The Travel Channel definitely has the Halloween spirit this year. You can enjoy the seventh season of Ghost Adventures, the second season of the Dead Files and the first season of Paranormal Papparazzi. Of definite interest to Funtober readers will be the second season of Making Monsters and the one hour special called Halloween Crazier.
Making Monsters follows the work of Distortions Unlimited as they create props for haunted houses around the country, including Netherworld in Atlanta and Dick Van Dyke’s home haunt in Southern California. The second season premieres on Sunday, September 30th at 8PM ET/PT and will continue with two back to back episodes every week until Halloween. So it has been expanded from the four, one hour television episodes that aired last October
On October 14th at 10 PM ET/PT, Halloween Crazier will take you to four more Halloween oriented events around the country, including a mental institution converted into a haunted house, a zombie race, a pumpkin derby and insane pumpkin carving events. Last year, Halloween Crazy on the Travel Channel took viewers to the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, the Darkness haunted house in St. Louis, the Philly Zombie Prom and San Jose’s Psycho Donuts.
Here are the events that you’ll learn about during Halloween Crazier in 2012:
The Pennhurst Asylum takes the old administrative building of Pennhurst State School and Hospital, a mental institution in Pennsylvania dating back to the early 1900s, and converts it into a haunted house for the Halloween season. If you survive the haunted house, you can search for ghosts in a second building at the facility.
You’ll experience the pumpkin racecar derby and underwater pumpkin carving contests from the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta from September 29 to October 8, 2012.
The show will preview the 5K Zombie Race at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, MD. And they’ll also take you to Highwood, Illinois for the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. In 2011, Highwood set the Guiness World Record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns with 30,919. In 2012, they are looking to carve 32,000 pumpkins during the festival, which occurs on October 18-20, 2012.