There are a lot of people out there calling themselves ghost hunters. Some of them are people looking for answers to questions about the afterlife. Others are trying to study paranormal phenomenon. Some are even just people trying to help other people. But there are always a few bad individuals in any group, and some ghost hunters are simply people looking for a fun time, people looking to get famous, or worse people looking to take advantage of others.
Right now, anyone can be a ghost hunter. In a way, that’s great. It means everyone has the opportunity to do it. But not everyone should do it.
Personally, I think ghost hunters should have the option of getting some sort of certification or formal training. People could feel more comfortable knowing the groups coming into their homes would be following some sort of ethical standard.
But, right now, there’s no universally accepted ghost hunting training. Most of us learn by experience and the classes that are offered are usually put together by small ghost hunting teams. Because ghost hunting is hardly a science, very few legitimate schools would consider hosting a course on the subject. Also, there are so many different schools of thought, how would they choose which techniques and approaches are the correct ones?
I would love to see a standardized course developed in the future, but right now ghost hunters have to rely on nothing more than the experience of being in the trade.
Do you think schools should offer ghost hunting classes? Do you think there should be an ethical code of conduct for ghost hunting?