Its so easy to get excited going out ghost hunting but you should never just go charging into it without a care in the world.
We all make mistakes, some of us more than others, but the less mistakes we make when ghost hunting the better the results, and the more credible, our investigation. So what are the top 20 ghost hunting mistakes that people make?
Never do the following:
1. Trespass: Watch out for any posted warning signs. Always ask for permission before going onto someone else’s property. Avoid all areas where access is prohibited. Although you won’t get thrown in jail – you could have your night spoilt by the police. Be careful.
2. Litter: Leave the area exactly as you found it. Pick up any trash, containers, and scraps of paper and tape. Wipe off any chalk marks unless the site is a secluded area and you plan on returning.
3. Go alone: Have at least one partner on ghost hunts. Even if the person doesn’t know anything about ghost hunting. This provides a little more safety and also a witness to any strange events that might occur. If you’re alone and there’s an unforeseen accident or emergency, who will help?
4. Forget to Carry ID: If the police ever question you about being in a private area, you will need some form of picture identification. Preferably a divers license. They do have the right to ask any citizen for an ID and if you don’t have one they also have the right to detain you for questioning.
5. Forget to tell people where you are: Tell someone where you’ll be at and how long you plan on being gone. If you run late in the ghost hunt, call and explain the situation. Never leave friends or loved ones wondering where you are.
6. Record false equipment readings: Test all of your equipment several times before leaving on an investigation. Replace batteries as needed. Learn to correctly use all of the equipment before even thinking about trying to use them in the field. Remember to take background readings at the site.
7. Go directly to a site at night: Thoroughly check over the site in the daylight for any dangerous obstacles that may be invisible in the darkness.
8. Smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs: Don’t do anything that will impair your judgment or infect the site’s environment. Use common sense.
9. Wear colognes, after shave, or perfumes: Never wear anything that creates a noticeable odor. The smells may infect other ghost hunter’s judgments. The air needs to be clear to detect any abnormal odors. Some outside ghost hunts may require misquote repellants. Use odor free bug sprays. Log their use.
10. Forget to carry a notebook: Everything needs to be recorded and logged. No detail is too small. Keep lists of events, actions, and times. Record with audio and video if possible.
11. Forget to wear a watch: This goes along with the Logbook. You can’t record times if you don’t know what time it is.
12. Whisper: Always speak clearly, especially if you’re recording the ghost hunt. You don’t want to later confuse your whispering as something supernatural. If there are ghosts around your voice is not going to scare them off.
13. Forget to do research and profiles: To many ghost hunters don’t do the proper research before going out into the field. What they are failing to understand is that good research will only help them with the possibilities of seeing a ghost.
14. Use a car’s headlights as a main source of light: Sometimes a car’s headlights come in handy for setting up campsites or equipment, but don’t use them as a long-term light source. You could drain the battery enough that the car will not start.
15. Try to bring everything: Don’t try to carry along every piece of equipment. Just bring the basics and the equipment that you absolutely need. Getting bogged down will only take your attention away from the ghost hunt.
16. Forget to bring flashlights: Always have plenty of working flashlights. Everyone should have two flashlights on hand.
17. Forget extra batteries: Know what kind of batteries each piece of equipment takes and how to change them. Always carry extra sets of batteries.
18. Forget to take lots of pictures: Take as many photographs as you can. That goes the same for video. You can’t have enough of either. Just keep an eye on your film supplies. Don’t run out before the ghost hunt is over. Always have emergency rolls of film.
19. Forget to bring food and drinks: It may sound trivial, but you would be surprised how many ghost-hunts have been ruined or have been cut short because of the lack of snacks.
20. Go into any physically dangerous location: It may be temping to conduct ghost hunts in old condemned buildings or on the edge of a spooky cliff side, but don’t do it. The risk is simply not worth it. Also, never go to any place when the weather conditions are bad. Ghost hunting is meant to be fun and it won’t be fun if someone gets hurt, has to go to the hospital, or worse.