Like Haunted Collector? More Paranormal Museums

Paranormal museums contain creepy objectsMany friends and fans of the Haunted Collector TV show tell us they’re interested in John Zaffis’ museum, but — as we understand it, anyway — that museum isn’t exactly open to the public, right now.

We’ve already talked about the Warrens’ Occult Museum, which is similar to John’s collection, and very creepy.

Now, Catie Rhodes has put together an interesting list of paranormal museums, including John’s.  Though it’s not a complete list of paranormal and ghost-related museums, it’s a good starting point if you’d like to tour some of America’s eeriest museums.

Paranormal Museums | Catie Rhodes


Several months ago, I saw an episode of The Haunted Collector. The premise of the show is fairly simple. John Zaffis and his crew investigate haunted locations with a focus on haunted items. At the end of the episode I saw,

In addition to that great list, we know that Louisiana’s haunted Houmas House also contains haunted objects.  Their real, 19th century vampire hunter kit is the tip of the iceberg.  Houmas House is open for tours, and sometimes ghost-related events.

If you know about more paranormal museums, or if you’ve visited a museum that seems to have haunted objects, leave a comment below.  We’d love to hear about more of them!

John Zaffis at Morrisville State College – Oct 2011

autumn leavesJohn Zaffis, star of the Haunted Collector TV series, often speaks at colleges.  He explains the different kinds of paranormal research he does.

Sometimes, he also conducts ghost investigations.

In October 2011, John Zaffis visited New York’s Morrisville State College.

His presentation was documented, and it’s available in two video segments at YouTube.

Here’s part 1:

Here’s part 2:

John Zaffis Demonstrates Ghost Box

Haunted Collector John Zaffis using a Ghost Box

John Zaffis – TV’s Haunted Collector – uses a Ghost Box

John Zaffis, star of the Haunted Collector TV series, has a knack for communicating with spirits.

Maybe he’s good at knowing where to go to contact ghosts. Maybe he attracts them.  Maybe they’re looking for him.  That could be good or bad.

Or, maybe John Zaffis is the Haunted Collector just because he pays attention to spirits and listens to them more than other people do.   Like the living, ghosts probably spend more time talking to people who listen.

In this Halloween 2011 video, John Zaffis demonstrates how a “ghost box” (like a “Shack Hack”) works.

The recording quality isn’t great.  Even if you were there, it might be difficult to understand what the spirits were saying.

However, if you haven’t seen John Zaffis work with a real-time ghost communications device, this video may interest you.

If you liked that, here’s another, older video of John Zaffis using a Ghost Box.  This one was filmed at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Haunted Collector Team at Dragon Con

It’s rare to be able to meet the cast of the Haunted Collector TV show.  If you were at Dragon Con 2011, you were very lucky.  You had that unusual opportunity.

This article highlights some of what Haunted Collector cast members talked about during the four-day conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Haunted Collector” star John Zaffis brings his family of investigators


Paranormal Legend John Zaffis Discusses “Haunted Collector” at 2011 Dragon Con.

That article (and the Dragon Con 2011 panel presentations) answered a lot of questions we get here, at the Haunted Collector fan website.  Here’s one quote from Dragon Con:

John Zaffis said, “We do bindings and prayers over the items before they get put into the barn.

“I also had a lot of things done to the barn when it was being built to secure it, such as putting crystals into the foundation.  The contractors thought I was nuts!”

John also talked about other things he and his son, Chris Zaffis, do to seal the building and keep negative, ghostly, and demonic energy from affecting others.

Later, John commented about the most haunted items the Haunted Collector team sees: Dolls.  John said, “Dolls and clowns are probably the creepiest items we get.”

Here at the Haunted Collector fan site, we’re glad John and his team deal with those items.  We’re happy enough to see them from the safety of our side of the TV screen.

John Zaffis, Shadow People, and Exorcisms

Shadow people ?Many people associate John Zaffis with his popular TV series, Haunted Collector.

However, in the paranormal field, more people know John Zaffis for his years of work in the field of demonology.

There’s a gray area between demons, shadow people, ghosts, and other paranormal phenomena.  I’m not sure researchers have defined that yet.

The following article is about shadow people. It’s an interesting discussion, and — in one part of the article — John Zaffis’s work with exorcisms is mentioned.

SHADOW PEOPLE: My Theories on the Shadow World « Diabolical


The Egyptians believed that during the preservation of the body, as well as the soul, and the below excerpt is taken from the Wikipedia page pertaining to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which can be located here: Finally, the shut, or shadow …..John Zaffis had to step in, and use his contacts with the clergy in order to more or less abduct Stacey long enough for her to agree to the major exorcism, and have the demonic entities evicted from her body. I have managed to

Also, I’m not sure if this next article is lighter or more serious.  While looking for news about John Zaffis and the Haunted Collector team, I found a silly photo parodying John’s wardrobe.

(Scroll down about 2/3, to the “Words of advice” section, and look for the photo of two guys in sweaters.)

Extremely Honest: A Conversation With Jason Gowin | Who Forted


It was definitely one of the most talked about televisions shows within the paranormal community. It spawned protests, petitions signed by people like John Zaffis himself, and even Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters fame had to

Continuing my ramble around the interwebs, I found a weird old article about Zozo.  Not sure what to think of it, but Haunted Collector star John Zaffis is mentioned in the article.

ZoZo the Ouija Spirit: Clues found in rare spirit boards


However, it’s important to separate the lists of fictional demons from those with an actual, documented history in real life and actual events. Repeated Zozo shows up in spooky old Virginia display case? ….. A couple of days later we used it again and the same spirit came through, this time it was telling me I should start writing a book about a boy who was kidnapped and has never been found. ….John Zaffis is perhaps the only demonologist that has to my knowledge.


Weird Experiences at Penn College

lightWe’ve seen many presentations by John Zaffis, TV’s “Haunted Collector,” but what happened when he spoke at Penn State sounds pretty strange to us.

However, we found it pretty comforting when he explained, “Of the thousand of cases, probably only a hundred were true possessions.”

It’s another reminder that John Zaffis is one of the most calm, level-headed paranormal investigators.

He uses caution where it’s needed.  We’ve seen that on his TV show, Syfy’s Haunted Collector.

However, we’ve also seen his humor and very normal — not hysterical — way of investigating “haunted” sites that have reports of ghosts.  Until he hears a convincing story or witnesses activity himself, he’s not impressed.  In fact, sometimes he’s one of the most adamant skeptics.  He’s usually the quiet one on any investigation, because he’s observing and evaluating what’s going on with the living and the spirits.

So, we especially liked this article about John Zaffis’ recent presentation at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Here’s the article. Click on it to read more.

Demonologist visits Penn College – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Demonologist visits Penn CollegeWilliamsport Sun-GazetteJohn Zaffis, a demonologist and star of Syfy’s “Haunted Collector,” had to repeatedly stop his tales of the paranormal because as he spoke in Klump Academic Center Auditorium at the Pennsylvania …

We’re not sure if Klump Academic Center is haunted — John Zaffis may have been joking when he suggested it may have a ghost — but we’ve never visited a college that didn’t have a few ghost stories.

Why Are Some Objects Haunted But Others Aren’t?

rings - haunted collector items?If you were a ghost or a demon, would you attach yourself to something like a broken vase destined for the trash?

Or, would you latch onto something like a beloved doll or a valuable antique ring?

Smart spirit haunt objects that people will keep.

When a worthless or ugly object gives the owner “the creeps,” it’s easy  to throw it out or donate it to a thrift shop.

When the disturbing object has value — sentimental or financial — even if the owner dislikes it, he usually keeps it around.  The object may be stored in the basement, attic, or an unused closet… but it’s kept.

So, we’re not quite sure why some people expect (or want) all haunted collectibles to be junk.

clock-candles2In most cases, after Aunt Francine passed away, that ugly old clock — which made everyone uneasy — would be in the dumpster or in a box destined for the estate sale.

However, as soon as someone says, “Oh, that might be valuable,” the family decides to keep it.

Someday — a day that’s continually postponed — they’ll have it appraised.  Or, maybe they’ll ask their son to research it on eBay when he’s at home during spring break.

This is exactly what a spirit, especially one that’s self-absorbed or even malicious, had hoped for: A continuing home among people… perhaps people who will respond to it, if only on an unconscious level.

At the very least, it affirms that the spirit is there.

We’re baffled when someone writes to us, upset that the Haunted Collector team sometimes finds activity (such as unusual EMF) coming from an object that seems valuable.

In the second season of the Haunted Collector, we’re expecting to see that issue addressed.

Here are the facts:

  • John Zaffis and his team never remove an object unless the owner insists on it.
  • Objects aren’t taken experts for appraisal; the objects are examined to learn the possible history of them, and why they might be (or probably aren’t) haunted. That’s all.

Example:  During the fire station episode, Aimee learned that the Model T probably moved because the engine’s vibrations loosened the parking brake.

If John and his team were really in the business of “stealing” people’s valuables, they wouldn’t have debunked the Model T story. (After all, it nicely fit one of the station’s legends.)

Instead, they’d have announced that the vehicle was haunted, and eagerly taken it home.

  • At any time a haunted object’s owner wants it back, it’s promptly returned.  One example was the gun discovered during the debut of the Haunted Collector’s first season.  The owner decided that she wanted it back, and it was returned to her immediately.  We heard that scene was filmed, but it didn’t fit the 22 minutes allotted to each story.

In real life, most haunted objects aren’t especially valuable.  John’s museum is full of items that wouldn’t sell at a yard sale.

However, those kinds of objects aren’t very interesting for a TV episode.  The audience is more eager to learn about haunted objects with an interesting history… or that’s what the show’s producers seem to think.

A haunted, broken card table..? Unless the table belonged to the Fox sisters, most viewers will be clicking their remote faster than you can say “boring!”

Every reality show has to walk that fine line between mundane reality and “entertainment.”

For those of us who’ve been waiting for a show that portrays real ghost hunting, Haunted Collector has been a relief.

However, for viewers who were hoping for a lurid show like Extreme Paranormal… well, we guess they have to criticize something, so they’re harping on the possible value of the haunted objects.

We doubt those viewers would be any happier if the haunted object was a used textbook from the 1980s.

We also doubt that any spirit or demon would think a 1980s textbook was worth attaching to.

If John Zaffis and his team wanted to be thieves, they’d wouldn’t be plying their trade in front of TV cameras.

They also wouldn’t be in crawlspaces and underneath houses, risking close encounters of the Black Widow kind.

Photo credit: Clock photo by Katarzyna Lipińska