Effective Ghost Hunting Methods

Ghost-hunting methods

Gearing Up for a Successful Ghost Hunt

Ghost-hunting isn’t just a hobby; it’s certainly not knitting quietly while having a cuppa, we can tell you that much! It’s a way to satisfy our curiosity about the paranormal and the spirit world.

When you head out on a thrilling investigation, your goal is to capture and collect evidence on whether ghosts exist with a variety of methods and techniques up your sleeve.

Tools of the ghost-hunting trade

Proven methods for ghost hunting often tie back to one crucial aspect: ghost-hunting equipment.

Ghost hunting has come a long way since the 1800s when ghost hunters relied on chalk, bells, and candlelit séances to detect spirits.

Nowadays, ghost hunters have an arsenal of high-tech ghost-hunting equipment to up their game:

  • EMF meter: EMF meters measure electromagnetic fields. Ghosts are believed to manipulate these fields, creating fluctuations in energy. It’s like their calling card in the paranormal world.
  • Digital recorder: The modern ghost hunter’s trusty sidekick, digital recorders are vital for capturing Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). These are those mysterious voices and sounds that often go unnoticed by our human ears
  • Infrared camera: When things go bump in the night, infrared cameras come to the rescue. They capture images in the dark, uncovering paranormal activity that remains hidden to the naked eye.
  • Spirit box: Also known as a ghost box, this device is like your direct line to the supernatural. It scans radio frequencies and picks up messages from spirits and other paranormal entities.

Conducting a successful paranormal investigation

Some helpful methods for conducting a safe paranormal investigation include:

  1. Base camp: Set up a home base at your spooky location to monitor gear and discuss findings.
  2. Team up: Form teams with different perspectives to help increase your chances of finding paranormal activity.
  3. Assign roles: Each member of your ghost busting team should have a job – someone on audio, someone on video, and another on the EMF. This makes sure no ghostly evidence goes unnoticed.
  4. Document everything: Document everything meticulously during your ghost-hunting adventures. From the moment you start your investigation to any odd occurrences you notice, capture it!
  5. Respect the spirits: Remember, you’re a guest in the spirit world, so be respectful. Always ask for permission before barging in, don’t provoke any restless spirits, and leave no mess behind.

Going Back To Ghost Hunting Basics: Using Your Senses

In the thrilling world of paranormal investigations, high-tech gadgets might dazzle, but there’s one tool and technique that trumps them all: your very own five (and possibly six) senses.

Many novice ghost hunters assume all you need is a trusty torch and some cool ghost-hunting gadgets. But that’s not true. It also takes key methods and techniques. As professional paranormal investigator Zak Bagans says in his book Ghost Hunting for Dummies, “Devices are best used in conjunction with first-hand experiences… and with other investigative techniques.”

Your sense of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste can reveal a wealth of information about the supernatural world. It’s up to you, the fearless ghost hunter, to keep a keen eye and ear out for the subtlest signs.

  1. Smell: Our noses are like paranormal detectives. Some spirits can manipulate scents, using fragrances to communicate. For example, the perfume a loved one wore might signal their presence. On the flip side, a sinister entity could announce itself with a ghastly odour, like rotten eggs.
  2. Sight: Ghosts don’t always appear in their full, ghostly glory, but they often leave clues. They might move small items around or leave unexplained stains on walls, floors, clothes, or furniture. So, keep those eyes peeled for subtle hints.
  3. Sound: From the moment you step into a haunted location, the first thing that perks up is your ears. Focus on tuning out ambient noises to isolate strange sounds.
  4. Touch: That cold brush on your shoulder? Those goosebumps on your arm? Pay attention to it – they may just be a sign of a ghostly presence These sensations can be pretty faint, so stay focused to notice them.
  5. Taste: Believe it or not, taste can also come into play. Ghosts can leave a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth when they’re nearby.
  6. Sixth sense: The mysterious sixth sense, that tingling feeling that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end. It’s an intuitive ability that alerts you to things beyond normal perception. Some paranormal experts credit their ghost-hunting journey to this very sense.

Ghost Whispering 101: Proven Methods For Communicating With Ghosts

Ghost whispering is serious business, not a parlour trick. Communicating with ghosts on your first ghost-hunting adventure can be thrilling, but if you actually want to communicate with them, you need the right techniques.

In this section, we’re diving into the various tried-and-tested methods to connect with these entities, and most importantly, actually get a response.

EVP sessions

Ever heard of EVP sessions? It’s like having a supernatural chat through audio recorders, capturing sounds we can’t hear with our own ears.

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are the go-to method for professional paranormal investigators to communicate with spirits. Just ask any investigator what the key tool in their ghost-hunting kit is; it’s likely a digital recorder.

Spirit box sessions

Similar to EVP sessions, spirit box sessions make use of a spirit box – a device that rapidly scans through radio frequencies, creating a sort of white noise.

Investigators listen for responses or relevant words in the white noise. Surprisingly, there are tons of evidence that these nifty communication devices work.

Spirit circles

These are like spiritual round-table discussions. A group of people sits in a circle and employs various techniques to communicate with spirits – like a modern twist on ancient séances.

You see, spirits have their preferences and like to communicate in different ways. They might send messages through candle flames, water, specific scents, or through audio and video recording devices.


How can I tell the difference between actual evidence and hoaxes?

Spotting real ghost evidence amid all the hoaxes can be a real challenge. You’ve got to stay sharp! First off, trust your gut. Is the source reliable? Are the sights and sounds truly unique, or is there a natural explanation? And hey, don’t be afraid to be a little sceptical. Seek validation from different sources and keep learning as you go.

Can anyone become a ghost hunter?

Absolutely! Anyone can become a ghost hunter if they’ve got a knack for connecting with the supernatural and a passion for all things that go bump in the night. The journey to becoming a paranormal investigator might take some twists and turns, but if you’re determined, you can certainly become one.

Do ghost-hunting apps work?

Whether ghost-hunting apps work is an ongoing debate within the paranormal community. Most paranormal apps are certainly made just for entertainment purposes only. But some apps like EVP recorder may be genuine, as they record input from your device’s microphone.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’re familiar with the ghost-hunting tools and techniques, you’re all set to start your own investigation. Remember to use common sense and stay open-minded as you seek out the paranormal.

Happy hunting!


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!