The producers of “Wife Swap” and “Celebrity Wife Swap” are in town to produce “Celebrity Ghost Swap”, a special Halloween version of the series that will air only in Maine.
“When the All Hallows Society contacted us about producing ‘Celebrity Ghost Swap’, we knew we could not say no,” Producer Paul DeSole admitted to this Modern Philosopher. “Seriously, even in Hollywood, we’d heard about the All Hallows Society, and we knew enough to be scared of them and to agree to do whatever they asked.”
Filming has been going on in Maine since mid-September, and the petrified producers are thrilled with the footage. DeSole told me about the Celebrity Ghosts who have been swapping places for the special.
“We’ve got the Ghost of All Hallows Cemetery in Bangor,” DeSole told me as he showed me some black and white photos of Maine’s most infamous haunted cemetery. “Rumor is that Stephen King is too scared of the place to set foot in it or write about it.”
“Our other participant is the Ghost of Munfree Mansion in Belfast, which everyone knows is the creepiest haunted house in Maine and maybe even the entire United States,” he told me like an excited school boy. “The really cool thing about the mansion is that some eccentric Englishman bought it and now lives in it with his family.”
The premise of the show is pretty clear: the Ghosts changed places for a month, and got to haunt in the usual home of the other. So how did that go?
Due to shooting obligations, neither Ghost was available for this interview, but a local Medium, Miss Zelda, was happy to channel the spirits for me.
“I didn’t know what to expect, having to live indoors for the first time in centuries,” The Ghost of All Saints told me through Miss Zelda. “It was very confining at first, and it smelled of mildew and British things. Once I got my bearings, however, it was a thrill. The crumbling walls of the mansion kept that poor, pathetic family my prisoner. The fun I had frightening the fish and chips out of them!”
The Ghost of Munfree Mansion was also very excited, “After years trapped inside, longing to be outside the windows, I finally had my opportunity to be out in the world again. The living do not always make the best company, and I’d forgotten how much I missed spending time with the dead. They’re going to have to drag me out of this cemetery because I do not intend to ever leave!”
“I had no idea how the Ghosts were going to adapt after spending centuries in one place,” DeSole told me with a nervous grin. “It was awkward and very scary at first, and that’s what the audience will see in the first couple of episodes.”
“Once we hit episode three, though,” his eyes lit up as he talked, “and we see the school trip to All Saints Cemetery, people are going to be blown away. That scene is one of the scariest ever captured on film. You cannot miss it.”
Celebrity Ghost Swap: Halloween Season Edition airs on Wednesdays and Fridays during October. Check local listings for the station near you…