Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge is an American paranormal competitive reality spinoff television series that premiered on June 17, 2011 on the Travel Channel. The series was created and is hosted by Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans, who challenges ghost hunters from all over the country to go head-to-head in a weekly ghost hunting competition to gather paranormal evidence by spending a night in haunted locations in the United States. The show finished its first season on September 16, 2011. It is not yet known if it will return for another season or not.

Plot SummaryEdit

"For years people have searched for evidence that ghosts walk among us. The series pits two teams against each other in the world's most haunted locations in a competition to find proof of the paranormal."[1] Then a panel of judges made up of paranormal experts evaluate the two teams after they have collected and analyzed their possible findings to determine a winner.

"Two teams. One night. One haunted location. One winner. For the ultimate in bragging rights. Paranormal Challenge."


  1. Walkthrough
  2. Equipment Orientation:
Infrared Camcorder
Full Spectrum Camcorder
Full Spectrum Still Camera
Thermal Imaging Camera
Mel Meter (measures electromagnetic energy and temperature)
Digital Recorders (captures EVP's)
PX Device (Ovilus)
  1. Investigation Rules:
Teams will conduct their investigations simultaneously at different ends of the location with time constraints.
They have 2 hours to complete part one of their investigation.
They will then switch locations and continue for 2 more hours in part two.
Each team will be assigned: one camera operator, one sound technician to chronicle their investigations.
Both areas are equipped with several stationary cameras allowing Zak and the judges to watch the teams every move from a secret nerve center location.
  1. Investigation Part 1
  2. Investigation Part 2
  3. Investigation Debriefing
  4. Preparing the Evidence
  5. Evidence Presentation
  6. Judgement: Teams will be judged on: Overall teamwork, Technological proficiency, Historical knowledge, and Audio & visual evidence.
  7. Judge Deliberation
  8. Winner Reveal

Cast and crewEdit

  • Zak Bagans - Paranormal Challenge chairman, Paranormal lead investigator and co-founder of Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC), conducted hundreds of investigations.
Technical Expert
  • Billy Tolley - Visual and audio advisor
  • Dave Schrader (Regular) - Internet talk show host of Darkness Radio, paranormal conference lecturer, published author of The Other Side: A Teen's Guide To Ghost Hunting.
  • Gary Galka (Episode 1.1) - Award-winning paranormal investigator, inventor of the "Mel Meter" and (real time) RT EVP detector.
  • Patrick Burns (Episode 1.1 & 1.12) - Founder of Ghosthounds, professional photographer, organizer of annual Ghoststock convention.
  • Aaron Sagers (Episode 1.2) - Published author, nationally syndicated journalist, editor of
  • Alexandra Holzer (Episode 1.2 & 1.5) - Daughter of famed paranormal investigator Hans Holzer, author of Growing Up Paranormal, syndicated columnist for OM Times.
  • Jeff Belanger (Episode 1.3) - Paranormal journalist, author of a dozen books on "The Unexplained", consulting historian for hundreds of paranormal investigations.
  • Beth Brown (Episode 1.3 & 1.6) - Over 20 years experience investigating the paranormal, founder of VASPER (Virginia School of Paranormal Education and Research), conducted hundreds of investigations.
  • Mark Constantino (Episode 1.4)- Certified parapsychologist, EVP research conference lecturer and trainer, captured over 10,000 EVP's.
  • Debby Constantino (Episode 1.4)- International paranormal acknowledge award winner for "Best EVP Researcher", paranormal conference lecturer, captured thousands of EVP's.
  • Joshua P. Warren (Episode 1.5 & 1.9)- Published author of many paranormal books (most notably: How To Hunt Ghosts), talk radio show host of Speaking Strange, internationally recognized paranormal expert.
  • Dr. Pamela Rae Heath (Episode 1.6 & 1.9)- Noted parapsychologist, co-founder of the Paranormal Research Society, published author of several books on the unexplained including Handbook to the Afterlife.
  • Bill Chappell (Episode 1.7)- Paranormal skeptic, electrical engineer, inventor of the Ovilus, EM pump, and PX device.
  • Chris Fleming (Episode 1.7 & 1.12)- Award-winning psychic medium, paranormal television celebrity (appearing on numerous television shows), acclaimed paranormal conference lecturer.
  • Dr. Andrew Nichols (Episode 1.8 & 1.11) - Founder and director of the American Institute of Parapsycology, studied hundreds of paranormal cases.
  • Ron Fabiani (Episode 1.8)- Chicago Police officer since 1987, founder of Chicago paranormal detectives, star of popular television show Paranormal Cops.
  • Dr. Michael Shermer (Episode 1.10) Founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, Executive Director of The Skeptics Society.
  • Ursula Bielski (Episode 1.10) Founder of Chicago Hauntings, published author (Most notably: Chicago haunts).
  • Danielle Harris (episode 1.11) Member of The Hollywood Ghost Hunters Society, Hollywood horror actress.

Location ExpertsEdit

  • Patrick Smith - Pennhurst State School historian (Episode 1.3)
  • Mike Middleton - Ohio State/Mansfield Reformatory expert/guide (Episode 1.4)
  • Mike Flicker - Waverly Hills Sanatorium historian (Episode 1.6)
  • Cindy Lydick - Old South Pittsburgh Hospital historian (Episode 1.8)
  • Richard Senate - La Purisima expert/guide (Episode 1.9)
  • Sid Schultz - Linda Vista Expert/Guide (Episode 1.10)
  • Heidi Schave - USS Hornet Educational Director
  • Chris Alterr - Jerome Grand Hotel Owner and expert

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