Is It Similar To The Shows On TV?
Comparing live ghost hunting to TV shows is tough to do honestly, and it depends on the show. I generally categorize shows into two groups; those focusing on the technical aspect and history of the location, and those centering around the spooks. Those focusing on history portray ghost hunting more accurately. To be blunt investigations are not meant for thrill seekers, as they can be downright dull most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the paranormal and have been a nerd in the field for over twenty years. If it weren’t for having that passion, I would never have pursued it for as long as I have.
Ghost Hunting Can Be Downright Dull
If you’re wondering how dull I mean, I’ll break a typical investigation down for you from the planning stage to analysis. One of the most difficult things about an investigation can be scheduling. If all team members work the same schedule it makes it drastically easier to plan a time. If not, it can be tough to find a time that works for everyone, and some may not make it. Once you have an idea of what times will work, it is a matter of hammering out a time slot with the owner of the location. The next step is to talk to the client to see what activity they are experiencing. This is not only to plan what areas to focus on, but also the amount of equipment needed.
Having Corded Equipment Takes up a Chunk of Setup Time
After having a game plan and time for the investigation, the next step is arriving and setting up equipment. The size of the location and whether or not your equipment uses battery or power cables determines the setup time. If you will be setting up multiple cameras and using extension cords, I recommend budgeting an hour per 1000 square feet of a location. If it takes less than that budget, it’s bonus time for investigating. Once set up, the actual investigating can begin.
Most Ghost Hunting Time Is Spent Behind the Scenes
A third of investigating time is spent walking around the location or sitting down and observing, with or without equipment. The other third is spent having EVP sessions, taking photos, and other methods. The final third of that time is pretty dull. It is spent taking breaks, changing out batteries and checking on equipment, or taking a second look at the evidence. Throughout the investigation, nothing exciting may happen until you are analyzing evidence. And if something does happen during the investigation, it may only be a few odd shadows or strange noises. It’s all a luck of the draw.
Going over the Evidence Is The Dullest Part
Analyzing evidence can be one of the most boring parts of an investigation. The more cameras and voice recorders recording, it all can add up pretty quickly and easily turn into hours of evidence to sift through. Your team can either focus on the evidence your own equipment captured, add everything to a pool and divide it up evenly, or have team members specialize in audio or film. However you decide to divide it up really doesn’t matter, so long as everyone is comfortable with analyzing.
Your Team Is What Makes or Breaks Ghost Hunting
That’s the boring, blatant truth about ghost hunting. Because investigations can be tedious, sometimes without anything even happening, having a team that makes each other laugh and keeps the morale up is what will make investigating fun for you. If it wasn’t for the friends that I find throughout the last ten years investigating, I don’t know if I would have continued, or plan to continue. They are just as nerdy as I am, and we will talk in our spare time; not only about our off the wall theories but also how our families are doing. Go ghost hunting because it is a shared interest among friends, and go to have fun, even if nothing happens. If you go just for the chills and thrills, more than likely you will be disappointed and feel it is a waste of time.