you see a
real actual Ghost or have a encounter
with any type paranormal activities,
it's always important to write down
all of the details as soon as possible,
(while they, the real facts of the
Ghost sighting are still actually
very fresh in your mind).
Finding Out for Yourself If Ghosts Are Real
While there are plenty of skeptics on the subject of the afterlife, there is no doubt that people are fascinated with the subject of ghosts. All you have to do is turn on the TV and watch any one of the many paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters and Scariest Places on Earth to realize there is a growing obsession with the supernatural. Are the sightings presented in these shows actually the real deal, or are they manufactured to deliver what the public is looking for?
The belief that ghosts are real has been around for centuries. There are those who emphatically believe that they've encountered or share their home with a ghostly spirit. Others scoff at the idea, quickly pointing out that any sort of apparition can be scientifically explained. Obviously, the jury is still undecided about the reality of ghosts, so paranormal investigators continue their quest for the truth.
Documenting Real Ghost Sightings
Real ghost sightings, or at least sightings that can't be debunked through conventional science, are the exception rather than the norm. Documenting paranormal activity is tricky at best, so it helps to be prepared if you plan to actively attempt to document suspected spirit activity.
* If you happen to have a digital or video camera, try to record some physical documentation of the phenomenon. If you have time, experiment with your digital camera by taking pictures with and without the flash. Be sure and make several copies of your pictures or video, but always keep your originals.
* As quickly as possible, jot down as many details as you can remember about the sighting, including the date, time of day and the location where the sighting occurred. Be as specific as possible.
* You should also note the atmospheric conditions during the event, even if the appearance took place inside. Weather can and often does affect equipment operation.
* If the appearance took place at night, note the phase of the moon as well. Sometimes reflections account for many would-be sightings. This kind of information may be necessary for an attempt to reproduce conditions in order to debunk a suspect photo.
* Describe the ghost's movements, if any, and try to remember how long the appearance lasted as well. Don't forget to document any noises associated with the event.
* If anyone else saw the same apparition, be sure to write down his or her name, address and phone number for future reference.
* As you document your experience, pay close attention to how you felt during the ghost's visit. Did the room get colder? Did you feel a sudden change of emotion? Noting these details may help you better realize conditions that proceed a ghostly visitation. In turn, this could help you anticipate the moment and better prepare to capture activity.
* If you experience a sighting, try looking up historical information on the location to see if your ghost might correlate to a person who used to live at the site.
* Finally, take all of these details and write a complete narrative, essentially creating your own ghost story, and keep it in your records.
Always start with the exact date
List all other witnesses' names,
addresses, and phone numbers. Also
provide ages and occupations when
Give your exact location at the
time of the ghost sighting.
city, state, country.
Describe the weather. Was it sunny?
Overcast? Raining? A clear night?
changes, your feeling, emotions
and impressions you may have gotten,
as well as other wittness' impressions.
If you took a photo, list the subject
of the photograph and the reason
you took it. also note in what part
of the picture the actual ghost
is located? At the top, bottom,
left, right? Duplicate the photo
save the original. But always make
If it is on a
video tape then describe the actual
scean and copy only the actual ghost
sighting on to a duplicate tape
save the original. But always make
Actually the same
applies for EVP's on digital recorders
it is best to transfer a copy to
actual casstte tape and make multiple
Did the ghost Actually move? How
far and how fast? Describe its movements
Did you smell
anything out of the ordinary?
the ghost make a sound?
Describe the appearance of the ghost:
shape, size, distance, color, texture.
Draw a picture of it. and a map
of the actual area.
Describe the area in which you made
the ghost sighting. Is it near an
cemetery? A funeral home? A Hotel
, Hospital or public bulding or
private home of any kind?
Do you know the
history of the area? If so add that,
or research it on the internet,
public library or local department
Write a narrative describing what
happened in your own words, just
as it occurred.
If there were other witnesses, have
each of them write their own report,
without consulting with each other.
Have one person collect all of the
ghost sighting reports. Make multiple
copies for your files.
If you wish to report the ghost
sighting to us, or a ghost hunter
organization, or paranormal investigator,
then do so. Remember, distribute
only copies of reports or ghost
photos. Do not give the originals
Contact one or more of the places
listed on the internet "Current
haunted ghost News" page or
" Ghost Organizations" pages and report your ghost sighting
to them by e-mail or telephone.
Find out who your state or local
paranormal investigator, is and
get his or her address. Send copies
of your reports to them, or if you
prefer, to another Haunted / Paranormal
/Ghost Organization or Haunted Web
Ghost and hauntings
Never give away your original ghost
reports or Ghost photos or negatives.
You may never see them again.
Richard Senate’s 13 Rules of Good Ghost Hunting
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 work.
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 collect data.
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 to develop.
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 be professional!
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 you came.
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!
Ghost 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.