The actor had to remove a ghost-infested house from his Connecticut farmland, he shared during an appearance on 'Literally! With Rob Lowe'
Kevin Bacon's farm came with a spooky stipulation!
The Footloose star, 65, shared the "funny" story of how he acquired part of his Connecticut farmland on Literally! With Rob Lowe — and spared none of the haunted details.
Bacon, who grew up in Philadelphia, told host Rob Lowe that he bought the farm, which he called a “little kind of ramshackled turn of the century farmhouse,” in 1983 after a search with his then-girlfriend that started as “a goof.”
Over the years, the actor — a self-proclaimed “city kid” who unintentionally “developed a love of horses” — said he began buying up the surrounding land to maintain privacy.
“I’ll tell you a funny story,” Bacon began. “The guy that sold me the house, he lived across the road."
“One of the pieces [of land] that we bought had an old house in it and he didn’t want me to own the house. It was an abandoned house that he had grown up in,” he continued. “And we kind of went back and forth on it for a while and then eventually I said, ‘Listen, you can’t sell me a piece of land but not sell me the house that’s on it.’ "
"He said, ‘I can’t sell it to you because it’s haunted and I’m afraid that you’ll get possessed and, you know, do some serious damage,'” Bacon said.
The Mystic River star said that he and the owner “went back and forth on this haunted house thing” for a while before finally working things out.
“We finally came to an agreement in the contract that I had to destroy it within, I don’t know, a month or something like that,” he told Lowe, who then asked the actor if he ever spent a night in the ghost-infested house.
Bacon said he did not.
“Not only did I not do that, but I went up there and there were some beautiful old pine boards and a banister and I said to [wife Kyra Sedgwick], ‘We gotta take those out,’ And she’s like, ‘No, you’re not. You’re not putting those f---ing things in our house.’ ”
Lowe — whose fascination with the supernatural is no secret — also asked about the origin of the ghouls.
“It was a long story that had to do with a Native American who in the 1700s had been murdered, I think, by a colonial soldier,” Bacon shared.
Before selling the house, the owner even “had ghostbusters there,” according to the actor. “It was a whole long thing,” he said.
The movie star, who has been in several horror movies throughout his career — most recently Peacock's They/Them — also shared his personal stance on the paranormal.
“I always find that when you’re in a scary movie, everybody wants to know, ‘Well, have you ever seen a ghost?’ or ‘Do you, you know, believe in ghosts?’ ” Bacon said. “And the thing I always say is ‘I would really love to but as of yet, it just hasn’t happened. But I hope someday that it will.’ ”
The podcast host, who does believe in the paranormal, recalled his “intense” experience filming his ghost-hunting series The Lowe Files with his two sons — including a conversation he had with a ghost.
“I wish that I had kept that house up. That would've been a great episode,” Bacon joked. “Celebrity haunted house.”
“I would've been there in a minute,” Lowe responded.
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In the episode, Bacon said that he divides his time between the now-ghost-free farm and the city “pretty much 50/50.”
On the farm, he and Sedgwick, 58, have four goats, two pigs, three miniature horses and three alpacas, all of whom make frequent appearances in their singing videos on social media.
In March, the couple chatted with PEOPLE about the response they received when they began posting videos with their animals.
"People were like, 'We love you singing with the goats.' Kevin and I are like, 'Great, have you seen our movies or TV shows?' ” Sedgwick said. "But it makes people happy."
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