If you bump into a ghost hunting team on their way to an investigation, you might find they have a few weird contraptions with them and indeed, find some of the ghost hunters themselves a little weird too! We take a look at some of the ghost hunting basics such as gadget, people and techniques that ghost hunting groups may bring to a haunted location.
Still and video photography – using infrared, digital, and even disposable film cameras to capture evidence of possible visual manifestations, such as orbs, apparitions, and ectoplasm.
EMF measurement – using electromagnetic field meters to detect possible unexplained magnetic fields which some attribute to the presence of ghosts and spirits when used in the correct way.
Temperature measurement – using infrared thermal imaging video cameras, or hand-held infrared surface and ambient temperature sensors to detect changes in the environment, such as cold spots which some believe accompany paranormal activity.
Digital and analog audio recording – to capture anomalous voices and sounds that may be interpreted as EVP, which some theorize are attempts at communication by paranormal entities.
Geiger counter – to measure fluctuations in radiation which some believe will point to a disturbance in spirit energy.
Negative ion detectors – to detect an excess of negative ions which some feel are associated with paranormal activity.
Infrared motion sensors – to detect possible anomalous movement within a given area.
Psychics – trance mediums or sensitive individuals thought to have the ability to identify and make contact with spiritual entities.
Demonologists, Wiccans, Healers – individuals who may say prayers, give blessings, or perform rituals for the purpose of cleansing a location of alleged ghosts, demons, poltergeists, or negative energy.
Sceptics – individuals who proclaim to have a sceptical outlook regarding the existence of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal phenomena.
Interviews – to collect testimony and stories from witnesses, often compiled into a computer database for further study. Some groups also research the history of a location in hopes of learning more about past events and individuals associated with the site.
Many ghost hunters prefer to conduct their investigations during evening hours when “peak” paranormal activity is said to occur. Some groups favor ?lights out? or black-out conditions, theorizing that it?s easier to see a possible apparition in the dark since it requires less energy to manifest.
Also before an Investigation its always a good idea to have around 10 minutes of walking about all the locations you will be Investigating to get your bearings especially for when the lights go out!