Ghost Hunters

Season 3 Episode 6

Best of the Stanley Hotel

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2006 on Syfy
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Best of the Stanley Hotel

The best of the footage from the live Halloween event and the original investigation from season 2.

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  • Great Halloween Special Recap!

    This was a great Recap of the Previous times TAPS was at the stanley hotel first time in season 1 and the second for season 3 for the Halloween Special I really liked it. Oh man just hearing that Girl talk back to Jason and Grant Scared the living daylights out of me and it crept me out each time they kept playing the tape back over and over it's pretty creepy as for the shadow they saw on the bed I knew it was a book what else could it be?

    I sure hope Sci-Fi Channel makes This an Annual Ghost Hunters Halloween Special At the Stanley Hotel i'm really looking forward to next season now. :Dmoreless
  • Easily the worst of the season

    I will be honest; this was not my favorite episode. I didn’t feel like a recap of the first Stanley Hotel investigation was necessary. They could have rerun the second season finale in the previous timeslot and it would have worked a lot better. I know that it helped to eliminate redundancy, since they could run through the “walkthrough” that was already filmed, but it was annoying, nonetheless.

    I also don’t like the staged transitional moments. They tend to capture Jason and Grant at their most uncomfortable. Grant, in particular, looked like he was staring at a cue card during his close-ups. In the real world, they are a lot more personable. I suppose they do serve a purpose, though; if they were the nuanced actors that skeptics claim they are, they wouldn’t be so horrible during the scripted moments!

    The Live Investigation

    After sitting through the five hours of the live investigation that DirecTV actually managed to air, I must admit to a great deal of frustration. I was hoping that the live investigation would bear out a few things, most of which are ignored by skeptics and naysayers. I think that the general boredom of a paranormal investigation was well communicated; there’s a lot of dead time and a lot of waiting for something to happen to validate a client’s claims. Also, they discussed the equipment and used it in a generally scientific manner, even if they still skipped over the preliminary baseline checks.

    On the other hand, I saw a lot of something I’ve been unhappy with all season long. It’s what I’ve described as “playing dumb”. Instead of looking at the most obvious explanations, the team members tend to jump at possible paranormal explanations or, just as often, leave it an open question and then debunk everything at the end of the episode. I’m glad that most evidence is ultimately debunked, because that’s what should happen, but why would they play into the drama so much?

    During a typical episode, I can attribute a lot of that to editing. And I recognize that during an investigation, the only way to collect the most contextually meaningful information is to act like a believer and chase down anything that validates the reported activity. But for all that, during the live investigation, they seemed to jump to conclusions. For example, at one point, a phone rings while Donna and Lisa are investigating a particular room. They immediately assume that it was paranormal in origin, even though it’s far more likely that it was someone messing with them.

    I have the feeling that Pilgrim Films and SFC asked them to play up the drama during the third season, and that they agreed, provided that they were free to dismiss or debunk the evidence in the end. As I said, they generally arrive at the same conclusions I would expect them to make, but the path to that point seems different and less robust.

    The Evidence

    The audio evidence, to me, is really questionable. Just the fact that it was audible at the time of the investigation makes it seem more like an echo from a point above that part of the basement than anything else. I’m surprised that they didn’t dismiss that evidence, considering how much else was clearly the result of pranks and outside interference.

    What really puzzles me, after so little evidence substantiated by the evidence review, was the conclusion that the investigation was the second to validate that the hotel is haunted. I’m just not sure how they arrived at that conclusion. Taking everything leading up to the conclusion into account, I’m left wondering at the logic.moreless
  • A rehashing of old footage with a little bit of the new.

    This was one of the few episodes of this series that I was really looking forward to, and I have to said that I was a little upset on it. Because they rehashed the footage from the first investigation of the Stanley, and the Live broadcast, with a few extra footage, which in my option didn't add to much to what I already watched.

    Another thing that upset me, is the fact that they didn't focus on the EVP that was between the "Hellos" and the laugh, which I think they should of. In my option that EVP sound like it was saying "I need help", and then the girl's voice laughed. And the image of the face that was on the sheets did freak me out a little, and with the other show on Travel Channel would of thought it was proof, and would of left it at that, if the same thing happen to them. But TAPS went beyond to see what is truly was, which is the reason why I like this show so much, they try to figure out what is truly is, to see if it is paranormal or not and they did that. They found out that it was a picture of a book that was being captured on the sheets, not a ghostly image. In true TAPS style!

    I what I did like about is the fact that Jason’s room in the hotel where he first stay in the hotel is now getting more requests then it did before and that these guys want to do this again. I seriously hopped that the SF Channel listens to their requests and makes this an annual thing, so that we might have an alternative live broadcast of a paranormal investigation then the “Most Haunted” ones on Halloween.moreless
Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois


Dave Tango

Dave Tango


Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

Tech Specialist

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator - Co-Founder of TAPS

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator - Founder of TAPS

CM Punk

CM Punk

CM Punk/Himself - Guest Investigator

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During the first run of this episode they asked the audience to vote for their favorite answer to a question between commercial breaks. The question was, "What type of paranormal activity best proves a place is haunted?"
      A. EVP's - 23%
      B. Apparitions - 52%
      C. Moving Objects - 25%

      "Apparitions" was the top answer voted by the audience at 52%.

    • The first investigation of the Stanley took place on February 21-23, 2006. The second was later that year, October 31- November 1, 2006.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation: The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
      Billy Ward - Concierge
      Kendall Whelpton - Camera Operator

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jason: Do you usually get any feelings when you head into anywhere, Punk?
      CM Punk: Um yeah, like when you walk into a club and you get that feeling that, you know, there's gonna be a fight so you should probably leave right away.

    • Dave: Was it really that windy?
      Brian: Oh yeah, dude, you kidding me?
      Steve: It was blowing Brian's skirt up.

    • Grant: More often than not when you reinvestigate a place, there's no activity the second time. The Stanley's 2 for 2 and it just deserves a place in our heart. I think collectively as TAPS, it feels a little bit like home.

  • NOTES (2)

    • When TAPS first visited The Stanley Hotel, the team was told a story about a young woman who stayed in room 412 who suddenly began acting strangely, claiming that something was attempting to possess her, and was violent with those who attempted to aid her, despite having no alcohol or drugs in her system. In this episode, Donna adds another interesting detail to the story- the supposed "possession" occurred exactly one year ago on Halloween night of 2005, and the woman had left the Hotel's Halloween party a half an hour before it took place. A parapsychologist would undoubtedly note that the power of suggestion of a supposed haunted location coupled with a party dedicated to celebrating the supernatural would be very strong, and if a person was highly suggestible, they might feel something that they attributed to a paranormal source, and hysteria could cause the violent, irrational behavior the woman exhibited.

    • The Stanley Hotel has been the subject of a number of other TV show ghost investigations. It's been investigated by TAPS on their show Ghost Hunters a number of times, including the second season episode "Shining Hotel", the third season Live episode "Live From The Stanley", with this episode being the follow-up to the Live. It was also used by the TAPS spin-off show Ghost Hunters Academy for the final episode of the second of cadets "Finals At The Stanley". And it's been the subject of an investigation performed by the British paranormal TV show Most Haunted in its eleventh season episode "The Stanley Hotel". Later, it was investigated by the Ghost Adventures Crew for their fourth season episode "Stanley Hotel".


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