Is Ghost Hunting Dangerous?

Is ghost-hunting dangerous?

Are you interested in becoming a ghost hunter but worry about the potential risks involved? Perhaps your family and friends have told you that ghost hunting is dangerous, or maybe you have heard some truly hair-raising ghost stories about ghost hunts in your area.

The truth is that the most common dangers that come with ghost hunting have nothing to do with ghosts at all! The majority of the risks have to do with the physical realm and include things like decrepit buildings and tripping in the dark.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about embarking on a paranormal adventure, including what to look out for, and how to protect yourself!

What is Ghost Hunting Exactly?

Ghost hunting, also referred to as paranormal investigating, is when ghost hunters explore a potentially haunted location in search of spirits and other otherworldly entities. Most paranormal investigators document their experiences in an effort to gather evidence.

There are plenty of fictional and non-fictional ghost hunters out there, including the Ghostbusters, Zak Bagans, Derek Acorah, Elliott O’Donnell, and so many more. The role of a paranormal investigator is to determine the presence of ghosts and to communicate with them, if possible.

People get into ghost hunting for a variety of different reasons. Some simply find it a fun hobby, while others want to communicate with deceased loved ones and investigate local mysteries.

My mind’s always in the supernatural. Things have always come to me and been attracted to me. I always knew there was something else there, so it never was even a question in my life”, Tanya Vandesteeg, a professional ghost hunter, told the Memphis Flyer.

Whatever your reasons may be, it’s essential that you always prioritise your safety by taking the necessary precautions.

Can Ghosts Harm You?

While there have been many reports of ghosts who have caused harm, there is no scientific evidence to prove that spirits have the ability to cause physical injuries. Thousands of private investigations have been launched in an effort to shed light on this topic but a direct answer is still relatively vague. It is up to you whether or not you want to believe the claims made by others.

A ghost is the spirit of a deceased person who, for some or other reason, still has ties to Earth and the physical realm. However, spirits live in the spiritual world, which is separated from our world with a thin veil. Without a physical form, it is very difficult for spirits to have much power over you.

With that being said, there are still demons and angry entities that may wish to cause you harm. They may do this by playing games with your psyche and attempting to instil fear in you. There are many cases in which people have been driven mad by living in a haunted house.

Practical Dangers of Ghost Hunting

Decrepit haunted houses

Unfortunately, many famous haunted houses are in a state of disrepair. This means missing floorboards, rotting ceilings, and other potential dangers. It would be best if you were very careful when exploring abandoned buildings. Make sure you carry a torch so that you can see in the dark and watch where you put your feet.

Bad people

Abandoned buildings tend to attract a variety of people, including people like drug dealers and other criminals. While most squatters should be relatively harmless, you need to remember that people are far more dangerous than ghosts. Make sure you have a plan of action in place should encounter any people of the nefarious kind.


Depending on where you live, you could potentially encounter wildlife like snakes, spiders, birds, bats, racoons, feral cats, etc. Watch where you are walking and try not to disturb any animals or their nests. Chances are, wild animals are more frightened of you than you are of them.

How to Protect Yourself When Ghost Hunting

  • Never go ghost hunting alone.
  • Make sure you have a torch and extra batteries.
  • Wear practical shoes and clothing.
  • Always remain respectful of the dead.
  • Research the location before you go.
  • Visit the location during the day first.
  • Say a prayer of protection.
  • Have the number of a paranormal expert on your phone.
  • Wear a crystal to ward off negative energy.
  • Carry holy water with you.
  • Consult your spirit guides.

The Necessary Ghost Hunting Equipment

If you want your paranormal investigations to be a success, there are a few pieces of equipment that every ghost hunter needs, including:

EMF meter

An EMF meter is used to measure the changes in electromagnetic fields, which are said to be created by ghosts. Want to communicate with the other side? Ask the spirits to trigger the meter in response to your questions.

Infrared camera

Infrared cameras are an essential piece of equipment for any paranormal investigator as they allow you to document your experiences without any visible light sources. Now, you can film in the dark with ease and when you watch the footage back later, you may be able to pick up on things that were invisible to the naked eye.

Temperature sensor

Many professional ghost hunters believe that ghosts can create hot and cold spots, emitting different temperature levels as they pass through a room. Ever heard of the expression, “chills up your spine”? A temperature sensor will help you detect even the slightest temperature changes.

Other items to pack in your ghost-hunting kit

  • Torch
  • First Aid Kit
  • Walkie talkies
  • Motion sensor
  • Spirit box
  • External microphone
  • Ghost-hunting lights
  • Dowsing rods

Communicating With a Ghost

It’s one thing to detect the presence of a ghost, it’s an entirely different thing to communicate with them. So what do you do if you want to start a conversation? You must make it known that you don’t have any ill will. This way, the spirit is more likely to want to communicate with you and you won’t be in any danger.

You can use divination equipment, such as an ouija board, to start asking simple questions. In the beginning, you should try to stick to simple ‘yes‘ or ‘no‘ questions. You can also request that the spirit trigger the sensors on your motion detectors, EMF meters, etc.


What should I do if I encounter an unfriendly spirit while ghost-hunting?

Unfortunately, not all ghosts are friendly and there is a chance that you’ll come across a negative entity from time to time. You should do your best to not show any fear and speak to the spirit in a calm, confident voice. When you stop giving the spirit attention, it should eventually grow bored of you and move on.

Where are the best places to go ghost hunting in the UK?

The best places to ghost hunt are usually haunted houses, abandoned buildings, and cemeteries. Some of the most popular paranormal locations in the UK include Kent, Gloucestershire, Norwich, Dorset, and Lancashire.

Is it safe to carry out a paranormal investigation in my own home?

Yes, it is safe to have a paranormal investigation in your home, especially if you suspect that your home may be haunted. However, you may want to invite a team of ghost hunters to join you in conducting your paranormal research. Communicating with the ghosts in your home is not something you want to do alone, as this could be unsafe.

Final Thoughts

Ghost hunting can be dangerous but not for the reasons you may think. There is far less chance of demonic possession than there is of you tripping down the stairs in a haunted house and twisting an ankle. The practical dangers far outweigh the paranormal ones!

If you’re interested in embarking on a few otherworldly adventures, get in touch with paranormal investigators in your local area. You’ll find that the ghost-hunting community is very welcoming and friendly and they’ll also help you stay out of danger. Just take the necessary precautions and you should be safe while exploring the spirit world.


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!