Do you hear strange creaking or rattling noises in your house late at night? Have you had paranormal experiences in the past? It might be time to get a few beginner ghost hunting tips under your belt. Next time you hear or see something mysterious, you'll be prepared to investigate and document evidence of a ghostly guest.
Before you embark on your ghost hunting adventure, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. For a beginning ghost hunt, you'll need a pen and paper to keep track of any paranormal observations, a camera (35mm and digital cameras both work well), a flashlight with plenty of batteries and, if possible, a mobile phone for use in emergencies or to track time. You will also want to dress appropriately for your excursion by wearing comfortable shoes or bringing a jacket. More advanced ghost hunters can purchase higher quality materials, such as video cameras, audio recorders or digital laser thermometers, to locate sources of energy. Since this equipment can be pricey, beginners should test the waters with basic gear before investing lots of time and money.
Do Your Research
Even if you're investigating your own home, it's a good idea to research a particular location's haunted history. You can prepare yourself for potential challenges and learn more about the paranormal sightings in an area. For example, if sightings commonly occur in the evening, you'll know to plan your ghost hunt around that time. You might even find a few pictures of orb backscatter in your research, where a camera's flash picks up invisible spirits and auras. Most paranormal interactions take place near battlefields, forts, cemeteries, schools and houses, so you'll want to check out these locations in your area first.
Never Investigate Alone
Ghost hunts are not only much more fun with a group, but they're also much safer. You never know what kind of ghouls you'll encounter, so bringing a buddy or two is advised. Take special precautions in secluded areas or at night since the terrain might be unfamiliar and your sight may be impaired in the dark. Plus, if you spot some frightening phantoms, you'll be able to prove you're not crazy since all your friends will have seen them as well!
Always Ask Permission
If you're investigating property that isn't your own, always ask permission. It's often best to have the property owner give written consent to avoid any legal troubles due to trespassing. If a property owner doesn't want you to ghost hunt in a particular area, there's probably a good reason! To be on the safe side, don't forget your personal ID if you need identification at any point during your adventure.
Be Safe and Cautious
Safety during a ghost hunt is very important. If you're well prepared and research the best ghost hunting locations beforehand, your exploration should be exciting and safe. In order to err on the side of caution, you may want to bring a first aid kit with at least bandages and antibiotic ointment to accompany your ghost hunting party. Safe and cautious ghost hunters won't disturb any angry spirits and will have a more enjoyable adventure overall. After reading these tips, you are equipped to investigate the haunted happenings in your home or elsewhere. Learning more about a site's history and the people who lived there is a memorable experience for all ages. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures during your expedition to document paranormal sightings and remember your first ghost hunting adventure!