Step 1: The Best Tech & Attire For A Ghost Hunt
Are you ready to chase the unknown and learn how to ghost hunt? First things first: gear up with the essential tools for your spectral quest.
Choosing the right tech and attire is crucial for a safe and effective ghost hunt.
Essential ghost-hunting equipment
Besides the basics, like a trusty torch and your wits, some crucial tools in a ghost-hunting kit are:
- Smartphone: You definitely want your smartphone with you during an investigation. Should anything happen, you’ve got a solid lifeline to call for help.
- First-aid kit: You might be exploring some pretty dilapidated buildings, so bumps and scratches can happen.
- EMF meter: For measuring electromagnetic fields to detect paranormal activity.
- Digital EVP recorder: For capturing Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) not audible to the human ear.
- Infrared thermal camera: For capturing footage in low-light conditions to reveal hidden paranormal activity.
- Spirit box: For picking up messages from spirits. Kind of like a two-way radio between you and the spirit world.
- Motion detector: For detecting any unusual movements.
Make sure all your devices are fully charged and ready to go for a ghost hunt – you don’t want your equipment dying on you. Extra batteries and a power bank will do just the trick!
What to wear
When you’re gearing up for a ghost hunt, think like a pro but keep it comfy. A lot of paranormal investigators go for all-black outfits – they’re great for blending into the night and won’t mess up your videos with weird reflections.
Be sure to research the haunted location you’re exploring, so you know you’re dressed comfortably. Closed-toed, comfortable shoes are a must. You’ll stay comfortable and protected from any sharp objects on the floor for your first ghost-hunting adventure.
Step 2: Research Haunted Locations
Choosing your ghost-hunting location is more than just picking a spooky place. You should also research the history, know the right time to visit, and prepare for any challenges with accessing the location.
When choosing a location, you need to know a bit about the place’s history, the strange stuff people have seen there, and how easy it is to get in. The location’s history can give you clues about the kind of spirits you might run into.
Next, determine the time you plan to hunt. While nightfall might seem like the obvious choice, early morning or dusk can be surprisingly active times for paranormal experiences.
Check how accessible your chosen spot is. It’s a good idea to scout your location by day. Get a feel for the terrain and any potential hazards. Of course, you should also consider the property regulations. Trespassing is a definite no-go!
Top haunted locations in the UK
We’ve got the scoop on the most haunted spots and ghost tours in the UK:
- Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
- Pendle Hill, Lancashire
- Tower of London
- Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
- Mark King’s Close, Edinburgh
- Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Step 3: Prepare for the Paranormal
You’ve gathered your ghost-hunting gear and picked a spot that gives you the creeps. It’s time to prepare for your first ghost hunt.
Dealing with fear
You’re going to be in some weird places, hearing strange sounds, and it’s often pretty dark. Even the toughest paranormal investigators have freaked out and dashed out of places.
Know your limits. If you’re still hiding your face during a scary movie, maybe ghost-hunting isn’t your thing…
Keeping an open mind
Tim Brown, a co-founder of the Paranormal Intelligence Gathering Service (P.I.G.S), says that having an open mind is crucial. He was once a sceptic but became a believer during one of his own personal spooky encounters.
Step 4: Begin the Ghost Hunt
The time has finally come! This is the fun (or maybe a little scary) part where you put all your gear and research to the test.
Ghost hunt with a friend or team
Safety should always come first on ghost hunts.
One of the safest measures you can take is hunting in numbers. A team can watch each other’s backs. Plus, it’s always more fun to share those ‘Did you hear that?’ moments with someone else.
A serious investigation often requires more than one ghost hunter, so you’ll also benefit from those extra helping hands.
Ghost hunting techniques
To help you make the most of your paranormal investigations, here are a few ghost-hunting techniques:
- Chat with the spirits: Introduce yourself, explain your purpose, and reassure them that you’re friendly.
- Trust your gut: If you feel the urge to take a picture or sense something behind you, go with your instincts.
- Be patient: Real sightings are rare, and those dramatic scenes in films, like The Conjuring, are even rarer in real life. So, be patient and savour the experience.
Step 5: Document the Unseen
Grab your camera, paranormal tools, and your buddy’s hand (if you feel so inclined) and keep your ears, nose, and eyes peeled!
As Tim Brown from P.I.G.S puts it, “Sometimes people smell funny stuff, hear voices, or see figures in their homes.”
Sometimes, spirits need a little nudge to show themselves.
For one, you can use a trigger object. If you know a bit about the spirit, bring something related to it. For example, if you’re attempting to communicate with a spirit that was a known gambler, you might bring a set of die or cards with you.
You can also invite the spirit to make itself known. Be friendly and ask questions that get “yes” or “no” answers.
Ghost photography 101
Who doesn’t want to see some ghostly proof? So, let’s talk photography.
While simple cameras or even your smartphone have caught some spooky shots, a good-quality digital camera with manual controls is best. Many pro ghost hunters swear by infrared or full-spectrum cameras.
Step 6: Analyse the Evidence
You’ve reached your final destination.
Maybe you captured something, maybe you didn’t. You’ll only know the answer once you’ve analysed your evidence.
If you’ve got hours of video or EVP recordings, buckle down for a detailed examination – sometimes frame by frame. Sure, it might sound boring, but it’s a crucial part of paranormal investigating.
Real or a hoax?
Ghost-hunting has its fair share of tricks and sceptics. So how do you tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not?
Scrutinise your pictures and recordings. Are they genuinely unique, or could there be a logical explanation? Ghost hunters are also paranormal researchers, so dig into the details!
Don’t take everything at face value. Cross-reference and validate your findings with other sources. Experience, patience, and a pinch of scepticism are your trusty guides.
What kind of ghosts do you encounter on a ghost hunt?
During a ghost hunt, you may come across various types of ghosts. Ghosts are typically one of five main types: the Interactive Personality, the Poltergeist, Ectoplasm, Orbs, and Funnel Ghosts. It’s a good idea to learn about the types, so you can identify them.
Ghost hunting is more than just proving the paranormal. It’s a journey into the unknown that requires some forethought and steps.
Now, with your gear ready and research done, you’re on the cusp of the hunt. Stay open-minded, patient, and respectful. And don’t forget to have fun!