You’ve followed television’s top ghost hunters through several seasons and have religiously taken notes on their investigation tactics. You feel you are now ready to venture out and catch a few ghost of your own. But what they don’t show you on TV is all the work and planning that goes into an investigation. Hunting ghost can be an exhilarating experience, if properly planned.
You know where you want to do your investigation. The next step is to research the site. You need to find out the history of the site. Libraries and court houses are a good source of information. Finding documented accounts of activity will give you a heads up to what you may be looking for. Interviewing first hand witnesses is also a good way of establishing the possibility of paranormal activity. While you are in the research stage find out who is the property owner and their contact information. It is absolutely necessary to get permission before you ever step foot on the property. Having written permission from the owner will help if you encounter any problems with the authorities.
*Trespassing is a serious offense and can lead to fines and jail time if convicted! Get permission first!!!!*
Scope out the site.
Once you’ve got permission go to the site during daylight to map out possible dangers, such as holes, lose boards and unstable structures. Safety is the most important thing for a ghost hunting team. Mapping out the property also allows you to decide where to investigate and not get lost in the dark.
Going out alone on a ghost hunt is not advised. The possibility of something going wrong is too great to chance it alone. The buddy system is the way to go. A normal ghost hunting team consists of four to six people. Each person is assigned a particular task, but always takes their buddy along while investigating. Planning who will do what and who will accompany will cut down on confusion and help the investigation go smoothly.
Make sure everyone on the team has all the needed ghost hunting tools to conduct the investigation. Bringing extra batteries and flashlights will help in the unforeseen incidences that seem to always come up.
Be cautious while investigating and keep safety the number one priority. Investigate, keep an open mind and have fun.