So you want to start ghost hunting but you’re still confused as to where to start looking. Perhaps you’ve read some books, watched television shows and documentaries. You’re ready to start your own investigation, but exactly where do you begin? The Ghost Hunting Parablog has got you covered with a few nice tips to get your feet wet in paranormal investigation.
It may not have occurred to you, but when finding your first location to investigate you don’t need to look any
further than your own house. Even if your house has never shown any signs of paranormal activity in the past this is an excellent opportunity to hone your ghost hunting skills. Once you have done a complete investigation, why not try asking other family members and friends to investigate their homes. When we see paranormal researchers like those in Ghost Hunters they make it look seamless the way they conduct their investigations, but this is the result of a lot of practice.
You may find that investigating familiar locations on your own is a hassle, or maybe even a little spooky. Finding like minded individuals in your area that share your passion for ghost hunting is crucial in your continued success as a paranormal investigator. There’s an excellent online service called MeetUp that allows people to form offline groups, and use the site to manage meetings. This is an EXCELLENT place to find people in your area who are interested in the paranormal just like you. I was able to find a local paranormal group through this site and met other like minded individuals this way. Here’s a link that should get you started find other ghost hunters around you.
Once you have a few mock investigations under your belt you may want to consider doing some local research into known haunted locations in your area. There are several paranormal websites that catalog user submitted locations. One that helped me find a few good locations in my area is the shadowlands. Take note of locations in your area, you may have driven by them everyday and not even known there were reported hauntings.
Please be very aware that many places that have reported haunted activity in your area are private property. Contacting the owner or decision maker for the property to request permission to do an investigation is a must. I can not stress this enough so unless you want to spend the night in jail, and explain to a judge that you meant no harm and you were only looking for ghosts… cover your bases. Besides this is the absolute best way you will have access to people who can tell you about the history of the property, and also known activity for you to investigate.
- Start small by investigating your own house and those of willing friends and family. Hone your skills and practice on your professionalism.
- Research haunted locations in your area via your favorite search engines.
- Find others in your area who are interested in ghost hunting, meet up and form a group to investigate local haunted sites.
- Establish a professional relationship with the owners of the property, this will ensure your reputation as a paranormal investigator is in the highest regards. Success in the ghost hunting field is not only measured by the evidence you bring in, but the networks and relationships you build along the way.
Now you have a newly formed paranormal investigation group, some haunted locations in your area with full permission to conduct your investigations. Happy Ghost Hunting!
Let us know what kind of tips you have for finding locations in your area, or share how you first started ghost hunting in the comments.
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