Do you know the methods and techniques to conduct a proper Ghost Hunt?
A ghost hunt is conducted by a team of researchers, sometimes including a psychic or medium, embarking to gather evidence to prove or disprove claims or suggestions of a ghost or spiritual force. This is oftentimes done as a result of a person who requests help to validate or debunk claims of paranormal experiences.
You need to know how to conduct a ghost hunt before you embark on an investigation in a reportedly haunted location such as a home, graveyard or historical site.
Contact and train with an established organization in your area. This is the best way to learn how to conduct a ghost hunt – through experience with well-trained people that can show you the ropes. If there are no organizations available in your area with which you can enroll, it’s recommended that you buy books, watch videos, take classes and use the methods on this page before conducting an investigation.
Before starting your ghost hunt
If you’re conducting a ghost hunt, interview the owners or managers of the location.
- Do some historical research of the property. Search Google and old newspapers at the local library to find out the location’s history. Did any deaths occur there? Any ghosts reported in the past?
Take a tour of the property during the day, before your ghost hunt. This is important because there are dangerous places and obstacles that you may not see in the dark.
- Do not enter the property illegally.
If you are conducting a ghost hunt on private property, be sure to get permission from the owners or holders. If you do not ask permission he may be detained by police for trespassing on the property. Also, when a cemetery investigation, you may want to tell any guards that you “taking pictures” on the property so that they know you are there.
- Be sure to bring identification during a ghost hunt such as a driver’s license. This is in case you are stopped and asked for identification by the police
Never investigate alone. Another person can not only confirm what you saw, felt or heard during your ghost hunt. Even more important, the other ghost hunter can help you if you are hurt somehow, perhaps after tripping over an item in the dark.
Procedures during the ghost hunt
Here is a condensed version of some of the most common ghost hunt procedures.
- Assign ghost hunting equipment to each investigator.
If necessary, divide the ghost hunt group into teams. Each group should investigate certain areas and then move elsewhere to give another group the opportunity to investigate that area. This is a great opportunity to see if each group has the same experience and results.
- Choose a leader who speaks for all in case they come in contact with officials such as the police, journalists, homeowners.
Before the group begins to investigate, take a moment to say a prayer or to bless the group. Most ghost hunt groups believe that there are evil entities as well as non-evil ghosts in many areas such as cemeteries. Take the time to say a prayer of protection and invite positive spirits to help and guide you.
- When you ghost hunt, make sure you carry protection with you. It can be an amulet or item blessed to protect you according to your spiritual beliefs.
Enter and walk around the property for 20 minutes. This is so you can acclimate to the environment and have a better ghost hunt. In addition, this helps ghosts to get used to their presence.
- Enter the start time, weather conditions and other relevant information.
Note all areas that cause readings or false images.
- Set up stationary ghost hunt equipment such as cameras on tripods, your laser grid or motion detectors.
Start your ghost hunt, taking multiple pictures and the EVPs you record on your digital recorder and with your Spirit Box. Verbally or on paper record every time something strange happens. For example, if the electromagnetic meter (EMF) records unusual readings, if the temperature fluctuates, or if you observe strange signals or sounds.
- Also note any thoughts or emotions in you that feel strange or out of place. When the investigation is completed consult colleagues about the similarities with respect to the readings or feelings in certain areas and at certain times.
When the group has completed the investigation, tell spirits that they must remain there and can not follow you home. Tell them to remain there in the name of God.
Have you gone on a ghost hunt? Are there any tips you would like to add, or stories you’d like to share?
Let us know if you’ve conducted a ghost hunt at one of the houses featured in this Huffington Post story, 13 Real Life Haunted Houses And The Horror Stories That Go With Them!