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How To Hunt For Ghosts At The Office During Your Downtime

Updated on August 1, 2012
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Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.

Inspired by Blair Witch Project for this photo.
Inspired by Blair Witch Project for this photo. | Source

Enter the creepy music...

It seems like most of us are always working. Everyday many of us get up and go to some office job. Well, what's the fun in that? Plenty of people would like more time to explore some hobbies. For instance, a lot of people (well, OK, just me and a few people I know) want to have more time to learn how to ghost hunt. We've seen all the reality shows and it looks really cool. Apparently, you get some equipment and then you walk around yelling at ghosts. It's important to have at least one sidekick that is scared of his own shadow.

Wow, ghost hunting seems like fun! I want to do that! But I can't. I have to work everyday. Well, I've figured out a way we can ghost hunt anyway. Why not incorporate the two together: working and ghost hunting!

I know you are probably thinking the idea is just too radical. How can this be possible? My dear readers, everyone keeps saying we need to think outside the box, so now I am. You can sit there and be content at the office doing something lame like actual work, but I am breaking new ground here. We can definitely ghost hunt at the office during downtime at work.

How can I tell if my office is haunted?

One of the major questions that might run through your head is, how do I know if my office is haunted? OK, you might seriously be overthinking this matter. First of all, it kind of doesn't matter. After all, you don't want to go out in the cold and the dark in the middle of the night for your first ghost hunting case, do you? No, I didn't think so. So yeah, we can just assume your office is haunted. If you work in a hospital, prison, or old building, it is definitely haunted. If it is a newer building, maybe it isn't too terribly haunted.

If you still need to be convinced that your office is haunted, fair enough. Here are some signs that you are working in a haunted office:

  • You put food in the fridge, yet someone (or something!) mysteriously eats it and you never see it again.
  • The copier makes horrific sounds whenever anyone is using it.
  • The printer jams constantly even though you can tell there is no paper jam!
  • You constantly hear whispering that is apparently coming from another co-worker's cubicle, but when you come around the corner, the whispering mysteriously stops. It looks as if no one was talking at all.
  • Whenever a critical project is due, the computers always malfunction in some way right before the deadline. Only the most evil and unholiest of spirits could be responsible for that!
  • The phone somehow always rings just as you are walking away from your desk. It stops just as you get back to pick it up.
  • Oh, and if you turn around and see an apparition, your office is totally haunted.

Is this printer possessed?


Time to ghost hunt!

In these hectic times, most of us really don't have a lot of downtime at the office. There are weeks when everyday is too busy to even think about the obvious ghosts roaming around the office. However, most office workers experience some type of downtime, even if it is only during lunch or maybe just a couple of hours a week. If you never have one single moment of downtime, you might want to consider looking for a new job, but I am getting off topic. When you do have some moments of freedom, this is your ghost hunting opportunity.

You are going to need a camera, a flashlight, a FLIR camera... just kidding! A camera and a flashlight should do since you are new to the ghost hunting scene. If you can get a small recorder, that would be awesome. Many MP3 players can even record voices. Now, you can start to move slowly throughout your office and try to talk to ghosts. Wave your recorder through the air every now and then as if the ghosts are communicating with you. Feel free to carry on conversations with the ghosts. This is also a great way to show your boss it is time for that "much needed vacation" you've been asking about.

If you'd like to be more subtle, you might want to wait until office hours have ended. After all, it will be dark then and if there is one thing I've learned from watching ghost hunting reality shows, it is that it must be pretty much impossible for a ghost to appear during the day. I mean, that has to be the case since everyone on these shows roam around at night tripping over stuff. So wait until after hours for your ghost hunt.

Once you've had dinner and everyone has gone home, you can then crawl around looking for ghosts with a flashlight. You can also try talking to the ghosts. You can say warm, friendly things to the ghost like, "Can you see what my boss is doing alone in his office during the day? Is he really working at all?" You could also attempt to provoke the spirit, which seems to be quite a popular option on a number of shows. You can yell stuff like, "Get out here now, ghost! I dare you to hit me!" If the ghost actually does appear, make sure to scream like a little girl and run. At least, that is what I've seen on TV.

This might also be a good opportunity to perform an exorcism on the copier or the printers. They never work right at any office, so trust me, they need all the help they can get. If you bring holy water, please remember not to throw too much on an electrical item, especially if it is still plugged in. If you destroy all the equipment at the office during your ghost hunt, that is going to be a challenge to explain the next day.

While you are hunting ghosts, if someone comes around the corner with a mop and a bucket, do not scream. That is not a ghost. It is just a cleaning person and you've probably scared him far more than he scared you. Just smile and nod; pretend like you know what you are doing and keep on your merry way. You might even find the cleaning person wants to help you. Perhaps he has been dreaming about becoming a ghost hunter as well and now you've got a new friend.

Compiling your evidence

Now that your night of adventure at the office is over, you can compile all the evidence you've collected. This would include any mysterious photos you were able to capture, any EVPs (voice recordings), and any personal experiences you were able to write down. Now you can look at everything you've done and determine if your office is haunted. You can also opt to share this information with your co-workers. They may not understand how valuable your research is to your company, but not everyone can be innovative like us.

The main discovery you will probably make during all of this is that your job is really not that interesting, which is why this seemed like a good idea in the first place. If your office is seriously haunted, that is really cool. If your office isn't haunted at all, just consider this a learning experience and maybe you can investigate at a real haunted location one day when you actually have free time. Just never give up looking for ghosts and, most all, never give up looking for a more exciting job! Happy haunting to you!

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you so much, temptor94. It is more fun to think about ghosts in an office than actually doing real work. ;-)

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    5 years ago

    Wow this is so hilarious!! :) You are right, the printers and copiers never work properly and the paper jams have an uncanny sense of timing :P

    Very interesting hub!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow, that sounds so awesome. I would love to work at a place like that. I am sure converting the morgue into a lunch area added a really comfortable feel to the place. Hehe. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  • FlourishAnyway profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    Original post! I used to work in a government building that used to me a hospital. They used to have meetings in the old surgical amphitheather but stopped because people complained of odd things ... being able to hear screams or smell ether. The old morgue was converted into the lunch area, and I don't know why people wouldn't linger. Hmmm. While it was probably active imaginations, it did have a very cold and eerie vibe, complete with old photos of the good old days.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh, working at a cemetary! That sounds so exciting. My friend is working at a funeral home right now, which has its moments, too. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for your comment!

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    Dana Strang 

    7 years ago from Ohio

    OMG! I wish I was still working at the cemetery. My coworkers and I would totally do this!!!

    It reminds me of something I always wanted to do there: I wanted to paint on the walls with glow in the dark paint so that when we closed up at night the writing would appear when I shut off the lights. That surely would prove a haunted office :)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much. That is my "terrified" expression. :-)

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    Woody Marx 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I like your photo! Very scary and effective intro to your Hub!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much for this idea... I should see if I can get my own ghost hunting show for the office. It does make me said to think of ex-workers haunted offices though. If I come back as a ghost and the best thing I can think to do is go to work, that would be awful!

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    Mohan Kumar 

    8 years ago from UK

    Those pesky poltergeists at the office front wouldn't know what hit them. What a great way to capture fluctuations in the netherworld ... all those departed ex-office workers may be coming back to haunt their old jaunts. Entertaining and funny, Jeannie... I think there could be TV sereis in here somewhere- you should patent this idea! up/shared.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks! I am happy to inspire you. Have fun hunting those ghosts.

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    8 years ago from Dallas, TX

    This is a great hub! It's time for me to start ghost hunting. :)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    tammyswallow - That sounds so scary! I'll bet it was haunted there. Furthermore, what an awesome place to work! Any office that has a pool table sounds like a great place. I mean, a pool table and a ghost! I want to apply for a job right now. Thanks for the comment!

    onegreenparachute - The first thing you will need to do is apply for jobs. You can possibly hunt for ghosts before or after job interviews. Sure, you might not get the job, but that is just one of the many sacrifices a true ghost hunter must make! As far as the "c" in acquainted, I still haven't figured that one out yet. Sorry! But thanks for reading, Carol. :-)

  • onegreenparachute profile image


    8 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Jeannie, I see that you are well acquainted with the many ins and outs of the ghostly realm. I have a question. I would love to try ghost-hunting at work but I don't have a job. What should I do?? Also, who put the stupid "C" in acquainted??? Your fan: Carol

  • tammyswallow profile image


    8 years ago from North Carolina

    This is HILARIOUS! Have you thought about putting your guides into a book? It would be great. I worked in a very old house for an office and everyone claimed it was haunted. One afternoon I was working in there alone. All of a sudden, a pool ball went into a pocket in the pool table. I was terrified. I ran out, locked up and got one of my teenagers out of school to come sit with me. I was too afraid to hunt for the source. You always write the best hubs. Well done!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is tough getting fired from working at home. But you never know what might be lurking in your home. You should pass this on to your sister. I'll bet her printer at work doesn't work right. They never do. Thanks for reading my hub and thanks for the comment!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Jeannie - I work at home! My husband is my boss, I guess. I keep trying to get fired...never works. Lol. Maybe if I can prove this house is haunted - oh never mind I'm already moving too! Hahah I'd love to pass this around an office I'll share it with my sister! She works in a real place!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks so visiting my hub!

  • alipuckett profile image


    8 years ago

    HA! This gave me a good morning laugh. Thank you!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    jennzie - That does sound really creepy. I think I've worked in haunted buildings before, too. I've seen elevators move on their own way too much!

    jameswassinger - Thanks so much!

    Vellur - I am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the votes!

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    Nithya Venkat 

    8 years ago from Dubai

    Very entertaining. Enjoyed reading. Ghosts indeed!!! Voted up awesome and amazing.

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    James Wassinger 

    8 years ago from Untied States

    Awesome! this hub is funny...just Awesome!

  • jennzie profile image


    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    LOL in that case I think most work places are haunted. :)

    Although I did once hear a voice quite clearly in my ear while I was at work but when I turned around no one was there. That was a bit creepy, but it might have also had to do with the fact that it was 6 in the morning and I hadn't gotten much sleep the previous night...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, the ghosts might just be playing evil pranks on everyone. Maybe they worked at the office years before and hated their jobs so now they are getting their revenge. Hmmm... might be a good plot for a Syfy channel movie! Thanks for the vote up!

  • moonlake profile image


    8 years ago from America

    A haunted office you could be right that could be just what's going on. Maybe they play with the printer and copier at night just waiting for you to come back so they can laugh in their ghostly way.

    Voted Up.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, based on extensive research (well, maybe not...) I've determined 100% of the offices in America are haunted. This is pretty scary stuff! ;-)

    Thanks for the votes and thanks for sharing!

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    Mary Craig 

    8 years ago from New York

    This was hilarious! I love the idea even if it does seem radical ;) The list of things that answer the question, How can I tell if my office is haunted is too funny and too true - maybe all offices are haunted. Voted up, funny and SHARING.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    bethperry - Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for the vote up.

    Movie Master - Thank you, Lesley. I've been on too much cold medicine recently. I am coming up with some crazy ideas. :-)

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    Movie Master 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    This is just so, so funny....

    A BIG vote up from me!

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    Beth Perry 

    8 years ago from Tennesee

    LOL! Funny as heck!

    Voting up and thanks for the laugh.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am pretty excited to finally figure out the mystery of the printer and copier issues. Now that we know it is the work of ghosts, it is easier to accept it. Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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    Deborah Neyens 

    8 years ago from Iowa

    All those annoying paper jams and copier malfunctions must be the work of a mischievous spirit. I knew it!


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