A ghost hunt is something of a misnomer, since no one has ever actually captured a ghost. However, paranormal investigators often hunt for signs of a supernatural presence, seeking irrefutable evidence that, as Shakespeare said, "there are more things in heaven and earth than are
dreamt of in your philosophy." You can ghost hunt with little more than an open mind and a willingness to conduct research, if you follow a few careful steps.
Research the site where you intend to conduct your ghost hunt. You want to know as much as possible not only about the site, but about the ghost said to frequent there, the ghost's identity and history in life, previous supernatural incidents and the form which any past manifestations have taken.
Scout out the location and get a good feel for it before you begin a ghost hunt. If the property is privately held, approach the owners politely and ask for permission to visit there. You should also check the area for any dangerous spots such as deadfalls or loose floorboards, and make sure you and anyone with you knows about them before you go stumbling over them in the dark.
Determine the best time to hunt for your ghost. Specifics vary according to individual hauntings. Most ghosts will appear at night, but some come at all times of the day, and certain experts also claim that the "magic hour" at dusk or dawn is most conducive for spirits to enter our world.
Gather any equipment you may need. Theoretically, you need only warm clothes and an ability to observe, but if you are serious about hunting your ghost, you may want to include devices to help detect it, such as EMF meters and digital thermometers, as well as cameras and audio recorders to collect evidence of manifestations. A few flashlights couldn't hurt either, especially if you're conducting your hunt after dark. You can purchase them at online sites such as Strange Happenings and Ghost Mart (see Resources below).
Arrive in time to set up your gear and to find the best place to wait for the ghost. If you are recording, you should set up your cameras to capture as wide an area as possible, and if you have more than one person along, you can split up to make sure someone is watching anywhere the ghost might appear. Make sure you cover every spot where the ghost is likely to manifest.
Stay quiet and keep your eyes open. When you hunt a ghost, you need a great deal of patience. It might not appear for many nights, if at all. Wait quietly while you keep vigil, but stay alert and watch for any signs of the ghost's presence.
Keep a diary of everything you see, even if it seems incidental. Write down the time and date of any sounds, visions or incidents, and try to describe them as objectively as possible.
Record anything which appears, be it with the cameras, audio recorders or electromagnetic detectors. Tangible evidence is the ultimate goal of any ghost hunt and the more solid information you can retain and present, the easier it will be to prove the existence of a ghost.
steps to pe profession
To be a professional, know exactly how to speak to a ghost. Know the exact questions to ask and how to find out what exactly it is that your dealing with.
A professional would have to know when to provoke a spirit and when not to: this is very important.
If you provoke at the wrong timhe it can get you hurt
A professional should never put there team in danger or in a position that they may not be able to get out of. It is just not worth it, although most of what we do is dangerous and in the name of research. However, you cannot do research if you are dead.
Never investigate alone.
Always ask if you are welcomed.
Announce that you come to respect the spirit.
Know when to quit if it is getting too dangerous. It is not worth endangering anyone's safety.
Have as few people on your team as possible. Three is a good number. The more people, the more voices you have to keep track of while listening to your audio. Also, too many people may frighten the spirits or make them uncomfortable.
Use your instincts; you are the best ghost hunting tool.
Research! Research! Research! you can never know too much when dealing with spirits.
Always rest before an investigation. They draw energy from you, so you will need your strength. These things might also try to play with your minds and emotions. There are some cases where you will feel what the entity is feeling. You will need your energy to fight this off.
If you are going to a secluded place (e.g. crawford road yorktown), always make sure you let more than one person know where you went and when to expect to hear from you and what to do if they don't.
Beware of unearthly spirits: they can harm you more than one way.
Always bring extra batteries.
Never sacrifice the safety of the team.
Always be cautious.
When in doubt, ask someone who knows.
Provoke not the spirits if you know not that which you do.
Know that what you are doing is very important research.
Listen to the spirits if they tell you to leave.
Always have permission when going to places.
Avoid secluded places where you are not able to contact help (police etc.)
?what is the equipment you need
One of the primary goals of paranormal investigators is to definitively record the phenomena in question. This is done with the intention of analyzing the footage for clues as to the cause of the disturbance and, in certain cases, as "proof" of the existence of the paranormal.
Some phenomena cannot be seen, only heard. Ghostly
whispers, screams and echos are not uncommon in paranormal investigation. For this reason, most investigators will attempt to record the sounds and study them, along with the video recordings, in order to analyze the disturbances and offer proof of their existence.
Paranormal investigators generally use still cameras as well.
There is some debate within the investigatory community about the comparative usefulness of digital versus film cameras. While some say that digital cameras are easy to study through the use of computer software, other groups claim that the certain spectral impressions show up only on traditional phosphate-coated film.
Electromagnetic frequency meters detect electromagnetic frequencies. While electromagnetic frequencies are caused by many objects, many paranormal investigators believe that some paranormal phenomena emit them as well, allowing them to be detected and potentially tracked. If an electromagnetic frequency (EMF) meter picks up on unusual readings that can't be traced to any other source, it may be a sign of a ghost.
Similar to EMF meters, thermometers are used to detect unusual temperature readings. If a room is predominantly one temperature, but portions of it register abnormally, the aberrations may be an indication of the presence of spectral activity.
Computers have many purposes in paranormal investigations. They can be used to organize data, analyze evidence, and, if a group chooses to use remote recording devices, keep tabs on running feeds. Many groups use specialized software to study the information they've collected, such as programs to clean up and enhance audio, video and photographic data.
When exploring haunted locations, it behooves paranormal investigators to set up and carry lights, both hand-held and stationary. This is to allow them to better see the premises and conduct a more thorough investigation.
Sometimes, in place of lights, better-financed paranormal investigators prefer to make use of infrared or night-vision goggles. Some believe that certain phenomena can only be detected in infrared or night-vision. In addition, certain locations may not avail themselves to being illuminated by