There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a good paranormal TV show. But with so many out there, which should you watch and which should you banish to the afterlife? Well, you’re in luck. Having watched way too many of these to count, I’ve prepared a list to guide you through the ectoplasmic waste (a.k.a. Paranormal State).
A Haunting (Discovery)
I still remember the first episode of this show I saw: it was Halloween night, I was at my mom’s house (who watched it with me), and it was about a haunted funeral parlor in Connecticut. Yup, long before it was greenlit for a big budget Hollywood picture, A Haunting covered the case that would become known as “A Haunting in Connecticut.” By far the best part of this show is its creepy-ass announcer — we’re talking Robert Stack on Four Loko. Without his narration, this thing would not have made my list, since most of the scares come from his uneasy tone. Currently in its eighth season, this show is still pumping out new episodes, and they can be seen now on Destination America.
Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel)
I was immediately drawn to this show’s host and lead investigator Zak Bagans, a fellow lifter and outspoken guy. I get why a lot of people hate him (and some of it is warranted), but that does not take away from his team compiling some of the best paranormal evidence to date. You can’t go wrong with any episode from the first season; it’s by far my favorite, and you will appreciate how each investigator and investigation has matured from season to season. Now in its 13th season, new episodes are currently airing on the Travel Channel.
My Haunted House (Lifetime)
I never thought I would ever, ever, ever watch a program on the Lifetime network, but there I was a couple of years ago, programing my DVR to record My Haunted House. Of all the shows on this list, this one has the most varied and up-to-date haunting reenactments, with some that allegedly occurred as late as 2011 — a nice change, since most of the programs on this list feature 80s/90s hauntings. It proves the paranormal is
alive and well dead and not so well.
Paranormal Witness (Syfy)
I recently cancelled my cable service (suck it, Frontier) and currently am enjoying PS Vue. Since I’m a cheap bastard just like my old man (he still changes price tags on items at the Goodwill), I was forced to downsize my channel lists. Luckily, my wife found this program, and it has the best reenactments of anything on this list. We’re talking Hollywood-style jump scares on cable TV, yo! James Wan would so approve, and it’s the only show on here that I refuse to watch alone. New episodes are currently airing on the Syfy network.
The Haunted (Animal Planet)
This was initially billed as a paranormal show about animals, but that angle was somewhat dropped in latter episodes to feature non-animal stories. Luckily, the quality did not take a hit, and one of its strongest features, its presentation of actual footage and recordings from some of its stories, only got stronger. This evidence lends some cred to their paranormal claims and makes this a must-watch show. It is currently airing repeats on Destination America.
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (Fox)
This one’s a bonus, and I’m mainly throwing it in here to give this classic some love, although I remember it airing more than a few paranormal-based episodes during its five-year run. Also, up until about a years ago, I was under the impression that host and Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes was dead of cancer. Seriously, a friend told me that back in the day as the reason for the show being cancelled, and I just believed him… until I saw Frankes on TV recently.
Have a show you think the Laser Time readers would like? Let me know in the comments below, yo!