If you love a scary story or anything related to the paranormal, you may be tempted to go on a ghost hunt of your very own. While venturing to a creepy location in the hopes of spotting a spectre can be fun and exhilarating, it can also be totally terrifying. So here are ten things you need to know before heading on a spirit search.
1. Be Prepared
This is not a ghost story play with a script. It’s a real-life event involving the supernatural. No-one knows exactly how things will pan out, so brace yourself for the unexpected. For example, some paranormal experts believe spirits can drain devices, so make sure your phone and cameras are fully charged and bring extra batteries - just in case.
2. Know Your Location
Knowing the spooky stories and facts from your chosen location will help you to connect and understand the spiritual happenings there. If a curious incident or grisly death took place in a specific room, this might be a good place to begin your hunt.
3. Don’t Trespass
Ghost hunts can take place in abandoned buildings such as old castles, abandoned properties and disused prisons, but always seek permission to enter and never trespass. After a night of frights, you don’t want to end up in a legal battle.
4. Locate Entry and Exit Points
Ghost hunts can be scary and you may become overwhelmed, if just psychologically. Knowing the entry and exit points will allow you to head outside for a breather if you’ve had too much.
5. Speak to Other Ghost Hunters
If you’ve booked a ghost hunt at a specific location, it’s worth speaking to ghost hunters who’ve been there before to see what they encountered. Did they have any unusual experiences? Was the spiritual activity significant and intense? Maybe nothing much happened at all.
6. Bring Ghost Hunting Tools
Bring your own ghost hunting equipment or book a hunt with a company that provides specific gadgets. An electromagnetic field (EMF) gauge can be used to detect fluctuations in the magnetic field that could be caused by ghostly apparitions, for example. There are also light up toys that flash when they’ve been moved or touched.
7. Don’t Forget Your Torch
As well as fancy equipment, don’t forget the basics such as a torch. This will guide the way after dark and allow you to explore the nooks and crannies of each location.
8. Talk to the Spirits
You may feel a bit silly if this is your first ghost hunt, but talking to spirits can encourage interaction and activity. Introduce yourself, explain what you’re doing and state that you mean them no harm. If they respond to your questions in any way, thank them.
9. Don’t Just Charge In
The spirits you’re investigating were people once too. So it’s important to investigate specific locations respectfully, Don’t just charge in and start taking pictures left, right and centre. Approach with caution and move slowly around the space.
10. Follow Your Instincts
If you’ve a particular urge to take a picture or explore a certain room, follow your instincts. You might just pick up something interesting. Similarly, if you’ve an overwhelming urge to leave a room or the building entirely, take this as a warning that the spirits want you to leave.
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