Haunted History

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Eerie but educational docu looks at ghostly legends.

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Positive Messages

Overall, the show is educational, offering insight into the belief systems and rituals of different cultures. That said, many of the stories are steeped in superstition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some stories involve murder and suicide, which are hardly behavior examples for kids. But the featured historians/experts provide educational information.


The show features reenactments of violent murders (like people being killed with hatchets), suicides, and accidental deaths (like a child falling to his death), but no blood is shown. Some legends claim that the victims eventually become ghosts and/or that murderers are targeted by phantom beings.


Some of the featured ghostly legends note that the "love of a good woman" is what's necessary to help those who haunt move on.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many of the reenactments show historical figures drinking mugs of ale, rum, and brandy. Some reenactments and actual photographs occasionally show historical figures smoking cigars. One legend talks about a ghost that appeared as a ship passenger slit his own neck in a drunken suicide.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series -- which looks at historical figures, places, and events and their relationship to hauntings and other creepy phenomena. -- may be too scary for younger and/or more sensitive viewers. Most episodes include reenactments of violent murders and/or tragic accidents, but no real blood is shown. Superstitions and various rituals are discussed, and some reenactments include drinking and and cigarette and cigar smoking.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygeekkid August 10, 2015

Terrifying, and really good.

I first saw this show when I watched the H.H. Holmes "Murder Castle" episode. I kept watching it, despite the fact that I was absolutely terrified. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

HAUNTED HISTORY looks at historical figures, places, and events that have been connected with ghostly phenomena. With the help of historians and storytellers, the show explores the legends and superstitions surrounding notorious hauntings and supernatural sightings -- from the high seas to famous five-star hotels, with highly stylized reenactments adding o the drama.

Is it any good?

Narrated by John GloverHaunted History mixes documented facts and cultural legends to create an entertaining look at historical events.  While viewers may not believe the ghostly accounts, the stories told here offer a chance to learn more about different communities and the various legends and superstitions that drive their cultures.

Folks who enjoy or are intrigued by supernatural phenomena will probably like what they find here. Others may just find the whole thing creepy.  But regardless of how you feel about the subject matter, overall the series offers a unique way to talk about history.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how ghosts and supernatural phenomena are typically treated in the media. Where do these interpretations come from? Are they based on historical legends? Somebody’s imagination?

  • Why do cultures pass down legends and superstitions? Were you raised with any ghost stories or superstitions? Why do you think they were told to you? Was it to teach you specific lessons? To scare you?

  • Do you believe in ghosts?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 26, 1998
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: DVD
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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