Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What Type of Equipment Do You Need to Ghost Hunt?

What Type of Equipment Do You Need to Ghost Hunt?

This question comes up a lot when I talk to people about ghost hunting. A lot of people are interested in ghost hunting, but don’t want to spend a ton of money buying equipment. The truth is, you really don’t need a lot of stuff to go looking for ghosts. A flashlight and an open mind are often enough if you are just looking for a spooky/fun experience.

However, if you are interested in recording your findings, there are several pieces of equipment that will help you. Some of them are things you may already have.

  1. A digital camera with a good night setting. I tend to take a lot of photos during ghost hunts. I’ll often take hundreds of photos and most of the time nothing shows up in those photos, but every so often, something pops up that’s out of the ordinary.
  2. A digital recorder. This is a staple of any ghost hunting group. EVPs are easy to catch in the right locations and I’ve learned a lot of information from EVP’s we’ve caught on our recorders.
  3. A video camera with night vision. These can be expensive, especially for quality video, but there’s nothing quite like seeing something paranormal play out in front of you and then being able to go back and watch it again on video. Worth the investment if you plan on ghost hunting on a regular basis.
  4. A spirit box. There are several versions of these available and you can even make your own out of an adapted radio. Some of them scan radio frequencies while others are simply boxes with words imputed inside. The idea is that a spirit can manipulate the boxes to interact with the world. I’ve seen some pretty impressive responses to the ghost box and they can be a lot of fun to use.

There’s lots of other equipment available but these four things are the items I think are the most useful for ghost hunters. Is there any equipment you think should be added on to the list? Have you ever used any of these items?


  1. I'd never heard of a spirit box before ... cool idea/concept though. I agree that the night vision camera footage is very compelling.

  2. Is salt effective? I know in Supernatural they use salt to keep ghosts at bay.