You know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun”? For us, that’s never been truer than it was over the last year. It seems like it was just last week that we were sketching out our adventures for 2015. Now that the clock has ticked over and we’ve officially traveled to the future, I wanted to look at back and take stock of our year in weird.

In 2015, Dana and I drove over 20k miles to some of the world’s most incredible paranormal hotspots, spent well over a month’s worth of nights in hotel rooms across the country, and ate breakfast at more lonely truck stops than I’m comfortable calculating.

Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews driving

We went Bigfoot hunting in the California mountains, chased goblins through caves in Kentucky, researched two-century-old curses in rural Pennsylvania, and spent the night in a Spiritualist compound in Florida. I got scratched by a ghost in an abandoned Ohio prison, summoned spirits on a haunted island in Michigan, and hung out with alien abductees in Detroit.

Greg Newkirk on Mount Shasta

We freaked out because we got to appear on Coast to Coast AM (twice!), geeked out because we got to chase monsters with The Interrobang’s Comedian of the Year Nate Bargatze, and got creeped out because people gave us voodoo idols that cause bad dreams, Dark Mirrors that show horrible visions, and a spooky old doll that makes people sick.

Dana Matthews holds the cursed Idol of Nightmares

We were lucky enough to speak at some of the country’s top paranormal events, giving crowds instructions on How to Get Abducted by Aliens or introducing them to the haunted objects in our Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult. Needless to say, we got to scare a lot of people in 2015.

Dana Matthews stands watch over the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult

When we weren’t playing hopscotch across the country, we were busy writing hundreds of detailed guides designed to help point road warriors toward the weirdest travel destinations across North America, sometimes even with a snappy video companion.

Greg Newkirk recording an episode of Roadtrippers: Insider

We got to watch our friends do some pretty amazing things, whether it was Chip Coffey hosting the world’s first live Exorcism on television or John Tenney performing a year-long seance experiment that’s going to blow everyone’s minds.

Dana and Greg with Nick Groff and John Tenney at Bobby Mackey's

We made up with Tim “The Bigfoot Hunter” Holmes, who is just as eager to throw a shotgun in our hands and hit the forest as he was when we shot The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching in 2006. Stay tuned for an announcement that’s just as ridiculous as you can imagine.

Greg Newkirk and Tim the Bigfoot Hunter

But the best part about the last year was that we got to go on all these adventures with you. We walked into haunted houses with old friends and came out of them with new ones – both on this side of the veil and the other. I’d list you all, but I’d rather spend my first week of the new year making plans to hang out with you. You guys know who you are.

Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews pose with Annabelle the Haunted Doll

What a year! And to think, this whole time we’ve been calling 2015 a “warm up year”. Sheesh. Wait until you guys see what we’ve got coming down the pipeline for 2016!

Happy New Year, everyone – and stay weird!

– Greg

  • Sue Walters January 2, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I met you guys at mackinac island strange escapes. You are fun and interesting folks. I love following you on Facebook and through your website. I look forward to seeing you at another event. Of course, as one of your lab rats, I am excited about the Seance experiment reveal. Wishing you a great New Year. Sue

    • Greg Newkirk January 18, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Thanks a million, Sue! We’re popping up at a few Strange Escapes events this year – hope we run into you!

  • Jason LaMac January 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    You guys run all of my favorite things lately so I can’t wait to see what you come up with this year. Can’t believe you don’t have your own tv show. Really hoping that I can make it out to see the museum of the paranormal this year. I want to look in that damned mirror!

    • Greg Newkirk January 18, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Jason! We’re filling up as many dates as we can in 2016, so your chances of catching the museum on tour should be good! Now, as for that tv show thing…

  • Erin Taylor January 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I want to be in the seance SO BAD!!! Please tell me you guys are going to come to the LA area soon!

    • Greg Newkirk January 18, 2016 at 2:14 am

      We’re working on it! If you’ve got events in your area that you think might benefit from having THE SEANCE and The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult, it definitely helps to refer us!

  • Liza January 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Spent about an hour talking to you guys at the Nick Groff event at Pennhurst a few months ago. Of all the events I’ve been to (lots) you guys have the most well-run, engaging, and fun display I’ve ever seen. I could have talked to you two about your collection for hours. Hope to see you at another Nick Groff event this year!

    • Greg Newkirk January 18, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Thanks, Liza! The Pennhurst event was a blast – that place has been on our bucket list for a long time. We haven’t been booked for any of the 2016 Nick Groff Tour events, but they’re still announcing them as they pop up. Make sure you let them know you’d like to see us there!