Back in 2007, there’s no way the Travel Channel could have predicted how popular their show Ghost Adventures would become. The paranormal investigators have become one of the most recognizable teams in the world and much of that is due to Aaron Goodwin. I talked with Aaron at the paranormal and horror convention, Scarefest, in Lexington, KY and he discussed some of his favorite locations as well as the encounters that he will never do again.
Before Ghost Adventures you had never done anything like this, right?
Yeah I had just done camera work for sports so I definitely was not expecting this.
You guys have done so many historic locations, do you have a particular favorite?
My personal favorite has been the Hell Fire Caves. That was just a total crazy experience, but I have a bunch. I have a bunch that were really bad as well. The thing is they blend together because the bad are also the good since you learn from it. Can that be a motto? I’m Aaron Goodwin and that’s my opinion.
So your final answer?
I guess I would have to say the Hell Fire Caves but there’s a few more that really stand out. The Halloween special where we went to Transylvania. Oh my god, that’s was insane. Between Transylvania and the Hell Fire Caves I don’t know if you can top those. They were definitely my favorites. I know the Halloween special hasn’t come out yet but it’s worth the wait. Oh my god.
Those stand out more than the Ghost Adventures: The Beginning episode? That one was the most notable.
Oh yeah, in the first episode I didn’t expect anything to happen. I mean I didn’t expect to go through what I went through in that one. Having to stay by myself was the worst. I didn’t even think twice about agreeing to do it. I was like “Yeah! Let’s do it!” Then I had that experience in the documentary and I quit for about a year because I wasn’t into all the ghosts stuff. It genuinely scared me. I mean it was my first experience and I had never even thought about ghosts until then. So I quit, and then the documentary went on film festivals, so we started hanging out more and did a few live ghost events. We started meeting more people and all of a sudden I was hooked.
So what happened after that?
We ended up getting the show which was a huge shock because I had no idea what we were going to do. After the Winchester Mystery House that kind of all switched for me and where before I was like “Forget that!” now I was all about it. You won’t see me turn anything down now.
No limits now? You’re down for anything?
Pretty much! I just don’t want to do voodoo again. The time I did that, it messed me up for a good eight months.
Yeah, it was bad. After that I said I would do whatever, but no more voodoo for me. It was just too much.
Is that the only thing that is completely off limits?
I guess it depends on the voodoo, but the one we did really put me in a dark spot and I struggled with depression for months after. It was nothing bad or scary, just sitting around the house trying to motivate myself to work or to shoot, it was really bad for about eight months. I talked a lot about it on my podcast, but yeah, it was a really dark place.
Do you have any advice for those aspiring to be paranormal investigators or wanting to start hunting ghosts?
Honestly? Don’t do it.
You don’t recommend it?
Not unless you want to deal with the repercussions. You can go into a little place and think it was fun or no big deal, but let’s say you go into a house and you have no idea what’s there. You get that negative energy connected to you and now you wish you had never done it. It completely changes your life. I guess if you’re going to do it, my advice is to be prepared. You really don’t know what could happen.
What about bringing in devices to communicate with ghosts?
Yeah don’t go into this place that you know nothing about and pull out a ouija board because you don’t know what’s coming into it. We just did an experiment on the house and, it had nothing to do with the house, but because of the ouija board we brought in, it allowed things to come through. So for that place, ouija boards are scary. It’s the same thing as a hunt, if you get in contact with a bad spirit, you’re pretty much screwed. I mean some people walk out and get cleansed or whatever, but you gotta know what you’re doing.
So what are you working on besides Ghost Adventures?