira and Eddie Jackson, and the last team standing will earn $25,000. (Seven one-hour episodes) #HalloweenWars
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