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Old School Ghost Hunting Equipment

Updated on December 9, 2012

Old School

For those who do not want to spend a ton of money on equipment to go ghost hunting the old school tools will do just fine. You do not need all the fancy equipment you see on all these ghost shows you see on the T.V. you can go get great results with just a few things that you probably already have around the house.

So you ask what can I use. This is the fun part: candles, a compass, talcum powder, tape recorder, camera, flashlights, notebook, small object, chalk, and dowsing rods.

Candles- this is your back up if your flashlight batteries get drained, a lighter or matches is also a good thing to have, otherwise the candles are obsolete.

Compass- a compass can pick up electromagnetic fields just as well as those fancy EMF detectors can, with the added bonus of helping you find your way if you get lost.

Talcum Powder- is an awesome tool, anywhere you might have heard footsteps, you can sprinkle the powder and later check to see if there are any tracks, and it works like a charm!

Tape Recorder- I know these things were made obsolete long ago, but they are great for picking up EVP’s. You do not need to go out and buy a digital recorder, you can even use your cell phone if you have one, although that is not old school, but you use what ya got.

Camera- the old 35mm using black and white film is a really a good tool. You can really use any camera, you do not need to have anything fancy, and again you can use a cell phone camera or whatever camera you have.

Flashlights- these are an absolute must, especially if you are going to be in older building where the possibility of holes in the floor is a given. Extra batteries are also a must.

Notebook- this is used to keep track of the sounds heard and it is also ideal to have a watch to be able to also put the time when you heard the noises or voices.

Small Object and Chalk- these two go together, a small object can be anything from a coin to a toy car, you need something that can be placed on a floor or a table, you then will use the chalk to draw a circle around it. If it moves outside your chalk line than you know you have something.

Dowsing Rods- are an invaluable tool and if you know how to use them, they can easily be made out of all kinds of materials including an old wire coat hanger.

There are other things you can take with you, such as a thermometer for those cold spots. All your equipment should fit into a backpack most likely with space left over. The experience is in the place itself and the anticipation of the possibility that you may see or hear a spirit. It is an exciting adventure and can be a scary one, so have fun but be careful.

Remember if you are going to an empty private residence or abandoned building you may want to do some research into who owns it and get permission to be in the space, it would be a pretty awful way to end your fun by getting arrested for trespassing


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    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Home!

      LoL oh that is great, just remember that if you do EVP'S in your own home to not do them often (many times a week) as that can sometimes draw more spirits to you. Let me know though!

    • galleryofgrace profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome article! Well guess what I'll be doing the next few days.


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