Ghost Hunting can
be very fun and yet at times it can be one of the
most terrifying things you will probably ever do in
The following are just a few of the things folks
have encountered during ghost hunting or paranormal
These smells can seem to come from no
where, and develop instantly and
disappear just as fast. The smells are
often putrid like rotted meat, or like
fresh bowel movements, and are very
overpowering at times.
Some spirits appear as barely visible
forms, while some become as solid and
normal looking as a living person.
Clouds - Mists - Masses:
Often fleeting shadows, things seen out
of the corners of the eyes are
encountered. Or a rolling black mass may
appear, sometimes a wispy form like
smoke is seen.
are often heard and at times they can be
very scary. Imagine being in a darkened
room, and having something invisible
whisper or even shout in your ear. These
are not EVP’s, but normal sounding
Some ghost hunters have been touched,
pinched, slapped, had their hair pulled,
been scratched or even bitten by
Rappings - Scratching - and Knockings:
In walls, ceilings and floors. Strange
sounds and noises are often heard in
haunted locations, as well as hearing
what sounds like objects being dropped,
or moved in nearby rooms
Sometimes just before a spirit manifests
they draw energy from the surroundings.
Often a spot in one area of a room will
suddenly become very cold. For example
the temperature throughout a room may
average 75 degrees but in one corner or
area, the temperature will suddenly
plummet to 50 degrees or even colder.
This is a sure sign of a spirits
presence or a soon manifestation.
drains and equipment malfunctions:
Like cold spots, when a spirit is
drawing energy needed to become solid or
more visible, they will often draw-in
nearby energy, this energy can also come
from batteries in video cameras, and
other devices. Often cameras, tape
recorders, even lights will suddenly go
haywire or stop working all together
when a spirit is present.
Almost everyone that does ghost hunting believes
that there are two types of spirits, human and
in-human, the latter are also called demons. I am a
born again Christian and believe the bible 100%.
From my beliefs in the bible as factual. I believe
there is only one type of spirit involved in any
haunting, and these are in-human or demons.
According to the bible, when we are dead our spirits
or souls are present with God, from there we are
either granted a life of love and peace in heaven
with the creator and the other believers, or we are
cast into hell forever, with no chance of escape.
The bible also says there is a huge chasm or void
that separates the living from the dead, they cannot
cross over or communicate with each other. There are
other statements in the bible that clearly says that
ghosts can not be the spirits or souls of people who
Whether the creatures involved in a haunting are
spirits of dead humans or whether they are demons,
if one is trying to prove that they truly exist or
if you are trying to disprove a haunting, then you
must do paranormal investigations as a professional.
A professional Ghost Hunter or paranormal
investigator needs to have the right tools. Here I
will explain devices that every ghost hunter or
paranormal investigator MUST have, if he or she is
truly taking the phenomenon as real or as a
business, and not as a joke.
( 1 )
It doesn’t matter if you use a standard
tape recorder or one of the new digital
recorders, what does matter is the
quality and the ability to use an
external microphone. Try to get one that
is of good quality, but make sure you
get one that has a plug in microphone
with a cable or cord so the end of the
microphone is away from the recorder.
The small all-in-one recorders that have
the built in microphones, pick up a lot
of the hiss and gear noise from the
recorder when they are in record mode. A
recorder is a necessity for recording
EVP’s. EVP’s also called (electronic
voice phenomenon) are a very unique and
sometimes frightening thing that is
often encountered in a haunted area.
What an EVP is, is a voice or other
communication that is heard on a tape or
digital recorder during playback, that
was not heard when the recorder was
( 2 )
Do NOT use a digital camera because the
photo will always be questioned as being
fake, no matter how good it is, where if
you use a film camera, you at least have
the negatives as some proof. And unless
you buy a high mega-pixel digital
camera, the photo quality will be less
than a nice cheap 35mm film camera.
( 3 )
A camera is good, but a camcorder is
even better. Get one that uses a tape,
either the small cassettes or one of the
older models that use the full sized VHS
tapes. I bought two of these older
camcorders for under $75 each recently.
( 4 )
An EMF meter is an instrument that reads
the fluctuation in electromagnetic
fields. You should always take
preliminary EMF readings at various
places throughout the site.
EMF meters have different distance
ranges but they all work generally the
same. The range that the meter reads is
cone shaped like a flashlight beam
coming from the front of the meter or
the probe if the meter has one.
( 5 )
Vision scopes or goggles:
These little devices have become very
cheap, a nice night vision scope can now
be purchased easily for under $200. They
work by collecting the tiny amounts of
light, including the lower portion of
the infrared light spectrum, that are
present but may be imperceptible to our
eyes, and amplifying it to the point
that we can easily observe the image.
( 6 )
Take along two small pocket ones for
each team member. What can be worse then
exploring a dark cellar or underground
area, and having the lights or another
( 7 )
If you have a group of team members, and
you are investigating a large location,
walkie talkies are not just a good thing
to have, but they can be a life saver at
( 8 )
Notebook and pencils:
Often any electronic, electrical or
other devices may fail in a haunted
location, so it’s very wise to carry
along a small notebook and some pencils
in case you need to keep some valuable
( 9 )
A hand held thermal scanner
(thermometer) uses infrared technology
to measure the surface temperature of
material without touching it. You simply
point at your target, pull the trigger
and read the temperature on the lit LCD
One of the best tools I recommend is
It is a computer software program that is made just
for Ghost Hunting and Paranormal Investigations.
It’s called ‘The
PLAN’. The software is for
anyone who explores haunted houses or locations
where any type of paranormal activity is occurring.
Whether you are trying to gather evidence of the
haunting or other proof, this software can help make
the job more organized and easier.
The PLAN software was made as a scientific tool,
for paranormal researchers that believe in spirits,
demons, or ghosts. Researchers can easily keep track
of vital data gathered at the haunted locations.
With this software you can know at a glance such
vital information as; the date and times of the
activity, location info, GPS data, telephone
numbers, notes, sounds heard, odors detected,
temperature anomalies, and more.
You can use the software on location during the
investigation with any WINDOWS based notebook
Computer or back at home or in the office after the