6 Ghost Hunting Facts

Ghost-hunting facts

Are you an amateur ghost hunter or part of a team of expert paranormal investigators? Or are you simply curious about the world of ghosts and spirits?

Whichever applies to you, you’re never done learning! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of spooky, amazing and fascinating ghost hunting facts.

Apply your new-found knowledge to your next ghost hunting adventure or enthrall your friends with some fun, scary facts when you next hit the pub.

1. Ghost Hunting Involves All Your Senses

It might come as no surprise that ghost hunting incorporates hearing and seeing, but did you know that it actually involves all your senses?

That’s right! Even taste, smell and touch are triggered when paranormal activity is afoot.

  • Visual: You can see light orbs, mist, or dark shadows. You can also use a ghost camera to capture evidence visually.
  • Auditory: The saying “Things go bump in the night” holds true when you perform a paranormal investigation. Not only will you hear noises – like footsteps, knocks, or even voices – but you can use recording equipment to detect electronic voice phenomena that are not audible to you during the ghost hunt.
  • Touch: Ghost hunters have reported feeling cold hands grab them, while those who deal with a poltergeist have experienced bites, scratches, and objects thrown at them. Ghost hunters also report feeling cold spots which may indicate the presence of a spirit.
  • Taste: Some ghost hunters or those who live in a haunted location have reported a metallic taste just before something sinister happened.
  • Smell: Interestingly, spirits have a smell! Some say that friendly spirits have a sweet scent, while malevolent ghosts have a smell reminiscent of rotting meat.

2. Paranormal Investigation Isn’t Based On Science

Not to anger paranormal investigators – but, technically there’s no scientific method to hunting ghosts.

Yes, the advanced equipment used is based on legitimate science. For example, EMF meters do record electromagnetic fields. Thermal cameras do pick up cold spots. Motion detectors are triggered by motion.

But, there is no scientific proof that links ghost detectors and recorded incidents to paranormal activity. For that reason, parapsychology and ghost hunting have been labelled a “pseudoscience” by many. (Interestingly, some ghost hunters believe that the current technology is simply not advanced enough yet to prove definitively that ghosts are real.)

However, don’t let the sceptics get in your head. As a ghost hunter, you probably have recorded your own evidence, which has ascertained to you that ghosts exist.

3. Ghosts Prefer The Same Haunted House

Don’t expect to find a ghost at your local shopping mall or your neighbour’s house. Usually, the vast majority of ghosts linger at historical sites or areas that have experienced pain, trauma, emotional upset and death.

Churches and religious sites are also frequently haunted, as supernatural beings make their way to these sites in an attempt to find salvation.

Usually, when there is one ghost, you can expect to see several other ghostly apparitions too.

The most popular haunted places targeted by paranormal researchers include:

  • Cemeteries
  • Historic battlefields
  • Churches
  • Crime scenes
  • Historic hotels
  • Theatres
  • Abandoned buildings and towns
  • Prisons and jails
  • Hospitals
  • Asylums

4. Some Ghost Hunters Can Communicate With Spirits

Hunting ghosts is not just about setting up your equipment and trying to record ghostly encounters. Many ghost hunters set out to communicate with spirits, often through a medium.

Mediums can connect with spirits either through ghost communicators (like a spirit box) or can channel them and record responses on a talking board, like a Ouija board.

This type of ghost hunting goes beyond just seeking out paranormal activity – it delves into the understanding of the ghost’s intentions, history and experiences.

5. There Are Different Types Of Paranormal Phenomena

Not all hauntings are the same. Here are some of the most basic types of spirit activity and hauntings:

  • Traditional: This type of haunting involves a spiritual entity that used to be a living person. The dead person remains behind as a ghost at a specific location after they died.
  • Residual: This is the most common haunting type. Energy from past events lingers, with the same haunted events occurring over and over.
  • Poltergeist: This haunting is created by a mischievous spirit that can cause electrical interference or movement of objects. It is usually linked to a specific location; however, poltergeists can be linked to people too.
  • Portal: This type of haunting involves entrances from parallel universes or where the realm between the living and dead has thinned.
  • Demonic: Not to be trifled with, this haunting can be incredibly dangerous. It is usually caused by an evil spirit that follows families or is linked to a specific location. As described in The Amityville Horror (1979): “Demons are smart. They’re not just monsters, they think just like you and I do. Just in reverse.”
  • Haunted objects: These items have (often evil) ghosts or spirits attached to them.

6. Most Ghost Hunters Use The Same Basic Paranormal Equipment

A basic ghost hunting kit will contain many of the same equipment that almost all ghost hunters rely on. Some also have more advanced items in their kit.

Here are the basic essential items:

  • Notebook (for taking notes of any occurrences)
  • Backup batteries or power bank
  • Flashlight or headlight
  • EVP recorder (to record electronic voice phenomenon)
  • Camera and video camera
  • Two-way radios if hunting with a team
  • EMF meters (to pick up on changes in the electromagnetic field)

Below are some of the more advanced paranormal equipment that expert ghost hunters use:

  • Motion detectors: These are triggered by movement, and can be placed around a haunted location to indicate any odd motion or actions when no one is in a room.
  • REM pod: REM pods are used to detect changes in static electricity.
  • Temperate sensors: These devices can be either thermal imaging cameras or temperature guns. More complicated devices, like an EDI meter, also have a temperature sensor. They’re used to indicate when there are temperature fluctuations, like cold spots, which could mean there is paranormal activity happening.
  • Spirit box: These ghost communicators make use of AM and FM frequencies. The spirit box scans the frequencies, which can be manipulated by ghosts to playback words.
  • Ovulis: This word bank can be used by spirits to communicate with ghost hunters.
  • Geophones: These handy, advanced devices can pick up vibrations. If you place a geophone on a stable surface and back up, and it lights up or alarms go off, it means something is moving around -and it’s not you!


What are common misconceptions about ghost hunting?

The most common misconception that most people believe is that ghost hunting is a terrifying experience and that you’ll stumble upon evil spirits as soon as you begin. However, many ghost hunters report interacting with positive spirits who simply wish to communicate with the living.

Another misconception is that ghosts only come out at night. You can go hunting ghosts at any time of the day – spirits are not purely nocturnal.

Is it possible to protect yourself from negative entities during paranormal investigations?

Yes, there are several methods of protection you can use. You can carry protective crystals (like tourmaline or amethyst), cleanse a space using sage, speak your positive intentions out loud, or say a prayer. You can also clearly state your boundaries before you start the ghost hunt to deter any malevolent spirits.

Can animals be used to detect ghosts?

Many ghost hunters believe that animals can sense spirits. For example, dogs have heightened senses and may be able to detect the paranormal. Animals do not usually form part of ghost hunting adventures, though. Usually, the reactions of pets to spirits are simply used as anecdotal evidence.

Does the environment play a role in ghost hunting?

Yes – ghost hunters need to understand the impact of the environment, and differentiate between paranormal activity and environmental factors. For example, EMF meter readings could be due to faulty electrical wiring. Cold spots could be due to drafts from an open window.

By recognising environmental factors, ghost hunters will be more objective.


Knowing some facts about ghost hunting can help you better prepare for your next paranormal adventure. There is still a lot we don’t know about the spiritual realm, so it is important that you always research and educate yourself on the latest news, techniques and equipment to have a fulfilling ghost hunting experience.

Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!