What Is The Paranormal Music Box?

Close up photo of the mechanic music box

There’s a lot of ghost hunting equipment that paranormal investigators use. One more uncommon and eerie tool is the paranormal music box (PMB).

This handy device can be used to detect the presence of spirits, with many ghost hunters swearing by the effectiveness of their PMBs.

Join us as we delve into the haunted world of paranormal music boxes and how these musical objects can tell when a ghost is near.

What Is A Paranormal Music Box?

The developers of the PMB claim that this instrument can reliably detect the presence of ghosts through infrared motion detection technology.

It may seem like a device straight out of a science fiction movie, but believers state that paranormal entities can interact with our physical world, which is why a motion detector will respond if a ghost is near.

A paranormal music box has two main parts:

  1. A (creepy) music box that plays music when a ghost is near.
  2. A motion sensor that detects ghosts and nearby movement. This sensor is often an infrared sensor that will pick up any changes or movements in the space in front of it.

As soon as the PMB detects a ghost, it starts to play a haunting tune, confirming that a spirit is trying to make contact.

The history of the paranormal music box

Although the PMBs used today are high-tech, music boxes have been used to communicate with the spirit world for many years.

There have been many stories of haunted music boxes playing music by themselves, and although these boxes were not used as communication tools, they did indicate the presence of something other-worldly.

During the late 20th century, ghost hunting equipment became more specialised. The origins of the PMB are not documented, but we can speculate that this device was developed because of the folklore attached to haunted music boxes through the centuries.

The first PMBs only played music, while modern music boxes can record audio and video, and even play certain messages.

Does A Paranormal Music Box Really Work?

As with any ghost hunting adventure, a level of scepticism is always good. Although there is no sound scientific evidence backing the PMB, those who have used it swear by it.

For example, the Para4ce PMB is a remarkable trigger object and has received the following review from one user: “Very cool fun ghost hunting device to use. We have used it on many investigations, and it works well.

Many sceptics claim that the motion detector used with the PMB may react to any background objects that happen to be moving, like a rodent, insect or even a curtain blowing in the breeze.

But, ghost hunters who frequently make contact with the spirit world continue to use the paranormal music box along with other detection tools, like EMF readers and cameras.

Using A PMB

The steps to use a paranormal musical box will depend on the specific model you use. Below is a general guide to using a PMB, but it is best to always follow the instructions in the user manual:

  1. Decide where to go: The UK has dozens of haunted locations, so you can take your pick! Or, if you suspect your own house is haunted, prepare the room for the ghost hunt.
  2. Get the batteries: Some PMBs use disposable batteries, while others can be recharged. Before you head out on your ghost adventures, make sure you have spare batteries or that the music box is fully charged.
  3. Switch on the musical box: Switch on the device, and if required, calibrate the sensor following the manual instructions. You might also be able to change the sensitivity settings.
  4. Place the PMB in a strategic position: You want to place your PMB on a hard surface (or a trusty tripod) in a spot where it can “see” the whole room where the paranormal investigation is occurring. Usually, the sensor has a range of up to 5 meters (16 feet).
    You can also set up any other ghost hunting tools you might have on hand. For example, it may be useful to use an EVP recorder to record any noises made by the PMB.
  5. Start the investigation: Remain quiet and out of range of the PMB. Some PMBs have a red light that can indicate when movement has been detected. Keep an eye on the light and listen out for the creepy tune to start playing. Take notes of your observations.
  6. Consider communicating with the spirits: Some investigators will ask spirits to present themselves or ask questions to engage with any ghosts in the room.
  7. Playback: If you did use an EVP recorder, you can now play back any recordings and analyse your notes.
  8. Retain a level of scepticism: Even if your paranormal music box was playing music several times during your investigation, it is always important to remain slightly sceptical. It is possible that environmental conditions triggered the music box. You can always compare your findings with any other investigators who took part in the ghost hunt and see if the data aligns.

Top tip: Don’t move the music box while it is switched on, as it will mess up the calibration. If you wish to use it in a different location, switch it off, move it, and then switch it on again.

When To Use A Paranormal Music Box

If you know there is paranormal activity in a specific area, it’s a good idea to set up your paranormal music box there.

Not sure which area sees the most paranormal action?

In that case, you can start by setting up several trigger objects (like motion-activated alarms) in the room or location you might suspect is haunted.

Monitor the area for a few hours (or, if time allows, a few days) and check which trigger object indicated the most activity. You can then set up the PMB in the area where the most alarms are activated.

Paranormal Music Boxes In Films and Shows

There are several ghost hunting TV shows and documentaries that feature paranormal music boxes in spooky investigations.

  • Ghost Adventures: The PMB has been featured on America’s Ghost Adventures a couple of times, alongside other ghost hunting equipment like thermal cameras and EMF detectors.
  • Paranormal Lockdown: This show by popular ghost hunters Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman sees the hosts locked inside haunted buildings for 72 hours. They often employ the help of a PMB to make contact with the spirit world.
  • Ghost Hunters: PMBs are rarely featured in this ghost hunting TV show; however, the team used a PMB to investigate Waverly Hills Sanatorium.


Is a paranormal music box the same as a haunted music box?

No, a haunted music box is a classic, vintage music box that is believed to be inhabited by a spirit. These boxes often seem to play creepy music by themselves, or the lid of the musical box will open and close by itself.

PMBs are used to detect spirits and are not haunted items.

What common trigger objects are used during ghost hunts?

Popular trigger objects often used during ghost hunts include:

  • EMF detectors: These devices sense changes in electromagnetic fields (EMFs). An unexplained spike in EMF activity could indicate a nearby paranormal entity.
  • Gaussmeters: These devices are much more sensitive than EMF detectors, and will detect very subtle changes in electromagnetic fields.
  • Spirit Boxes: Spirit boxes scan through radio frequencies (both AM and FM). Ghosts are said to use these frequencies to select certain words or phrases.
  • Motion detectors: These devices use cameras and sensors to detect movement that might not be perceived by humans.

Wrapping Up

If you are an avid ghost hunter or suspect you might know a haunted location, then it’s a good idea to invest in a paranormal music box. These devices play a haunting tune when a ghost or spirit is detected.

You can use a PMB together with other ghost hunting equipment to validate your experience and gather as much evidence as possible. Even though a healthy dose of scepticism is always good while making contact with the paranormal, you won’t be able to ignore the creepy music of your musical box!

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!