If you're a fan of the paranormal, then you're probably more excited about finding out which of your favourite ghost hunting shows will return with Halloween specials in 2018 than you are about Christmas.
Throughout October and in the run up to the night of All Hallows' Eve the TV scheduled is sure to be filled with many of your favourite paranormal and supernatural movies, but it's the paranormal shows we're all waiting to find out about. You can read the full 2018 Halloween TV specials schedule below, which will be updated as more shows are announced.
As usual, we'll be looking out for shows on the REALLY channel, who are known for their selection of paranormal shows, especially around Halloween and their legendary #FrightDay night programming. There's also Quest Red and 5STAR, which also have paranormal offerings. All three channels are available on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.
But, what shows should we be looking out for?
For the last three years REALLY have brought us a 'Most Haunted
' Halloween special and this year is no different. Yvette Fielding and the team will return for a new series of 'Most Haunted' on October 19th
, starting with a two hour long "As-Live" special recorded at Ashwell Prison.
The new series of 'Most Haunted' finishes on October 28th, just short of Halloween and there's not yet been confirmation of a Halloween special from either the show's creators or the TV network.
However, there's always a slim chance that they're waiting to surprise viewers. Some fans have been speculating that 2018 could see the return of a live show after the strange episode listings "Most Haunted: Live Standby Programmes" appeared on REALLY's website. Could these shows, which don't yet have names or dates be scheduled as a contingency plan in case the live feed goes down on Halloween night?
What about US favourite 'Ghost Adventures'? Well, a 16th season began airing in March in the US, but it has not yet been shown in the UK. The big news is that Zak Bagans and his team will air in Britain this Halloween. The new series starts on REALLY on October 19th.
In the US fans of 'Ghost Adventures' will be able to watch a live Halloween special of the show. The four hour long investigation will be broadcast on the US Travel Channel from a haunted museum in Las Vegas. There is not any news on this episode being shown in the UK, but if it is then it will air on REALLY.
Last Halloween 5STAR aired a one-off 'Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live', hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. The 90 minute show saw celebs, Stephen Bear, Charlotte Crosby, Charlotte Dawson, Chris Hughes, and Ampika Pickston attempt to make contact with the spirits of Harwich Redoubt Fort in Essex.
The live episode was followed by a full series of 'Celebrity Ghost Hunt' early in 2018 and a second series entitled 'Haunted Holiday' which aired over six nights in September, ruling it out of our list of Halloween shows for this year, but could it be followed by another live episode on the night of Halloween?
The line-up for the upcoming series includes 'Eastender's' star Joe Swash, dating expert Lady Nadia Essex and singer Simon Webbe of Blue fame. There's also a whole list of reality stars on the bill including Amber Davies ('Love Island'), Charlotte Dawson ('Ex On The Beach') and Sam Gowland ('Geordie Shore').
Meanwhile, over on the BBC, it's been announced that there will be a special live episode of the creepy 'Inside No. 9' this Halloween. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have promised "a twisted tale which will aim to surprise, delight, unnerve and amuse in equal measure."
Last Halloween REALLY also premiered the first series of the British paranormal show, 'Ghost Chasers', featuring paranormal investigator Kay Nambiar and his team. While fans are keen for a second series, there hasn't yet been any announcement that a second season has been commissioned or gone into production. Paul Hobday from the show recently confirmed on Twitter that a second series isn't in production.
REALLY recently started airing 'Help! My House Is Haunted', created by 'Ghost Adventures'' Zak Bagans, however the series is due to come to an end in September, but could the series and its expert team of international investigators, Chris Fleming, Sandy Lakdar and Barri Ghai return for a Halloween special?
Over on Quest Red, the third season of Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman's 'Paranormal Lockdown' aired earlier in the year. The show has produced Halloween specials in the past. However, despite being shown here, the latest season of the show hasn't yet aired in the US. So, it seems unlikely that the team would have produced a Halloween special, but we remain hopeful.
Check back soon for more updates and news as the dates for your favourite paranormal shows are announced ahead of Halloween.
'Most Haunted' - Starts Friday 19th October (REALLY)
'Ghost Adventures' - Starts Friday 19th October (REALLY)
'Celebrity Ghost Hunt' - Started Sunday 9th September
'Inside No. 9' - confirmed (date TBA)
'Ghost Adventures Live' - confirmed in US only
'Most Haunted Live!' - unconfirmed
'Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live' - unconfirmed
'Help! My House Is Haunted' - unconfirmed
'Paranormal Lockdown' - unconfirmed
'Ghost Chasers' - not in production
More shows and dates coming soon...