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Hunting for Ghosts

Updated on December 12, 2013

Searching for Ghosts

Have you ever wondered if ghosts are real? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in a real haunted house?

Almost everyone has seen a ghost movie or has heard a scary ghost story, but are they real? Do ghosts really exist?

Ghost hunters and paranormal experts have been trying to answer this question for thousands of years and more people are joining in on the hunt every day. Have you ever thought about joining the fun?

The Ghost Hunting Kit

Ghost hunting has really gained in popularity over the past couple of decades. One only has to turn on the television and see how many shows are dedicated to hauntings, the paranormal and pyschics. If you too are interested in joining in on this growing phenomenon you have to be prepared and make a ghost hunting kit. Below are some of the basic items that you should have in your kit.

A backpack: A good investigator is an organized one. It is best to be able to travel fairly lightly and have all your equipment ready and organized. You never know when you may have to move quickly. You want to be able to grab your pack and move.

Cell phone: Always take a cell phone with you and make sure that it is fully charged. You should also make certain that you tell someone where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. This is especially important if you think that you might be out of cell range.

A journal: Keep records of what you see and find. Take note of weather conditions, temperature, location and anything else you may think is relevant. You should also record times. Ghosts often reappear at the same time each night. You want to make sure that you write down exactly what time and where you saw the entity. You want your records to be as exact as possible which is why it is best to write things down as they occur.

A watch: As stated ghosts and apparitions often appear at the same time.You want to be able to record the exact moment that the entity appears. A watch can also be very useful if you want to be ready and waiting.

A camera: This is one of the most important tools for any ghost hunter. You want to be able to have detailed pictures of anything that you see. You can use either a digital camera or a more traditional film one. Digital cameras are great but it is far easier to change and manipulate a digital image and because of this many choose to use a camera that uses film. If you do catch anything you want to be able to prove the authenticity of the image.

A flashlight: These are always useful no matter where you plan to go hunting. It is also wise to have more than one.

Extra batteries: This cannot be stressed enough. Have extra batteries for everything! Many a ghost hunter has gone on site and tried to take a picture or missed one because their batteries had gone dead. The last thing you need to happen is to discover that your flashlight is not working.

There are any number of devices that you can get that are made specifically for ghost hunting. These include temperature monitors and EVP recorders. These are great and can be very useful if you plan to do a lot of ghost hunting, but they are not essential.

These are just very basic items that you should have in your kit.

Ghost Locations

If you are considering going on a ghost hunt you have to have a hunting place. Where are the best places to find ghosts? When considering where to find ghost it is important to look at how people believe ghosts behave.

A repeating ghost is one that is sighted in the same place over and over again. Ghost hunters often ask "why is this ghost staying in the same place?". "What is it that holds the ghost in this particular spot?"

One belief is that when a person dies a sudden, violent death their spirit may not realize that their body is dead. The spirit may have been pulled so suddenly away that they have not made the connection. These ghosts are often thought to be found at the site of battle fields, natural disasters and accidents.

Ghost that are thought to have something left to do or are "task" oriented may stay close to the place where they feel that they can finish their job. Or they may want to be close to a person that may be able to help them complete their task.

Ghosts or people that have suffered traumatic events in their life may stay near the place where the event occurred. This is why many ghost hunters believe that apparitions can often be found in prisons or insane asylums. Even if they did not die in the hospital or prison, this may be the site of the memory or thought that the spirit remembers most clearly.

Alternatively a ghost may remain in a place that has very special or happy memories. Many hotels are thought to be haunted. Perhaps this is because something special or wonderful happened to that person in the hotel during their life.

Another place to find ghosts is in any old buildings. In the past many people did not go to hospitals before death. There either were no hospitals in the vicinity or they chose to remain at home in the care or their loved ones. Whatever the reason many people would pass away in the family home, and then be buried in the local cemetery or perhaps even in a small family plot right on the property.

When you are thinking about hunting ghosts you should consider all of these things and then narrow your target hunting grounds accordingly.

You might want to try exploring any of the following:

  • Cemeteries

  • Hospitals

  • Battlefields

  • Prisons

  • Old Houses

  • Insane Asylums

  • Churches

  • Hotels

You should keep a number of things in mind where ever you plan to go hunting. Safety should always be the most important thing. Many old houses and buildings are not safe and are in fact very dangerous. You should never go in to any building that is not safe.

Always let someone know where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. And you should never go ghost hunting alone.

Respect the law and the area. Many places are not open to the public at night and you should always respect this. You should always get permission to go on any property before hunting. Many homes that do appear to be vacant or deserted are owned. Before you go exploring contact the owner and get permission to be on the property.

You should respect the property that you are exploring. Many times when you see an old building or property you will notice that it has been vandalized. Be considerate and leave the property in the exact same condition in which you found it. Clean up after yourself and do not leave any litter behind and do not cause any damage to the property.

Ghost hunting is becoming very popular and it is important that if you want to participate in this type of outing that you stay safe and respect both the law and the place you are exploring.

Ghost Tours

All over the globe there are haunted buildings. Many of these places are taking advantage of the recent surge of interest in the paranormal. In an effort to get more visitors and increase business many places are now offering guided ghost tours. Tours are often at night or late in the evening to increase the chances of seeing a ghost.

If you are interested in seeing ghosts and ghost hunting but are not inclined to go out in the dark on your own or only with a friend you might want to consider a ghost tour. Also many of the places that claim to have the most famous specters are only open to the public as part of a tour or a private booking.

Here are some of the most famous ghost tours in the world:

Ghosts of Gettysburg:

Gettysburg is now offering candle walking tours. The town and area surrounding Gettysburg is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of the US. The site where hundreds of soldiers were killed in action and were buried is now the scene of many ghostly sightings.

The Tower of London:

This is one of these most famous buildings in the world and is also said to be haunted by countless ghosts. Among the ghosts in residence are said to be Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh and the Countess of Salisbury. Human ghosts are not the only ghosts that are said to reside in the tower. There have been ghostly sightings and reports of bears and dogs.

Alcatraz:

One of the most notorious prisons in the US it is also said to be haunted by a number of different ghosts. Not only is the prison itself the scene of a lot of paranormal experiences but the warden's home is also said to be home to a resident ghost.

Lizzie Borden House:

This scene of the infamous Lizzie Borden murders is now a bed and breakfast. If you wish to see the home and maybe get a look at the ghost victims you can get a tour or maybe you would rather spend the night?

More and more cities are offering ghost tours. Many are done on foot but some are bus tours. Some tours may include dinner, drinks and a few even offer films before they start. If the haunted place that you wish to explore is a hotel you might consider spending the night. Ghost tours are a lot of fun even if you do not have the fortune of seeing an apparition or spirit. But just in case... make sure you bring a camera and a new set of batteries!

Are you a would be ghost hunter?

Many people would love to try ghost hunting. Sadly not everybody lives near an old house or building, and most hospitals that are open are not likely to be receptive to the idea of ghost hunters. If you were planning a ghost hunt in your neighborhood where would you go?

Where would be the best place to find a ghost in your area?

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Personal Note

In keeping with the season and the challenge I decided to create all five of my lenses with the same general topic. When I began researching ghosts and discovered the enormity of the subject I realized that having only one lens could not truly do the material justice therefore I decided to break my Ghost lens into five separate ones with each one focusing on a particular ghost subject.

Please note that my lens was written with the fun of Halloween in mind. None of the content is meant to be offensive in any way to anyone or any religion. They also do not necessarily represent my own beliefs or practices.

Happy Halloween!

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      Fatima 2 years ago

      ive always bevvied in ghost but never saw one for my self till about 2 years ago so the first time i saw a ghost i was scared and in awe my cousins katie and zane saw it too i belive it was my moms mom and on july 2011 i saw her once more and i asked her if she was my grandma she took two steps across the kitchin and disapered. we resently moved in to a new house and me and my nefew have reson to belive that it too is haunted from a lady humming to people talking we have tried to debunck all the hapenings but got nothing .we watch Ghost adventures every time it comes on and now we also added paranormal challange to are list. brooklyn

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      I LOVE this kind of stuff! Thanks for sharing - great info!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great lens with intriguing ideas. Lensrolled to my haunted Point Wilson Lighthouse lens.

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      CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

      Great lens Jane, made me a;; tingly just thinking about it. Having been a hearse driver working at an undertakers I would have thought I would have experienced something, but in fact quite the opposite, even in the mortuary there was no senseations or anything of unrest.

      However I have a keen interest in ghosts etc, and am currently in the process of reviewing how and where I might go in order to have a genuine experience... When I do I will let you know how I got one.

      Warm Regards,

      Clive :-)