Haunted inns and Titanic spirits in new Ghost Hunters

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

SCI FI's Ghost Hunters heads to Philadelphia and New Hampshire and investigates places such as Betsy Ross' house and the Hansom House when it returns for a new season on Wednesday.

"We're getting into more of the homes again, but we're still doing the big locations," said star Grant Wilson, who participated in a conference call with fellow ghost-hunting plumber Jason Hawes about the upcoming fifth season. "We've brought in new equipment, and that yields new types of evidence."

"We got some strange things this year," Hawes added. "We caught some great evidence and great visuals and great audio. Some other neat little things."

Hawes added: "We did Star Island, which is an island about 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, which was a religious community at one time. They've had a lot of claims of activity going out there."

One of the coolest cases the team will investigate is at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, Wilson said. "And they have a traveling Titanic exhibit with actual artifacts from the Titanic," he added. "And everywhere that goes, every museum that goes to, supposedly activity follows. So we caught up with it in Georgia, and I had just an interesting time there dealing with the Titanic artifacts."

One other location the guys couldn't help but get involved with is the Spalding Inn, a haunted inn that Hawes and Wilson bought. When members of their families began having experiences, they brought in the Ghost Hunters International team to investigate.

While the ghost hunters are excited about the commercial locations they visited this season, for them it's all about the residential cases. One in particular affected them.

"It involved a child, and the family believed that there was a negative entity in the home," Hawes said, adding: "So these people are terrified. Terrified for their safety. Terrified, you know, for their child. Nobody's sleeping at night. They're actually leaving their home to go rent hotels and stuff."

Hawes added: "It's just really sad. And being a father of five myself, that's one of those things that really pulls at your heartstring. Yeah, any time a child's involved in a case, that really, ... it brings you to a point which you just, you don't know what you can do, but you have to do something."

Eight new episodes of Ghost Hunters will air this spring, with the remaining 17 episodes airing later in the year.

"We're looking for answers. We're looking for the truth, and we're also trying to help out as many people as we can," Hawes said. Ghost Hunters premieres on the SCI FI Channel on Wednesday, March 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.