There are many places in the world that are considered at the most paranormal, and at the least a little spooky. These places draw ghost hunters and searchers for the paranormal alike to see if they can find and record something seemingly out of this world. You might be asking yourself, “What kind of equipment do these people take with them?”
Lets take a moment to review some equipment for ghost hunting and recording paranormal experiences.
The Digital Camera
Though many people consider a digital camera to be a useless tool, being able to take high quality photographs is the best way to record what is happening around you. Having a camera that can be modified to see into the infrared spectrum as well as ultraviolet will make them even more useful.
The one thing most people think of when they think ghost hunting equipment is a video handheld recorder. Having a recorder that is capable of picking up fine sounds is crucial, as one of the many ways that people have reported hauntings is through sounds. Be sure to state the time, place, and any other relevant details prior to beginning your investigation.
A practical necessity, having flashlights with extra batteries is common sense. Many places you may be checking out will not have lights and can be a challenge and possibly even dangerous to navigate through. It is also believed that spirit activity causes batteries to lose their charge quicker.
Having a first aid kit will make sure you and your group can treat injuries that might occur from navigating through the dark.
Logging your journey, as well as anything that may feel out of place is the best way to create a better understanding of where you should return to after the fact.
Officially known as the electromagnetic field detector, the EMF is used as a tracking device for ghosts. It is believed that ghosts release an electromagnetic field that can be tracked using these devices. If you have one of these devices, then look for fluctuations between 2.0 and 7.0.
A Compass is a helpful tool in indicating when there is spiritual activity near by. You will be able to tell when the needle refuses to point in a single direction, fluctuating wildly instead.
The unknown is equal parts scary and intriguing. From the paranormal to ghost hunts, not knowing what can be found around the corner brings people to investigate some of the most haunted places in the world. If you have been invited to go along on a ghost hunt, and it is your first, do not fret! There are a few simple things you should keep in mind. Lets review how being helpful, being mindful, and staying calm can make your first ghost hunting experience into a success.
Depending on the organization of your group, you may be asked to bring things along. Most beginners will be asked to bring along their own flashlight, as well as several pairs of extra batteries. In addition, having a phone for easy contact will make staying with your group much easier. More likely then not, your group will already have most of what it needs, including more expensive paranormal hunting equipment. They will also take the time to let you know how the ghost hunt will go down, and your role in it.
Many places where you can go ghost hunting will be either abandoned or in poor shape. The best thing you can do is to work as hard as possible in being mindful. When checking out a place, know where other people in your group are. Do not get separated, especially if you are wandering through a large place. In addition, take into consideration everything around you, and try to memorize the location of objects you come across. The more mindful and aware you are, the easier it will be to spot paranormal activity when it takes place.
One of the biggest problems people new to ghost hunting have is shaky nerve. This is perfectly understandable when you take into consideration wandering around in the dark in a place that may be haunted. However, you cannot let your nerves get the best of you. Try your best to refrain from yelling or shouting if something happens, as this will only make a situation worse. Instead, work to get the attention of somebody else as quickly and as quietly as you can. Some paranormal activity will flee when people raise their voices, and the last thing you want to do is be the one responsible for scaring away the ghosts!
This story happened many years ago. I was only six and was in my final year in kindergarten. My mom and dad had recently had a huge fight and my mom decided to run away from home or leave my dad.
Before I begin this tale of horror, let me give you a bit of background into this story. In May 1987 my family moved to my aunt’s big house. She allowed us to rent it until we have completely paid for the mortgage. The house was really big but I have very little recollection about how it looked like when we moved in since I was only about two at that time and I could only remember some blood stains on the wall.
When I was about three I had experienced many strange things in this house. Since I’ve had a spiritual awakening, I’ve begun to think more deeply about these times. I was inspired after reading an article about spiritual awakening on a good occult site I found called Signal River. So here is my story to share with you.
It was said that the house used be an abortion clinic at the second floor and a gambling den in ground floor. Just to give you a bit of a picture, the house was big. It had a garden parking space for two cars, a backyard which was a filled with an assortment of old discarded things. The first floor housed my dad’s office, a big living room, a storage area, working space for our other employees. The second floor had enormous bedrooms, a playroom and a weird small hallway that was lined with several bathrooms and the last one on the hallway was barricaded by wooden planks. That hallway gave me the creeps. It smelled funny. It smelled of death. It was said that behind that door was the bathroom which the abortionist used to throw and flush down the fetuses.
This house was a haunted place. Many entities were said to live in every nook and cranny. We will park those stories for now. We will first delve in to the story of old abortionist that haunted this house. Many of our neighbors say there once a nice doctor who lived in that house. She was always smiling and friendly, yet very quiet. Many women visited her. Most of them looked pregnant. The neighbors before found it strange that whenever a woman visits they never see her leaving from the front door. The fact of the matter is some of them use the back door to leave but some of them never leave at all.
When we moved to this house, as my older brother tells me; there was a lot of blood stains in the second floor. Most of this blood was found in the hallway that had five bathrooms; two on each side and one at the very end. He said that there was even a woman who knocked at our door asking for a “Doctora”. The house frightened me a lot.
I was a very imaginative child. I had imaginary friends. But unlike most children I had a gift. I could see things other people could not see. I was born partially blind. I had congenital cataracts on both my eyes. This made me unable to use my central vision. So I relied looking the side of eyes; in my peripheral vision. At first, I thought it was nothing. But as I grew I started seeing spirits. I felt things behind me, sometimes on my back, sometimes holding my hair. When I would turn to look they would show for a split second, but then would vanish right away.
So let’s we go back to that day, when my mom left. I was alone in second floor kitchen near the mysterious hallway. It was Holy Week. The house was very quiet. My sister and brothers weren’t at home. It was just me and our nanny there. She was in the playroom folding our clothes. Since I was but a child, I played that day. I was not aware of the horror that was to come.
The sun was shining brightly outside and the sky was so blue. I felt curious about the mysterious hallway which I was told never to come near to, specially the door at the very end. Maybe it was boredom, maybe it was a strange pull; I found myself going into the forbidden hallway. I never went close to the barricaded door before. But I really wanted to see it. I had to go near since I can’t really see from afar. I slowly crept closer and closer. The smell of the place was dank. The air suddenly felt cold. I wanted to touch the wood nailed to the door to prevent it from opening. I slowly moved my hand close to the door.
Suddenly, there was an old woman. She gripped my arm. It hurt a lot. My body froze. I could not move nor could I scream. She looked at me with big grey eyes. She looked wretched. Her hair was a gray mop. Her skin was so wrinkled it looked like the bark of an old tree. Her skin was grayish too. She wore a gray tunic like rag of a dress. In her left hand was a long walking stick or a staff. Her hand was very cold.
I finally got a hold of my body. I walked slowly backwards… Then I finally ran to my nanny in the playroom. The woman followed me. I screamed. She was still behind me. She got into the room at the same time that I was about to forewarn our nanny. Our nanny was stricken with fear. Her eyes grew big and jaw dropped. She had cold beads of sweat all over. Finally the old woman spoke.
“Leave my house! Leave! Leave my house or someone in your household will die!”
She stood there looking at us. She seemed very enraged. Suddenly she vanished. I fell on my knees and cried for fright.
My mother returned that night. We sat in the table eating dinner. I told my family my story. At first they would not believe me, but the nanny saw the old wretched witch as well. They were all frightened. My mother and father decided to leave the said haunted house. We decided to leave not just because of what happened to me. But because of many, many creepy surreal things that has come about in that house.
It was said by people near our house that the doctor who lived there was woman who whose heart was broken. She was impregnated by man who left her so she decided to abort her child. She was said to have lost her mind afterwards and decided to devote her energy into removing fetuses and even almost full term children from mothers’ wombs. They said that the woman felt happy at the sight of blood. It was also said that she was almost arrested for her illegal acts and the death of some of her patients. Before the police came to get her, she committed suicide in that very bathroom.
Haunted houses… They have intrigued as since time in memorial. We have always wondered what goes inside those four walls. The mere words “haunted house” creates a mental picture for us about an old creepy house filled with cobwebs. We always think about the ghouls and ghosts lurking inside. So what if you go on a real spooky exploration into one of this places? What will you see? What will you experience?
The Haunted House Myths – During the Medieval times, royalty lived in large castles. Many rooms were sometimes not tended. These places where cold, dark and damp. The lack of electricity lent to the horrific tales the beset the walls of such palaces. Some royalties were evil and tyrannical. When these people died, their souls are said to cast a strong energy upon the castle. Such energy allowed them to still roam the plane of living. Many servants would report that their previous masters haunted the old walls that they used to live in.
In the 1920’s to the 1950’s large estates in the United States were said to be haunted. Some say it is the souls of the servants and slaves who were treated badly and have cast upon themselves and enchantment that would allow them to torment their masters and their master’s family when they depart this world.
In Asian cultures many believe that material things that people loved when they are living can be possessed by them once they die. They may torment people in the present since they are not aware that they have been long dead. These tales have now brought about the stories behind the sordid and scary walls of haunted houses.
What happens in a Haunted House?
A haunted house is not just a huge mansion filled with cobwebs. It can be a small flat in New York City where someone was murdered. It can be a hut in the hot planes of Africa. It can be a beautiful beach house in the Caribbean.
Ghosts – Haunted houses normally are inhabited by ghosts. These are souls who have not moved on into the other realm or souls who feel that they have some unfinished business. They walk through walls. Women with torn clothes raped and abused. Children with rag dolls full of blood. Men with cut-off limbs. Priests with tortured bodies.
Ghosts can be people who were unaware that they have died. They may feel that they are still alive and would try to go about their business. These ghosts are not dangerous, unless they were evil when they were alive. If an evil person suddenly dies without him knowing it, he can cause a great haunting.
On the other hand there are ghosts who knew they have died and are seeking revenge. They can be so powerful that they turn into poltergeists. Poltergeists are entities that can cause noises in the haunted house or even hurt people. Sometimes, if your soul is weak and you visit one of this houses, they can possess your body.
Sometimes people also believe that they see angels. This is often shown as a sparkly type light which can be seen around people, often around people’s hands. If you think that any of these things has happened to you it may be worth contacting a psychic medium. If you feel odd about the thought of actually having to speak to someone you could try a psychic email reading, I have found these to be invaluable, if you are not sure if they really work then read more about that here.
Haunted Objects – Living people can have a preference towards certain things when they are alive. They may have a favorite chair, a favorite mirror, a beloved doll or an old clock. As you love an item, a part of their soul is imprinted to that item. It lives a trace of their spirit there. Once they die, sometimes that soul refuses to move on and attaches itself to that item. One of the most popular of these are haunted dolls. These dolls can be haunted by the owner who chooses to use the doll as a host. Others are because they feel lost because their owners, who once loved them have abandoned them. These dolls find refuge in the old houses they used to live in. Chairs may also rock back and forth without anyone sitting on them. They creek and creek into the night, with their hinges cold and frozen. Mirrors have been symbols of astral planes. Once a mirror is left in an abandoned house it can be used as a bridge to cross over the world of the living.
Shape Shifting Monsters – Many of us see an old scraggly dog near an old decrepit house. We dismiss them, thinking that the poor creature is just looking for shelter. We see birds inside the house, looking at the window directly into your eyes. We see them and look at them and then we feel a chill run down our spine. Evolution tells us that change is inevitable, mutation can allow these creatures to have powers that we should be afraid of.
Venturing Into a Haunted House
If you are a brave soul, and you wish to embark on an adventure in an abandoned abode then you should be prepared. This is not an adventure for the faint of heart. If the house is not haunted, you can merely roam around and take pictures and have fun. But what if it is? What will you do if you see a woman dressed in white, with blood stains all over her body? What will you do if you see a headless man? Will you run? But what if you can’t?
If you believe in entities that are evil then you should be prepared. You should have weapons to protect you. If you don’t believe in such, bring the armaments as well. It would be cool to be in the mood.
A Cross – The most common if not most important weapon for fighting evil. The cross is used to fend off evil attacks.
Salt – Salt has been used since ancient times to heal and cleanse. The mystic powers of salt can rid you of evil spirits.
Water (or better yet Holy Water) – Water is also a purifying agent that can banish evils around.
Garlic – Garlic is an age old cure for many things. Garlic is said to have distinctive smell that is foul to vampires and ghouls.
Silver – Being one of the most reflective metals, silver has the capacity to transmit electricity and light. This causes pain to werewolves and monsters.
An amulet – A blessed Talisman is said to protect is bearer from evil. Amulets have been used all over the world to ward off evil.
So, if you’re planning to go a haunted house for Halloween, prepare yourself, be strong. You have to face the unknown. It may scare you or it may be the best adventure you can have.