by Granger Stephens, 13 rules by Richard
Ghost hunting is the process of investigating
locations said to be haunted. Author
, Ghost hunter Richard Senate. Everyone
needs rules and guidelines to follow,
Ghost Hunters too. Everyone knows
"Don't ever investigate alone".
Safety in numbers. But is there more?
Some Groups and individuals may disagree
on how to search for ghost. Yet all
agree safety first. While this certainly
isn't a complete course in paranormal
investigation, it will give you a
good idea of how to approach the subject.
Two of the most important things
to remember are safety and the law.
see: GHOST HUNTING
SAFETY GUIDE: How to hunt for
ghosts the safe way: Safety tips from
different ghost hunter groups, web
sites and authors and paranormal investigators.
Many visitors to this and other
web sites always ask how to conduct
a ghost hunt, what to bring, etc.
usually all sites don't encourage
amateurs without any training at all
to conduct ghost hunts. Because this
is not an exact science they are differing
opinions on how to begin.
Today mostly all the individuals
that engaged in ghost hunting and
paranormal investigation have varying
motives for their activities and their
Some ghost hunters consider themselves
hobbyists whose primary motivation
is the excitement of the hunt and
the thrill of possibly experiencing
something supernatural. Many of these
individuals enjoy spending significant
time pursuing their hobby.
Also see: HOW
TO BECOME A REAL GHOST HUNTER
Some consider themselves serious researchers
who follow a number of scientific
protocols and share documentation
of their research with other groups
in an effort to discover proof that
ghosts exist. They often go about
their pursuit in a prescribed manner
in order to gather evidence of paranormal
activity at a given location, or debunk
"false positive" reports
of hauntings. Many established groups
fall into this category.
Also see: Paranormal
Investigators Directory... PLEASE
Still others consider themselves to
be providing a service, and focus
their investigation on offering comfort
and assistance to individuals who
feel they are experiencing unexplained
or paranormal activity at a home or
other location. These investigators
approach a location with the goal
of alleviating the fear and discomfort
of the occupants by listening to their
experiences and providing advice and
Senate’s 13 Rules of Good
1. Let People know where
you are going so if there
is a mishap they can inform
the authorities of where you
went and with whom. Good advise
for hikers too. Try to go
in a group if possible.
2. Get permission to visit
the sites! Never trespass
as this can lead to all sorts
of problems. Because of this
some of the better places
will be closed to you but,
if you do not have permission
you will not be able to publish
your findings and evidence.
3. Wear comfortable clothing
and shoes. Dress in layers
as places can be cold or hot.
Wear a hat when in the sun.
Hiking shoes are best in an
outdoor setting, rubber soled
walking shoes best for indoor
Always take water with you
and, if possible, a cell phone
to call for help.
4. Take ways to record your
findings and evidence. Cameras,
Tape Recorders, Videos etc…are
good for this. If you are
using a film camera use high
speed film only--At least
1,000 ASA. Black and White
seems to work best. If you
have a tape recorder, use
new music quality tape. ALSO:
Carry extra batteries as ghosts
can drain energy from batteries.
5. If possible, research
the history of the site and
who lived there or what action
happened there. This will
help you in many ways. The
more you know, the better
your investigation will be.
Remember, you are there to
6. Carry a flashlight (torch)
with you to illuminate dark
places within a site or to
find your way back if you
are stranded after dark. The
flashlight is your friend
and it can be the best tool
you have in your kit.
7. Always carry with you
a pad of paper, clip board,
pencils and pens. These can
help you record interviews
and anything you experience.
Try to draw a picture of the
site, a floor plan of the
place or map. You can use
this to draw a picture of
what ever you encounter at
the site--Drawing and sketching
are skills all ghost hunters
( and archaeologists) need
8. Always be respectful in
doing investigations. Yes,
have fun and don’t be
too serious, but, respect
the ghosts and your chances
are better that you will encounter
an apparition or supernatural
sound. Don’t insult
the ghosts or mock them. Remember,
ghosts are people who just
happen to be dead.
9. Don’t drink alcoholic
spirits, take drugs or smoke
pot. Anything that might impair
your senses are strictly forbidden.
If you do these things it
will cast doubt on your findings.
Skeptics will denounce anything
you collect--even the best
evidence you have. We must
10. Don’t harm or vandalize
a site. Be like a ghost so
that no one will know you
were even there. Our goal
is to collect data to prove
the existence of ghosts not
damage property. If possible,
leave it better than when
11. If possible try to re-enact
an event that happened at
the site. If it was a Civil
War battlefield, dress as
a Civil War soldier. If the
haunting was linked to a poker
game, play poker. This is
called re-stimulation and
it can enhance your chances
of getting supernatural phenomena.
12. Music can be important,
as well, to stimulate events
but, it must be real music,
not taped. So a flute, guitar,
etc.. can be helpful. Play
songs that are linked to the
era of the ghost. This is
good for collecting spirit
voices (EVP) as well.
13. Lastly, write up a report
on all you find. Try to publish
your findings as well in a
local publication or magazine.
FATE Magazine is good for
this. If you don’t write
the report and submit it,
all you have done is spin
your wheels. Ghost hunting
is a science not a lark. Good
Luck and Good Hunting!
Hunt - going to a place
were there have been no sightings
of ghosts and trying to catch
some on film (video and photos),
sounds, eyewitness, etc. And
of course your local haunted
graveyards are often the number
one place to start.
Ghost Investigation - going to a known
haunted place and recording data (video,
photos, audio, temperatures), notes,
interviews and other evidence to prove/disprove
the haunting and to assist the owners
and the spirits in moving on and leaving
the place if they want that. The assistance
can be either you directly assisting
the owner with the situation or putting
them in contact with experienced groups
or individuals that will try to resolve
the situation. Your assistance can
be something as simple as educating
them on what is going on and their
Also see: HOW
TO MAKE A GHOST REPORT
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General Ghost Hunting Tips
Always go and inspect the area you
wish to ghost hunt in daylight so
you are familiar with the area. Look
for dangerous places and obstacles
that you will not be able to see in
Look for no trespassing signs. Make
sure you are not trespassing. If you
are on private property you are risking
getting a ticket or arrested in some
areas. You can get permission from
many owners and or Cemetery or haunted
building caretakers.You should by
all means notify the local Police
that you will be in a grave yard "taking
pictures" so they are aware of
Make sure you bring you ID. (drivers
Never go alone. This is just common
Find out all you can about the history
of the locale. Newspapers, town historians,
WWW and books.
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