'Ghost Adventures' Crew Witnesses Historic Hauntings in 'The Conjuring' House Halloween Investigation

Each year on Halloween the Ghost Adventures crew premieres a monumental investigation, and this year is no different. Host Zak Bagans and the Travel Channel team will step inside the Harrisville farmhouse on Thursday night's two-hour episode, a place that infamously inspired The Conjuring and a list of tales from the historical investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Located in Rhode Island, the home is widely believed to house an ancient curse, one that tormented two families. The Perron family haunting incorporates the famous seance held by the Warrens, in which the family matriarch was said to be thrown across the room by a spirit. Another family lived on the property before, though, when Bagans said the curse was just as strong.

The Ghost Adventures host told Newsweek the Arnold family suffered a series of suicides, murders and unexplained deaths. After his own time on the property, Bagans said the forces at the farmhouse don't quite feel human.

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"It was historic," he said. "It felt to us something along the lines of some really, really nasty or agitated civil war kind of hauntings we've investigated. It's almost like you mix a battlefield with a little bit of pure evil. It felt like there were other human spirits there, but at the same time, they were caught up in a paranormal firestorm of something else that just didn't feel human."

The power of the investigation may lie in the hands of Andrea Perron, author and former inhabitant of the house. When Perron joined the investigation, the tone of it all shifted.

"I could see that this house has affected her for years and years and years," Bagans explained. "It had a grip on her. The emotion of what she sustained during the events with her family was so traumatizing that that emotion seemed to reignite something that was in the house. It literally called something there, and it was strong."

Bagans also noted that after only one day in the house, he became violently ill. "Not like a flu sick or a cold sick," he said. "It was like the life was being withdrawn or sucked out of my body sick. It was awful. I felt like a couple of badly marionette strings were holding my body up for three weeks."

Fans of The Conjuring may see similarities between the Ghost Adventures findings and the film series. Bagans said, however, the investigation's focus is on the Warrens' work, not the Hollywood details. "Hollywood has a way of sensationalizing details," he stated. "As somebody that is fully committed to the paranormal world on a full-time basis, I thought it was really interesting to be able to pick back up where [the Warrens] left off in 1973 and really try to dig the truth out of this location and their case."