6) Ocracoke Island located in North Carolina. Most of the island is still just as uninhabited as it was on a spring day in 1585, when seven English ships appeared off Ocracoke inlet. “This place might be hard to find, but not to forget,” Jason recounted, “Mariners beware! Do not let your guard down… not even for

a second! Just because Blackbeard’s sails are no longer spotted on Ocracoke waters, his spirit still pillages those who dare to trespass on his shores.”

“No other location stands out more than Bobby Mackey’s Music World for putting such a big dent and scar into our physical and mental selves. I want to talk about a couple things that scared me the most about that location and why I am not interested in going back there. First and foremost, the attack that I suffered.

It was not just a physical attack, it was a mental attack, emotional attack that hit me and Aaron Goodwin the strongest. That place had a way, those entities had a way of getting personal with us. And when we went there and had an event, it started affecting everybody, even the security, and everybody witnessed this. And one of the biggest pieces of evidence that I will never get out of my mind that fears me the most, is a voice that was captured. Dave Schrader, he was at the event doing at that time

it was called a Shack Hack. It was like a Spirit Box. And everybody, a whole group of people including Dave heard my voice, “Guys, be careful,” my exact voice came through that device, while I was

in the basement and he was upstairs. And when I heard that voice, everything changed for me. But the very first episode of

“Bobby Mackey’s Music World”, that you can stream right now

on discovery plus, that is when it all started. That is a location,

I would say, that the attachments were the worst. 

So, is Lake Shawnee really haunted? Decide for yourself.


​The abandoned amusement park has attracted ghost hunters and paranormal experts for years. In fact, Lake Shawnee ranks as one of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America.”​


Although the amusement park is private property, there are regular paranormal tours throughout the year. The owners can usually make a private arrangement for you, please reach out before heading out for a visit.​  https://www.wvlakeshawnee.com


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4) Canfield Casino located in Saratoga, New York.

Per their website, The Saratoga Springs History Museum was founded in 1883 as the Saratoga Historical Society. As one of the earliest organizations of its type, the early collections and displays were quite eclectic.

One of the four original founders, Ellen Hardin Walworth, was one of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The museum acquired artifacts from the Trustees personal collections. Jason explained, “This place

is one of my personal haunted places. Over the years, the dark entity has penetrated into the family’s air looms, which many believe has stirred up recent activity to make this place a paranormal playground.”

"Hello! I am Jason Hawes. I have been investigating some of the 'most terrifying places' in the world for the past 30 years. I have explored haunted and disturbing sites and often had to look terror in the eyes to explain the unexplainable.

The following places are the top most terrifying from my personal experiences."

3) Moon River Brewing Company located in Savannah, Georgia. “Trust me on this one, you will get more than beer here,” recalled Jason. It all started with Elazer Early, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, who constructed this building, as the City Hotel in 1821. Not only was it the first hotel in Savannah, but it was also home to the first branch of the United States Post Office in Savannah. The building is alleged to be haunted…

it is rumored that people who died during the city's yellow fever outbreak of 1876 haunt this building. Why? Because, they say building was used as a makeshift hospital during the epidemic. Plus, a “Lady in White” and a murdered gambler, James Stark makes for one interesting, guided tour.

5) Point Sur Lighthouse located in Monterey County, California. “We had to take a boat.

I got seasick. I do not like the ocean, because

it scares the heck out of me… it has something to do with a big, shark!”

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5) Hotel Monte Vista located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Per their website, this historic hotel opened its doors on New Year’s Day of 1927. This spooky location can be found one block North of U.S. Route 66. All types of strange phenomena are reported at the hotel by spirits who make noise, move furniture, and make sudden appearances. Most notable story derives from room 306. Jason disclosed, “I’m surprised that anyone wants to stay in that room.”

7) Calumet Theater located in Calumet, Michigan. In the midst of the copper mining industry, the town decided to build a theater, which opened its doors in March of 1900. With several ghostly encounters seen and experienced on this historic property, Jason expressed, “Today the playhouse is known for being one of the most terrifying places in the nation. I would think twice before I see any performances here.” 

​​​​​​Mike, Chris and Brannon traveled to Lake

Shawnee during a Ghost Hunt Weekend event.

When I returned home, so many things were happening in my home – just talking about that gives me the chills – that were affecting me. I was seeing dark, you know, shadow figures in my bedroom. Things were being thrown around my house. Friends of mine were being attacked. Some of my ex-girlfriends were having serious problems, and it was like a real-life Paranormal Activity movie inside my house. This is a turning point for Aaron Goodwin, as well. This is what really wreaked havoc in his life, and it scared the crap out of him and myself because I saw what it did to him, one of my best friends. They just had a way of getting personal with us that we could feel and hear and witness, that we could feel and hear and witness, and it is just something about that property. So, do I really want to go back there a third time and reopen that door when all of us are in good spirits now? Look, a scary as it was, it gave us some absolutely incredible evidence, and that is the reason why a lot of these cases that we go on now are dark in nature because when you have an aggressive force that means it is more loud, it is more active, and you can capture that. We can capture that activity. But, streaming now is “Bobby Mackey’s Music World” and “Return to Bobby Mackey’s”. So, when you watch those episodes, just know the impact that it had on myself and Aaron Goodwin.” – Zak 

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1) Harrisville Farmhouse located in Harrisville, Rhode Island. “My Most Terrifying Place is a house, so sinister it was the inspiration for the movie, ‘The Conjuring’,” Jason concluded,

“A house that the spirits made themselves known to me numerous times and turning doorknobs… it is a place any paranormal investigator would love to cross off their list until someone can cleanse it of its demon, The Harrisville Farmhouse will remain the world’s most terrifying place.”

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2) Eastern State Penitentiary located Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Per their website, this historic building was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious lawbreakers including, “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone. Jason told the audience, “I have investigated this place many times… I can personally attest, this historic prison still possesses malevolent forces, which inhabit these cells making this one of the most terrifying prisons in the world.”

4) Demon House was in Gary, Indiana: “I never investigated this place on #GhostAdventures

but should be included on this list.” 

“Why do I not want to go back to Bobby Mackey’s Music World?” - Zak

Transcribed by Renée

1) Bobby Mackey’s Music World located in Wilder, KY.

9) Sweetwater Mansion located in Florence, Alabama. The eight-room plantation mansion was built from bricks that were on the site of Sweetwater Creek, which lay just below the house. Sweetwater Mansion received its name from the creek and its first occupant General John Brahan’s son-in-law, Robert Patton, a post-Civil War governor of Alabama, who completed the mansion in 1835.  Per their website, Sweetwater Mansion is permanently closed. The current owner said, “This is the home of the dead and it belongs to them.”

10) Randolph County Infirmary Asylum located in Winchester, Indiana. Per their website, the asylum also has an unmarked cemetery somewhere on the grounds, where some former residents of the poorhouse were buried. Jason said, “This place sits abandon except for one terrifying presence, the Shadow Man. This entity

you definitely think you do not want to cross.”

2) Goatman’s Bridge located in Argyle, TX.

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8) Warwick Castle located in Warwick, England. The history of Warwick Castle begins in the year 914, where an early Anglo-Saxon burh was established on the site, which was essentially an old-fortified settlement. With a vast and impressive heritage spanning centuries, the Castle still remains a hotspot for curious tourists and history enthusiasts, largely due to the fact that the Castle itself is fascinating. Jason remarked, “It’s about time

I head back to merry old’ England for a visit.”

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Top 10 only on Discovery Plus.” - Zak

“With regards to investigating, what are the Top 5

Places that you would never want to return?” 

3) McRaven Mansion, Vicksburg, Mississippi:

“The building where the hair salon was that had one of the most terrifying moments, in my life!”

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