The Questions I’m Asked Most As A Ghost Hunter

When hearing that I go ghost hunting, people raise an eyebrow. Their next response is either be “huh” with some skepticism or genuine interest. Either way, it isn’t something that many people hear often, and it leads to questions. Below are some of the questions asked most, and my answers to them. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, or if any of the answers surprised you, leave a comment!

Do Ghosts Scare Me?

While there have been a few times I’ve felt uneasy at a location, ghosts don’t scare me. You honestly have more to fear from the living than you do the dead. Because many haunted spots sit in secluded areas, they become ideal locations for underage parties, drug use, and squatters. Abandoned buildings, while potentially home to a few ghosts, are dangerous to explore due to the wear and tear of time and lack of maintenance. While some locations have grumpier spirits, you can get a sense of that when there, and if it becomes uncomfortable I leave. I’m here for the research, not the thrills. Approaching it that way, it doesn’t scare me.

Is It Like On TV?

That answer depends on the show. Shows that focus on the technical aspect and history of the location mirror what ghost hunting is like. The biggest chunk of time spent during investigations is on research, analyzing, and waiting. It isn’t jump scare after jump scare. Shows that focus on the spooks are focusing on ratings, not so much reality. I do go into more detail about this here.

Is Ghost Hunting Done in the Dark?

The only time I investigate in the dark is while using infrared cameras, or if you want your auditory senses heightened while sitting down. Aside from those two scenarios, trying to research in the dark becomes not only difficult but dangerous. Trying to fumble around for buttons, swapping about batteries, and knowing where tripping hazards are are all important. While investigating in the dark is perfect ambience for TV audiences, it isn’t practical for investigators.

Is Ghost Hunting Dangerous?

It can be, but not for the reasons most people ask. They are thinking of angry spirits that may throw objects, and it does happen occasionally. That tends to only happen when antagonizing a spirit, and the investigator should expect that as a possibility. The largest danger is what I mentioned above, and that is when the living use the location as a spot to break the law in seclusion.

Does Anything Ever Follow Me Home?

While there are hundreds, if not thousands of stories in folklore about spirits following the living home, in the last ten years at least of investigating, nothing has ever followed me home. Spirits attach to locations or someone at their time of death. That attachment may break, but not transfer. If that was the case ghosts would never stay in the same location. If it is still a concern, there are ways to cleanse yourself. Burning some sage, sprinkling some sea salt over yourself, holy water, and even singing bowls can rid yourself of energy. This is the bowl that I use. It’s compact and has a gorgeous tone.

Have I Ever Used A Ouija Board?

When younger, all the time. But once investigating more and gaining some wisdom, I stopped. One of the things I love most about the paranormal is that we really have no idea what spirits are, or how we connect to them. While ouija boards may connect to spirits, it’s opening up a connection to everything that can connect. You have no control over it, no matter how many protections you use. It’s casting into an unknown abyss. Because of that, I don’t use them. It’s too much risk for a method of communication that may or may not be who you are trying to communicate with.

What’s The Weirdest Experience I’ve Had?

Back in 2010, I investigated with Lesley Marden and Fiona Broome at the Webster Tay House in Franklin New Hampshire. That night a paranormal group presented evidence gathered at the location. Afterward, the three of us took the chance to explore the home. The site had two or three additions to the original home, and they were all so different from each other it was hard to think of it one as one house. On one of the upper floors, Lesley and I walked down a hallway, and at one door both lowered our voices and walked slower. It took us a minute to both stop and laugh, and realize what was happening.

No one was behind that door, and we knew by asking if anyone was home out of courtesy before exploring. Despite knowing that, we both swore there was an elderly lady trying to sleep inside, and if we woke her up there would be hell to pay. We were both hesitant to even try to turn the doorknob, but they had locked all of the doors in that area of the home. While it wasn’t anything scary, it’s definitely weird when a location affects your thought process and makes you sense spirits on a different level.

Would I Live In A Haunted House?

It really all depends on the house. If it’s occasional doors slamming, shapes out of the corner of your eye, and objects moving, sure. But once it starts to disrupt life on a regular basis, especially when you’re trying to sleep, absolutely not. It doesn’t scare me., I just want some peace and quiet when I’m home.

How Did I Start Ghost Hunting?

I always had an interest in the paranormal growing up. When home sick I watched Unsolved Mysteries, and anytime there was an episode about ghosts I was drawn in. Once able to drive, I started visiting local locations and using any equipment I could find. That’s how I adopted low tech ghost hunting methods, which ultimately turned into the book. One of the sites I followed was written by Fiona, and in 2008 she offered a ghost hunting class which I signed up for in a heartbeat. That’s where I met Fiona, and we started working together after the classes ended.

What Is My Favorite Place To Investigate?

South Street Cemetery is hands down my favorite place for a few reasons. Not only is it the where Fiona taught the first class, but it has a fair share of ghosts who call it home. It’s also a beautiful cemetery located right next to the ocean in Portsmouth, so it’s a perfect spot for walking on sunny days and photography. You can learn more about the ghosts here.

Now that you know a little more about ghost hunting, what are your thoughts? Did any of the answers surprise you? If so, or if you have any other questions, comment below!

Yes, Cemeteries Do Close After Dark, Even Without Posting Hours.

Cemetery Hours Are Sunrise to Sunset

For the most part, cemeteries are indeed closed after dark. The most prominent reason why they are is due to costly vandalism. The most common vandals that trespass after dark are those who break headstones as well as causing other damage. The other frequent trespassers are those who enter the cemetery to use drugs and drink alcohol without being caught. Whether a cemetery is big or small, private or public, the sunrise to sunset hours generally apply. Even if there is not a sign stating the visiting hours or a gate that locks, assume it closes after dark and leave before then.

Being Caught by Police Can Leave A Record

The reason why I encourage this habit is for two reasons. The first is that you do not want to have a trespassing violation on your record. It does not look good when applying for jobs, or on college applications. The second reason is that you do not want to happen to bump into a vandal, or someone under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or even worse, both. I have not had the experience of this, nor do I want to. Now, if you wish to have a darker light for taking photographs, there are two options.

How To Take Photographs Later In The Evening

The first option will give you about a half hour to an hour to take pictures after sunset. To do this, plan to show up about two hours before sunset. Tour the cemetery to find your base temperature and EMF readings. Once the sun begins to set, take out your camera, digital voice recorder and other equipment you and your team will be using. Start to gather as much evidence as you can. Once the sun has set below the horizon, start to head towards to exit. While doing so, you will still be able to take pictures and record evidence. If for some reason the police do show up, you can kindly explain that you lost track of time, and are on your way to the exit.

If You Wish to Visit During the Night, There Is a Way

The second option is to contact the owner of the cemetery. If the cemetery is public property, most towns will have a webpage specifically for their cemeteries and who to contact for information. Use that contact information to request a visit after dark. I would not recommend lying about why you are going to be there. You want a good reputation, and lying about your reason for being there will not get far. If you are upfront and gain a better rapport with the owners and caretakers, they may be able to help you gain access to other locations. If the cemetery is owned privately, finding the owner may be more difficult. When you do locate the owner, follow the same procedure as contacting the town.

You Can Still Capture Evidence During the Daytime

If denied the ability to be there after dark, a daytime investigation can be just as rewarding as a nighttime investigation. The only advantage to being in a cemetery after dark is that orbs show up better in photography. However, I have taken many photos of orbs just before the sun sets. As I said previously, I encourage day time visits to cemeteries. Not only will you not be breaking any laws, but you also will not have to worry about vandals or those who are using paraphernalia after dark.

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