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Ghosts and the Paranormal: My Hobby

Updated on June 21, 2014

Haunted Fun

Like ghosts? How about real paranormal activities? Lots of people have hobbies. I am no exception. Although I have my normal type hobbies such as collecting Disney items, I also have one that some people may deem strange.

I love going to haunted locations and just about anything paranormal for that matter.

Why you may ask? Probably because I like a good mystery. Whenever I visit a haunted house or location I always wonder why the ghost or ghosts are there. What is there story? Will they ever leave? Is it an actual spirit, or just an implanted memory? Let me tell you more.

Original image credit goes to CERO_fear.png and was modified by KILOM691 at Wikimedia Commons.

Real Haunted Places

If I happen to be in an area that has a haunted attraction, you better believe I'm going to try to see it. I've taken several haunted tours, although some have turned out to be a little more for show, than the actual true haunting.

One such place is the haunted Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, CA. When I visited, I participated in the Ghosts & Legends show. It was an entertaining walk-through and yes, it did scare some people enough to have them scream, but it was a bit more for show as it contained special effects. I would love to return and try some of their nighttime paranormal tours.

Another haunted place I visited while in southern California was the Whaley House in San Diego. It is the most haunted house in America. Numerous people have caught orbs in their photographs and many people report seeing or feeling strange things when they visit. Enough to give anyone a chill factor!

I've visited many other haunted locations, but these are two that have really stood out to me.

Queen Mary picture by Jetijones at Wikimedia Commons.

Spirit Box

P-SB7 Spirit Box ITC Research Device - 2015 Version - FM/AM equally balanced -Noise Cancellation
P-SB7 Spirit Box ITC Research Device - 2015 Version - FM/AM equally balanced -Noise Cancellation

Another thing that fascinates me are EVP recordings. I love hearing them when I watch shows like Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. I don't have any equipment to record them with myself, yet, but it's on my to do list. I especially would like a spirit box.


Ghost Adventures EVP

Here's a 20 second video from Ghost Adventures of an EVP. Isn't it cool?

Good Ghost Stories

Everything Ghost Book (Everything Series)
Everything Ghost Book (Everything Series)

Part of my hobby is to read books about ghosts. Sometimes I even buy regional ones in my travels. This is an entertaining book that covers a little of everything.


Ghost Poll

Do you own any ghost books?

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I Believe in UFOs

Another thing I'm very interested in are UFOs. I have read numerous books on the subject matter and attended lectures on this topic in the past.

Area 51 holds a great interest to me and I've even driven to one of the back entrances. Did I see anything? Just a bunch of other cars with people looking like me. However, with all of the fascinating stories that come from the place, I continue to try to find out its secrets.

The painting featured here is entitled The Madonna with Saint Giovannino. Many believe the painting depicts a UFO in the background.

UFO image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Thetoymaker.

Now, I could show you a video of a UFO and it would be easy to dismiss by saying someone just falsely made it and uploaded it. Instead, here is Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, talking about the U.S. government's cover-up of UFOs and aliens.

Edgar Mitchell and UFOs

UFO Poll

Did this video change your opinion about UFOs?

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Jimmy Carter and UFOs

Did you know that before he became President, Jimmy Carter went public with his UFO sighting?

UFO Cover Up

Disclosure : Military and Government Witnesses Reveal the Greatest Secrets in Modern History
Disclosure : Military and Government Witnesses Reveal the Greatest Secrets in Modern History

If you have any kind of interest in UFOs and government cover up, this is the book to read. It contains numerous reports by ex-government and military personnel about the ongoing cover up with many of the people who were previously involved.


Paranormal Poll

Which of these paranormal topics interests you?

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The Day After Roswell Book

The Day After Roswell
The Day After Roswell

Are you familiar with the 1947 Roswell crash? This books tells the story of what really happened.


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You've now had a look into my strange hobby interests. In the comment box below, I hope you tell me about your hobbies!

Although some people may find these topics strange, I find them fascinating. I always wonder how much more there is to know out there, that we just don't have the answers to, yet.

Author unknown. Crop circle image upload to Wikimedia Commons by Handy Marks.

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What is your hobby?

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Sounds relaxing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Socialpro54 LM: I'm not familiar with that.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      My hobbies aren't as dramatic as yours ... I like crocheting, reading, writing, walking at the beach, etc.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      i'm a snookerplayer :-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That sounds like a place I would love to visit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Down the road from where we live there is an old mansion which was owned by one of the Titanic survivours, Arthur Peachun (not the correct spelling). I've lived here most of my life, but never even knew the place existed until one of my cousins pointed it out to me last spring. The place is said to be very haunted, and before he moved away he was rumoured to have collected lots of artifacts from the ship. Every time I drive by there now, I shudder a little bit! Great lens Janis:)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @PinkstonePictures: Isn't it? They really fascinate me.

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      PinkstonePictures 5 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      The Crop Circle image is amazing

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: An open mind is good. You just never know!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @mrknowitall54321: Thank you!

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      Michael Oksa 5 years ago

      Writing lyrics and singing in a rock band.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      Fascinating topic, WriterJanis. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about these things but I can suspend my disbelief and keep an open mind.

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      mrknowitall54321 5 years ago

      Great lens, about ghosts and the paranormal

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      ERD1966 5 years ago

      Spending time with my kids. I do like to watch shows about the paranormal also!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      I'm a ghost buster in my spare time :)

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      My hobby is my crafts...and well, earning money online.If you haven't read When Ghosts Speak, you should, I think you would love it! I have a book review lens on it here on squidoo.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      All of it fascinates me.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      My hobby is travelling. I've been to the Queen Mary but I didn't know it was haunted - I feel like I need to go back now!

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      Edita 5 years ago from Auckland NZ

      Great lens. Not too scary. :-)

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      To be honest i went to a Haunted House in the past, nothing bad happened though.

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      kopox 5 years ago

      i guess we share the same hobby...

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Ghosts and aliens fascinate me. I believe in them. Great job here. Everyone needs to see that video

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      I like to game a lot, but recently writing on squidoo has become terribly addicting and satisfying.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am especially interested in psychic phenomena and reincarnation. I find the topics fascinating. I also believe in UFOs and don't necessarily believe they all have sinister intentions or else they would have harmed us a long time ago. I do believe in ghosts, but don't have the guts to go to a real haunted place. Good job on the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to Draw and build Model Kits, especially sci-fi Models; Star Trek of Course is my Favorite!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to Draw and build Model Kits, especially sci-fi Models; Star Trek of Course is my Favorite!!

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Going to our family cabin, hiking, and botanizing...they all go together. If I'm not at the cabin, I still hike and botanize. I just love being a botanist, and looking at the natural world, being out in the environment. If it's winter, I snowshoe or cross-country ski. Have you been to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California? It is reportedly haunted. People see orbs frequently, and other paranormal activity has been documented there. Since you've been to other sites in California, I thought you might have been there. I went to the Queen Mary once, but you have me interested in going again. The evening paranormal tour sounds really good. Both my boys are intrigued by paranormal phenomenon. Now I'm thinking of taking them to the Queen Mary this summer when we visit family in California. Thank you for the great idea!!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      I believe in goats.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Paranormal activities and ghostly stuff interest me too although I don't think I'd ever want to look for one.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I don't know if I'd call them hobbies, but I am certainly interested in and fascinated by ghosts, the paranormal, reincarnation, ufos and aliens, etc.. I love to Squidoo, read, go to auctions, and do a little gardening.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I like anything creative .. writing, painting, decorating, sewing.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Hobbies ... well, I have a few, but my favorite is wood working. However, Ia also have a strong interest in anything paranormal. I can take you to places in Leesburg, VA, where I've experienced things as well as a couple of places near where I grew up in Upstate NY that have left me with indelible memories.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have loads of hobbies :) But Squidoo is my latest... and spinning yarn. Blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of the great comments!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      There is much more to life than we understand through our five senses. I am a strong believer in energy healings and so called psychic abilities.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Very interesting. I was on a local ghost tour in my town last month that was led by the town historian. Since I live in a historic village with a lot of old buildings and spooky stories it was quite the night.

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      Wow great to get to know you. This is my hobby too. Anything paranormal!! VEry interesting lens!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 6 years ago from Wales

      There's a lot more than meets the eye

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Writing about things first hand, such as my reincarnation experience and spirituality. It's interesting to see this is a hobby for you and you express it well. But do UFO's really come under the heading of paranormal? Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Spirit Prophecy

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My hobby? Well, at the moment it is still Squidoo ... but a really involved type of hobby ... I'm always "working" so said the ex. I have a bit of psychic ability, strong intuitions, and fascination with the paranormal and ghosts ... and always wanting to know more.

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      Andy-Po 6 years ago

      Fun hobby. I love haunted houses and there are lots of them here in England. Old pubs and inns are good. I stayed in an ancient inn recently that claims to have at least nine ghosts. I didn't meet any of them, but it was fun anyway.

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      AshantiRose1 6 years ago

      I love and am fascinated by the paranormal,great lens thankyou!

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      jeremykim2011 6 years ago

      I also believe in UFOs. Since high school, I have been reading books about them. :)

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I like reading and exercising. Even if I don't believe in many paranormal aspects, it's still interesting to read about them and everything that people can come up with.

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      Kervate 6 years ago

      I really liked this lens. The paranormal is a very big hobby of mine as well and I have loads of books on it.

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      NickyT LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens about an interesting subject. I actually had bookmarked it earlier an got to read it all today. ~ Nick

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      I so want to go out to the Haunted Queen Mary for that weekend thing they do in October. I'm jealous. I bet it's an awesome tour!

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      Mauhro 6 years ago

      i love paranormal topics but never visited a haunted place...would like!. and, of course, i love your lens.

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      I remember the first haunted hotel I visited in Pennsylvania (Conneaut Lake Hotel). Paranormal activity is very fascinating. Great lens!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      I like writing poetry and writing...but I love reading about paranormal activity too!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      My hobbies lend more to fun and games though I grew up in a house with plenty of activity so I don't think ghosts to be all that much fun. Still have nightmares when I'm under stress. My mom still lives there so it's not all bad. :)