Many haunted sites are haunted day and night.
Sites like those are so active, I’m confident that people can go ghost hunting during the day, at many haunted locations.
Other sites, including the Myrtles Plantation (LA), are deceptively calm and even quaint… in the daytime. Their ghosts don’t emerge until evening. Even then, they can be elusive at first.
No matter what the location, most ghost hunters get the best results at dusk and after dark.
If you’re going ghost hunting with an established, organized research group, follow their schedule.
However, if you and a friend or two are exploring a haunted place, arrive shortly before dusk.
- See what’s there while there’s some daylight. Identify the places you want to investigate, as well as those you’d rather avoid.
- Look for the most noteworthy areas, like monuments, portraits, and things that seem odd or out of place.
- Look for hazards like (indoors) loose boards or a jutting shelf, or (outdoors) a depression in the ground at a haunted cemetery or battlefield.
Also, ghostly intensity often builds after dark. Arrive early and you can leave when you’re outside your comfort zone. (Or when you’re simply tired, cold, or bored.) You’ll still feel as if it was a complete investigation.
In this week’s lesson, I’ve discussed why you might want to go on ghost investigations, what tools you’ll need, kinds of protection on ghost hunts, and a few basics for your first ghost encounter.
In our next lesson, I’ll share some tips for finding haunted places, and ways to tell which ones are worth investigating.
These steps are optional, but they’ll help you get the most from your upcoming ghost hunts.
- Begin a diary or journal about your ghost research. It can be any blank journal, a composition book, or notebook paper.
To start, write about your interest in ghosts and haunted places. Why are you ghost hunting? Are your interests scientific or spiritual? If they’re partly (or entirely) spiritual, do you feel that you are psychic or have related spiritual gifts?
2. Choose a small item that’s a spiritual talisman, good luck charm, or represents spiritual protection (or comfort) for you. Start carrying it daily in your pocket, purse or backpack.
3. Ask a few close friends if they’re interested in ghost hunting. Think about two or three people who might be ideal companions on your investigations.
4. Read how-to articles at HollowHill.com and other reliable ghost hunting websites. Take notes in your journal.
This free ghost hunting course continues with the second lesson