Monday, October 10, 2011

Ghost Hunting 101: Preparing for an Investigation

Ghost hunts don’t normally just happen. There’s actually a lot of planning involved in most of the hunts my team goes on. I thought I’d share a few of the steps we go through in planning for people who are considering going on a ghost hunt.

  1. The first thing that happens is finding a location and making arrangements with the owners and anyone else that may be at the location. Sometimes property owners will notify law enforcement about what we are doing, in case neighbors get worried and call the cops. We also try and build a relationship with the property owner, so they feel comfortable with having roaming the property.
  2. After we have a location, we often do research on it. The internet, libraries, and people living in the area are all great resources for finding information.
  3. We also try and visit the location during the daytime, if possible, so we can figure out the best way to investigate. Usually during this visit we will try to figure out where the power sources are (if any) for our equipment, look for spots that may be dangerous, and map out some sort of investigation plan.
  4. We try and determine how many people we need to cover the location and figure out which investigators will be the best fit for that spot.
  5. The day before the investigation we start charging our batteries and preparing our equipment.
  6. Usually shortly before an investigation we have a quick briefing with everyone going to the investigation to share research and information about the site.
  7. We load up our vehicles and head out!


  1. So are you guys doing something on All Hallow's Eve? I would love to hear about that.

  2. Yep, we're planning on investigating a really cool looking sanitorium. Hopefully I'll have some good stories to share afterwards :)