People with an interest in the paranormal might have heard of Haunted Hospitals. For those who are less familiar with the show, it features medical professionals as well as medical patients sharing their experiences with the paranormal while working in morgues, hospitals, and medical institutions. As such, it has a pretty strong focus that has enabled it to distinguish itself from its counterparts, which is critical because of the sheer number of paranormal shows that can be found out there. With that said, while Haunted Hospitals is entertaining in its own right, one can’t help but wonder what other kinds of shows could prove amusing as well. Here are five ideas for other paranormal shows that might make interesting spinoffs for Haunted Hospitals:
1. Haunted Castles
There are a lot of ghost stories that have been told about castles of various sorts. In part, this is because castles have existed for centuries and centuries, meaning that they have had more opportunities to pick up such stories. However, it should also be noted that there are a lot of castles that are associated with various terrible events, thus increasing the chances of such stories latching on to them. The sheer number of ghost stories make castles an excellent choice for a show about hauntings, particularly when it comes to the ones that have lost their pre-modern furnishings but have never been renovated to make them more suitable for modern visitors.
2. Haunted Prisons
The spookiest places tend to pick up the most ghost stories. Naturally, this means that there are a lot of prisons that are reputed to be haunted, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the sheer number of such institutions that have dark reputations. Of course, the prisons that are in use can’t be used for filming a show about haunting, but focusing on prisons that have been shut down might actually be better because nothing makes a place more unsettling than the fact that it has been abandoned by humans altogether. With that said, abandoned asylums make an excellent choice as well. Nowadays, the stigma surrounding mental illness has faded to a considerable extent in the west, which is an excellent thing. However, it wasn’t that long ago that people with mental illnesses were subjected to all sorts of horrific treatment, as shown by the example of Clifford W. Beers. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that abandoned asylums tend to have rather unpleasant reputations as well, which is something that can make them interesting places to have shows about hauntings.
3. Haunted Items
Haunted buildings can make excellent subjects for shows about hauntings. However, there is a limit to the kinds of buildings that are notorious for being haunted. As such, it might be worthwhile to look into items that are said to be either haunted or cursed or otherwise associated with some kind of dark legend. One of the most famous examples of a cursed item would be the Hope Diamond, which is reputed to have brought ruin to more than one of its owners but has so far left the Smithsonian untouched. However, there have been many, many stories about other cursed items, with examples ranging from the curse that was supposed to have killed those who are involved in uncovering Tutankhamen’s tomb to the curse on Tamerlane’s tomb that was supposed to have influenced the German invasion of the Soviet Union in the Second World War. A show about haunted items would be a neat way to blend legend with both history and anthropology. Moreover, it would have an inexhaustible supply of subjects because people have been fascinated by the concept of curses for a very, very long time.
4. Ghost Ships
The sea has played a very important role for a wide range of human cultures in a wide range of times and places. For example, the ancient Phoenicians are known to have traded for British tin through a far-flung naval network, which was done because bronze had to be made using both copper and tin, one of which is common while the other is not. Likewise, Great Britain has remained secure from continental wars for centuries because of its formidable navy, which serves as an excellent supplement to the English Channel. As such, the sea has often been much celebrated in human culture, though it is important to note that it has always retained an element of mystery as well as an element of wildness because it remains untamed by human hands to this very day. Naturally, this has given rise to a wide range of ghoulish stories about maritime haunting, with the most famous examples being ghost ships. Modern investigators have done their best to uncover the causes for such incidents whenever and wherever possible, but there are still cases that remain mysterious to this very day, which is perhaps unsurprising when interested individuals are always working with nothing more than very sparse details about what might have happened. In any case, ghost ships retain a fair amount of their fascination in the present time, meaning that a show focusing on them might pay off with the right handling.
5. Buying and Selling Haunted Houses
For most people, haunted houses are terrifying. As a result, ghost stories can send a real estate property’s value plummeting, which can be like rubbing salt into an open wound. However, it is interesting to note that a Realtor.com survey has made it clear that there are plenty of people out there who are perfectly willing to consider haunted houses for their real estate purchases. Moreover. there are some people for which a haunting can actually be a selling point, whether because they are interested in the paranormal or because they think it adds an undefinable but nonetheless intriguing character to their purchase. Under these circumstances, it might be amusing to see a show that focuses on real estate transactions involving haunted houses, which would theoretically blend a home buying show with a show about hauntings. Something that would be very unique to say the least.