Intro Course – 1f) When to Go Ghost Hunting

Many haunted sites are haunted day and night.

Gilson Road cemetery in Nashua (NH) and the Spalding Inn, Whitefield (NH) are just a couple that report solid-looking apparitions in broad daylight.

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 summary

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.

Recommended homework

These steps are optional, but they’ll help you get the most from your upcoming ghost hunts.

  1. 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 and other reliable ghost hunting websites. Take notes in your journal.

This free ghost hunting course continues with the second lesson


Author: Fiona Broome

Author and paranormal researcher,best known for ghost and faerie research and alternate history studies.

4 thoughts on “Intro Course – 1f) When to Go Ghost Hunting”

  1. Thanks so much for your insite on locating Hanted places! I was wondering on how to go about this task.


  2. I have been told by other people, who are into paranormal experiences, including ghost hunting, that using a digital camera–without a flash–is best, because it eliminates “light play” in the photographs, making the appearance of real orbs, in photos, more obvious. The round, almost transparent/grayish “orbs” in most digital photos today, I have been told, are actually “dust” [particles] floating in the air, that the camera’s flash bounces off of, and most people mistakenly call them “orbs.” I noticed though, in the first section of your 1st group of lessons, that you actually recommend using a camera with a flash. Have I been told incorrect information by all others, previously? Thank you.


    1. Donna, that advice isn’t entirely new, but it generally dates back to an era when cameras weren’t as reliable as they are now. I recommend testing false orb issues with each camera you own.

      That is, go outside at night to a non-haunted location, and use dust (a Swiffer can help), a spray bottle with water in it, and so on. See if you can create false orbs; you probably can. Once you know what causes your camera to add false orbs — and what they look like (they generally look different than “ghost orbs”) — you’ll be able to analyze your photos much better.

      Cheerfully, Fiona


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