Top 10 Ghost Adventures lockdowns of all time

For the uninitiated, a "lockdown" is when Zak, Billy, Jay and Aaron shack up with blood-curdling spectres and phantoms for a night. Hey, it's a living. And here are the best so far…

Top Ghost Adventures lockdowns of all time

10. Stone Lion Inn

The boys can't resist taking a look at the Stone Lion Inn - a place that has experienced mysterious activity. It's also said that the owner performs Satanic rituals in the local cemetery. Yikes! So what do they uncover in the lockdown that night? A lot actually. From moving objects to unexplained noises all around them, it all seems a bit much Zak as he begins to hear voices all around him.

9. Island of the Dolls

The team were in the mood for sightseeing this time, and decided to head to Xochimilco, Mexico to see the Islands of the Dolls - a set of creepy, dark canals that are home to some strange and scary baby dolls sitting in the tress. Here, Zak even found a friend - Harold the Haunted Doll. But Harold didn't seem to happy. As soon as Zak brought Harold out of the bag, an energy force caused two cats to start fighting, and later, Zak receives three bruises on his left arm.

8. Linda Vista Hospital

Linda Vista Hospital may have a pleasant sounding name, but in its "heyday" it was in the blood-splattered frontline of the gang wars of East LA. It's here that gun-toting killers and innocent injured bystanders were rushed, and during their lockdown the boys heard the eerie sounds of patients hoarsely breathing. Nick went one better and actually saw a female ghost. Lucky it wasn't Zak or he'd only have asked her on a date.

7. ZoZo Demon

You can call Zozo by a variety of names - Zaza, Mama, Oz, Zo, Za or Abacus, but this energy is specifically associated with the Ouija Board. Zak and the team thought they'd take a little look around and see what Zozo was up to. Was Zozo an evil entity that is trapped inside a home, possessing anyone who entered? As soon as the lockdown starts, all hell breaks loose - with Zak and the team feeling icy cold chills, lethargy and talking to Zozo through the Ouija sends off more dark energy.

6. St Anne's Retreat

How could we leave out a former nunnery with a dark history? Come on. It needs to be in the list. It used to be a campground, but instead of kids and summer activities, it was used to punish nuns who had broken their vows - including a nun who got pregnant and committed suicide after her baby was drowned in the swimming pool. Yeah, this place doesn't have a good vibe. Sure enough, during the lockdown, Jay starts to lose control emotionally, and throws the spirit box when he thinks something is coming towards him. And as for Billy, he feels a strong presence all around him. Billy doesn't need a hug thanks!

5. Alcatraz

Come on, the notorious prison island of Alcatraz was always going to make this list. Approaching by boat, even Zak was impressed when they first saw it looming out of the rain-lashed twilight. Things got eerier inside, when glowing red eyes were glimpsed in long-deserted cells and the guys started to get a real bad vibe from some parts of the prison. Yeah, spending the night in Alcatraz will do that to you.

4. Winchester Mystery House and The Return

Built by eccentric heiress Sarah Winchester over 38 years, the Winchester Mystery House is a labyrinth of strange staircases, secret passages and corridors that lead nowhere, along with no fewer than 160 rooms. Being trapped inside seemed to make Aaron go a bit funny - or perhaps he was possessed? Either way, it freaked Zak out, and the lockdown was eventually called off. Later, it turned out Zak's grandmother had died that same night, around the same time he'd got so upset inside the house. So the team returned to the house again, and armed with more claims of unusual activity. This time, figures were spotted, noises were heard, and Aaron got a bit funny again - feeling a terrifying energy in the basement or something flying past him. Even Billy starts to feel cold.

3. Bobby Mackey's Music World

The very first episode of Ghost Adventures was set in Bobby Mackey's Music World, said to be the haunted nightclub in America. The boys started as they meant to go on: howling in terror. Not that we blame Zak for yelping a lot, given that a strange entity tore claw marks down his back. "It's like burning," he shrieked. And then, in case we didn't get that, he said it again. And again. And again. It was like burning, apparently.

2. Ancient Ram Inn

The gang headed over to the UK to visit the Ancient Ram Inn, located on a pagan burial ground and apparently haunted by a succubus. Or, in the words of the inn's grizzled owner, "something that wakes you up in the night, wanting to have sex with you". You'd think Zak would have been up for that, but the strange headaches, terrifying growls and morbid apparitions weren't exactly conducive to romance.

1. Preston Castle

The top spot has to go to Preston Castle, once a home for America's most violent underage offenders. With its turrets and gargoyles it's like something from a gothic horror film, but the scariest thing was the effect it had on Zak. After laying flowers on the grave of Anna Corbin, a housekeeper apparently murdered on the premises, he seemed to be possessed by her spirit. Not in a comical Exorcist-type way, but in a quiet, stony-faced, really quite creepy sort of way. Run away, run away!