Two important rules are:
- Never trespass. (Don’t go ghost hunting on private property without permission.)
- Never go ghost hunting alone.
Many haunted places are isolated or generally avoided. Safety is a concern. If you encounter someone frightening — living or dead — you should not be on your own.
In addition to strange people, many haunted sites present physical risks. Unmarked graves (depressions the size and shape of coffins), exposed tree roots, spiders, and rodent holes are common in overgrown cemeteries.
Old buildings can have loose boards, uneven stairs, rodents, and squatters.
If you’re in a rural or wooded area frequented by hunters (whether or not it’s officially hunting season), it’s smart to wear something reflective, or a neon-colored vest or jacket. (They’re inexpensive at stores such as Wal-Mart.)
A cell phone is not enough for safety. In many haunted places, perhaps because EMF levels are high, your electrical equipment isn’t reliable. So, never think that it’s okay to go to a deserted, haunted place on your own. If you need to call for help, your phone may not work.
These are good reasons to find a local, informal ghost hunting group, and sign up for one of their casual investigations.
However, some people try ghost hunting with a few interested friends, first.
Either way, find people who share your interests. If you’re a skeptic, you’ll probably have more fun with other skeptics. If you’re a believer, investigate with other believers.
In general, keep an open mind and choose companions who are interested in the paranormal but — like you — are willing to objectively consider the evidence.
Recommended reading: Guidelines for Ghost Hunters.